Homemade 2-ingredient sunscreen

For many years I have tried to bring down the chemicals I bring into my life. For the most part it means buyng organic, as little processed food as possible, and not putting too many weird things on my skin.

I don’t use many products in my daily life, never have, it’s mostly shampoo, bodyoil, deodorant, few things for my hair (rarely though, but I do have them). Sometimes mascara if things get wild. ย And I always try to buy them organic. So I thought I was doing a good thing.

But the other day I came across a really interesting danish blog, www.neohippie.dk. The girl behind is all into green and sustainable living, both regarding her and her family’s health and regarding the health of our planet. I am a huge fan, go check it out. It’s in Danish though..

But she had me rethink the use of products in my daily life. And I almost ran to my bathroom to look at the ingredients on my organic and well-chosen products. I was surprised. They are still full of ingredients impossible to pronounce. Which basically means chemicals. I mean what the f*** is Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone? I why am I putting it on my skin? Many of the chemicals are added to products to make them more user-friendly. Which is kind of nice. But is it worht it?

The good thing about this blog, neohippie.dk, is that she also brings solutions when you want to live a more clean life. Like, what you can use as soap, shampoo, cleaning agents and so on. It is all very simple, easy to go to for everybody, even cheap. You don’t even have to be a full-time-hippie to apply just some of these things in your life – it is for everybody..

So I started a chemical revolution in my home. Putting out all my products, reevaluating every one of them, to see which I really honestly felt I could not live without. I ended up with around 4. The rest I actually never use, and those I do I can completely excange with a natural replacement. How awesome is that????

And today I will bring you the recipe for sunscreen. I tested it! I sat 2 hours directly in the strong spring sun here in Denmark, from 12pm-2pm (very stupid, I know – it was all for the test of this product!!!!!). And YES you can very easily get a sunburn from the Danish sun. And I didn’t ๐Ÿ™‚ not at all red anywhere on my body. Just delightfully coconutty-sweaty (yes, maybe you guessed it: The sunscreen contains coconut oil, which is actually a natural spf of 10)

It also contains tiosol, which is another natural sun filter. Buying tiosol as a product still leaves you with 5 chemicals in it, but come on – it is a lot less than the 20 I found in my usual organic sunscreen without parabens and perfume!!! Tiosol however, is not organic. But ย still think it is the better option.

You can buy tiosol many places online, it comes in big and small bottles. The combination of tiosol and coconut oil give a comlete protection of both UVA and UVB rays.

 

But remember: Even though you wear sunscreen the sun still exposes you to damaging rays – so my best advice will still be: stay out of the sun between 12pm and 3 pm (when in Denmark at least, other places maybe more hours). Or cover your self up with a thin layer of clothes. At the end of the road, sun bathing at these burning hours is just not healthy. No matter how natural your sunscreen is.

Yes, you need the sun in order to get your vitamin D – but you can also get this in the morning or evening hours.

 

Here it comes. All credits to neohippie.com

 

Natural coconut sunscreen

Spf 15:

  • 25 ml of tiosolIMG_2573
  • 100 ml of organic coldpressed coconut oil

 

Spf 30:

  • 50 ml of tiosol
  • 100 ml of organic coldpressed coconut oil

 

If you do not like the smell of coconut, you can use another organic oil instead (almond oil for exampel), but I would think that the protection would be a little less then.

Melt the coconut oil over very low heat and then mix together. Be aware that coconut oil gets hard when cold, but leave the sunscreen in the sun for 2 minutes and it is all fluid again. I put it on a clean glas spray container. Just use whatever you have.

Shake well before use to combine the two ingredients well.

 

It’s even cheap, it costed me 65 dkr (around 9,5 dollars) to make 100 ml of sunscreen. And it took me 5 minutes. Maximum. I am a fan!

 

Thats is. Enjoy the smell and the sun ๐Ÿ™‚ and eat the greens!

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