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Summer is nearly here, so it’s time to make homemade beauty products for the sun. Learn how to make this DIY natural sunscreen bars recipe using shea butter, lavender oil and other natural ingredients.
I can’t believe we have less than a month of spring left! We’ve had a chilly spring this year, including snow in May and several freezes that killed all of the blossoms on our apple tree.
That said, I’m looking forward to summer this year. The climate in the mountain is a bit more moderate during summer compared to other parts of Southern California, so I count myself lucky.
Even though it’s rare the temperature peaks out of the 80s, we still get plenty of sunshine. After all, we are closer to the sun up here!
We’re pretty good about staying out of the sun for extended periods during peak hours. However, we still use sunscreen on days where we’re in the sun all day – like when we go for a hike or spend a day at the lake.
I find that most sunscreens expire before we ever use the whole tube, so the idea of sunscreen bars became very appealing. Since they are not water-based (or aloe-based), they have a longer shelf life.
You can go by the expiration dates on your ingredients when you’re making things like lotion bars, salves and other DIY projects that don’t contain water-based ingredients (including aloe). Simply use the expiration date of the ingredient that expires first and you have the expiration date of your latest DIY goodies.
These all natural sunscreen bars are easier to make than you might think. If you regularly make DIY beauty projects, you probably have everything on hand except for the zinc oxide. Buy that ingredient once and you’re set for years.
If you don’t want to fiddle with making your own sunscreen bars, the brand of sunscreen I purchase most often is Goddess Garden. I love their facial sunscreen and their sport sunscreen. They even have a sunscreen spray if that’s more your speed.
However, I think you’ll enjoy the rewards of making your own sunscreen bars this summer. And be sure to whip up a batch of my after-sun spray. Your skin will love it after a long day in the sun!
All Natural Homemade Sunscreen Bars Recipe
Supplies and Ingredients
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup beeswax 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 particle zinc oxide powder
- Double boiler
- Hand mixer and/or whisk
- Silicone mold of your choice
- Add the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax pellets to a double boiler over medium heat, and stir frequently until it’s melted and clear.
- Remove the pan from the heat, then stir in the vitamin E oil and sweet almond oil until well combined.
- Add the lavender essential oil, then stir until well combined.
- Whisk in the zinc oxide, slowly and carefully. It’s best to wear a face mask while you do this step so you don’t inhale the zinc oxide. If you need to use a hand mixer to get it fully incorporated, you can transfer it to a large mixing bowl.
- After everything is evenly incorporated, pour the mixture into your silicone mold and allow it to cool completely. You can place the silicone mold on a cutting board or cookie sheet and place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to expedite the process.
- Be sure to immediately wash everything as zinc oxide can be difficult to clean up. Make sure to use hot, soapy water for best results.
- Once the sunscreen bars are completely cooled, store them in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in fridge until ready to use.