My family and I live on the coast of Florida. We spend the majority of our time outdoors playing and exploring. I understand the importance of Vitamin D but on days that we plan to spend hours outdoors sunblock is simply a necessity. Our lifestyle, my thriftiness and the joy I get from making homemade products led me to create my own homemade natural sunscreen.
My kids shared my enthusiasm to whip up some homemade sunscreen, they are always excited when I call them to the kitchen to make a new product. My children are the reason that I strive to go chemical free. Having children is what led me on this journey to eliminate chemicals from our home. I began with eliminating processed foods and haven’t stopped since. As I run out of a product I research and replace it with a healthier product. Seeing as we live in Florida and all of the nasty chemicals that are in sunscreens I cannot believe it has taken me this long to tackle homemade sunscreen!
I had stopped using the spray sunscreen years ago and was now spending big bucks on natural safer sunscreens. As my bottle of store-bought sunscreen began to get low I began to research. I knew that sunscreen contained chemicals but was surprised at the amount of toxic chemicals listed in the ingredients. I shudder to think that I used to spray sunscreen on my body (and my son’s), the spray is very dangerous if inhaled (and for other reasons), especially in children. I have read many articles that actually show evidence that there is anincrease in cancer when sunscreens are used. Just look at the image to the right that I found via Food Babe. I won’t go on and on about the dangers of the chemical filled sunscreens (because I could) instead I will share with you how I make homemade natural sunscreen, and how you can too!
The active ingredient in my homemade natural sunscreen is non-nano zinc oxide. You may now be asking “what the heck is non-nano?”, don’t worry I did too! Until I started to research making my own sunscreen I had never heard of nano or non-nano. I read a bunch about this and simply put the difference between a nano and non-nano particle is that a nano particle will enter your blood stream but a non-nano will not. For this reason, I choose to use non-nano zinc oxide.
This sunscreen is water-resistant because of the beeswax and it is super soothing to your skin. So here you go, this is all you need to make your own homemade natural sunscreen……
What you need:
- 1/2 cup of almond oil (or olive oil)
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E
- 2 tablespoons of raw unrefined shea butter
- 1/4 cup of beeswax
- 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide
What you do:
Grab a glass jar, I have a mason jar reserved for making homemade sunscreen. Place all of the ingredients, except the zinc oxide, in the jar.
Loosely screw on the lid. Now, grab a medium size saucepan and fill it about half-way full or until the water is filled to about 3/4 the height of the jar. Put your jar in the saucepan of water and place it over medium heat.
As the jar of goodness starts to heat the ingredients will start to melt. Shake your jar every few minutes so that everything gets good and mixed up (my son loves doing this!).
Once all of the ingredients are mixed up remove the jar from the heat and stir in the zinc oxide.
Stir it all together until it is totally mixed up and even then pour it into the containers that you will be storing it in. I use glass jars, some people prefer plastic.
Voila! You now have homemade all-natural sunscreen.
Seriously, it works. This homemade sunscreen really works. I was worried that I would fly through this sunscreen as much as we hit the beach but I was pleasantly surprised that one 4 ounce jar lasted us (3 kids and myself) more than a week of spending all day, every day at the beach while we had family in town. I reapply every 3-4 hours, 2 if we have been in the water.
I tell my family that this sunscreen has an SPF of around 30. However, I say to non-family members that this product has not been reviewed by the FDA so I am unable to legally claim that this product has an SPF of 30. I speculate the SPF of 30 due to the amount of the specific ingredients put in this product. I really wish that I was making and using this homemade version of natural sunscreen when my children were babies, it is such a pure and natural product! I am happy that I am now making and using this sunscreen
So, what are you waiting for? Get to it, whip up some homemade natural sunscreen! Oh, and if you don’t have the time or simply don’t want to you can hope over to my Etsy store and let me make it for you. :)
DISCLAIMER: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
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