Have you ever wondered why when you go to buy sun screen, there’s a separate version for babies and toddlers? Why isn’t the regular version safe for them?
I notice things like this, and had the same question about toothpaste years ago. What on earth are they putting in there that’s not safe for babies?
And if it’s not safe for infants, why is it safe for adults? After looking into this, I found out both commercial sun screen and commercial toothpaste contain some toxic ingredients.
Obviously working on a market garden means we spend a lot of time in the sun, and frequently wear long sleeves, hats and sun screen. I don’t want to be transdermally absorbing nasty toxins, so started making our own sun screen. And after almost 2 years of our family (including our baby) using it, I can tell you it works!
So if you want to give this a try, here’s the recipe:
To make your own natural sunscreen, you’ll need
1/2 cup good quality oil. I used macadamia, but almond or olive are good too.
1/4 cup coconut oil (SPF 4)
1/4 cup beeswax (you can find this at local markets, online, or direct from a local beekeeper)
2 Tbsp zinc oxide powder (We got ours from N-Essentials, online)
Optional: 1tsp vitamin e oil
Optional: 2 Tbsp shea butter (SPF 4-5)
Optional essential oils or vanilla extract for scent. Just avoid citrus essential oils, which don’t agree with the sunshine!
I also added about 1Tbsp calendula extract, which is great for the skin and we happened to have in the cupboard.
Get an old clean jar (old jam jar, preserving jar or the like is great) and pour in all ingredients excepting the zinc oxide powder.
Sit it in a pot of water over a medium heat on the stove.
Allow this to heat until your beeswax and shea butter (if you used it) have completely melted. You will need to stir occasionally.
Once melted, stir in your zinc powder. I’ll tell you now, this powder takes a bit of stirring to mix evenly through. And make sure you stir it again immediately before pouring the sunscreen into it’s jars.
Once well mixed you can pour the mix into jars to cool. I like to use recylcled salsa jars or recycled avon cosmetic jars. Whatever you use, make sure it seals well, because I can tell you from experience, that it’s not pretty to open up your bag or cosmetic case and find sunscreen has leaked over everything!
If you try this, let us know how you go with it.