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DIY Sunscreen

DIY Sunscreen

DIY Sunscreen pictured bottom right

Making Sunscreen

You may have noticed that natural sunscreens can be less than perfect. Some are too white and some are drying and irritating. My kids have great results with the Badger line of sunscreens and I feel good about their ingredients. Unfortunately they leave my skin irritated and dry for several days after use. I make this sunscreen and use it on myself and husband. I'm olive skinned, and he is fair. We both really like it and haven't burned using it. I hope you like it!

I package this up in plastic 4 oz jars since my pool doesn't allow glass. A mason jar works, too.

Homemade Sunscreen

  • Makes about 8 oz
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • 2 Tbsp. shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp. zinc oxide, note: look for non-nano. Available on Amazon from Better Shea Butter
  • 12 drops helichrysum, peppermint, & lavender

Combine first 4 ingredients in a pint jar. Place jar in a pan of simmering water; stir occasionally until melted. Add zinc oxide, being careful not to inhale or get in eyes. Stir well, cool slightly, then add essential oils. After cooling for 10 minutes, stir well again to combine zinc oxide.

Transfer into jars or tins. Use in six to twelve months. Apply generously. Reapply after swimming or exercise.

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