Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Homemade Sunscreen

Makes about 14-16 oz of sunscreen.
  1. Combine Shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax granules in a double-broiler (I don't have a double-broiler, so I improvised with a pot and a metal bowl on top). Melt ingredients over a low simmer; remove from heat. Add zinc oxide powder a bit at a time to avoid clumping. Whisk after adding each bit.
  2. Add essential oil drops if desired. I don't use one as the Shea butter and coconut oil are fragrant enough for me. I thought about adding peppermint oil to make it a duo sunscreen and bug repellent.
  3. Thoroughly whisk ingredients, making sure there are no clumps.
  4. Pour into container using a funnel (I used re-purposed Banana Boat sunscreen containers). Lotion will thicken up.
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Cleanup notes:
Use baking soda to wash all items well before putting in your dishwasher. While the beeswax is necessary for the waterproof feature, the dishwasher heat will melt it hotter than Hades and spread it all over the contents and the dishwasher itself. Use as many metal items as possible as these clean up best. 

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