Part of two of my homemade sunscreen escapades. This one is for the body, although you could certainly use it on your face if you want (find my Facial Sunscreen DIY here). Personally, I found the coconut oil a little too heavy for my face, so I opted to just use it for this body sunscreen.
Disclaimer: This sunscreen has an spf of 40, but contains no zinc so I would only recommend it for those that don't burn entirely easy. For example, I'm pretty light skinned, but can tan fairly easily. I use this when I'm at the beach for a couple of hours and I reapply generously. However, I would not recommend this for an entire summer day under the hot sun.
For a zinc oxide based recipe, check out my DIY Shea Butter Sunscreen Recipe with Zinc Oxide.
How to Make Homemade Sunscreen
- Coconut Oil (has an spf of between 4 and 8)
- Aloe Vera Gel (helps soothe your skin)
- Vitamin E Oil (helps sooth your skin as well as acts as a natural preservative)
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil (this is where the spf of 40 comes in)
Side note: I hate measuring and have found that just winging it has worked perfectly fine for me. Also, because there are so many different size containers available it's easier to measure in parts.
- Sterilize your glass bottle container in boiling water for five minutes. Let it completely dry.
- Mix two parts coconut oil to one part aloe vera.
- Add two to three drops of Vitamin E oil.
- Depending on the size of your container, add 10 to 25 drops of carrot seed essential oil. For example, I used about 10 drops for a 2oz bottle.
- Shake well and pour into the glass bottle.
I recommend making small batches so that the oils are potent and don't go rancid. It should last for about a month or so. Store the bottle in a dry, dark area.
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