There are several things I dislike about sunscreen;
#1 - I don't like how it dries out my face
#2 - I don't like the film it leaves on my skin
#3 - I hate when I'm out and about and I put sunscreen on my kids and then I can't immediately wash them. I cannot stand it. Serisouly. I know, I'm weird. Drives me nuts.
#4 - They all have crazy stuff I can't pronounce in them.
#5 - A little does NOT go a long way.
My list could go on and on...
Let me tell you about the sunscreen I just made!!!!!!
#1 - It doesn't dry out my face
#2 - It doesn't leave a film on my skin because it soaks right in!
#3 - It absorbs right in, so I don't feel like I have thick nastiness on my hands if I can't wash them right away!
#4 - I know how to pronounce all the ingredients in my sunscreen and I know EXACTLY what's in it!
#5 - A little goes a very long way!
Ok, so I love it. I love how easy it was to make. I love that I conquered this! I had a recipe for sunscreen with just carrot seed oil and coconut oil. I had one with shea butter, coconut oil, jajoba oil and zinc oxide and beesewax. I wanted to combine the two so we could block UVA and UVB rays and also to have the shea and jajboa in there so our skin didn't dry out and the beeswax to make it somewhat "sweatproof." Did you know carrot seed oil all on it's own has a natural SPF of 30-40? Even coconut oil on it's own has a natural SPF of about 7! Cool, huh?!
The only thing I didn't care for with this sunscreen is the smell. Everyone else who has smelled it hasn't minded it, and the smell goes away shortly after applying. Since making this, I've seen adding lavender to it helps with the smell. Whatever. LOL! I just wanted sunscreen that would work...and it does!
I want to give credit to the two recipes I found. Here is the first with just Carrot Seed Oil and Coconut Oil:
Here is the link to the second recipe I found...without carrot seed oil, but with jajoba and coconut oil, shea butter, zinc oxide and beeswax.
Now, here's my recipe!!!!
Natural Sunscreen Recipe:
Makes approx. 6 oz.
3 oz. unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil (in liquid state)
2 oz. jajoba oil
1 oz. shea butter (in liquid state - use double boiler method to melt)
1 3/4 Tbsp. Beeswax pellets
1/2 tsp. vitamin E
2 3/4 Tbsp. zinc oxide powder
60 drops carrot seed oil
In a double boiler, add the coconut oil, jajoba and shea. Mix in the beeswax pellets until they melt. Remove from the heat.
Let it cool just slightly and mix in the vitamin E and zinc oxide powder. Please be sure to remove all children from the room when using the zinc oxide powder and cover your mouth and nose while using it.
Add in the carrot seed oil and whisk....and whisk and whisk some more!!!!!!!
Pour your sunscreen into a container or containers.
Want to know where I got everything?
Coconut Oil - I buy mine at Costco
Jajoba Oil - got mine at Whole Foods
Shea Butter - a friend of mine picked mine up from the Eastern Market in Detroit, but you can get it online
Beeswax Pellets - Got mine here
Vitamin E - got mine at Whole Foods
Zinc Oxide Powder - Got mine here
Carrot Seed Oil - Young Living Essential Oil (I am a distributor if you need help ordering this)
Containers - I bought the 2 oz. jars here
Use your own discretion on how often to apply this sunscreen. Best of luck to you and please do come back and comment on how it worked for you!
*Disclaimer: If you choose to use this recipe, you are doing so at your own risk. I cannot guarantee the same results as I had.