Ah… Summer! You’ve come at last! You can’t tell just by reading, but that statement is dripping with sarcasm and contempt. Here in the “Sunshine State” summer is downright brutal, especially those sun rays! While in the past I’ve always been a hat and shirt enforcer, I’ve got my hands full with little one #2 and she is a nudist at heart. Socks? Gone! Hats? Forget it! She doesn’t even want a hair bow on her head. Actually, I’ve seen her try to take her hair off of her head before. Sorry, Princess. The hair stays! As soon as she figures out the cloth diaper snaps we’re going to be in BIG trouble. That’s why I decided to make an easy sunblock recipe for my family.
I spent a lot of time researching
I spent a lot of time researching ingredients, textures, SPF, why “non-nano” zinc oxide was a must. Something that didn’t have a lot of different ingredients. Something that would be easy to make as well as easy to use. Ultimately I choose to do what I usually do, and I just winged it. I’m really quite proud of the results! An easy sunblock recipe that is sure to become a fast favorite to all DIYers!
My favorite part
My favorite part about this easy sunblock recipe is how silly easy it is to make. With only four ingredients involved its pretty hassle free. I know some people look at a DIY like this and cringe. As one who has lived through many ill-fated Pinterest fails, I have to say I’ll be really impressed if you mess this one up. It’s so easy a 5-year-old can do it! Supervised, of course!
Let’s talk SPF for a second.
I know there are folks out there who are wanting SPF 2,428, but according to this article from the Mayo Clinic SPF only plays a minimal role in protecting your skin. What you really need is a broad spectrum sunscreen, which the zinc oxide in this recipe will offer you. This easy sunblock recipe is 15% zinc oxide. If you are looking to amp that up to 20% you can add an extra 1 & 1/2 tsp of zinc. Keep in mind that it may seem white on your skin if you add more.
In this picture of my son stirring in the non-nano zinc oxide he is covering his nose, not because of the smell, which he quite liked, but as a precaution to make sure none of the zinc was inhaled. In my research I read you should be extra careful here, even though I must say, I didn’t see any particles become airborne. Perhaps it is the micronized zinc oxide that is the problem and we didn’t see that because I purchased the non-nano? Better safe than sorry!
I waited until the mixture was beginning to set before adding it to an empty deodorant container. It was left over from before we knew what a chemical poop storm they were! I’m so glad on days like this when I compulsively save every little container, and I actually make use of it! Yay! After I made a solid layer on the bottom, I melted the mixture back down to a paste-like consistency and filled it the rest of the way up. There was a little left over that I think would make a nice and easy sunblock bar, but I haven’t experimented with that yet. If you try it let me know how it works for you!
1/4 C. or 2 oz. beeswax pellets
1/4 C. or 2.5 oz. extra virgin coconut oil
13 drops of therapeutic grade carrot seed oil
4 tsp. non nano zinc oxide
Simply melt and mix all of the ingredients together and pour!