Sun Block Moisturizing Lotion
If you are looking to make a home made sun block you’ll need to stock up on zinc oxide. This is the main sun blocking ingredient in commercial sun block products. It’s also helpful to make this lotion as moisturizing and soothing to protect and heal sensitive skin that is exposed to sun. This recipe makes a light weight moisturizer, but its a bit thicker than some of the other summer recipes, and its expected that it will remain on the surface of the skin and not evaporate too quickly.
What you will need:
- Aloe juice
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Zinc oxide
- Coconut Beach Fragrance Oil
This recipe will produce 8 bottles to be filled with 6 oz. Of lotion product. Because the oils expand when whipped, 6 oz. Of lotion will fill an 8 oz. Bottle. Be sure to pour these into bottles that are sold as 8 oz. Bottles, but label your product according to the true 6 oz. weight.
Instructions & Notes: Before you begin, the first step is to properly sanitize your area. Because this isn’t a soap recipe, it is important to protect all of your ingredients from exposure to bacteria before you give or sell it to another person. Wipe the table tops with a spritz of rubbing alcohol, and wash the bottles and caps in hot water and soap. Then wipe the bottles and caps down with alcohol. Make sure to wear gloves while preparing your recipe.
Melt the both the oils and waxes in the microwave and pour the oils into the melted e-wax. Combine this with the full amount of aloe juice. Blend this with a stick blender for a solid three minutes. It may look well blended in just a matter of seconds, but continue to blend so that the e-wax is completely worked into both the oil and the water so that your product wont separate once it had been poured into the bottles.
Once the lotion has cooled down, add the zinc oxide, preservative, and the fragrance and blend this well.
Pour into four 8 oz. Bottles. The lotion itself is a bit fluffy and the weight will be about 6 oz. However, you will need to use the 8 oz. Size bottles to fit 6 oz. of product.
Notes on Making Sun Block Lotion:
How do you know the SPF of the sun block you’ve just made? As a typical rule the SPF is a percentage of the zinc oxide in your recipe. In the recipe above the zince oxide is 20% of the total weight of the recipe, and therefore the SPF is 20. You can create a lotion that has an SPF of 10 or 40 buy adjusting the amount of zinc oxide in your recipe.
There are some concerns about using zinc oxide in skin care products. Mostly, you don’t want your zinc oxide to be a nano particle and the powder must have particles large enough to stay on top of your skin and not absorb into your skin. When you purchase zinc oxide, just make sure your product is a cosmetic grade product and not a nano particle. This is safe to use and exists in nearly all commercial products.
Another concern happens with some people with sensitive skin. Using citrus essential oils as a fragrance or a citrus juice as an additive can exasperate the intensity and exposure to the sun. This is the opposite effect you want in a sun block, so stay way from natural citrus additives in sun block moisturizer.