Traditional sunscreen is full of chemicals proven to disrupt hormone balances and have been linked to cancer. But you can make this DIY nontoxic sunscreen in about 15 minutes!
Blah blah blah, I love my essential oils. Duh. But what I'm really loving about them most is learning how to use them to make super easy, super affordable and super health-friendly beauty DIY's! Last summer the news was filled with the link between spray sunscreen and cancer, as you breathe in all those chemicals as a fine mist. I don't know why they're still sold, honestly. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding or planning on becoming pregnant, you definitely don't want to use traditional sunscreen because the chemicals raise estrogen levels. Yuck! So let's talk about how to make this super easy DIY nontoxic sunscreen and how effective it is.
Coconut oil has a naturally occurring SPF factor around SPF 5 (I've read anywhere from SPF 3-10). Carrot seed oil has about a SPF factor of 30-40! And zinc oxide puts a physical barrier between the sun's rays and your skin. So this DIY nontoxic sunscreen is estimated to be about SPF 35 (actually, it's much higher but I like to err on the safe/low side.)
I've tested it myself and have zero sunburn, even after being out in the brightest sun of the day. Yes, it's already been 80-90 degrees down here in Texas for the past month, so I feel confident in passing along this DIY to you as an effective sunscreen. I will say this though! You have to apply it every hour. The coconut oil will stay on your skin but if you're sweating excessively (anyone else a big sweater? I am. Maybe it's the heat here but dang... I wish that was a problem I didn't have!) or if you're swimming you'll want to make sure you're reapplying it to protect your skin. There's no chemicals to preserve its effect like conventional sunscreen, so. You know. Apply it often!
- 3oz coconut oil
- 2T zinc oxide
- 20 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
Melt the coconut oil over a double boiler. I like to put it in the freezer for about 5 mins to thicken it up a bit. Then add the zinc oxide slowly, mixing with a whisk the whole time. Make sure to cover your mouth/nose with a mask of some sort so that you don't breathe in the zinc oxide, and don't have your children or pets around when you mix this! After incorporating the zinc oxide, add your essential oils. Carrot seed provides the SPF coverage while lavender provides calming properties for your skin - and makes the DIY nontoxic sunscreen smell nice!
Like I said, I tried this on me and it worked great! If you like more of a "lotion" you can add Shea butter - use equal amounts of coconut oil and Shea butter and whip them together with a mixer, then follow the rest of the directions as stated. This creates a more traditional, lotion-y texture. I can't wait to toss out my children's sunscreen and use this DIY nontoxic sunscreen on them this summer season. It's so easy to make and a really effective way to omit the chemical-laden junk out of your life!