Apr 2, 2014

Detox Your Sunscreen

Hi!  If you are joining us from The Simple Pen, Welcome!  So happy to be participating in the Detox Your Home blog series!

Let's take a second and talk about sunscreen. 

Traditional sunscreens that you buy in the store are absolutely loaded with chemicals aimed at repelling or protecting your skin from UVA and UVB.  This sounds simple enough, but upon closer examination, the chemicals used in these formulas have tons of negative effects on your body.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and what you put on your skin absorbs into your blood stream in just a matter of minutes.  Unfortunately, the chemicals found in sunscreen can mimic the hormones your body produces normally and can disrupt hormonal system.

Want further proof?  "Two European studies have detected common sunscreen chemicals in mothers’ milk, indicating that the developing fetus and newborns may be exposed to these substances (Schlumpf 2008, Schlumpf 2010).  A 2010 study by Margaret Schlumpf of the University of Zurich found at least one sunscreen chemical in 85 percent of milk samples. Four of the chemicals detected are commonly used in U.S. sunscreens." (Source)

Probably the most disturbing thing is that, though sunscreens will protect you from getting a sunburn, they will more than likely not protect you from skin cancer.  In fact, the additives in sunscreen can actually speed the growth of the cancer that the sunscreen is supposed to be protecting us from! (Source)

So, what are we going to do about this??

 Why, we make our own, of course!! :)

And it is SIMPLE!

Here's what you will need:

1/2 cup of a liquid oil such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax 
2 tbsp shea butter
1 tbs vitamin E oil (optional)
30 drops Young Living carrot seed oil
10-15 drops oil of your choice for scent (optional)


Here is why I chose these ingredients:


The coconut oil helps to spread the mixture on your skin.  It also has the added benefit of a natural SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of around 4.  

The Shea Butter adds additional SPF of around 4.

The Bees Wax helps the mixture to be somewhat (though not completely) water proof and sweat proof.  Obviously you will still need to apply often for true protection, but it will help the sunscreen to stay on while you do your normal summer activities.

Young Living's Carrot Seed essential oil has an astonishing SPF of close to 40!  That, added to the other ingredients leads to a wonderful protection from UVA and UVB rays.

And here's what you do:

  1. Melt the olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax together.
  2. Mix and let cool slightly - just until it is cool enough to stir, but not yet solid.
  3. Add in essential oils, pour into a container and let cool.

So simple!!

Be sure to store this mix in a cool place.  It will become soft in the heat of the summer, but still completely useable.

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now! Click here to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to the “Detox Your Home" Spring blog series! We are all offering a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home to anyone {in the U.S.} who signs up with premium starter kit through April 7th!! 

Next up is Stephanie at Real Food Enthusiast.

Be sure to check out all 30 posts in the "Detox Your Home" Spring blogger series here!

Thanks for joining me today!

Please remember that I am a Mama and not a doctor. These things work for us and I am in love with using all natural remedies for health in our home and I am excited to share them with you, but please use your best judgement for your own home.  


Anonymous said...

So curious to try this recipe. For fair skin, I typically reapply regular sunscreen every 2 hours. What time frame have you reapplied this mixture?

Tracy said...

I love the idea of this. My son has a coconut allergy, however, so we can't do coconut oil! Do you have any other suggestions to replace the coconut oil that would still keep it the same consistency?

Marcie said...

I would apply as often as a normal sunscreen, or when you feel it has worn off.

Tracy, I would try just substituting that 1/4 cup of coconut oil with whatever liquid oil you are using. Even if it doesn't firm up, it would still work beautifully.

LeeLee said...

where do you find the beeswax?

Marcie said...

LeeLee, I bought mine at a local health food store. It is also available on Amazon :)

Anonymous said...

Does it have to be stored in a glass container or can it be a plastic container? We frequently go to waterparks and pools where there is no glass allowed.

Urich Family said...

Do you just add up the spf's of ing & that's the SPF of the sunscreen? I'm going to make some to give away in deoderant roll on sticks & maybe eventually sell.

Emily said...

Marcie, How do you measure out your beeswax? I was wondering what to do when it's in bar form. Thanks!

RaShell @ Team Southerland said...

Tracey- my son and I are both allergic to coconut as well. I use palm shortening in all my body care products that call for coconut oil. It will firm up. I get my palm shortening from Tropical Traditions.

Marcie said...

Anonymous - You can use a plastic container for this one since it does not have any citrus oils in it.

Emily - the beeswax I bought came in a bar form. I converted the ounces to cups and voila!

RaShell - thanks for that! Great advice!

Heather said...

How well might this wok for someone playing sports and sweating a lot? If this isn't good for that, do you have any recommendations for a natural sunscreen that would work well? Thank you!

Stacey said...

My first mixture is pretty solid. Any suggestions on how to soften it up and keep its potency?

Marcie said...

Stacey, mine pretty much lives in the diaper bag in my car, so it remains pretty soft (but surprisingly solid). As long as you do not bring the mixture to boiling, the therapeutic qualities should remain intact. Otherwise, you can mix in a bit more of your liquid oil, which will help keep it at a softer consistency.