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DIY Sunscreen Bars

 

It's starting to feel like Summer around here!

We are HUGE fans of a some natural Vitamin D but sometimes too much can be painful & bad for your skin. A little sun screen goes a long way! 

Some suncreen is toxic and with everyone wanting to be more "green," what better way to avoid that icky mixture than making your own? 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shea butter 
  • 5 Tbsp beeswax
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil 
  • 2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide
  • ½ tsp vitamin E oil 
  • ¾ tsp essential oil (citrus oils increase photosensitivity so do not use those – I used lavender)

Directions

Combine the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl placed over a hot pot of water or use a double boiler. Heat on low until the ingredients are melted and full incorporated. Remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide, the essential oil, and the vitamin E oil. Pour into silicon molds and place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes. Pop out and store in tins or an airtight container. Store at room temperature.

Notes:

  • These will melt in the hot sun. Plan to cut off a small piece to take with me to the pool or the beach and carry it in an airtight container. Once back indoors it will solidify again.
  • Simply rub all over your body while holding in your hand. The texture is firm but emollient and it will feel like a lotion – not soap. You can rub it in further with your hands.
DIY recipe thanks to homemademommy.net
 

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