This is soo easy to make and is completely safe to use. NO chemicals. Most of these oils can be found at your local health store or online. I purchase all of my items on Amazon. If you would like to start off with a smaller bottle of coconut oil. I get mine here from Walmart and a 3o oz. jar is only $5.98. As opposide to the hefty price of $12.99 at my Local health foods store. This is something you do want to invest it because you can use it for so many things!
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. shea butter found here
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel found here
- 2 teaspoons of zinc oxide – this is what provides the sun protection 🙂 found here
- (optional) 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
- at least a 2 oz. dark glass jar to store your sun screen in. (this is important because the all plant oils are light sensitive and you don’t want them to break down and oxidize)
- Place a ceramic or metal bowl inside a sauce pan filled with a couple of inches of water so that the ingredients melt very gently.
- Place all ingredients (except the zinc oxide) into ceramic bowl. Put on to heat gently and wait for everything to melt. Maybe mixing one or 2 times. (because the shea butter is the thickest butter, this will take the longest to melt.)Once everything is melted and there are no lumps, take your bowl out of the saucepan.
- Add your zinc oxide into the warm oils and mix.
- Pour into your glass container and you’re done!
- Now because it does contain coconut oil, it will liquify if you keep it at really warm temperatures. If you want it to remain firmer , simply keep it in the fridge!
- This has a shelf life of 6 months.
- This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof so you will need to be reapply after sweating or swimming.
- This recipe has a SPF of 15, increase the amount of zinc oxide for a higher SPF.
- By adding 1-2 drops of coconut, vanilla or lavender essential oils..this will give it a nice fragrance as well.
- My favorite essential oils are the NOW brand. They are all 100% natural and not diluted. View list of all essential oils on Amazon here