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Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment with Zinc Oxide -- A Baby Product Review

Updated on April 21, 2013

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Boudreaux's Butt Paste is one of the many diaper rash remedies available on the market. You'll know this particular diaper rash cream by its distinctive yellow packaging, complete with a comic-strip-ready baby sitting happily beneath the product's title. With all the many diaper rash ointments out there it can be difficult to differentiate between them and decide which one to use, especially for first-time parents.

Price, Availability, and All That Jazz

Boudreaux's Butt Paste is readily available at large discount retailers such as Wal-Mart, and has even been spotted on the shelves of some small grocery stores. It seems that there were some supply issues with it in the past, but in the last couple of years it has become much easier to find for prospective parents. Of course, as with many diaper rash ointments, it doesn't just have to be for parents - even if you've never had a baby, Boudreaux's Butt Paste may find its way onto your shopping list for its ability to alleviate chaffing, chapping, dryness, heat rash, and cracking skin as well as the more traditional diaper rash.

Boudreaux's Butt Paste is available in 2oz, 4oz, and 16oz packages. It is about comparable in price to the much better-known Desitin in the 2oz and 4oz tubes, but the 16oz tub comes at a significant price savings. The 2oz tube runs about $4-$5, the 4oz tube about $7-$8, but only $18-$19 for all 16oz. The only real drawback to the 16oz size is that it is in a tub instead of the more convenient tube, so it can be slightly more messy to use if you're not careful.

Ingredients include the traditional zinc oxide, accompanied by boric acid, castor oil, mineral oil, paraffin, Peruvian balsam, and petrolatum.

Comparison with the Competition

While Boudreaux's Butt Paste may be less well-known than products such as Desitin, Aquaphor, and Lansinoh, it has its unique set of benefits. Each of these products works very well and is relatively identical in its efficacy, but the properties of the product itself may prove to be more useful to each individual based on the ease of use, staying power, or specific ingredient sensitivities that some infants (or other users) may have.

Desitin - the primary differences between Boudreaux's Butt Paste and Desitin is that the latter seems to work better for overnight applications. Desitin is thicker than Boudreax's Butt Paste, so it seems to stay on longer without all rubbing off in the diaper, but can also be more difficult to spread on baby's rear end without using a lot more product than is necessary. Desitin also has a rather strong scent that nearly every mother can readily recognize, and that is very apparent and not necessarily pleasant to any innocent bystanders. While on a baby this might not be a bad thing, but if you're looking for a product to use on your own chaffing or heat rash then it could be a little embarrassing for everyone to know you have it on. In contrast, Boudreaux's Butt Paste has a very light, almost honey-type scent that is much more pleasant and much less detectable.

Aquaphor - this is a great product with many uses for all sorts of dry or chapped skin issues, but it's difficult to think of it being used as a diaper rash cream. Aquaphor is thick and goopy, and it goes on clear so it's more difficult to see where a baby is already protected from diaper rash. These properties make it a great nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers, but for diaper rash there's a lot to be said for Boudreaux's. The butt paste is an opaque yellowish color so it's very easy to see on baby, and it has a very creamy consistency that's easy to apply and remove.

Lansinoh - this is probably my least favorite of the popular products for diaper rash, and has many reasons to be relegated to the ranks of general skin creams. Boudreaux's Butt Paste does not absorb into the skin as easily as Lansinoh so it provides more wetness protection, and seems to be a bit more heavy-duty on the rash healing side of things. About the only thing Lansinoh really has over Boudreaux's is that it is easier to apply, being more like a lotion in consistency.

Personal Notes

For years I was a die-hard Desitin fan, ever since I purchased my first tube five years ago at the suggestion of my mother-in-law when my son was born. Even after he was out of diapers I kept a tube around to treat my then-husband's persistent rashes that showed up so easily on his diabetic skin. I loved the stuff - but I wasn't so in love with the scent, or the fact that it was so difficult to get every trace off of my hands before handling my contacts. Zinc oxide in the eyes is not pleasant...just trust me on this one.

At my daughter's birth, we were presented with some of this Boudreaux's Butt Paste, a product that I had heard of but that neither I nor my husband had ever used. Having gotten used to the thick consistency of Desitin, I was a little skeptical about this light and creamy product as a diaper rash ointment. After the first application, I was certainly crossing my fingers that it would work because it went on easy, I didn't smell like I'd been changing diapers afterward, and all traces of it came off easily with mild soap. It did work; we put a small amount on at every diaper change, and my daughter has yet to ever have a diaper rash.

The one thing I have not tried Boudreaux's Butt Paste for is overnight protection. It does wipe off easily and rubs off in the diaper a lot more than Desitin does, so I've been a bit worried that it might not be as effective when my daughter may end up in a dirty diaper for a while during her long periods of sleep. Since I still have my standby tube of Desitin in the house for any rash or chafing the entire family might have, I've just chosen to put that on her at night and Boudreax's the rest of the time.

For other applications - I'm REALLY starting to like Boudreaux's. I still use Aquaphor as a nipple cream because it is effective, and even though it's thick and goopy going on it doesn't have to be wiped off before nursing - which is about the only reason it hasn't been replaced by something a little more pleasant to apply. I have very sensitive skin, so most of my own skin care products are designed for babies. After trying Boudreaux's Butt Paste on my perpetually dry and occasionally cracking "winter hands" I am definitely impressed. It does sting a bit where the skin has cracked and Desitin typically doesn't, but I am much happier using Boudreaux's on my hands because of the aforementioned ease of washing off, and it also absorbs into the skin easily and without that distinct Desitin scent.

Overall, Boudreaux's Butt Paste has found its way onto my permanent shopping list as I have found it to be no less effective than Desitin, but quite a bit more versatile and easier to use.


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