We often get asked whether our butters are safe for use on infants and children. The answer is a resounding YES! I was 9 months pregnant when I launched BGLH Marketplace in November 2014, and gave birth again in December 2016. As a result, my whipped butters have been a central part of the haircare and skincare routine of my children. All of our butters are food-grade, with no chemicals and preservatives and are actually way gentler than a lot of baby products on the market.
***Many of our butters contain essential oils, which can be irritating to the skin in high concentration. However, the essential oils in our butter mixtures are diluted enough to be safe. If you are concerned, try one of our essential-oil-free butters: Unscented Whipped Shea Butter, Unscented Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Mango Butter, Coconut Whipped Shea Butter, Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter, Mango Shea Blended Butter, Mango Cocoa Blended Butter, Cocoa Shea Blended Butter and Ice Cream Blended Butter.***
Here are 9 ways I use the butters on my kids.
1. As a diaper rash cream
This was a primary use when my children were under a year old. I have never used store-bought diaper rash cream, I just kept their skin moisturized with whipped butter. After a diaper change I would rub a dab of whipped butter around their private area and they barely ever had redness or irritation because the butters do an incredible job of moisturizing and soothing irritated skin. The butter was so effective that even if I forgot to apply after a diaper change their skin still wouldn’t get irritated so long as I used it on them after baths.
2. To soothe and heal infant eczema
I wrote before about how a combination of African black soap and whipped butter totally wiped out my youngest baby’s infant eczema. You can read it here.
3. On mosquito and spider bites
The anti-inflammatory properties of shea, cocoa and mango butter are perfect for soothing itchy skin. They also minimize or eliminate any scarring resulting from scratching at bites.
4. As an after-bath moisturizer
I don’t use or need baby lotion. I simply apply whipped butter after bath time.
5. For cracked lips
The whipped butters are dang near miraculous at healing cracked and broken lips. My oldest son got a particularly bad lip crack this past winter. I simply rubbed some butter on his lips before bed time, and when he woke his lips were soft and healed.
6. For baby massage
My youngest is 18 months old now and he will no longer stay still long enough for me to do this (*sigh*) but when he was younger, I often used the butters for a relaxing massage/body rub before bed time. For full relaxation effect, try using Lavender Whipped Shea Butter.
7. To soften hair before combing
I don’t even think of touching my kids’ hair before I rake the whipped butter through it. It softens up the strands and makes detangling waaaaay easier. (Now if only I had actual hair styling skills…)
8. To fade scares and scratches
Kids are always getting banged up. Every week there’s a new scar or scab somewhere. But my kids’ scars fade quickly and easily because I moisturize them regularly with whipped butter. Most scars are seriously faded within a few days, and totally gone within weeks.
9. To add moisture back into hair after washing
Kinky/curly hair tends to get super dried out after washing because the strands have been stripped of their natural oils. I rake BGLH Marketplace whipped butters through my kids hair after a wash and put it into braids or twists. The next day their hair is soft and moisturized without the dry/tangled feeling. My favorite butter to use for this is the Mango Cocoa Blended Butter.