Sunday, March 29, 2015

Healthy Homemade Natural Sunscreen

Commercial sunscreens are full of  toxic chemicals!  These chemicals are endocrine system disruptors, increase the risk of cancer, and more. Our skin is our largest organ, and what we put on it gets absorbed into our body.

It’s an ironic situation that in order to protect our skin from cancer, we started using sunscreen, but studies are now finding that using sunscreen may lead to an increased risk of cancer. This is due to a variety of reasons, including the fact that many sunscreens only block UVB rays (the good ones), and not UVA (the bad ones), creating a Vitamin D deficiency. Also, research is pointing to the fact that the Vitamin A and its derivatives that are used in many sunscreens turn toxic when exposed to the sun.

Recipe for Natural Sunscreen


1/2 cup almond oil (natural SPF of 5) or avocado or olive oil
2 tablespoons shea butter (natural SPF of 5)
1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF of 4)
2 tablespoons zinc oxide (non-GMO, natural SPF of 20+)
10 drops carrot seed essential oil (natural SPF of 30-40)
10 drops myrrh essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops vanilla extract (optional)


1) Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint-size or larger glass jar.

2) Fill a medium saucepan about 1/3 of the way with water and place over medium heat.

3) Stir occasionally to incorporate ingredients.

4) When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well. Pour into the jar, tube or tin you will use for storage.

5) Shake or stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is mixed in well.

*Use as you would regular sunscreen. Use within six months.

Summer is almost here!  Protect your skin the natural way and enjoy your time outdoors ~

Laurel ♥

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