I have to admit that when I read that I could make my own homemade sunscreen, I was thrilled. Then, I got a little skeptical. Will it really be effective? Well, believe it or not, tested and approved in Senegal. And let me tell you that here, the sun is not kidding!
But let’s start from the beginning and let me give you the recipe and how to make it. I found it on the blog Planet Addict (French only), that it full of ressources!
Ingredients for the homemade sunscreen
- 50mL of olive oil (that you will easily find, I’m sure. Of course, choose it organic.)
- 80mL of coconut oil (that you can find with other cooking oil in organic stores. It is often sold solid. I you don’t like the smell of coconut, you can choose it neutral. Anyway, choose it virgin!)
- 20mL of jojoba oil (that you can in organic stores or on internet)
- 20g of cocoa butter (that you will find in organic stores with the food items, or on internet. Same, prefer to choose it organic)
- 10g beeswax or vegetal wax (that you can directly pick up from the apiarist or in oorganic stores or on internet)
- 10 table spoon of zinc oxide (this is what will protect you from the UVs. I found it only online but I’m sure you can find it elsewhere) (precision: I used the whole 50g that I bought, I suppose it is normal?)
- 30mL of purified water (well, I used tap water… But I would recommend to follow the recipe and use purified water)
- 5 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil (that you will find in organic or specialized stores or on internet. You can reuse it for your shampoo for example)
- 20 drops of vitamin E (it is a natural antioxidant so an excellent preservative for oily products. You can find it in organic stores or on internet)
Preparation of the homemade sunscreen
- Put the olive oil, the cocoa butter and the beeswax in a double boiler over a low heat so it doesn’t boil.
- Mix the coconut oil and jojoba oil in an other receptacle (big enough because this is where you’re gonna put everything then)
- (if your coconut oil is solid like mine, you need to melt it first in an other double boiler)
- When the first mix (olive, cocoa and beeswax) is well melted, add the zinc oxyde away from the heat, mix, and pour the mixture in the coconut/jojoba receptacle.
- Whip the mixture, with an electric whisk if needed.
- Add the water little by little while whipping, as if you where making a mayonnaise.
- Finally, add the essential oil and vitamin E.
And here we are, your homemade sunscreen is ready, you can transfer it in the receptacle of your choice (for example, a former sunscreen tube that you have washed and disinfect). I used a former tube of sage hydrolat (that I use for my shampoo)
If you want to know more about my feedback and on the ingredients, you can read this article by clicking on this link. Right here. Right now. Hop !
Reminder: the sun is a dangerous friend ; what I will call a frienemy. It is thus important to protect yourself as much with sunscreen than with a hat and avoid sun during the hottest hours and for a long time. And don’t forget to drink! I would also advise to test the sunscreen before exposing you for a longer time.
NB : I am not a sunscreen, skin, sun, cosmetics professional. This is just about my own researches and experimentation. Some ingredients (essential oil for example) can provoke allergies or not be advised (for pregnant women for example). You must ask before making your cosmetics.