The other day I did a social media post about how Hawaii is in the process of banning the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which is in most sunscreens you find in the supermarket.
In the post I mentioned that my family makes our own sunscreen at home. That post sparked up quite a bit of interest and lots of people have wanted to know the recipe. So, here are the ingredients and a loose recipe. Please note that I am not a qualified aromatherapist and these essential oils are strong, so either start small and get to know how you respond to the essential oils or please get advice from someone qualified.
Ok, so there are quite a few ingredients to get if you want to make it super-charged like we do it, but once you’ve got the ingredients it should all last quite a while.
Here are the ingredients:
- Coldpressed oils of Virgin Coconut
- Moroccan Argan oil
- Pomegranate oil
- Black cumin seed oil
- Carrot seed oil (both the essential oil and the actual oil of carrot seed.)
- Raspberry seed oil
- Tamanu oil
- Kukui nut oil
- Shea butter
- Baobab oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Essential oils of Sandalwood, coffee, carrot, frankincense, myrrh and lavender
* ALL ORGANIC IF POSSIBLE.
Get a jar or bottle ready to mix together these incredible oils. Melt the shea butter and if you’re in a cooler climate you’ll want to melt the coconut oil too, to get a liquidy consistency. Don’t heat it up too much, just enough to melt them. While you let the melted coconut and shea butter cool a little, pour a table spoon each of the argan, pomegranate, black cumin seed, carrot seed, raspberry seed, tamanu and kukui oils. The carrot seed and raspberry oils are what really raise the spf, so feel free to play with adding a bit extra of these oils. Add a little squirt of vitamin e oil. Now, with the essential oils, start very sparingly with just a drop or two of each. As you become more tuned into the essential oils and/or become more educated about the power of the essential oils feel free to explore adding more. Then add in the shea butter and coconut oil and mix it all together.
This is to use daily. Put it on morning and night, ideally straight after a shower with your skin still a little bit wet. Then also put it on before, during and after spending time in the sun. It’s through regularly using this that your skin will actually become more resilient to the sun whilst also feeding your skin and whole body beautifully. Remember, your skin is your largest organ. If you wouldn’t eat it, why would you put it on your skin. Enjoy massaging your body with this incredibly nourishing oil and in turn you won’t be spilling toxic chemicals out onto the reefs as you swim.
From within to without, enjoy thriving heath.