Do you use sunscreen? My son, daughter in law and grandson were here visiting this past week and brought along a jar of homemade lavender sunscreen. While they were here in the Okanagan it was mostly hot and sunny so we had a chance to try it out. Note that the recipe for this sunscreen comes from Corazon Healing.
As you can see from these before and after photos the zinc oxide provides a barrier that can be massaged into the skin so that it is invisible to the naked eye.
There is some controversy about the efficacy of DIY sunscreens or even whether we should use sunscreens at all. I don’t pretend to be an expert and have no fixed opinions regarding whether or not to use sunscreen except that I do believe that some sun exposure is good for us and covering up after exposure, where possible, would be my first choice.
If you look at the information on the internet regarding using homemade sunscreen or store bought sunscreen you will find that this is also a controversial topic. For my part I would certainly want to avoid sunscreens with toxic chemicals. If you do decide to purchase sunscreen Wellness Mama recommends buying Badger brand. You can buy Badger products at amazon.com .
This homemade lavender sunscreen smells wonderful and nourishes and softens the skin but I make no claims as to its effectiveness. If you decide to make it, reapply throughout the day and after swimming.
Yields 1 jar
This homemade sunscreen softens the skin.
15 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil: you can buy from amazon.com or from amazon.ca
1/4 cup beeswax
2 tablespoons powdered zinc oxide
2 tablespoons shea butter (you can buy this from amazon.com or from amazon.ca
1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
8 drops lavender oil
10 drops helichrysum (the sunscreen that my son made didn't contain this oil).
Combine oils and beeswax in a double boiler over simmering water until melted.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool but make sure that the oils are still liquid before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Add zinc oxide and the essential oils and stir until well mixed.
Pour into a container and let sit overnight.
Fractionated coconut oil is not the same as the regular coconut oil that we cook with.
Be careful not to inhale the powdered zinc oxide.