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Enjoy making your own homemade Suntan Oil

We are all aware of the warming, uplifting and energizing effect on the body and mind of the sun, especially living in areas of long overcasts in the winter months. We can hardly wait to shed our clothes in the spring and let the sun at our skin. The sun possesses measurable health benefits, as it enhances the body’s absorption of calcium and stimulates the production of vitamin D. For this reason 15-30 minutes (depending on skin type) of unprotected sun exposure daily can actually be quite beneficial. However, the danger of too much sun should not be taken lightly. The sun’s UBA and UVB rays can cause the skin to dry and age prematurely. Try making your own homemade suntan oil, made with natural ingredients to compensate. See also Sunscreen Lotion.

Suntan Oil Recipe

The lavender and calendula essential oils in these suntan oils possess anti-inflammatory properties and can help protect the skin from sunburn. Ylang-ylang oil has a sweet, relaxing, tropical fragrance and patchouli oil can help to heal dry, cracked skin.

For normal skin

2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. wheat-germ oil
4 tsp. hazelnut oil
4 tsp. walnut oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

For dry skin

4 tsp. avocado oil
4 tsp. hazelnut oil
4 tbsp. sesame oil
4 tsp. walnut oil
4 tsp. wheat-germ oil
6 drops calendula essential oil
4 drops patchouli essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bottle. Cap and shake the mixture thoroughly. It is important to shake the mixture well before each use as well, since the oils will separate when allowed to stand for long periods of time. Store the suntan oil in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

Take Care!

  • Natural suntan oils will keep for about 2-3 months. Refrigerate for maximum freshness. Do not use oils that smell rancid, as they have lost effectiveness.
  • Do not add citrus essential oils to your suntan oil. They can cause brown spots to develop after sunbathing that can last for years or even a lifetime.
  • Natural suntan oil is not waterproof, so be sure to reapply after swimming.
  • If you are fair-skinned, stay out of the sun between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 P.M., when the sun’s rays are strongest. (Always use a natural non-toxic sunscreen lotion – not tanning oil), to protect your skin, and be sure to reapply it often and thoroughly.

Before You Sunbathe

To remove dead skin cells and prepare your skin for an even tan, gently exfoliate your face and body with finely ground almonds or cornmeal mixed with oil and warm water. In addition, take advantage of the sun’s warmth and apply a deep-conditioning protein hair pack (sold in health-food stores or drugstores). The heat will help the conditioner penetrate the hair’s cuticle, leaving it soft, shiny and full of body.


Apply suntan oil evenly and sparingly to clean, exfoliated skin at least 30 minutes before sunbathing. The oil must penetrate the upper layers of the skin for its protective properties to be fully effective while you sunbathe.

Ingredient Benefits:

Hazelnut oil nourishes: This fast-penetrating, extremely light oil is one of the best oils for cosmetic use. It is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, which nourish the skin.

Walnut oil provides a golden glow: This oil enhances tanning while helping to protect the skin from UV damage. Walnut oil contains numerous essential fatty acids that nourish and hydrate the skin, which easily and rapidly absorbs the oil’s thin consistency.

Avocado oil conditions and protects: Oil from the fleshy part of the avocado is very beneficial for dry skin, as it contains high levels of vitamins, lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids. Avocado oil can be used as a light sunscreen and is good for long-term use, since it does not spoil easily. Be sure to use only cold-pressed, unrefined avocado oil.

Wheat-germ oil smoothes the skin: This light, golden-yellow oil has large amounts of vitamin A, D and E, which help to smooth the skin by protecting it from tiny dry lines and wrinkles, as well as from loss of elasticity.

Sesame oil protects against harmful rays: Sesame oil, obtained by pressing the seeds of the sesame plant, provides the highest sun protection of all the natural oils. It is also very effective for softening and smoothing the skin. Be sure to use only cold-pressed, unrefined sesame oil, which has a fill, nutty aroma and is dark in color.


Coconut oil protects against harmful rays: Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease. Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots. Reduces inflammation. Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection. Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin. Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.

