DIY Sunscreen

sunscreen

I am a bit of a crunchy mom…this is just another example of that! 😉 I love making as much as I can for my family for their health and my peace of mind. So far I have made laundry detergent, disinfecting spray/all purpose cleaner,  soft scrub, window cleaner, enzyme cleaner and floor cleaner. Making these products versus buying them gives me a lot more satisfaction then spending way too much money on more toxic products that don’t work as good as homemade. I made the laundry detergent 8 months ago, and there is still some left! One of the best things about using it is that my washer never smells of mildew, the clothes wash up really well, smell fresh and haven’t faded a bit!

Anyway, back to the sunscreen! It’s super emollient and much more beneficial for your skin than anything you can buy at the store. The upfront cost is a bit expensive, but I’ve already sold a jar so it’s a good start at recouping some of that money. We’ve  tested this during the worst time to be outside (noon to 3:00), because the neighbors needed help with their landscaping. The kids were all over that when they were promised payment for their hard work 😉 As I rubbed it on them, I added a few drops of an essential oil blend that repels bugs (lots of those out here in Florida), and they came back in the house burn free and without a single bug bite. Thanks for reading!

DIY Sunscreen –

Directions –

In a double boiler over medium low heat, melt coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. Stir until completely melted. Add vitamin E oil to the mixture then remove from heat. Carefully add the zinc powder and stir to combine. It’s not necessary, but I used my hand mixer to blend the zinc powder within the butter/oil mixture. Carefully pour the sunscreen into glass jars. Let cool completely with the lids off. Once it’s cooled, you can place it in the refrigerator for about 6 months or store at room temperature for about 3 months.

And now for something completely different…

In an effort to rid my home of chemicals, I made these. All the ingredients were easy to find, some of them are probably already in your home. The essential oil and the Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap are kind of spendy if you’re cheap like me 😉 Thankfully these two ingredients are used sparingly and it seems that a little goes a long way. I actually enjoyed cleaning with these! They smell great, rinse off easily, aren’t harsh, and best of all – they actually work! Speaking of the smell – you can buy a different castile soap and essential oil to create your favorite scent combination. I love lavender and the tea tree oil soap combo, but next time I may buy peppermint soap to go with the lavender. I also like that the kids can help me clean, and I don’t have to worry about them breathing in fumes, getting this on their clothes or on their skin. If you’re interested in learning more about these recipes, go here. The post is really informative! Thanks for reading!