DIY Sunscreen Bars – Simple to Make with Only 4 Steps!

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Summer is coming which means that soon the sun will be blazing down, frying eggs on sidewalks everywhere. Oh wait, you may not be in Texas or Arizona where it actually does get that hot. No worries if not because no matter where you live, you still need an amazing sunscreen during both the summer and winter months. Yes, sunscreen in the winter months too. If you’re anything like me though, you absolutely hate lathering your own body and your kids up with the commercial stuff that has so many chemicals in it. That’s why I love these DIY sunscreen bars! They’re super simple to make and work even better than the store-bought stuff! These DIY sunscreen bars are so simple to make that I usually make them right along side a batch of my homemade deodorant.

Homemade Sunscreen Bars - Ready for sunny days? These DIY Sunscreen Bars are all-natural and work better than the store-bought stuff! Plus they're super easy to make! Just 4 steps!

When you make your own DIY sunscreen bars, you can use any type of mold for them that you want. We used egg shaped molds since the shape of the bars is easy to hold and doesn’t have any sharp corners that might not feel too great on skin. Whatever mold you decide to use, make sure that you know what the maximum temperature it can handle is, if it has one. Ours had a max temp of 150°. The mixture is extremely hot when you pull it off of the stove so if your mold has a temperature limit, you’ll want to have a candy thermometer on hand to monitor when your mixture is cool enough to pour.

DIY Sunscreen Bars – All-Natural Sunscreen

When we made ours, we used lavender essential oil and pure vanilla. These oils aren’t set in stone. They’re only there to give your DIY sunscreen a bit of a scent and for the fact that lavender helps to repel mosquitos as well. If you wanted to make mosquito repelling bars, you would use lavender essential oil and citronella essential oil. You can use whatever oils you would like as long as they’re 100% pure oil. Don’t worry too much about the term “therapeutic grade” since there is no such thing. There are no requirements for essential oils meaning that anyone and everyone can call theirs therapeutic grade whether they’re pure or not. Just worry about whether your oil is cut with anything since that is what can change the quality of an essential oil. I personally prefer to use Plant Therapy Essential Oils. I know that they’re pure oil so I don’t have to worry about what it might be mixed with.

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To start, add the shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil to a small or medium saucepan and melt it over low heat. If you’re concerned about it burning, you can use a double broiler. You can make a simple double broiler by sitting your pot on top of a smaller pan of boiling water. Just be sure not to sit the pot down into the water.

Once they’re melted well, add the lavender, vanilla and zinc to the saucepan. Mix well.

If your soap molds have a temperature limit, be sure to allow your mixture to cool for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it with a candy thermometer. Don’t wait too long or it will harden in the pot. If that does happen though, just pop it back on low heat to melt and stir well again. If your mold doesn’t have a temperature limit, move onto the next step.

Pour your DIY sunscreen into the mold that you’re using and allow it to cool completely. It will harden into bars as it cools. If you need to hurry it up a bit, you can do so by placing the molds in the refrigerator after you’ve poured. 

Once your bars are fully hardened, they’re ready to use! See how easy that was? These will melt with very little heat – which is what makes them glide on your skin when applying – so make sure that you store them in an airtight container and in a cool place. They can be kept in the fridge if you would like.

Ready for sunny days? These DIY Sunscreen Bars are all-natural and work better than the store-bought stuff! Plus they're super easy to make! Just 4 steps!

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  1. Sounds like a great recipe! You might want to correct what I’m sure is a typo in your first paragraph–slaughtering happened instead of slathering!

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