I’ve wanted to try to make my own sunscreen for awhile now, because there are active ingredients in most store-sold sunscreens that I would like to avoid. Some of them mess with your estrogen levels (for starters), and I do not have time for that. After looking at several “recipes” for homemade sunscreen online, I settled on this one from Wellness Mama; I appreciated how she outlined the natural SPF in each ingredient, and explained why getting a certain amount of sun exposure is necessary and good. The the texture and effectiveness of the final product is divine. And if I can do this, so can you.
D.I.Y. HOMEMADE SUNSCREEN
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 2 tablespoon shea butter
- 2 tablespoon zinc oxide
- 8-10 drops raspberry seed oil
- 8-10 drops carrot seed oil
- Optional: Essential oils for scent; we like lavender or frankincense because those both have incredible benefits for your skin, too
- Fill a pot with two inches of water and set it on medium to medium-high heat.
- Set a thick glass jar (like a mason jar) in the water, and add the olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter.
- Wait about 5-10 minutes for it to melt, stirring occasionally to incorporate.
- When it has completely melted, add the zinc oxide (do not inhale it, and use a spoon to place it in the jar, so it doesn’t get in the air) and stir well to combine.
- After it has cooled a bit, add the raspberry seed and carrot seed oils.
- You may also add additional oils to make it smell good and/or adding beauty benefits for your skin. There are some oils you’ll want to avoid, like citrus oils, so be aware of that.
If you are traveling to a warm locale, and planning on bringing a bit of this homemade sunscreen, remember to spoon some of the mixture into a smaller, 3-ounce-or-less vessel to get through security hassle-free. (Or plan on checking a bag.)
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