DIY Lavender Sunscreen
Summer is in full swing, which means that you need to protect your skin from harmful UV rays while having fun in the sun. The oils in this formula perform double-duty in that they nourish and moisturize skin while naturally providing protection from excessive sunlight. Sesame oil, for instance, is abundant in antioxidants and also blocks up to 30% of UV rays. Similarly, coconut oil blocks up to 20% of UV rays and hempseed oil is an ingredient in some commercially produced sun blocks. The addition of zinc oxide in this formula is optional, but will enhance the sun protection factor a bit more. Ingredients 1/8 cup organic Coconut Oil 1/8 cup Beeswax Pastilles 1/8 cup organic Cocoa Butter (or 10 wafers) 1/8 cup organic Shea Butter 1/8 cup organic Lavender-infused Hempseed oil 1/8 cup organic Neem Oil 1/8 cup organic Sesame Oil 1/8 cup Aloe Vera Gel 40 drops organic Lavender essential oil 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil 2 tablespoons non-micro Zinc Oxide powder (optional) Directions Gently melt the coconut oil, beeswax, cacao butter and shea butter in the top of a double boiler over low-medium heat. When completely melted, add the lavender-infused oil, neem oil, sesame oil and aloe vera gel. Stir well to blend. Add the zinc oxide powder, if using (take care not to get the powder in your nose or eyes). Use a whisk at this point to help the mixture come together. Add the lavender essential oil and vitamin E oil and whisk once more. Pour the finished mixture into clean tins. Let cool for several ours or overnight before securing the lids. Makes about 6 ounces.