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DIY Natural Sunscreen

female sunbathing in bikini, the word "sun" is written with sun screen

One of the most chemically loaded substances we put on our bodies is sunscreen. A simple natural option is non-nano zinc oxide cream, which you can get at your chemist.

Alternatively you can make this natural sunscreen that won’t dry out your skin or cause irritation from harsh chemicals.

Be sure to re-apply after a couple of hours or after swimming.  At the end of the day you’ll be left with wonderfully moist skin, not that gunky feel you get from commercial sunscreens.

Do be cautious with this and test it yourself as everyone’s skin differs.

DIY Natural Sunscreen

75ml sesame oil

15gm beeswax

45gm coconut oil or cocoa butter

120ml filtered water

2Tbs *zinc oxide

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.

*Regarding zinc oxide, my preference is to use non-nano 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 Green Goddess’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

If you’d like to purchase a totally natural SPF50 reef safe sunscreen here’s the link.

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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. Hi, thanks so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Is filtered water the same as bottled water that I would get at the supermarket? P.S. I have been using your shampoo bar for three weeks and my hair has never been so healthy looking!

      1. So sad that you have suggested an international company when there are lots of great nz companies that you can buy from – wheatgerm oil is everywhere in grocery, health store, sometimes even in a pharmacy and internet companies that are NZ owned
        Regards
        Sally

        1. Hi Sally, in the blog the site that is recommended is Lotus Oils, a NZ company located in Hawks Bay, the other link that I put in the comments is to iHerb NZ (ships from Aussy) You can of course go to your local organic store but the person asking wanted a reasonably priced on line option. Please post any links that you have to NZ online stores that sell wheatgerm oil, that would be great. thanks Triona

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