Summer is a time for ice cream, road trips, and basking in the glorious sunshine. With that in mind, we set out to create our own natural sunscreen so that we can enjoy these sunny days worry-free. It’s easy to do and cost effective when producing large quantities – give some to your friends and family – so give it a shot and let us know how it goes!
*SPF is not a measure that is easily deduced (see here for a general rundown), so we can’t provide an accurate rating for this lotion. We recommend using this sunscreen while performing daily tasks and errands, and seeking alternative protection if you’re planning to lay in the sun for six hours straight 😉.
You will need:
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp beeswax, cosmetics grade
- 1/2 tsp raspberry seed oil – can be found in health stores such as Anarres or Noah’s Natural Foods
- 1 tsp carrot seed oil
- 2 tsp non-nano zinc oxide
- small glass containers
- fragrance (such as lavender) optional
Combine the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax pellets in a microwave safe container. Then zap everything in the microwave until melted – keep a close eye on this!
Once melted, add in the non-nano zinc oxide. Zinc oxide offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays by acting as a physical barrier atop your skin. To read more about how it works, head here.
Stir in the carrot seed oil and red raspberry seed oil. Of all the ingredients used in this formula, red raspberry seed oil is the most essential as it provides the greatest protection against sun damage. Carrot seed oil doesn’t provide much in the way of sun protection, but is used for soothing the skin. If you want to incorporate a light fragrance into the sunscreen, now’s the time to add it in.
Once all the ingredients have been fully incorporated, pour the sunscreen into small jars to store. Let set (this can be expedited through the use of a fridge), and slather some on for your next outing in the sun. The final texture should resemble commercial grade sunscreen, and will leave a slight sheen on your skin after application.
Don’t forget the most important step here though – using the sunscreen!
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