Homemade Sunblock Recipe

With the summer sunshine ramping up, I thought I would share a homemade sunblock recipe. Since most store-bought sunscreens (regular kinds & organic kinds) contain unpleasant ingredients, the research and debate on store-bought vs. homemade can be overwhelming!

Conventional sunscreens are packed full of toxins or endocrine disrupting chemicals that can promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body. Sound appealing, right? The sunscreen alters your skin to make it sun-resistant. Even when the “waterproof” creams rinse off, while your swimming or sweating, you’re still protected from the sun because of the chemicals absorbed in your skin. For more safety information on the sunscreen you are currently using, click HERE.

On the other hand, most homemade sunblock contains Zinc Oxide, which also can be controversial. From what I am learning, Zinc Oxide must be a certain size for it not to absorb into the skin and enter into the bloodstream. You don’t want Zinc Oxide to enter your bloodstream or get into your lungs because that too, can be bad for you. Zinc Oxide is a great sunBLOCKER if used properly. Sunblock also has a lower SPF so you’ll need to reapply more often and sometimes can leave your skin white or lighter. Can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you’re applying it too. For small (BUSY) children, it’s nice to see where you are putting it!

I will let you do your research here and let you decide what it best for your family and I will get you TWO different recipes, one that contains Zinc Oxide, one that does not.

Some ingredients with natural SPF:

  • Coconut Oil SPF: 4-6
  • Almond Oil SPF: ~5
  • Zinc Oxide SPF: 2-20 depending on much you add into your mix
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF: 35-40
  • Shea Butter SPF: 4-6

 

Homemade Sunblock:

  • 2 oz Coconut Oil (contains natural SPF properties)
  • 2 oz Shea Butter (naturally protects skin)
  • 2 oz Beeswax (The wax helps make it waterproof! More beeswax=thicker, less beeswax=smoother)
  • 1 Tbsp Zinc Oxide (Make sure you DO NOT breathe this in! I recommend wearing a mask if necessary! If you add more Zinc Oxide, the SPF will be stronger and vise-versa. You can purchase it HERE or HERE just make sure its NON-NANO)
  • 20 drops Carrot Seed essential oil (helps with sun protection)
  • 15 drops Myrrh essential oil (helps with sunburn prevention)
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil (great for soothing skin)

***ONLY USE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS!***

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. of Red Raspberry Seed Oil (high natural SPF)
  • 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil (nourishes & moisturizes skin)

Directions: Using the double boiler method, combine coconut oil, shea butter & beeswax until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in zinc oxide powder. Once smooth with no clumps, add Young Living essential oils (and red raspberry seed oil/vitamin E if necessary). Quickly pour mixture into reusable squeeze tubes or a glass jar. Apply often and liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every 3-4 hours, or more if swimming or sweating.

 

Homemade Sunblock (Zinc Oxide Free):

  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • 20 drops Carrot Seed
  • 15 drops Myrrh
  • 10 drops Lavender

Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix with a hand blender. Store in a glass jar and apply liberally and often.

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Sleepy Spray Recipe

Some days when I’m running on fumes & have restless legs, I need an extra boost of relaxation at bedtime. I enjoy using my diffuser throughout the evening & at bedtime but sometimes I just need something to sniff! This recipe is great to spray on your bed sheets, pillows & pajamas right as you’re crawling into bed. It promotes relaxation & restful sleep. Because I make mine in a small bottle, it’s convenient to pack along when traveling or spending the night at someone else’s house. If you’re like me, I never sleep great in someone else’s house or hotel, so I’ve found my oils to help calm me down.

Sleep Spray Recipe:

  • 15 drops Lavender
  • 15 drops Cedarwood
  • 15 drops Vetiver
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of Witch Hazel (or vodka)
  • Distilled Water

Directions: Add essential oils & witch hazel to a 4oz glass spray bottle. Top off with distilled water. Shake well before use. Spray on bedding (sheets, pillows, ect.) before going to bed.

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All-Natural Deodorant | Baking Soda Free

 

It’s been 2 ½ weeks since I switched over to my all-natural, homemade deodorant and let me tell you, the first week was hard! I felt so stinky. I was constantly re-applying it, along with an extra drop of tea tree oil to help mask the smell. Thankfully my husband was out of town on business so he didn’t have to smell me too. After the first week though, it did get a whole lot better! I knew the first few weeks were going to be rough so I am glad I stuck it out for the long haul. The past few days, I have been feeling great about switching over to a healthier product (AND less smellier by the day!!!!) until last night I developed a rash and very sore armpits. After doing more research, I learned about the rash baking soda can cause. Because it’s a very alkaline substance, it can throw your pH balance out of whack… EK! This can cause a rash, soreness & irritation. It’s also important to wait 30 minutes or so after you have shaved your armpits to apply deodorant (of any kind) so you don’t irritate your hair follicles. Obviously, my pits were not happy!

