**This post is from 2014, please read to the bottom of this post for an important update!**
The sun is out full force here in Virginia and it’s time to break out the sunscreen. Did you know though that there are big concerns out there about the chemicals in a lot of sunscreens? I read a news article about it a while back and it prompted me to do some research into natural alternatives.
I read recipe after recipe for homemade natural sunscreens that involved double boilers and zinc oxide and ten ingredients which in no way motivated me to make my own. Ain’t nobody got time for that, right?? Then I looked into essential oils…imagine my surprise when I read that Carrot Seed Oil has a natural spf! Who’d have thunk it? (PLEASE read to the bottom-this information is not true and the study I based this post off of originally was flawed-see here)
Mix and apply-how easy is that? As with all sunscreen it’s best to reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating. It’s also highly recommended to store essential oils in dark glass containers to prevent the sunlight from deteriorating their active ingredients, I used these blue glass spray bottles.
*Click here to download a pdf of the label I used on my sunscreen-just print on adhesive paper and cut out!
***Edited to add—everyone has different sun sensitivities and levels of comfort using homemade products without guaranteed results that store brands offer. I recently discovered the original study about carrot seed oil I sited above was flawed. This information led me to decide to change to a store bought sunscreen for my own personal peace of mind using it on my fair skinned children-if you are uncomfortable using a DIY sunscreen but still want to avoid the laundry list of harmful chemicals traditional sunscreens contain I found this brand of natural and organic sunscreens that I currently recommend over the homemade recipe above.