Frugally Sustainable posted a great recipe for homemade sunscreen and I think I’m going to borrow it and make a few adjustments. We are not able to use beeswax or vitamin E oil and I am not 100% certain of the candelilla wax. Instead of trialing that much candelilla wax without more of a buffer of oils and butter I think I will instead substitute the wax with extra shea butter. I was going to use kokum butter, as it is harder than the shea, but time only permitted the use of shea butter. I will substitute the vitamin E oil with…nothing. I did locate a Vitamin E oil, supposedly sourced from sunflower seeds; however I think additional questions pertaining to processing and refinement need to be answered before trying the product. Please ensure that your ingredients are unrefined and corn free (processing and manufacturing).
- Organic Coconut Oil (unrefined) - 0.75 ounce
- *Organic Shea Butter (unrefined) - 1.75 ounce
- Organic Jojoba Oil (unrefined) - .25 ounce
- (Substitute .75 ounce of shea with .75 ounce candelilla, carnauba, or beeswax if you can tolerate it)
- Zinc Oxide – .3 to .36 ounce (~10%)
- 30 drops of organic, steam distilled essential oils (we’re using lavender and tea tree)
- Gather ingredients and kitchen tools.
- Melt oils and butters in a “double boiler” over low heat.
- Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool.
- Add the zinc oxide powder. Note: Wear a mask when working with zinc oxide. Although it has not been proven harmful when used topically, inhaling the substance can be dangerous.
- Return to “double boiler” for approximately 20 minutes (may need less time). Stir constantly to dissolve zinc oxide.
- Remove from double boiler. Add essential oils.
- Mix with an immersion blender until completely combined.
- Pour into a container (I’m using these. It would have been nice to find a safe push up container).
- Allow to cool to just under room temperature, stirring every so often.
- Refrigerate until set (stir before refrigerating).
- Remove from refrigerator and let set / harden on the counter overnight. (Only if you use wax)
*If you have kokum butter, then use .75 oz of kokum and 1.00 oz shea.