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I never thought about making sunscreen until one of my CSA members requested it. Luckily I found a recipe right away in one of my “guide” books (“guide” because my inclination to experiment leads me to rarely follow a recipe to the letter).

So in July everyone gets some handmade sunscreen. It was sort of an ordeal to get all the ingredients and to make. But when I finished it up, and it had a perfectly creamy consistency and looked like, well, sunscreen, it was so worth it.

I want to tell you a little bit about what’s in it, especially since there are strange sounding ingredients like cetyl alcohol and zinc oxide (because HUM is based on you knowing what’s in the products you are putting on your body and absorbing into your skin):

  • Almond oil – A moisturizing oil that absorbs easily into the skin
  • Vitamin E oil – A natural preservative and antioxidant
  • Aloe Vera Juice – A moisturizing liquid that helps heal wounds (like burns)
  • Vegetable Glycerin – A vegetable-based moisturizer
  • Cetyl Alcohol – A vegetable oil derived natural emulsifier (makes things creamy)
  • Zinc Oxide – A natural mineral used in sunscreens for generations. A concentration of at least 20% (like in the batch I made) is supposed to provide SPF 30 coverage. I used the highest quality cosmetic grade zinc oxide and it is not NANO zinc, meaning it cannot be absorbed into the skin.
  • Distilled Water

Like any other sunscreen this should be used with care, kept out of eyes and mouths.

Honestly, I feel a little strange about making something that even hints of safety concerns. HUM body products is based in simplicity and ingredients so safe you can eat them (though you probably shouldn’t).

Even though zinc oxide has been used in sunscreens FOREVER and I got the best kind, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I tend to not really use sunscreen myself, but I guess when I do I’d rather make it myself and know EXACTLY what’s in it.

I’ll be curious to hear the response from my customers. Does this sunscreen feel safer than store bought sunscreens? More natural?