DIY Non-toxic Calamine Lotion

Easy DIY Calamine Lotion

Ordinary calamine lotion contains zinc carbonate, iron oxide, zinc oxide and fragrance. Oftentimes there are other toxic ingredients too, so make your own!

DIY Non-toxic Calamine Lotion

Ordinary calamine lotions may contain worrisome chemicals like zinc carbonate, iron oxide and synthetic fragrance. Oftentimes, there are other added ingredients like parabens, alcohol, pramoxine HCl, polysorbate 80 and propylene glycol as well. YIKES!

It's absurdly easy to take the safer route and make your own calamine lotion! Only 5 ingredients provide the same effective and soothing relief from itching brought on by stings, bites, chickenpox, rashes, and skin irritations caused by plants like poison ivy, oak and sumac.

Safe for babies too!

Ingredients (makes 1/2 cup)

TIP: If you want pink calamine lotion, just add a couple teaspoons of pink kaolin clay to the mix.


NOTE: Use only non-metal bowls, utensils and storage containers for this project. Metal can react with the ingredients causing them to lose their effectiveness.

  1. Combine bentonite clay, baking soda, sea salt and apple cider vinegar with enough water to make a creamy paste.
  2. Add lavender essential oil and mix well.
  3. Store in a glass container with non-metal lid in the refrigerator for several weeks.
  4. Apply as needed.

What are some of your favorite itch remedies?

    1. You sure can, Jess! Or you can substitute many other essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, calendula, chamomile or another oil you have on hand. Just be sure it’s safe for children if you plan to use your calamine lotioin on their delicate skin. ~Laura

  1. LOVE this! Definitely pinning – my kids get eaten alive by mosquitoes no matter how much bug spray I douse them with. :p

  2. I love the idea of making it pink, I think in this case it’s one of those things where it’s nice to know where you’ve put it, if that makes sense.. but I’m wondering if you can just use a little beet powder instead of having to buy another clay just for colorant. And I also think since this doesn’t keep and I only use calamine in summer, I’m going to mix up the dry ingredients and just add water as I go. Thanks so much did sharing this, though I’m not sure where the anti-itch properties are coming from. This all looks too benign to me.. what an I missing? I didn’t find with the overly watered down versions they make nowadays that there was enough itch relief in them. I myself have switched to another anti itch preparation from the drug store that works amazingly ! … but who knows what’s in it. I would love a diy alternative.

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