Well, I'll be dipped in Ranch and served beach-side folks!! We were absolutely blown away by the simplicity involved in making our own UVA/UVB sunscreen a few months ago, and we've had the pleasure of experiencing it's effectiveness on numerous pool days and other outings, ever since.
This past weekend, however, was our ultimate test; 6 Hours on the Gulf of Mexico beach, in the August sun. In the past, every time we spent a day at the coast, we would go home with crispy skin and end up peeling for weeks, despite the repetitive application of the old 80 spf sunblock. Well this weekend, I took my original DIY sunscreen recipe and added in a few tbsp of pure non-nano zinc oxide powder. Well, this was literally the strongest sunscreen we've used to date, because not ONE person in my family had even a tan line to display after 6 full-sun hours. We reapplied every 90 minutes because we were all in and out of the ocean, but we would have needed to do so with any sunscreen. As usual, I am both super-nerd-level excited about the simplicity involved in making my own sunscreen (just 4-5 ingredients!) and even more excited to share this recipe with all of my friends/family!!
Excellent for daily wear, all over body lotion, and limited exposure to the sun. Reapply every 60 to 90 minutes of sun exposure:
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (not fractionated)
1/2 cup softened unrefined shea butter (I recommend the Better Shea Butter brand)
30 drops carrot seed essential oil (approximately 20-30 spf)
30 drops lavender essential oil
**optional skin-loving essential oil substitutes or additions include: Patchouli, Myrrh, or Sandalwood (do NOT omit the carrot seed essential oil)
**NEVER use citrus essential oils in your sunscreen, because they will make your skin MORE sensitive to the sun's rays.
All of the above, plus 3 tbsp of "non-nano zinc oxide powder" (30-50spf)
Directions: Whip the ingredients together in a bowl using an electric mixer. Store in an air-tight container, recycled lotion pump, or mason jar for up to two years!
Additional Natural-Living Hacks:
Mix a pea-sized amount of sunscreen with a pea-sized amount of Savvy mineral powder foundation to make a "tinted foundation with sunscreen".
Add 2 tbsp of beeswax pellets (melted into liquid form) to the recipe and store your sunscreen in a deodorant stick for easy application to the face (and wiggling babies!)
As always, be careful to select 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to be sure you are breathing, lathering, and consuming only the safest and purest of oils. Understanding the different Grades of Oils is paramount when learning to live an essential oil-infused lifestyle.
To read more about the oils we use in my household, read this post about why we chose Young Living Essential Oils.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.