Learn more about – Step-by-step recipe instructions for making your own homemade Natural Beauty Products @ http://www.a1-natural-beauty.com/



Ingredients that Naturally Protect Us from the Sun

There are natural ingredients, some may be found in our kitchens, that work to protect us from over exposure to the sun. Many are oils that contain SPF properties such as:

  • Raspberry Seed Oil. The highest of all natural ingredients, contains an estimated SPF of 30-50.
  • Shea Butter. An excellent skin protectant with an SPF of approximately 6-10.
  • Carrot Seed Oil. Carrot seed oil is an essential oil and has been estimated to contain SPF levels of 30.
  • Wheat Germ Oil. While super nourishing for the skin, it too possesses a natural SPF of 20.
  • Sesame oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp oil, Avocado oil, Soybean, and Peanut Oil. All contain SPF levels between 4-10.

However, none of these ingredients are necessarily adequate on their own to provide us protection for an all day experience…say, out on the lake.

In order to make your own sunscreen you really should add the natural mineral zinc oxide (and possibly titanium oxide) to your recipe. This will give you real power to reflect the sun’s ray, with minimal negative effects.

The Recipe

Customize this recipe based on your budget and what you have available.

-1 ounce oil blend (use any combination of the oils listed above)
-1 ounce beeswax (adds waterproof properties)
-1 ounce butter blend (i.e. Shea butter, mango butter, or cocoa butter)
-1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
-0.36 ounces zinc oxide powder
-30 drops essential oils, optional


1. Gather ingredients and kitchen tools. Note: Many of the oils listed above can be found in the grocery store or health food store. I love the quality and cosmetic properties of the oils, essential oils, and butters available from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are my source for these things. Find beeswax here or search for a local source by clicking here.

2. In a double boiler, over low heat, melt the oils, beeswax, and butters.

3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly prior to adding the vitamin E oil, zinc oxide powder, and essential oils. Note: Wear a mask when working with zinc oxide. Although it has not been proven harmful when used topically, inhaling the substance can be dangerous.

4. Stir until zinc oxide is dissolved. Note: Purchase zinc oxide powder here. 

5. Pour into a push-up or roll-up dispenser. This recipe will produce a product similar to a lotion bar or sunscreen stick. You could easily clean out and re-purpose a used deodorant or lip balm container. But, if you want to buy a new one…I love these containers.

6. Allow to cool and harden on the counter overnight and then you’re good to go! During times of heavy sun and swim exposure be sure to reapply often for the best coverage.


-This recipe contains zinc oxide at 12% which gives it an SPF of around 10-12 (note: this has not been approved or tested). See this awesome chart to reduce or increase the amount of zinc oxide based on your family’s needs. Have a question about it? Ask it in the comments and we’ll figure it out together :)

-Want to reduce your cost of the products used to make this recipe? Call together a group of like-minded friends, ask them if they are interested in making this recipe with you, and split the costs!

-Beneficial, sun protecting essential oils include lavender, myrrh, carrot seed oil, and peppermint. Read more here…

-Want to stick your favorite brand of sunscreen? Don’t feel bad about that! There are a few really good companies out there working hard to provide safe and effective products. Go to EWG’s website to check your commercial sunscreen’s level of chemical contaminants by clicking this link.

-Don’t shun the sun completely! Our fear of the sun has precipitated a societal vitamin D deficiency that is unfortunately taking us by storm — potentially producing an increase rate of cancers, autism, asthma, heart disease, and mental illness, just to name a few.

-This is the recipe that I have used for my family here in the Arizona desert for years with great results. However, I can not guarantee that yours will be the same experience because it has not been tested in an FDA approved lab. In other words, by sharing this recipe with you, I hope you understand that I will not be held responsible for any adverse reactions, sunburns, or skin cancers.

Read more @ http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/a-recipe-for-natural-homemade-sunscreen/

Additional Natural Sunscreen Recipes… 

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Please read… Things you’re Not Supposed to Know about Sunscreen and Sunlight Exposure!

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