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Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream Review

Our favorite diaper cream for soothing irritated baby bottoms
Weleda Calendula Diaper Care
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Price:   $14.00 List | $10.49 at Amazon
Pros:  Effective, natural ingredients, creates a thin protective coating
Cons:  Aluminum packaging, not cloth diaper compatible
Manufacturer:   Weleda
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Molly Bradac  ⋅  Sep 11, 2020
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The Skinny

The Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream is an effective cream that helps treat and soothe irritations on a baby's bottom. With natural ingredients, free of petroleum, fragrance, and preservatives, this cream is a product we love. However, the cream's aluminum packaging is a drawback as it can crack causing the cream to spill out. However, overall, we think the cream effectiveness overrides this issue, and it is one we highly recommend.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Weleda started as a pharmaceutical laboratory in 1921 before growing into a worldwide manufacturer of personal care products as it stands today. Weleda's mission is to create natural products with exceptionally high standards of quality that consumers can trust. Each product is "NATRUE" certified, plus the company uses sustainable production processes and environmentally friendly practices.

Performance Comparison


The aluminum packaging is a drawback  but we think the cream is outstanding and worth the expense.
The aluminum packaging is a drawback, but we think the cream is outstanding and worth the expense.

Likes


Between hands-on testing and our own experience using this product on our babies, we believe the Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream (2.8 oz tube) is a powerful remedy for treating, protecting, and soothing baby's red bottom. The formula consists of natural ingredients that you can feel good about using on your baby's delicate skin. It is free of petroleum, fragrances, colorants, and synthetic preservatives. Some key ingredients include zinc oxide (12%), which provides a barrier on baby's skin, calendula flower extract from their own Biodynamic® garden in Germany relieves baby's skin from inflammation and redness, and fair-trade beeswax that coats the skin, adding a breathable protective lining on baby's bottom. We think the cream is easy to smear, and leaves a thin protective layer on the baby's skin. Although we believe the cream's scent is pleasant, it does not appeal to everyone.

The twist lid is a two-handed operation. Not a deal-breaker  but a factor to consider in comparison to contenders with a flip-lid.
The twist lid is a two-handed operation. Not a deal-breaker, but a factor to consider in comparison to contenders with a flip-lid.

Dislikes


As a product with zinc oxide, we feel it is not suitable for cloth diapering families due to potential staining and residue that would inhibit absorption. The aluminum packaging is a drawback, too. From our testing, we find this material to lack durability as frequent bending creates weak points, which are prone to splitting and escaping cream.

The Weleda diaper cream creates a thin protective layer on the skin  which we find effectively treats  protects  and soothe irritations.
The Weleda diaper cream creates a thin protective layer on the skin, which we find effectively treats, protects, and soothe irritations.

Conclusion


This cream is one of our favorites and a "go-to" when diaper rashes appear. We think this cream to be worth the expense, despite the packaging's drawback. If you are looking for a top-notch product and one you can feel good about using on your baby's skin, we highly recommend this cream for tackling fiery red diaper rashes.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Molly Bradac