How To Make Sunscreen From Essential Oils
Winter is long and harsh in the north. It’s not uncommon for those of us up here to experience cold weather for seven or eight months straight (and sometimes longer). So when it warms up, I encourage my little tribe to spend as much time as possible outside.
We go on family walks, play at parks, lay outside at the beach (my personal favorite), frequent water parks and anything else that warrants an excuse to be outdoors.
All this time outside is super fun and helps to improve all of our moods. Plus, it replenishes and boosts our vitamin d3 levels too.
Sunlight is important and absolutely critical to being healthy and vibrant. There is a healthy balance though. Too much sunlight, too often can lead to problems.
Melanoma, otherwise known as skin cancer is one of the major concerns. And getting a bad sunburn is no fun either.
Using Natural Sunscreen
I’m a mother who struggles with keeping her overly hyper and active kids busy, so they have to spend lots of time outside to burn off energy. But I have no intention of using traditional sunscreen – the stuff is terrible and has been linked to all kinds of nasty side effects (we absorb what we put on our skin after all).
Yes. You can go buy natural sunscreen (Burt’s Bees brand comes to mind) but in my opinion they are way overpriced for what you’re getting.
I think a far better solution is to use the magic of essential oils with a few other key ingredients and make your own.
I did this last year and was overjoyed with how well it worked. None of my kids got a sunburn. Not even once through the whole summer. And we spent long days outside at the beach during the prime time of day when most people go home with a crisp.
A Recipe For Sunscreen Using Essential Oils
Here’s this magical recipe. It will protect you and your family from the harmful UVA and UVB rays while nourishing and hydrating your skin. Big bonus!
What You Need
- Small, glass jar (mason jars work great).
- ¾ cup of coconut oil.
- 2 tablespoons of non nano zinc oxide (the particles of zinc sit on the surface of the skin and scatter UVA and UVB rays before they ever reach your skin. Only use NON nano zinc oxide which you can find on Amazon.
- 2 tablespoons of shea butter.
- 10 drops lavender essential oil.
- 1-3 drops of a pomegranate essential oil.
What You Do
- Mix up everything except the non nano zinc oxide into your small mason jar.
- Take a frying pan and a small amount of water (usually 1-2 inches tall will work) and heat it up on the stove under medium/low heat.
- Take the mason jar that you have containing the oils, shea butter, and coconut oil and place it into the thin layer of water in the frying pan. The heat will begin to warm up and melt the coconut oil. Stir all the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.
- Combine the zinc oxide and stir until everything is mixed together well.
- You can store your new sunscreen in a dark cabinet or pantry until you’re ready to use.
As I mentioned, this is an awesome recipe but I would recommend that you reapply:
- After about 2-3 hours.
- Excessively sweating.
- Anytime you enter and exit the water (ocean or swimming pool) as it can wash off pretty easily.
DIY Waterproof Natural Sunscreen Recipe From Essential Oils
This year I want to try a sunscreen that is more waterproof. So I searched around and found a pretty amazing recipe online from Lexie Naturals. I added a few essential oils that are known to be good for the skin.
What You Need
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of beeswax
- ½ shea butter
- 4 tablespoons of non nano zinc oxide
- 8 tablespoons of lavender essential oil
- 2 tablespoons of frankincense essential oil
- 2 tablespoons of geranium essential oil
- Small glass jar (I use mason jars)
What You Do
- Take a frying pan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Place your mason jar into the water to create a double broiler.
- Add the beeswax, shea butter coconut oil and essential oils.
- Stir with a wooden spoon (never use metal or plastic when using essential oils).
- Take your glass jar out of the broiler (it may be hot) and add the non nano zinc oxide. Stir with a wooden spoon until it’s mixed well – smooth, not clumpy.
- Let the mixture cool.
- To use, just scoop some out with your fingers and rub it into any areas of your skin that will be exposed to the sun.
SPECIAL TIP: Try cleaning out an empty deodorant stick and refilling it with the mixture before it cools and hardens. This way you have an easy way to apply it on the go!
The sun is awesome. And with a little preparation and a few key ingredients, your family can enjoy its comforting warmth without worry.