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A light feeling homemade natural sunscreen
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I’ve shared my favorite commercially available and homemade sunscreen recipes. These both are water resistant sunscreens. Today I want to share a lighter, though not water resistant homemade natural sunscreen recipe. It’s easy to make, only 2 ingredients (with an optional 3rd ingredient)!
1 1/2 tsp (3.5 grams) non-nano zinc oxide powder (I use non-nano so the zinc ozide rests on the surface of my skin to form a physical barrier between my skin and the sun, rather than absorbing into my skin)
In all of my recipes (body products, soaps, and baking), I have found much better accuracy with weighing ingredients instead using measuring spoons and measuring cups. I recommend investing in a digital kitchen scale. I personally love this American Weigh Scales digital kitchen scale.
1. Melt 54 grams coconut oil in your microwave safe container. I like to use my storage container, a mason jar.
2. Careful not to inhale any powder, add 3.5 grams zinc oxide powder to the coconut oil and stir to mix. The zinc oxide has a tendency to sink, so as the coconut oil cools and solidifies, stir periodically. If you forget and the oil solidifies completely, you should be able to soften with a few seconds in the microwave.
3. Optionally, add 5 drops red raspberry seed oil, and mix again to evenly distribute the oil.
To use, I scoop (or scrape such as with a popsicle stick if the air and therefore coconut oil is very cold) and rub into my skin until the zinc oxide whiteness is no longer visible.
I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, so I don’t notice much difference in feel of this sunscreen from coconut oil moisturizer.
As I previously mentioned, this sunscreen is not water proof or water resistant. Therefore, I do not recommend this for swimming or heavy sweating (I use my other sunscreen recipe for that!) I like this light sunscreen for everyday use.
Organic coconut oil – $14.99 for 54 oz (1458.99 g) at BJ’s Wholesale Club; (54g/1458.99g)x$14.99=$0.555 (or on Amazon for $16.99)
Total: $0.69 for 1/4 cup (57.5 grams = 2.03 oz), equating to $0.34 per ounce weight.
Before I paid attention to the ingredients in my products, I used to use a Eucerine face lotion with SPF 30. It’s currently on Amazon for $5.51 less 25% coupon = $4.14 for 4 oz, which is $1.03/ounce. My recipe is 1/3 the price, and all natural!
Do you have a favorite everyday sunscreen moisturizer?