I am so impressed that so many people are waking up to the massive number of toxins and chemicals used in most store-bought products, sunscreen is no exception. You can look up the toxic chemicals of sunscreen for yourself. You won't be pleased to know you are slathering these chemicals onto your skin and ultimately into your body.
For this reason, I am asked so often to make sunscreen and add it to my list of regular products. I do not carry sunscreen in my regular lineup because I can not nail down an exact SPF number to address it with. However, I began making my family's sunscreen about 9 years ago. I have 2 recipes that I use that are tried and true and they are very similar.
I am extremely fair skinned and I remember the first time I used this recipe on myself. I was at the water park all day and totally expected to be burned. I wore this homemade sunscreen and reapplied 2 times in 10 hours. I was amazed that I didn't have even a slight burn. I was impressed. That was the LAST time that I used toxic store-bought sunscreen on myself and my children. I find it best to have a tin for applying on my face but for the rest of our bodies, you can purchase "deodorant" containers off of Amazon and use them as roll up applicators. Since you will just be making these for your family, you can re-use the containers over and over throughout the summer.
ingredients: 1/4 cup avocado oil, 40 to 60 drops carrot seed EO, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 2 TBSP mango butter, 1/4 cup beeswax, and 4 TBSP zinc oxide
directions: Use a double boiler to melt items (you can use a microwave but I personally do not use or recommend using a microwave). Melt all oil, wax, and butter ingredients to a liquid state. Leave out the zinc and EO until last. Once the items are melted, set them aside to cool down a bit. Add in carrot seed essential oil and stir. Lastly, I use a mask to add in the last ingredient as a safety precaution. Add in the zinc oxide slowly and stir well. The containers that you use will determine when you add your product to the container, as temperature is a factor. If you are planning to use small mason jars, then the temp doesn't really need to be that cool.
Enjoy your summer, friends!