I have been experimenting for a while now to craft a homemade sunscreen that works for my family. I wanted a sunscreen that was not too oily, didn’t turn our skin completely white, and most importantly, one that actually worked. Well, after much trial and error, I believe I have found the perfect combo and ratio of ingredients that meets all of those requirements, plus one: it smells amazing! I am so thrilled to share this recipe with you today. Enjoy!
2 oz. beeswax
2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. coconut oil
1 1/2 oz. grapeseed oil
1/2 oz. carrot seed oil
1 oz jojoba oil
2 1/2 oz. non-nano and uncoated zinc
Measure the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil by weight and place in a double boiler. Heat until all components are melted. Remove from heat. Add grapeseed oil, carrot seed oil and jojoba oil. Mix well to combine. Finally, whisk in the zinc (also measured by weight). The mixture will thicken up pretty quickly. Once mixed and thickened, spoon into a glass jar with a lid.
As with most natural sunscreens, you need to reapply often. I have found best results when reapplying this sunscreen every 60-80 minutes.
(*Note: Be sure to wipe out all vessels and utensils thoroughly with paper towels before washing, as beeswax can clog plumbing. You can then discard of the paper towels in your compost bin.)
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Hi Mrs. Fagan,
I am writing to discuss your latest post regarding homemade sunscreen. First, I’d like to mention that I’ve also tried making my own but then soon came across a few posts that changed my mind. Marie at Humblebee and Me outlines many reasons that although making sunscreen may be less expensive than purchasing brands like Badger, the risks are very large. It takes lots of money ($700 per test) to determine the SPF of a product. Also, zinc oxide will eventually clump due to its chemical structure and not be smooth. SPF can vary from product to product, even if the formulation stays the same. I encourage you to take a look at the blog post below and the posts Marie links to at the bottom of hers.
Sincerely, Evan Weightman