DIY Anti-Chaff Lotion

Posted by Brenda Hobby on anti-chaff lotion

Mississippi Summers can be summed up in one word, chaffing! with the high humidity and temperatures in the triple digits, chaffing isn't just limited to those of us with curves. My three toddlers and even my husband have all experienced their share of this common ailment. 

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love summer. It's one of my favorite seasons. The bright sunshine, longer days, ice cream by the pool. And summer is the time when our family takes our annual vacation. 

Every summer our whole family packs up and goes camping for two weeks on the river. We pitch tents, go fishing, play games, go swimming. Sharing the great outdoors with my three small children is one of the things my husband and I look forwards to every year.

But with all of that sand and sun comes the dreaded and unavoidable chaffing. My poor babies, not quite out of diapers yet get diaper rash. My young son and husband fishing in their boat get chaffed seating on those hot seats. And worse yet, I end up having to hide for a few days in my tent shirtless trying to find relief. ( I tend to chaff under the girls when the temperature hits 100) You can imagine how this complicates things for a mother who is still nursing. 

This year however was a turning point for not just me but my whole family. Not only did we dodge the chaffing bullet completely but we were able to enjoy all of our favorite activities in total comfort. How, you ask? I discovered anti-chaffing cream. 

There were several pins and posts and hacks about using different products for this purpose, and several tutorials on how to make it yourself with weird ingredients like arrowroot powder( what is that? I've never even heard of such a thing!) but they were so different from each other. So, I tried a lot of different recipes, made note of the ingredients that worked and ended up making my own recipe.

The final product? This lotion goes on smooth and creamy, not at all greasy, and dries to a fine powder finish with no embarrassing white residue. Which makes it the perfect accessory for that little black dress. And, the ingredients are effective yet gentle enough to use on the most sensitive of skin. 

I can use it on my toddler to prevent or treat diaper rash, which for my youngest was a life saver because he is allergic to the zinc found in most over the counter diaper rash creams. It works great on inner thighs to prevent chub rub, I have even caught my husband using it just before working outside all day. Use it anywhere you would normally use talcum powder. 

So, are you ready to discover this amazing lotion for yourself? I have been so impressed with how well this lotion works that I wanted to share it with all of you! It's really easy to make and you only need a couple of ingredients. Are you ready? Let's get started!

Here is what you will need: items needed

•1 cup corn starch 

• 1/2 cup baking soda

• 1 cup coconut oil ( for a softer consistency use 2/3 cup coconut oil and 

       1/3 cup olive)

• essential oils- 5 drops each- lavender and tea tree

• 1 quart mason jar



1) Melt your coconut oil and pour it into the mason jar. Since coconut oil liquifies quickly at room temperature you can microwave it for 30 seconds at a time. I was able to melt mine in the mason jar on a candle warmer. For those of you who prefer a more solid consistency, using a whole cup of coconut oil will produce a solid similar to a stick of deodorant but melt on contact with warm skin. My mother likes hers this consistency. She keeps here in a small jar on her bathroom sink. I like mine a little more creamy so I use 2/3 cup of coconut oil mixed with 1/3 cup olive oil. This stays a liquid at room temperature for about two days before solidifying and I keep mine in a small squeeze bottle in my diaper bag. melting oil

2) Stir in baking soda. Be sure to mix thoroughly, it kept clumping up on the bottom with me. 

3) Stir in corn starch 1/3 cup at a time until you have added the whole amount. 

4) Finally, stir in your essential oils. final product

That's it! You now have enough anti-chaff lotion to last all summer. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I have and if you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you, just drop me a line in the comments and I will personally reply. Thanks so much for joining me for this post and I hope to see you here for the next one!


  • Thank you for this!!! My work in east Texas is HOT and HUMID and I’m 64…..retirement hurry up

    Lolette Stephenson on

  • Hi Brenda! If you use a full cup of coconut oil is is thick enough to pour into a deodorant container and let solidify? Thanks!

    Nicole on

  • Hii brenda
    Thanks for the much needed diy!
    Just a question, corn starch is used to thicken the solution or it it used to it’s specific nutrition content ?
    Please suggest it anything else can be used in it’s place

    Palak on

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