diy homemade sunscreen
They say that the sun’s UV rays are more intense as you move closer to the equator. It didn’t take long for me to be able to confirm this firsthand. Within a few days of arriving in Puerto Rico my arms and face had darkened into a nice tan. And this was just from the short walks from my parked car into the various stores we were going to at the time!
I don’t like to use sunscreen because it generally feels oily and/or smells. If I’m out in the middle of day, I usually just put on my trusty straw hat and try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Thankfully, there is plenty of shade here, even on the beaches. (In Texas, there are generally NO shade trees on the beaches.)
Sometimes though, like if we are spending the day out in the water, I HAVE to use sunscreen. In that case, we generally use mineral sunscreens as opposed to the chemical ones. Although chemical sunscreens do a good job of preventing sunburn, unfortunately, they also:
- impede your body’s production of cancer preventing vitamin D
- generally do a poor job of blocking melanoma causing UVA rays
- expose your body to absorption of harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone
- cause damage to coral reefs
We used to use a brand of mineral sunscreen called “Badger“. However, like most other non-chemical sunscreens, it’s expensive and hard to find locally. That’s why Holly decided to make her own.
Holly adapted and tweaked a homemade sunscreen recipe from Wellness Mama that we’ve been using now for nine months and it works great! I use it when snorkeling, sometime for hours at a time in the middle of the day, and it has kept my back from getting toasted. It also does a good job of protecting our boys when they are out playing hard at the beach all day.
Below, you’ll find our exact recipe, including links to the brands we use. Good luck for those that are interested in trying this at home!
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apricot kernel oil
2 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp beeswax
1/2 tsp carrot seed oil
1/2 tsp red raspberry seed oil
1/2 tsp lavender essential oil (or vanilla extract)
3 tbsp non-nano zinc oxide powder
3 iNeibo silicone 3.3oz travel bottles (or a glass jar)
Fill a small sauce pan with a few inches of water and put over medium heat. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a glass measuring cup and place into the sauce pan. The water should only go about halfway up the sides of the cup. You don’t want your measuring cup to float. Stir occasionally until the beeswax is completely melted. Carefully remove the cup from the hot water and stir in the carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil, and lavender essential oil. Now blend in the zinc oxide until no lumps remain. Finally, scoop your homemade sunscreen into the bottles and you are good to go!