Homemade Sunscreen

With these never-ending rainy days upon us, I am longing for some sunshine.  What better time to make some homemade sunscreen!?  I have been holding onto the recipes and ingredients so long that I can’t remember where the original recipe came from.  I love the idea of knowing every one of the ingredients and knowing that they are safe for our kids’ skin.  We don’t use a lot of sunscreen but when we are out in the sun at the lake all day we do tend to need it.

So here’s what I used:

2 Tablespoons beeswax pastilles

1/2 cup shea butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

4 Tablespoons zinc oxide

That’s it!  4 ingredients!  I love that!

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And here’s all I did:

Bring a small pan of water to a boil.

In a glass bowl that fits into the pan(to make a double broiler since I don’t have one) add the beeswax, butter, and oil.

Place glass bowl over pan of water.  Turn water down to simmer.

Stir wax and oils until completely melted.

Remove from heat and add zinc oxide.

Mix with hand blender until zinc oxide is well mixed in.

Pour into small jars.  This recipe filled one 1/2 pint and not quite 1/2 of another.

You’ll want to wipe out everything you used with a paper towel while it is still warm and wash right away with hot, soapy water.  You don’t want to leave these dishes to sit and get washed later!  It didn’t even take me a 1/2 hour to make this stuff so I had plenty of time to wash up the dishes!

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I rubbed some into my arm to see how it blends in and I love it.  I can’t wait to try it out!  It smells coconutty and completely rubs in.

I’ll post an update when we actually get to try out the spf ability(this is considered spf 30).

I had some beeswax leftover from my lip balms and hand creams, but I buy them from Mountain Rose Herbs.  I bought the zinc oxide powder and shea butter from From Nature With Love, where you can find all of the ingredients.  I always have coconut oil on hand which I buy from Azure Standard.

Although I didn’t figure the cost to make this sunscreen, I am pretty sure I’ll be money ahead in the end since it takes such a small amount of the ingredients and they each have a long shelf life or are things I keep on hand anyway.

The shelf life of the sunscreen itself is 1 year.



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