There are many reasons to be concerned with commercial sunscreens (read this post: Is Sunscreen Healthy?). Some chose not to use it at all because of these concerns. Most of the time it is possible to get away without it but I find I still need some protection when we are out in the sun for long periods of time or in places where there is little or no shade.
There are very few sunscreens that I trust and some of them are hard to find or very expensive so making my own is a great alternative. We used this sunscreen last week when we were outside gardening all day and it worked great. If you are looking for an alternative to commercial sunscreens this is a great way to go.
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Almond Oil
- 1/4 Cup Bees Wax pastilles
- 2 tbsp. Zinc Oxide (this is a non-nano version)
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
- 1 tbsp. Rose hip Seed Oil
- Essential oils (I used Lavender)
In a double boiler, warm the olive oil, almond oil, and beeswax on low heat until the bees wax is melted.
Once all of the bees wax pastilles are melted, remove the oils from the heat. Add in the zinc oxide powder, and whisk until combined. Once it is incorporated into the oils, add the vitamin e oil, rose hip seed oil, and essential oils and whisk again. Pour the mixture into a jar to store. Any small glass jar will do – even an empty jar from jam, baby food, yeast, etc. works great. Put in the refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes.
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Do you make homemade sunscreen? What is your favorite recipe?