This post was originally posted last summer. This past weekend I forgot to put my sunscreen on and got a little crisp on the shoulders – made me remember it was time to make a batch of sunscreen.
Next week I am hoping to get back to a more normal blog posting schedule – fingers crossed!!! Have very good intentions!
Since I had never thought about making my own sunscreen, but then there was a comment made on my mosquito repellant post asking if I knew how. I figured it would be really difficult, the ingredients would be ones that I could not get my hands on and I thought it would be expensive, considering I pay $10 – $15 for the “good” sunscreen. The research began and what I found was that it was not that hard and the ingredients could be found easily, there was only a couple that I did not already have in the house!
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup almond oil (if you do not have you could substitute with olive oil)
1/4 cup beeswax
2 Tbl zinc oxide
1 1/2 – 2 Tbl shea butter
1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional – I had so I used)
Essential Oil (I used lavender)
A couple of remarks before I get to the “how-to”. Both coconut oil and shea butter have a natural SPF of about 4 – so just by using the two of them you are at SPF 8. The zinc oxide used is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. (Here is a great link explaining non-nano) The amount of zinc oxide used is about a SPF of 20, you can add more if you want a higher SPF. This recipe has about a 28 – 30 SPF. When I was doing the research I remember reading that citrus essential oil should be avoided – when I went back to try and find the source I could not find the article again – I decided to stay away from them. I have found that the best place to get coconut oil is Trader’s Joes (not all carry – I asked my store every time I went in for 2 years, probably others did too and they finally started carrying it!), organic and a great price!
1. Combine all the ingredients except the zinc oxide and essential oil in a glass bowl, recycled jar or wide mouthed canning jar. This is a lot of oil and you don’t want to use something that you use in your everyday kitchen activity.
2. Place the glass container in a saucepan that has several inches of water. Turn on medium heat and as the water heats the ingredients will melt – occasionally stir or swirl the jar to mix it.
3. Once it is all melted take out of the water and place on a trivet or pot holder. Add the essential oil, about 10 drops – mix.
4. Add the zinc oxide. You do not want to inhale this and probably do not want children around when you are making – mix well using and old spoon or metal utensil.
5. Pour into container. I used a pint size canning jar and re-used my Burt’s Bees face lotion container. Stir a couple of times while it is cooling to make sure the zinc oxide gets mixed throughout and does not clump together.
You will want to store this in a cool, dry place or the refrigerator. If you want it thicker add more beeswax, thinner less. This is not water proof – so reapply after swimming. It will make your skin feel so good. This has a shelf life of about 6 months.
Clean the jar before the ingredients start to harden – so much easier. Then just put the jar and stirring utensil you used in a special place and use it again when you are making sunscreen. This feel so good on your skin and makes your skin so soft – you will make it again – use it as your lotion or make without the zinc and use as your everyday lotion.