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DIY Sunscreen – Easy To Make
DIY & Crafts
90g Coconut Oil- Organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil like this (my fav!)
65g Carrier Oil- I use organic and unrefined apricot oil in this recipe, but uu can use almond oil, jojoba oil, or any other liquid carrier oil u can find here. You can learn more about carrier oils in this post that I wrote and a great deal more from MRH here.
28.5g Beeswax- I love these beeswax pastilles (they are MUCH easier to work with than a block of wax)
27.5g Shea Butter – Organic, unrefined shea butter like this.
40g Zinc Oxide – I suggest this non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide.
1/2t Vitamin E – make sure you know from where it is sourced (& non-GMO), especially if you have allergies.
Double-boiler (I make my own with a glass bowl over a simmering pot of shallow H2O)
Kitchen Scale (very affordable from Amazon Prime);
Mask (or hold ur shirt over ur mouth…u do not want to breathe in the zinc oxide, so make sure little ones aren’t around when u make this)
Place ur glass bowl on your scale, hit tare.
Add all ingredients (one-by-one, hitting tare in between) EXCEPT the zinc oxide.
Place glass bowl over pot of shallow, simmering H2O. Melt ingredients completely (stir with a whisk to help it along).
Carefully remove from stove and wipe down condensation on bowl (you do not want H2O getting into your product).
Place bowl on scale, hit tare.Add zinc oxide…slowly…until you get to 40g. Again, add this slooooowly…as the zinc settles the amount will increase on your scale.
Whisk, whisk, whisk (and whisk some more!) and then carefully pour into container of your choice.
This will take a few minutes to set up…just walk away and leave it alone to quietly set up.
Here is a good guide if you wish to change up the level of protection (but remember, adding more or less zinc oxide will change the ‘feel’ of the sunscreen, making it thicker or thinner)…
SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
SPF 20+: Use 20% zinc oxide (which is what I use in this recipe)