One 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
45gm coconut oil or cocoa butter
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.
*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