|Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM|
As you may know, I have been talking about Sunblock lately. In the last post I gave a recipe for one that you can make if you wanted. I decided to make some for myself, but I didn't like the recipe I gave.... sorry about that.
Here is my recipe:
- 1/4 C. Coconut Oil
- 2 TBS. Avocado Oil
- 2 TBS. Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 TBS. Shea Butter
- 2 TBS. Cocoa Butter
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
- 1 TBS. Zinc Oxide ( I used zinc oxide ointment.)
- 1/4 +/- C. Beeswax ( I use a cheese grater to make it melt faster, just test it on your finger to get the right amount. More about this later.)
- essential oil (whatever you think is good. I used Vanilla.)
Step 1: Getting ready! Make sure the area your are going to use is clean. You are going to use a double boiler, so get that ready as well. You are going to want your water to be just about boiling the entire time, so keep the flame on low.
Step 2: Get your oils together! Put them in a small bowl ( I use a glass measuring cup) that is heat resistant and place in the double boiler.
Step 3: Once all your oils have melted together, get you beeswax. Since I have a big block it is harder for me to get little pieces that will melt faster. What I do is shave it into....well, shavings. I have a specific cheese grater to do this. If you are using beeswax pellets 1/4 cup should be okay. I had to use about 2 more TBS. but my shavings are thin and light.
*note: to check that you have the right amount of beeswax, get a little on your finger and let it cool. It should only take a few seconds to harden.
Step 4: Remove the glass from the hot water and set on counter. You want it to cool a bit, but don't let it set.
The next thing you are going to add is the zinc oxide.
Step 5: Mix really well and pour into tins or whatever you are using. The oils should turn a creamy white once you add the zinc oxide. It looks very "sunscreen-ish". Allow to set for a few hours.
And that is all there is to it. It isn't that hard. Unfortunatly for me, it did leave my hands greasy. But, I will give you a update on how well it works.
Now, for the big question: What is the SPF?
This is what I found. Most oils have at least some degree of SPF. The only one I found that doesn't is Vitamin E Oil, but that's okay...It is very good for your skin anyway!
- Avocado Oil - 15 SPF
- Cocoa Butter - 15 SPF
- Coconut Oil - 4-8 SPF
- Almond Oil - 5 SPF
- Shea Butter - 3-6 SPF
So my guess is that this sunblock has at least a SPF of 42.
A review is in the near future!
Have you made sunblock before? Have you ever used oils as a sunblock? Let me know!