For most people, baking soda rarely affects them but for me, it’s super painful! I’ve noticed that my skin has gotten more and more sensitive with (potentially harmful ingredients) store-bought products since I switch to more all-natural products (mostly Young Living’s soaps/lotions/shampoo/ect.) when I was pregnant. There was even a point in my pregnancy my belly was so itchy, I desperately ran out to the store and bought some type of “pregnant-body-butter-stretch-mark-itch-cream,” in my last ditch effort to stop the itch and I broke out in a rash head to toe. I really kicked myself for that one and now I’m kicking myself today. My armpits hurt!!! (Sorry for the whining)

So today I made a new deodorant that is baking soda free that should stop the rash. I also mixed up an armpit detox to apply to help soothe the rash and my poor lymph nodes. This also helps re-balance the pH in your armpits.

  • Armpit Detox Recipe: 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of distilled water (I just put some on toilet paper & swiped it in my armpits) You may want to do this twice a day until your pits feel better.

 

Baking soda FREE recipe for All-Natural Deodorant:

  • ½ c. Arrowroot Powder
  • ½ c. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbs. Beeswax
  • ½ tsp. Vitamin E
  • 20 drops Tea Tree
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Purification

(You can pick other essential oils if you would like, I recommend anywhere from 20-40 drops per batch)

Directions: Mix beeswax & coconut oil over a double boiler. Stir until beeswax is melted and then quickly add remaining ingredients. Stir quickly and pour into an empty deodorant stick or glass jar.

This is very similar to the last deodorant recipe I posted. To read it, {click here}

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All-Natural Deodorant

 

I dare you to Google, “toxicity of deodorant,” you’ll be shocked on how many harmful ingredients are packed in such a little tube. I know, no one likes to be smelly but why do they have to put things like aluminum, parabens & pesticides in something that most people use daily. It seriously boggles my mind!

I’ve tried many different all-natural brands and stones but nothing has seemed to work for me so I’m super excited for this recipe. I’ve heard it takes about two weeks to detoxify your armpits when you switch to an all-natural product. It’s a transition period that you just have to wait out. Honestly, it’s hard! So for the sake of others, try not to be around a lot of people if you fear you’ll be stinky! Don’t worry, it’s actually good to sweat. Our armpits help get rid of toxins in our bodies and for most, you’ll actually stink less once your body has become accustom to it. It’s also a great idea to detox your armpits, just like you would any other parts of your body. Google it, there’s tons of recipes!

Today I made my own natural deodorant and I’m already surprised how great it is. I know people who simple just use coconut oil or use an essential oil (such as Frankincense, Tea Tree, Rosemary or Purification) as their deodorant but I wanted something that was a little “stronger” than that. Maybe one day I’ll simply be down to one oil but because this recipe was super fast and easy to make, I’ll be using it for a while.

For the recipe you’ll need:

  • 1/4 c. Arrowroot Powder (Found Here)
  • 1/4 c. Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Beeswax (Found Here)
  • 1/2 tsp. Vitamin E (optional) (Found Here)
  • Essential oils (20-25 drops):
    • 5 drops Tea Tree
    • 5 Drops Rosemary
    • 15 drops Purification
  • Empty deodorant container or you can purchase some new ones (here) OR you can use a glass jar and apply it with your hands.

Directions: Melt beeswax and coconut oil together in a double boiler. I just use a glass bowl over a small pot of water and heat to a slow boil. Stir until the beeswax is melted.

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Disclaimer: I’m a huge advocate for doing your own research and making your own wise decisions when it comes to what you put on your body, so please Google it and don’t take my word for everything. Or do, I guess that’s cool too.

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Epsom Salts & Essential Oils

Epsom Salts, another wonder used for centuries to help support health and soothe the soul. Epsom salts are a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, which many of us lack. It’s no wonder why many people have problems with inflammation, muscle and nerve functions, skin problems & large amounts of toxins in our cells.   Our body’s skin is the largest and most porous organ, so this is why it’s so important to know what we are putting ON our bodies, just as it’s important to know what we are eating and putting IN our bodies. Epsom salts are another great way to use essential oils as well. By adding a few drops of essential oils to Epsom salts, you can help support even more organs in your body! We love to use Epsom salts to relax, support our immune systems, get rid of stinky odors (such as smelly feet!), exfoliate dead skin and also use as a plant fertilizer. I also love Epsom salts because they allow me to use every last drop of essential oils in an almost-empty bottle. To make it simple, I leave a jar full of Epsom salts next to the bathtub and throw in my empty oil bottles, shake it up and let the salts soak up the oils. Before a bath, I just throw a bottle full of Epsom salts in the tub with a scoop of salts and voila! You have a relaxing bath full of health benefits. I like to keep one next to Jase’s tub that is full of empty Lavender bottles, Peace & Calming and Thieves. I like to give him extra relaxation & immune support before bedtime too!

