Make your own sunscreen with doTerra!
Adapted from a recipe on http://wellnessmama.com
Avoid all the chemicals and potential carcinogens in store bought sunscreen!
It’s also easier to apply, since it is in a bar (use it almost like soap) and easier for kids to do themselves.
I would recommend keeping it in the cooler if you take it to the beach, because it will start to get soft when the temperature hits the high 80s, but it will store well at room temperature.
I’d also encourage experimenting with how much coverage you want based on how much Zinc Oxide you add to the recipe, as this will be a smoother and thinner (and more waterproof) coverage
Sunscreen Bar Ingredients:
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 cup)
1 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
2 tablespoons (or more) of Zinc Oxide (available online or in many stores on the diaper aisle, just make sure it is pure zinc oxide- For those concerned about contaminants or nano-particles, this version has larger particles)
5-10 drops of your favorite doTerra Essential Oil (I recommend Lavender since its soothing to the skin – especially in cases of burns. Do not use Citrus Oils since most can cause skin sensitivities in the sun.)
How to Make:
Combine all ingredients (except zinc oxide and essential oil) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.
Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:
Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide powder and essential oils.
Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used silicon baking cups, though any mold would work. This recipe exactly filled 12 silicon baking cups when I made it.
Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds.
They can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer for longer term storage. Keep below 80 degrees or they will melt.
Adjust coverage to your needs and be careful not to burn while determining how long you can spend in the sun with these.
It is also important to protect your skin internally by making sure that your body has the nutrients it needs to avoid burning, even when you don’t use sunscreen.
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