Spring is Here and so are the Bugs and the Sun ! I like to garden in the Spring, but I really don’t like dealing with those annoying flies and too much sun. This sunblock I developed myself, is all natural, made with the finest ingredients and is actually beneficial to your skin. I like to call this my miracle sunblock 🙂 The Sunblock has about an SPF 24-30 and is semi waterproof too.
- 1/2 cup almond oil (or combo with another oil)
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Beeswax (add less if you want it creamier)
- 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide
- 2 Tablespoons of Neem Powder
- 2 T Jojoba Oil
- 20 drops of Essential Oil (Optional)
NOTE: avoid using citrus oils, such as bergamot, orange, lemon or lime. They may cause unpleasant skin reactions when exposed to the sun. They also reduce a sunscreen’s effectiveness.
The Beeswax makes it semi waterproof but it should be reapplied after exposure to water.
1. Put all ingredients except the Zinc Oxide and Neem Powder in a glass jar.
2. Place the glass jar in a pot of water on a stove and bring to a boil.
3. Let the wax melt and the oils heat up.
4. Once the wax has melted, carefully remove from the boiling water
5. Add the Zinc Oxide and Neem Powder and stir, and then pour into storage container and let cool before applying.
Commercial Bug Repellant is so incredibly toxic with dangerous chemicals such as DEET. As an Earth Mama I want to make sure that my children only have the most natural ingredients on their skin. While living in Costa Rica, I had to figure out how to protect my family from the overwhelming amounts of bugs. During the day I would put on the Bug Repellant Sunscreen which I developed specifically for the hot sun and the abundance of bugs. I found it would protect us for 4 plus hours. However, after a day in the sun, in and out of the ocean and a shower to clean it all off, we needed something for the evenings, to protect us from biting bugs while we were sleeping.
This recipe can be made very simply with your choice of essential oil/s and a ‘carrier’ oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to re-apply after a few hours or when you feel like the bugs are biting. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight. If you wish, you may combine the oil with aloe vera gel to change the consistency to more of a spreadable lotion.
*The essential oils that work well against biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas) are:
- cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
- neem oil (mosquitoes, fleas, flies, small bugs you can’t even see)
- eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
- citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)
- castor oil (mosquitoes)
- orange oil (fleas)
- rose geranium (ticks and lice)
- peppermint (spiders)
*Safe carrier oils include:
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- sunflower oil
- witch hazel
- rubbing alcohol