Many thanks to Little Twig for sending me their rash cream to review!
Diaper creams which contain zinc oxide as an active ingredient have been the gold standard for years because of zinc’s ability to promote healing and create a protective barrier on the skin. I’ve been looking a LONG time for a good, cloth diaper safe zinc cream (yes, you can use zinc oxide with cloth), so getting to test Little Twig’s rash cream interested me greatly.
The Little Twig brand is all about natural care for the whole family. Every product they make is pure, gentle and completely guaranteed. You can find Little Twig at Target and CVS, or shop online right from their website (free seed packet with every order AND free shipping on orders over $50!). Little Twig was voted a “Champion” by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, so you can be truly assured when using their products.
I received the unscented, extra mild Diaper Cream in the 2 ounce size which retails for $12.50. Its main active ingredient is zinc oxide (30%), and also contains in varying amounts Vitamin E, Caprylic/Capri Triglyceride (an ester of Coconut Oil), Safflower Seed Oil, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, Grapeseed Oil, Mango Seed Butter and Cocoa Butter. It’s phthalate and paraben free.
I had a couple of positive impressions right off the bat:
- The squirt tube is more sanitary (in my opinion) than having to scoop cream out of a container with your finger.
- The cream is white so it’s easy to see where you’ve applied it, and how much.
- The cream has a silky smooth feel to it, and is also very “lightweight.”
- It’s unscented, which seems ideal since it’s used on one of the most sensitive parts of the body.
- I like the packaging a lot. The little green and orange bug is irresistibly cute!
I know that the two biggest questions in your mind right now are:
Did it work? Yes, it works! I don’t really need to say too much else. Zinc oxide is one of the best ways to treat and prevent common diaper rash (that’s why doctors almost always recommend creams that contain it). The Little Twig cream cleared up Erik’s rashes due to either wetness or irritation within a couple of changes. It’s not as strong as some of the mainstream over-the-counter rash creams I’ve used in the past, but it’s close.
Did it ruin your cloth diapers? No, it didn’t. And to get a truly definitive answer to this question, I did not use any liners whatsoever. For two weeks I tested the cream on Erik along with some older unbleached cotton flat diapers. And I was very generous with the amount of cream used. My diapers are not stained. My diapers are not leaking or repelling moisture. My diapers are fine! In fact, I previously used a zinc cream with my cloth diapers for an entire year and never had any problems. But if you’re still highly skeptical even after my experiences (and the dispelling of those “zinc myths” floating out there), you can still use a liner (however, it should be a flushable or disposable liner b/c if it’s not then you’ll be worried about buildup on your cloth liners!). I understand that there’s some anecdotal evidence out there that zinc oxide will stain diapers, but it all depends on which ingredients the zinc is paired with; you want to make sure it will rinse easily away. Perhaps those mothers have tried creams with a different formulation. I don’t know. But my experience has been smooth sailing, and I’m thankful for that because zinc is fantastic for rashes!
Because of the misinformation circulating out there, none of the creams specifically marketed as “cloth diaper safe” contain zinc oxide. Based on my testing and experience, I feel good about recommending the Little Twig zinc cream, for moms who are using cloth diapers made of natural fibers like bamboo, hemp and cotton. I didn’t test Little Twig on my synthetic (pocket) diapers.
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