Sunblock is another thing that I like to purchase from amazing brands. For reasons of cost, convenience, or safety, you may be interested in making your own sunscreen from scratch. Natural sunscreens are typically associated with products and ingredient blends that don’t contain a chemical sun protection filter. They’re typically free of parabens, as well as the ingredients oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. Most natural sunscreens use active ingredients from plants to coat the skin and reflect UV rays off the dermal layers. The active ingredients tend to be made of minerals, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, as opposed to chemicals.
Here is a DIY sunscreen recipe for you to use :
- ½ c. olive oil
- ¼ c. Organic Coconut Oil
- ¼ c. beeswax (we used beads)
- 2 tbsp. Zinc Oxide
- ½ tsp. organic orange extract
How to Prepare
- Gather ingredients
- Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized glass jar.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with water.
- As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt.
- Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate.
- When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide and stir in well.
- Add in the orange extract (or whatever scent you like best).
- Pour mixture into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. (At this point we transferred into a wide-mouthed Weck jar.) After just a short while, all ingredients will solidify into the sunscreen texture.
- Store in the fridge or in a cool, dark place.
Give it a try, and let us know what you think!