A quick and easy DIY Beauty recipe for DIY Solid Sunscreen Bars, this recipe makes mom-life a whole lot easier and less messy!
DIY Sunscreen Bars Recipe
My friend shared this recipe for DIY Sunscreen bars with me – and I have to be honest – I hesitated to make and share it here.
People can have reactions to sunscreen at the best of times, and sunscreen needs to be religiously re-applied to prevent burns. (I was applying every two hours to my daughter on our recent trip and she still managed to get a nasty burn in one afternoon.)
While it sounds like a great recipe (and definitely better than just putting on coconut oil, which is what I knew a lot of my crunchy friends did when our kids were little), I want to be really clear that I am not making any claims that this will prevent sunburn and I encourage you to do your own research to verify the validity of these ingredients in preventing sunburns.
As for myself, I am making these and sending them to school with my daughter to reapply before recess as they are way less messy than sending lotions or sprays.
If they are left out in the heat, they will become soft, so I am just going to tuck them into her lunch pail in a plastic baggy (which will also serve as a reminder when she has a snack or lunch before recess that she needs to apply the sunscreen). If taking to the beach, I also recommend storing them in the cooler – and they will so refreshing when you go to apply them.
Ingredients for DIY Sunscreen Bars
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup beeswax or soy wax pellets
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon vitamin e oil
- 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 tablespoons non-nano zinc oxide
Tip: zinc oxide is difficult to clean, so use hot soapy water when you clean everything!
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Soap mold
How to Make DIY Sunscreen Bars
In a medium size bowl, add shea butter and wax pellets. Place in microwave and melt at 30 second intervals until completely melted.
Add coconut oil, vitamin e and sweet almond oil.
Add lavender essential oil
Add zinc oxide
Mix everything together well. You can use a wooden spoon, whisk or a hand mixer.
Add to mold and allow to harden in fridge or freezer at least two hours. I let mine harden overnight.
Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in fridge until ready to use.
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