All natural sun protection
Updated: Jun 30
As earth is heating up, protection from the harmful UV rays along with staying hydrated become two of our top priorities in the hot summer days. Conventional sun lotions, sprays and creams provide very effective protection against the negative effects of sun exposure, but at the same time can be very harmful to the environment.
Environmental impact of conventional products for sun protection
Oxybenzone, benzophenone and octinoxate, that are common ingredients of conventional sun protection products, cause coral bleaching and DNA disruption which leads to numerous growth defects in corals. The fragile ecosystems within the coral reefs are key for supporting the existence of an extraordinary variety of marine life by providing food, protection and safety. That means that toxic chemicals have a detrimental effect on a wide range of biodiversity in marine organisms affecting many fish, shrimps, urchins etc.
Did you know that scientists estimate that whole 14 000 tons of sunscreens are washed into our oceans each year?
Learn about how you can help save our seas and read WWF's advices for an eco friendly vacation here.
Keep in mind that Titanium dioxide and Zinc Oxide, two very common ingredients of certified eco friendly products for sun protection, can too pose environmental risks (read about a research conclusion on zinc dioxide and titanium dioxide).
All natural sun screen
Going eco friendly for a careless and happy vacation while enjoying the sun and beautiful surrounding nature without causing harm to the environment is the new super trend. And we are so thrilled to be following it! Here is our 100 % natural solution to sun protection that poses no environmental risks, is gentle to your skin by keeping it young and fresh, and by providing effective hydration, nourishment and UV protection.
2 tablespoons of shea butter
25 g coconut oil, natural 4 - 5 SPF
25 g beeswax, keeps thick consistency and adds waterproof properties, provides hydration and protection
25 g olive oil, soothing effect, rich on antioxidants
25 g almond oil, nourishing, rich on antioxidants, contains vitamin E , SPF of up to 5
2 tablespoons of vitamin E oil, a natural preservative with antioxidant and moisturizing properties that also helps prevent from skin cancer
1 tablespoon of red raspberry seed oil that provides some UV protection, source of vitamins A and E, helps keep skin hydrated
1 tablespoon of carrot seed oil, antioxidant and anti-inflamatory properties
essential oils for adding your favorite scent
1. Combine all the ingredients except the essential oils in a larger glass jar, or in a small saucepan.
2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of centimeters of water and place on the stove over medium heat.
3. Place the small saucepan over the medium saucepan, or the glass jar in it.
4. Stir occasionally to mix the ingredients as they melt.
5. When all the ingredients are completely melted, remove the mixture from the heated stove and add appx. 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Stir well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
6. Wait for about 2 hours for the mixture to completely cool down and take shape.
7. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life.
Bear in mind that this sunscreen, as protecting, nourishing and hydrating as it is, should be used only while you apply in addition the common sense approaches to sun protection. This sunscreen is not suitable for continuous sun exposure during the hottest hours of the summer days. While you wear it, make sure you get a moderate exposure to sun. Avoid the hottest hours around midday and the early afternoon and look for shady places to hang out. Make sure you wear just the right type of clothing to cover and keep your skin safe.
Want to try it out right away? Ask us about the big 220 ml or the small 60 ml jar.