Whether you prefer an aloe based spray sunscreen, sunscreen cream, or these DIY Homemade Sunscreen Bars – it's important to keep your skin protected when outdoors. The best part of using a DIY natural sunscreen is you can guarantee what ingredients you are putting on your body.
Homemade Sunscreen Bars
After you put together this DIY Homemade Sunscreen Bar, you can rub it on before heading out the door. Take time for a short massage to make sure you are well protected from the UV's before going out for a swim.
Please note that natural body care products, including these homemade sunscreen bars, don't work like conventional products, and we should always limit full-body sun exposure. If you're going to be outdoors for much of the day, be sure to wear a hat and have clothes on.
Lastly, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause your skin to burn or develop sunspots. For a list of photosensitizing oils, click here.
- ½ cup yellow beeswax*
- ¼ cup virgin (organic) unrefined shea butter
- ⅛ cup kokum butter
- ⅛ cup mango butter
- ½ cup carrier oil* (I recommend using at least 1 of carrot seed oil (natural SPF)
- 2 ounces vitamin E
- 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (for fair skin add 1 more tablespoon)
- 20 drops of essential oils*
- quart or pint wide mouth mason jar
- empty deodorant containers or glass salve jars
- This is a very thick base that does not melt very easily so I recommend using a quart size mason jar as the inside of your double broiler so that you don't mess up any of your dishes or measuring cups at home.
- Use a medium pot filled with water.
- Bring the water to boiling then turn down to med/med-high, add everything but zinc oxide and essential oils.
- Get everything completely melted and as soon as it is take off the heat immediately.
- After 5-10 minutes before it starts to solidify, add the zinc oxide and essential oils.
- Pour immediately into a glass jar or empty deodorant containers.
- Our kids love when we apply it with the deodorant containers the best. They act like they are getting a massage.
*If you are allergic to beeswax, try Candelilla Wax or Bayberry Wax
These are great essential oils to include in your DIY sunscreen and they promote skin healing:
Lastly, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause you to burn or develop sunspots. For a list of photosensitizing oils click here.
A Note About DIY Suncreen: Before using any DIY sunscreen recipes for your and your family’s protection, you need to be aware of the limits of these home formulations. The kind of sunscreen you find on store shelves is made with specialized equipment that ensures the even distribution of the ingredients that protect you from the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, they also many times contain toxic ingredients, which is why we want to offer an alternative. But these alternatives are not guaranteed to offer the same kind of protection or any specific SPF that would be expected of professionally formulated sun-protection products. These recipes are meant for your personal use only after your personal consideration of the risks and benefits they may pose.
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