If you’re eating organic and doing all the things but still using chemical laden products… well lets just say this blog post is for you! Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs 64% of what we put on it!
Also what even are those big words on the back of the bottles – the so called ingredients where you cant even pronounce the words!? Here’s the thing though, you can google it! With a quick google search I learned a lot about some scary ingredients in common sunscreens.
“EWG has reviewed the existing data about human exposure and toxicity for the nine most commonly used sunscreen chemicals. The most worrisome is oxybenzone, added to nearly 65 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens in EWG’s 2017 sunscreen database. Oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions (Rodriguez 2006). In laboratory studies it is a weak estrogen and has potent anti-androgenic effects (Krause 2012)” The article I found this info can be read here.
The article also mentioned how these chemicals are estrogen mimicking (like a lot of chemicals are) which in some studies, also listed in that article, showed men who used these sunscreens had a significantly lower testosterone level on days they used that sunscreen. Wow, scary right?
If you’ve been following me since last year you already know my love for Young Livings sunscreen and you have the info on why we need SOME SPF but not A TON … if you want more info on that checkout my other blog post on that here!
BUT my girls are in a daycare center – each in their own room, since they’re roomed by age, so this means they have to each have their own sunscreens/bug sprays etc and being the potion making DIY loving mama I am, I love being able to experiment recipes and make them my own. SO I do make sunscreen as well as buying it. The recipe in this blog post is perfect, it makes two 4oz mason jars of sunscreen! It was perfect, one for Ellie and one for Mila!
I have tried many recipes and this by far is the best one yet! Most other recipes I’ve tried were too oily and then other ones I’ve tried melted with any weather above 70 – that’s not good when you’re at the beach and its 95 degrees out! Am I right!?
DIY NON Toxic Sunscreen
- 1/2 cup coconut oil — contains a natural SPF of 10 (Aldi brand is our favorite).
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil or Young Livings V6 oil — great for skin elasticity
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 2 Tbsp Shea or Cocoa Butter
- 1 tsp Vitamin E
- 2 Tbsp NON-nano Zinc Oxide powder — contains a natural SPF of 20
- Optional: I love to add lavender essential oil and carrot seed essential oil to mine because it gives it a wonderful scent and is very beneficial to the skin. I typically add about 10 drops each, after it is all mixed up and has cooled a bit. I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, so I am sure that the quality is to my standards (especially for use on my kids!)
- I usually buy my ingredients from either Bulk Apothecary or Amazon. My Essential Oils I buy from Young Living.
Step one: Melt everything except the zinc and essential oils! Once everything is melted, I let it cool for a few minutes (watch it because it starts hardening if it cools too much!) I like to let it cool because of this next step.
Pour into your mason jars, if you do two 4 oz mason jars its the perfect amount – then I add 1 tbsp of Zinc to each jar. Close the jars and shake them vigorously, you might also want to use an oven-mitt or a towel as the jars might be warm still! Once I’ve shaken them to my liking, I open them up let them cool a bit more and then add my essential oils, I then stir it up so its a nice creamy mixture.
While I keep them right in these jars you can also buy silicon travel bottles on amazon that are so cute!
Happy DIYing mamas!!