A great natural sunscreen recipe...
You can make your own organic sunscreen at home. This natural sunblock will provide you with the protection you need against the harsh summer sun without the use of metal ingredients like titanium and zinc. Don't let the long ingredient list scare you. Once you know how to make it, it's easy.
- 3 tablespoons unrefined sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon unrefined jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon unrefined avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 2 tablespoon cocoa butter
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 teaspoon bee's wax
- 1 teaspoon soya-lecithin
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons rose water
- 1/2 teaspoon borax
- 20 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 3 to 5 drops coconut fragrance oil (optional)
Make sure all your utensils and pots are very clean before you start making your organic sunscreen. This will discourage the growth of mold and bacteria.
Melt the cocoa butter and bee's wax in a double boiler. Add the jojoba oil, sesame oil, avocado oil and soya-lecithin to the pan. Mix the ingredients well.
Turn off the heat then add the shea butter. Shea butter will turn grainy if heated too much. Stir the shea butter in well, mashing it up against the side of the pot to encourage it to break up.
In another smaller pot, mix the aloe vera gel, rose water and borax. Heat it gently and stir constantly, until the borax is completely dissolved. Mixing these watery ingredients with the oils you heated earlier will give you organic sunscreen a creamy consistency.
Put the small pot in a bowl of ice. Letting the mixtures cool in ice as they combine will help make the sunscreen creamy. Add the oil mixture to the pot a little at a time. Mix it quickly as you combine the ingredients.
Once it is all mixed and creamy, add carrot seed essential oil. If you want your organic sunscreen to smell great, add some coconut fragrance too.
Store your sunscreen in a jar in the refrigerator.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside. Don't use citrus oils to fragrance your sunscreen. Your skin could have a bad reaction to them.