Each spring I look forward to the lilac in bloom and I always mourn it when it’s gone. It’s a pity that preserving it’s beautiful scent is (almost) impossible in home conditions. However, we can at least make use of the lilac powers in protecting the skin against the UV rays. I make homemade sunscreen with low SPF.
When it comes to homemade sunscreen, you have to be cautious. I am not jumping of joy over the fact that if I want high protection (I use SPF 50 in summer) I have to rely on sunscreens with chemical blockers but the science is not far enough to be able to tell us for sure how to use only natural blockers for potent sunscreen. Pure cold-processed oils have some SPF, that it – however – generally very low. The zinc oxide elevates the factor of protection a little more and we could get up to 15 but I like counting on a reserve and I use the homemade sunscreen only where I would use a sunscreen with SPF 10. When I want a higher factor, I have to buy a stronger sunscreen. Of course, the best prevention of sunburn is not to expose yourself to the sunlight or at least avoid the strongest sun but that’s not always possible. Not to worry, nowadays, many sunscreens are pretty sofisticated and safe even for toddlers, you just have to do a little research. You can find some consumer reports on sunscreens for example here, here and here.
Homemade Sunscreen – Supplies
- 10 g of coconut oil which you’ve infused with lilac
- 10 g of shea butter
- 12 g of emulgator wax
- 140 ml of lilac flower water
- 40 drops of Cosgard preservative
- 30 g of zinc oxide
- 1/2 tsp of mica powder Just Peachy (optional)
- 5 drops of lilac perfume of you (optional) – I don’t use it because I like the smell of the coconut oil
- jar for the cream
- electrical whisk
The coconut oil and shea butter are supposed to have SPF between 5 and 10. The lilac water can be substituted by plain distilled water or any other flower water, I use lilac for its mentioned UV-protection. The emulgator wax is needed for combining the water and oil and we just have to use the preservative because the sunscreen contains water. The zinc oxide help protect the skin against the sun as well and the mica powder is to be added in very small amounts, you want just a little shimmer on your skin.
How to make the Homemade Sunscreen
Measure the flower water in one cup and the coconut oil, shea butter and emulgator wax in another.
Heat everything slowly in a water bath until the oil, butter and wax melt.
Pour the content of both cups together and start whisking with the electrical whisk. After a short while you’ll see that the wax starts working and the water and oil combine and create a smooth emulsion.
Add the preservative and the mica powder and whisk until the cream is dense and fluffy. I like to put the cream in the fridge for 10 minutes and then whisk again.
Place the homemade sunscreen into a jar.
You can have the sunscreen in the frisge, this will make it a bit more tough to spread but you can just wait a little before using it and the cream will melt a little. I keep it in the fridge or at room temperature depending on the temperature that day.
You’ve used the preservative and the cream should be ok for the next 6 months but I make small batches and we use it up within a month.
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