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The next time you’re feeling a little down and out, I challenge you to take a nice Epsom salt bath. The trick to getting the most support from Epsom salts, it to at least take a 12 minute bath which shouldn’t be to hard, unless you have small children and then I totally understand. The salt alone should help relieve tension, pain & cramps, eliminate toxins and help nerves function properly. Don’t forget to add your essential oils too! My favorites are Lavender (for relaxing), Thieves (for immune support), Frankincense (for skin support), Peace & Calming or StressAway (both for calming & stress relief!) & Clary Sage (hormonal support).

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Mothers: I am wishing you a relaxing month of May, because it is “Mother’s Month” and us women deserve it and I hope you fathers treat your wife to some peaceful alone time too…kidding, but not kidding!

Dry Shampoo Recipe

Over the past two years I slowly have been changing out chemical filled products for all natural substitutes and slowly my beauty routines have changed as well. My shampoo, conditioner and face wash was converted a while ago and now I have been focusing on my beauty products. Every few months or so, I use to buy expensive dry shampoo (because using the cheap kinds made my hair greaser than it already was) and I felt like I only get a few good sprays out of it until it was gone. I didn’t even realize that my favorite kind of dry shampoo was actually making my hair dryer and leaving my scalp flaky…ummm YUCK! I hate washing my hair every day (also not great for your hair/scalp!) so I knew dry shampoo was a “must have” in my bathroom cabinet but now I don’t need to buy the expensive kinds anymore. I love to say, if it’s possible, “chemical free, is the way to be” so now I make my own and am loving it. It’s so easy to mix and apply too!

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For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup organic Arrowroot Powder (Find here.)
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops Cedarwood
  • Glass container to store (or powder shaker)

Directions: Put arrowroot powder in a glass mixing bowl, add essential oils and stir. Mix together and then slowly put into glass container to store. Apply by taking a make-up brush (I used an old clean one that I don’t use anymore) and dipping the ends into the powder and then applying the mixture to your roots. I keep applying until my hair doesn’t appear greasy anymore and than take a brush to my entire head to even it out.

  • If you have dark hair, I suggest adding 1-2 tsps. of organic cocoa powder to make the mixture a light brown. It tends to be a little easier to blend the powder into your hair if it’s on the darker side.

If you don’t have an old make-up brush & jar to put it in consider using a salt/pepper shaker, a reusable parmesan shaker or some type of powder shaker you can find on Amazon like this one: (click here)

I used this combination of essential oils because they all promote hair growth & a healthy scalp. They also smell awesome when they’re combined! I also choose to use arrowroot powder over cornstarch because most cornstarch is GMO, just a FYI.

Here’s to healthy hair, throwing out/buying less, one product at a time!!!

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Body Butter Recipe

With summer quickly approaching I want to make sure my skin is ready for short and tank top weather so yesterday I made Body Butter, and oh my! My skin feels so good today. This recipe does stick to your skin like butter and slowly absorbs, which has made my skin look so smooth and soft. I love when I use lotions like this on my legs too; it makes me feel like I have shiny super model legs. A girl can dream, right?

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ½ cup Shea Butter
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ tsp. Vitamin E (No worries if you don’t have this, it’s great for your skin but it’s totally optional!)
  • 15 drops Lavender E.O. & 15 drops Melaleuca E.O. (or if you prefer a different essential oil-this is just what I used because they both have great benefits for your skin)bbmix.jpg

Directions: I used my Kitchen Aid to first whip the coconut oil and shea butter for about 10 minutes. This makes it nice and fluffy. If your shea butter is harder, you’ll want to soften it a bit by warming it up. Don’t over do the melting part though, you want it soft but not warm enough to make it liquid form. Then add about ½ tsp of Vitamin E oil, 15 drops of Lavender essential oil & 15 drops of Melaleuca essential oil. Whip it more!!! Put mixture into glass container to store. DSC04461.jpg

A little bit of this body butter goes a long way! If you use too much, it can feel a little greasy until it absorbs in your skin. I always make sure to let it soak in for a few minutes before I put on my clothing or jump into bed but the benefits of this all-natural recipe is so worth it! My skin looks and feels awesome.

*This recipe is also great for winter months, when your skin is extra dry from the weather.

 

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Hello EO Shower Bombs

Need a little pick me up in the mornings? How about an explosion of scent while you shower? These DIY essential oil shower bombs are the perfect way to help wake you up in the morning or relax after a long day. The best part is that there are so many different combinations that you can try.

