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How to Make Homemade Sunscreen Bars


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Check any bottle or tube of commercial sunscreen and you’ll see a laundry list of chemicals.  Some of those chemicals are thought to cause cancer or pose other health risks.  Some examples are  oxybenzone, benzophenone, octocrylene, and octyl methoxycinnamate.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to slather myself with chemicals.

This is a recipe for a homemade sunscreen bar from Katie at WellnessMama.  The bars are easy for both kids and adults to use.  If you’re at the beach and the temperatures are in the 80’s or higher, she recommends storing them in a cooler.  But normally they are fine at room temperature.

The ingredients are essential oils, wonderful butters, beeswax and other healthy ingredients.   The process to make the bars is really simple.  I do love these homemade sunscreen bars!


As I’ve mentioned in other posts that I have a new approach to sun exposure in the warmer months.  There are many articles out there about the benefits of vitamin D and how getting moderate amounts of sun in warmer months naturally produces vitamin D.  Vitamin D supplements on the colder, gloomier months are fine.  Now I like to very gradually build up my exposure to the sun each day during the summer. I try to get at least 10 minutes of sun daily (without sunscreen.)  On cooler, sunny days I may work in the garden longer without protection.  If it’s a warmer day then I’ll get out the sun hat, a light, long-sleeved top and the sun screen.

This is just the way I approach being out in the sun now.  It’s a balance between protecting my skin from skin burn and damage vs. reaping the benefits of the natural production of vitamin D by the sun.  I do know people who wear sun screen constantly, avoid being in the direct sun as much as possible during the summer and take vitamin D supplements in the summer.  Both approaches work 🙂

How to Make Homemade Sunscreen Bars

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