When your an avid boater and you are out on the water for most of your spare time, it is important to wear the proper protection from the sun. If it’s a hat, shirt, sunglasses or a few layers of sunscreen it is still important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays! But if you are one who is worried about all those crazy chemicals in sunscreen or just want to save a little extra money, you can relax because we have found a simple step by step recipe to make a homemade sunscreen stick!
In a double boiler with an inch of water in the bottom stir to melt and mix:
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Shea Butter
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa Butter
- 1 1/8 Cup Beeswax
Take the pan off the heat and add(while stirring):
- 4 Tablespoons pure Zinc Oxide(May add more for higher SPF)-caution-Do not inhale fumes that may arise from the Zinc Oxide mixing with the hot liquid ingredients. It is advised to wear a safety mask.
- 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
Stir until mixed and starting to thicken. Pour into molds(we saved and cleaned our deodorant containers to use as molds).
Be sure to keep these sunscreen sticks in a cool place, when you take them on the boat, keep them in the cooler or ice chest.
The sunscreen factor for this recipe is about SPF25.
Water resistant, but not waterproof. Keep applying throughout the day.