I find these photos of the completed powder in a jar on Rowan's rug quite interesting. I shot the photos a few hours before my water broke almost two weeks ago. The powder and these little animals (a friend made) sat in this exact spot for a week until I returned to this space, but with Rowan in arms.
I've heard from some of you readers about your interest in a boy's baby powder since I shared the more feminine lavender baby powder I used on my twin girls as babies. This powder I made just for little Rowan because I knew the fragrance would be more masculine. It has a beautiful fragrance of chamomile-- and if you want a twist simply use orange essential oil instead of the roman chamomile oil along with the chamomile powder.
For the base ingredients to my body care products I make I like ordering from the company Mountain Rose Herbs. And I use Young Living's therapeutic grade essential oils for my recipes and for our family's daily needs. With that, here is the very simple recipe:
homemade chamomile baby powder
1 1/2 arrowroot
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup chamomile very finely powdered
1/2 cup cornstarch
2o drops roman chamomile (use less for a less intense fragrance) or sweet orange essential oil
(Recipe from [amazon_link id="1580176763" target="_blank" ]Organic Body Care Recipes[/amazon_link] by Stephanie Tourles)
Combine all ingredients except the essential oil in a large bowl. Stir slowly with a whisk.
Using a mortar and pestle, combine the essential oil drop by drop with 6 or 7 tablespoons of powder until the oil is absorbed. Add this oil mixture to the remaining powder and whisk the mixture slowly.
Store powder in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for 3 days to allow scent of the essential oil and flowers to permeate the mixture.
I like storing my homemade powders in glass jars with a little decorative fabric scrap around the mouth of the jar. In practical terms, I use my homemade shaker top to shake out the right amount each time.
Homemade powder scented with beautiful flowers and essential oils is such a luxury. I'm excited to try Rowan's powder out on him. Right now he's in my arms after just getting back from the hospital for his frenulum clipping (tongue tie). He's nursing again and well. I'm just happy it is done with hopes for a happier nurser.
And he's falling asleep...
Hope your week is off to a wonderful start.
the sleepy time gal