All-natural sunscreen via wellnessmama.com

½ cup sweet almond or olive oil

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup beeswax

2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide (this is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin.  Be very careful not to inhale the powder.  Wear a mask if necessary.  2 Tbsp will make the sunscreen 20 SPF.  More can be added.)

Optional:  1 tsp Vitamin E oil

Optional:  2 Tbsp Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter

Optional:  Essential Oils or Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except essential oils in a pint sized glass jar.  I decided to use a canning jar that I have designated just for making lotions.  You could also re-use tomato sauce jars, pickle jars, olive jars… be creative!
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium flame.
  3. Place glass jar in pan.
  4. As the water heats up, the ingredients in the jar will begin to melt.  Stir or swirl occasionally to incorporate.  Be careful, the jar will get hot, too!
  5. When all ingredients are completely melted, add essential oils a few drops at a time until you are satisfied with the scent.
  6. Add Zinc Oxide and stir well.  Then, simply pour the liquid into whatever glass jar you will use to store it.  Small, wide-mouthed mason jars are great for this.  Stir a few times as the lotion cools to ensure the Zinc Oxide is mixed throughout.  As it solidifies, it will not pump in a lotion pump.
  7. Use as you would regular lotion.  It has a shelf life of about 6 months.  This lotion is wonderfully luxurious and a little goes a long way.  Enjoy!

Note:  This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof.  Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.

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