Green Product Review: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (without Boric Acid)

Who knew that diaper cream could be so toxic?  We loved Desitin because, after trying almost every cream out there, it was the only one that really worked for stubborn diaper rash.  Desitin, however, is not free of hazards and ranks a 6 on the Cosmetics Database (fragrance, parabens, PEG-30).  We used it only when absolutely necessary.  We also used corn starch from time to time (never baby powder) which was better for prevention than as a cure.  Finally, we tried Boudreaux’s Butt Paste which is a safer alternative.  Here’s my review.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (16%) (Diaper Rash Ointment) Inactive Ingredients: Peruvian Balsam, Citric Acid, Castor Oil, Mineral Oil, White Wax, Petrolatum

Cosmetics Database Score:  2 (low hazard)

Potentially Hazardous Ingredients: zinc oxide, mineral oil, citric acid, petrolatum, castor oil.

Pros: it’s not hazardous.

Cons: the consistency is odd, simultaneously a little oily and hard to get out of the tube.  It was also a little tough to spread evenly on baby.  It didn’t work very well on getting rid of an existing rash.  It’s also an unnerving brownish putty color and a funny smell which I could get over if the consistency and usefulness were better.  We’ve heard other people swear by this, but we didn’t like it.

Notes: If you do get this, make sure to get the kind without Boric Acid.  Boudreaux’s makes it with and without Boric Acid.  That ingredient ranks a 9 on the Cosmetics Database for toxicity and is not considered by many sources as safe for babies.  We used to use Boric Acid in my ears (it’s an antifungal) every night of every summer growing up and I’m fine, but then again, as kids we used to ride three in a row in the front seat of our station wagon without seatbelts.  I suggest only using diaper cream when you have to, but not all the time.  There are other great ways of keeping baby rash free, such as corn starch, being diaper free anytime it’s possible, and making sure she’s totally dry from the tub before putting on diapers.

Overall Score (0 being worst, 10 being best): 3

Where to Buy: most grocery stores and big box stores, Whole Foods, online

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2 Responses to Green Product Review: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (without Boric Acid)

  1. Dr. A says:

    How can people be so… misinformed!!! I go to purchase another jar of Budreaux’ Butte Paste to find that it NO LONGER contains boric acid, because so many don’t understand that boric acid is a natural element with awesome anti-infective properties. All the ingredients were perfect in this past until it was driven by stupidity. They should have ‘educated’ people instead of letting ignorance drive their recipe. They had a perfect prep until this.

    Am so disappointed

  2. Dr. Regina Toxicologist says:

    Stubbled across this site while looking for pictures for a boric acid lecture I’m working on, and lets discuss the facts.
    It was originally used in the late 19th century by Lord Lister as an antiseptic, but then found out that it is only weakly bacteriostatic. It was then used as an irrigant and then on neonates for diaper cream, where its CNS and renal toxicity was discovered. It, thankfully, has since fallen out of favor and is only really used for cockroach prevention and in the homeopathic circles.
    I would never use boric acid on my child….if you look into any data from a peer reviewed source you see the fatalities (that means death) associated with its use as diaper rash cream.
    If your going to rant about miseducation please get your facts straight. Boric acid is TOXIC!

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