- January 5, 2006 at 12:49 am #235240
Sunscreen and Sunblock:
1 cup water
3 tea bags (black tea)
? teaspoon PABA powder
2 tablespoons beeswax
1 cup sesame oil
10 drops vitamin E oil
Yield: 2 cups
1. Make a very strong cup of black tea with the tea bags and water. Cool to
room temperature; remove the tea bags, pressing out all the water. 2.
Dissolve the PABA powder into the tea. 3. In a double boiler, melt the
beeswax in the sesame oil on low heat. 4. Once the beeswax is melted, remove
from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. 5. Place the tea mixture in
a blender on high speed. Slowly drizzle the oil mixture into it and mix for 5
minutes. 6. Add the vitamin E oil while still blending. 7. Pour into a
cleancontainer, preferably one with a spout. To use, apply generously to your
skin and face. Reapply every 2 hours when the sun is hot and high, or if you
have been swimming.
1 cup zinc oxide paste
? cup sesame oil
? cup orange blossom water, at room temperature
? cup distilled water, at room temperatureYield: 2 cups
1. Spoon the zinc oxide paste and pour the sesame oil into the top of a
double boiler. 2. Stir as best you can. 3. Fill the bottom of the double
boiler ? full of water and bring to a gentle boil. 4. Place the top of the
pan containing the paste and oil over the bottom and gently heat, stirring
constantly for 3 minutes. 5. Remove from heat. Add the orange blossom water
and distilled water, mixing thoroughly. 6. Store in a widemouthed jar with
lid; decorate with stickers, if desired. To use:
1. Dab on the skin. Do not rub in. The more opaque the product is on you, the
more effective the sunblock.
- July 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm #455535
Has anyone tried either of these recipes? I am anxious to make homemade sunscreen and would like to hear opinions.
- July 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm #455604
I haven’t tried either recipe but I did notice both call for or use water. Anytime you make a personal care product with water you have to be careful of mold and bacteria growing in it over time.
- July 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm #455626
I would boil the water first, then after cooling, I’d add 1/2 tsp Tea Tree Oil, which kills mold and bacteria (including MRSA). This may even add some residual bug repellent properties. Alternately, Oregano Essential Oil and Eucalyptus Essential Oil have antibacterial properties, as well. I’ve used these ingredients in water soluble recipes before and had no issues with unwanted things growing.
- July 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm #455628
I should also add that for the sunblock, that substituting coconut oil would add natural antibacterial properties, and it has an additional natural SPF of it’s own.
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