Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner which hopefully means TONS of time outside enjoying the beautiful weather! I figured this would be the perfect time to share my recipe for homemade sunscreen with you all!
First, let me answer the question of why even bother making your own sunscreen when you can easily go to the store and buy some. Seems easy enough, right? Well, for starters, this recipe is incredibly easy to put together, so that’s no excuse! Secondly, and most importantly, as with many other store bought beauty products, sunscreen can contain chemicals that are REALLY toxic and incredibly hard on our hormonal system!!! Some of the chemicals found in many store bought sunscreens are listed below along with some of the effects they have on our health.
- OXYBENZONE – This is a hormone-disrupting chemical that is absorbed through the skin. It acts like estrogen in the body, alters sperm production in animals, is associated with endometriosis in women, and has relatively high rates of skin allergy.
- OCTINOXATE – This is another hormone disrupting chemical. It mimics hormone-like activity, and has caused reproductive system, thyroid and behavioral alterations in animal studies.
- HOMOSALATE – This is a common sunscreen ingredient, which is ironic because research suggests that sunlight breaks down the chemical into harmful byproducts. Like many other common sunscreen ingredients, it is a hormone disruptor and disrupts estrogen, androgen and progesterone.
- FRAGRANCE – Many fragrances in sunscreens contain phthalates which have shown to be carcinogenic. They are known endocrine disruptors which is why they are linked to breast cancer.
- PARABENS – Parabens are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and they are used as preservatives. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers.
There are more, but let’s move on to something more positive! Notice on the above pin that the safest sunscreen ingredient that provides SPF is Zinc Oxide. Well, I’ve got good news, because that is what I use in this homemade sunscreen! Zinc Oxide does not penetrate the skin which makes it much safer than the ingredients listed above.
In this recipe, you can adjust it to get the SPF that you would like. By adjusting the amount of Zinc Oxide you use, you can create a sunscreen with your desired SPF. I made mine to be SPF 20. If you add more Zinc Oxide, you will have a higher SPF, and if you use less you will have a lower SPF. Also coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4, so that contributes a little bit too!
Okay, so let’s get to this recipe!
HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC SUNSCREEN
- 1/2 cup organic unrefined virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax pellets (you can get these here)
- 1/4 cup organic shea butter (you can get this here)
- 2 Tbsp. Zinc Oxide Powder (non-nano) (you can get this here)
- Essential Oils of your choice (optional) (If you use carrot seed oil and raspberry seed oil, this will add to the protection factor – both of these oils have strong SPF properties)
***NOTE: This ends up being a pretty thick lotion (which is nice because it doesn’t just sweat off easily). If you want a thinner lotion, replace the 1/4 cup shea butter with part shea butter and part almond oil (1 Tbsp. almond oil and 3Tbsp. shea butter or 2 Tbsp. of each, or 3 Tbsp. almond oil and 1 Tbsp. shea butter) The less shea butter you use, the thinner the lotion will be.
1.) In a small sauce pan, combine the coconut oil, beeswax pellets, and shea butter.
2.) Heat over low heat till completely melted.
3.) Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide taking care not to inhale the zinc oxide.
4.) Stir till smooth and mixed together completely. Add your essential oils if you are using them.
5.) Now you want to transfer it into an empty bottle, container, or a glass jar. While it is still somewhat warm, it will be like a liquid and you can just spoon it into your container. As it cools, it will thicken making it harder to spoon into a container with a small opening. If this happens, transfer the mixture to a plastic bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Then squeeze the mixture out of the bag into the container. This step is a bit messy no matter how you do it if you have a container with a small opening.
6.) Once your container is full, wipe off any mess you may have on the sides. Label your bottle if desired.