Make your own non-toxic homemade sunscreen lotion bars with this easy homemade sunscreen lotion bar recipe. Popular lotions and products contain unhealthy ingredients which we can easily avoid by making our own.
Why a Non-toxic Homemade Bar?
If you didn’t already know, commercial lotions can be toxic due to potential endocrine disruptors and other nasty chemicals. I am not entirely sure that exposing my skin to the sun is such a bad thing what with Vitamin D being so important. Maybe the sun doesn’t even cause skin cancer anyway.
However, I live in Texas and the sun can get pretty brutal during the summer.
I was inspired by Robin Konie of Thank Your Body to make non-toxic homemade lotion bars after reading her eBook, Toxic Free. However, I love the tallow lotion bars (recipe from Mommypotamus’ DIY Beauty eBook) I have been making because I can easily travel with them. I decided to try my hand at a recipe for a non-toxic homemade lotion bar using similar ratios as the tallow bars, but use shea butter and coconut oil to provide some natural protection as recommended by Robin.
What I love about this bar is that it is goes on easily and soaks right in without being overly greasy. It also doesn’t turn your skin or your clothes white from the zinc!
Non-Toxic Homemade Lotion Bars
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 5 Tbsp beeswax
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (where to buy coconut oil)
- 2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide (I found a source via Mommypotamus for a non-nano here)
- ½ tsp Vitamin E oil
- ¾ tsp essential oil for scenting the bar (citrus oils increase photosensitivity so do not use those – I used lavender)
Homemade Lotion Bar Directions
Combine the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl placed over a hot pot of water or use a double boiler. Heat on low until the ingredients are melted and full incorporated. Remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide, the essential oil, and the vitamin E oil. Pour into silicone mold and place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes. Pop out and store in tins or an airtight container. Store at room temperature.
- These homemade sunscreen lotion bars will melt in the hot sun. I plan to cut off a small piece to take with me to the pool or the beach and carry it in an airtight container. Once back indoors it will solidify again.
- I have received questions about how to apply. You simply rub all over your body while holding in your hand. The texture is firm but emollient and it will feel like a lotion – not soap. You can rub it in further with your hands.
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