(Some of the common commercial sunscreen ingredients that are suspected or known carcinogens and/or hormone disrupters, include diethanolamine, triethanolamine (DEA, TEA), padimate-o, octyl dimethyl PABA, benzophenone, oxybenzone, homosalate, octyl-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), salicylates, and parabens.) BLECH!
Make this instead:
Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful radiation from the sun. Natural sunscreen! Obviously that low amount of SPF isn’t sufficient for a long day in the sun, so we add red raspberry seed oil and essential oils. Red raspberry seed oil has an SPF of roughly 25. Zinc oxide (use non-synthetic) is also known for it’s ability to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe Ingredients
- 1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Non Nano Zinc Oxide
- 1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
- Optional: 10 Drops Essential Oils (I used Carrot Seed & Lavender)
Whip coconut oil up in a mixer or food processor. Carefully add the zinc oxide (you don’t want to inhale it!), red raspberry seed oil and essential oils. Once the oils and zinc oxide are mixed well pour them into a small container. That's it! Voila homemade sunscreen!
There is no way to know exactly how much SPF is in the lotion since there are varying sources of information about how much SPF is in carrier oils and essential oils. It's likely about 15-20 SPF...If you have fair skin that burns easily you may need to add more zinc oxide. This recipes is intended for educational purposes only. Please test out the recipes and change it up to suit the needs of your skin.