These past few months I've been hibernating from posting. Sorry fans, but what I've been up to I hope you will like! I've been researching and learning how to make a high quality, all natural sunscreen. Yes! It can be done. So far I've made 1 test batch and given it out to my volunteer human testers for review.
Sunscreen is one of those sought after products once sandals, shorts & t-shirt season arrives. But, the ingredients in most name brand products can leave you scratching your head thinking do i have to put this on my skin if I don't want a sunburn? Yuck.
Wondering what brands on the market have a good rating and which ones to avoid? Check out the SkinDeep database
and this info from the Organic Consumers Association for information. Not all sunscreens are alike.
What's in my sunscreen?
- According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) annual report, two-thirds of sunscreen on the market either contain harmful ingredients, including cancer-causing oxybenzone, or do not provide sufficient protection. Learn how to avoid these products: http://orgcns.org/SvMKTS
I will be continuing testing and developing my product this summer, but so far here is a teaser of what some of the ingredients are that you will find int my sunscreen: beeswax, organic fair-trade shea butter, calendula infused extra-virgin olive oil, vitamin E, and non-nano zinc oxide. It will have a SPF rating of about 25-30. What makes my natural sunscreen superior?
- Calendula infused olive oil - Calendula is soothing and anti-inflammatory. oil makes a cream smooth and absorbs into the skin
- Zinc oxide - is a natural mineral. It is the active ingredient in the sunscreen and provides broad protection from UVA and UVB. It's also fairly water repellent.
- Shea butter - is moisturizing and has a natural rating of about 6-10 SPF.
- Beeswax - excellent for skin repair and acts an a natural emulsifier in the cream holding all the ingredients together without separation, plus the smells is delicious!