I was a little nervous to try this recipe on a really hot day, as I am all about sunscreen and not burning. I used it here and there on not so hot days. Then I ran out of my usual sunscreen and decided to try it on a HOT day golfing. I made mine with a low amount of zinc, I like sunscreen SPF around 10-15. I applied this sunscreen just before we hit the golf course and reapplied after 2 hours.. Next day…. No burn and a nice light tan… BONUS: it’s great for your skin…. Best kept in fridge on warm days, this recipe will melt if warm.
**UPDATED VERSION with higher SPF.
½ cup Almond, Olive Oil or Avocado Oil (natural SPF 4 – 8)
¼ cup Coconut Oil (natural SPF 4)
¼ cup Beeswax
2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). The more you add the higher the SPF.
The rest are optional but help with a higher SPF, you can put up to 1 Tsp in the mixture.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil (natural SPF 28 – 50)
Carrot Seed Oil (natural SPF 38 – 40)
Vitamin E oil
Up to 2 Tbsp Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference. Citrus oils are not recommended.
Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a larger glass jar. I have a glass mixing cup that I use.
Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
When the water heats up, the mixture in the jar will start to melt. Stir occasionally too mix oils. When all ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat and add the zinc oxide. Don’t breathe in the Zinc as it can damage your lungs. I wear a painters mask. Stir in well and pour into a container. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.