DIY Sunscreen

babysunscreenOne of the most chemically loaded substances we put on our bodies is sunscreen. A simple natural alternative is zinc oxide cream, which you can get at your chemist, and I advise using that on children under six months old. This recipe works well for me and I usually wear about a factor 20 sunscreen. I re-apply after a couple of hours or after swimming, and at the end of the day you are left with wonderfully moist skin, and not that gunky feel you get from commercial sunscreens. Do be cautious with this and test it yourself as everyone’s skin differs:

75ml sesame oil

15gm beeswax

45gm coconut oil or cocoa butter

120ml water

2Tbs zinc oxide (from chemist)

1 Tbs wheat germ oil

1 tsp citric acid (from supermarket baking aisle)

20 drops lavender oil

In a double boiler (or put a bowl over simmering water in a saucepan) melt the oils and the beeswax together. Take off the heat and add the water, mixing with an electric mixer until thick and creamy. Then add the zinc oxide, wheatgerm oil, and citric acid. Stir, then add the lavender oil. Over time this will start leaching water – just drain it off.

N.B. Regarding zinc oxide, my preference is to use zinc oxide powder which you can buy at www.lotusoils.co.nz or you can buy a cream at the chemist which has zinc oxide mixed into a base, usually castor oil. This works too but make sure there are no other added ingredients.

Disclaimer:

*This Recipe is intended for Personal Use only – Resale of untested SPF Value Sunscreen in New Zealand is illegal.

*Allergy Test of Final product before use is recommended

*As the ordinary or otherwise use of products is outside of Wendyl’s control, no representation or warranty, expressed or implied is made as to the effect of such use (including damage or injury) or the results obtained

 

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      Wheatgerm has some sun-blocking features but you could try replacing with coconut, jojoba, add more sesame oil or avocado oil. If using coconut it will be solid in colder weather. Please test first.

  1. Hi,
    What is the shelf life of the sunscreen? Should I go by the exp. date of the zinc oxide (June 2016) since that is the active ingredient or by the earliest exp. date on any of the other ingredients (in my case it’s the sesame oil in nov 2015)? Thanks

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      1. Thanks. Loving the sunscreen. Just thought of another question. We’re heading to a place with a lot of sand flies over Xmas. Can you add different essential oils to the sunscreen to help repel insects? If so, what would you recommend – needs to be suitable for an 11 month old.

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  2. Hi, can you add more Zinc Oxide to make the SPF stronger( so the sunscreen will work for longer), and you don’t need to reapply every 2 hours? Thanks

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      Hi Kerry, I wouldn’t like to guess on that one. I think the mixture would be too thick but you could try it and see how it goes.

  3. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. I have been to 2 different pharmacies today and the variations of zinc oxide has confused me. One sold me a tub that is only 15% zinc with paraffin, lanolin and alcohol. The next pharmacy had a tiny tube of it mixed only with peanut oil. Can you help me out with what I’m supposed to be looking for please? Thank you

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      1. Hi Daniel, there are many sesame oils at lotus oils – but which one do you personally use? Can you please provide the link? Thanks

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  4. I’ve used food-grade sesame oil, should I have used special skin-grade? The smell is very strong, anything I can do to make it less so? Otherwise loving it, great recipe, many thanks for sharing!

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  5. hi there. wondering if you can add some titanium dioxide to this sunscreen recipe to make it even better SPF???
    many thanks

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      Hi Justine
      Wendyl has not made the sunscreen with titanium dioxide but you could try, let us know how you get on
      Triona

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