  • Sinus support? Try Thieves, Peppermint, RC, Eucalyptus Globulus
  • Fresh mind? Try Citrus Fresh & Lemon
  • More energy? Try Lemon & Peppermint
  • Afternoon pick up? Joy & StressAway
  • Relaxation before bed? Lavender & Peace and Calming
  • Sexy time? Ylang Ylang & Jasmine

Like I said, the possibilities are endless! Play around with EO’s and find your favorite mix. Everyone is different. What I might find smells wonderfully, another person might not like.

EO Shower Bomb Recipe:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid (available at health food stores or online)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 30+ drops of your favorite aromatic essential oil

Directions:

  1.  Mix together the baking soda and citric acid (I used my Kitchen aid blender, so fast & easy).
  2. In a different bowl combine water & your essential oils. (If you want to wait to add essential oils and add them to your shower bombs as you go, that’s totally fine too. Sometimes I find that easier if you don’t want to make a lot of one kind. Simply add a few drops per bomb).
  3. Slowly add the oil-water mixture (few drops at a time) into your dry ingredients, stirring well after each addition.
  4. When ingredients are thoroughly mixed, tightly pack into 2-inch balls using your hands or cookie scoop, a stainless steel cake pop mold, or any other mold. I also use my mini muffin tin pan for these & it makes about 24 bombs. Set on a plate to dry. If necessary, pack the balls again more tightly. They will expand a little bit.
  5. Allow them to dry for at least 12 hours, sometimes they take a little bit longer. You want them completely dry or they will crumble.
  6. Store in an airtight container for best results. If your bombs need to be refreshed, simply add a few more drops to the bomb right before you shower.

Use: While your water is running, throw the bomb in your shower and enjoy the aromatic experience!

If you are a bath lover, feel free to use these bombs as well. I am not a bath person so these work awesome for me… I must admit I have a huge tub in my bathroom and I think I’ve sat in it once! I know, I really should but I just don’t make the time to and it’s on the bottom of the list of “things that I should pamper myself with.” Anyways I love that I can incorporate these bombs into my daily routine of showering & I can kill two birds with one stone.

Happy DIYing!

-Jenna

 

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Repunzel Spray

Is anyone else under attack from the revenge of post pregnancy/breastfeeding baby hairs? I always have been known to leave my long hair everywhere and have clogged many drains in my day but when I was pregnant it was a different story. My hair was healthy, thick and beautiful and I wasn’t shedding as much as I do normally. Well now, a year later, my hair is shedding horribly and I have SO many little baby wispy around my face. It is so frustrating! I know most mothers experience this but I feel like mine keeps getting worse! I almost always have to wear my hair up these days (because Jase pulls on it) and I want to get it under control so I pulled out my books and found a few oils that may help support healthy hair growth. I already add a few drops of Cedarwood to my Young Living Shampoo & Conditioner but I plan on incorporating this recipe everyday (morning and night) to my routine to help increase the strength of my locks.

 

Repunzel Hair Moisturizer Spray

  • 1 oz glass spray bottle
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • Distilled Water
  • Add ingredients to spray bottle, top off with distilled water, and shake well!

Make sure to shake well before each use too & it can be used when your hair is wet or dry.

If I had Royal Hawaii Sandalwood, I would have added that oil too. I just haven’t splurged on that essential oil yet (because it’s one of the more expensive oils) but I have heard amazing things about it!!!!!

Peace out baby hairs, I won’t be missing you.

-Jenna

Tip: If you only have a 3-4 of the oils, try making your own mixture and make sure to let me know how it works!

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Lavender Mint Sugar Scrub

My skin has been feeling a little bit “blah” lately and I’ve been aching for a good facial. I’ve always wanted to make my own sugar scrubs because they look fun and easy to make so last night I pulled out my coconut oil and went to town. There are so many different recipes out there but I was really looking for something that was healing but also refreshing for my face. My skin has been breaking out like crazy for the last year (since I gave birth to Jase!) so I wanted to exfoliate it and give it a good clean. I woke up today and my face just felt SO soft and smooth. My skin even looks brighter! The air has been so dry here, to the point my nose bleeds, and this just helped get all the dead skin off of me. I’m excited to try this to my arms/legs and give them a good scrub too. I also re-washed my face with Orange Blossom Facial Wash afterwards to get some of the extra coconut oil residue off my face. If you haven’t tried Orange Blossom Facial wash yet, you’re missing out. It is one of those items that is frequently out of stock because it so awesome. I stock my cabinets every chance I get so I don’t ever run out!

Recipe Details:

Lavender Mint Body Scrub

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 40 drops of Lavender oil
  • 20 drops of Peppermint oil
  • Mix together (I used my kitchen blender)
  • Store in glass container & Enjoy!

This batch makes about 16 oz, so I separated it into 4 small mason jars to give to a few girlfriends who are coming over this weekend. I am so excited to share it with them! I just love the soft lavender, peppermint & coconut smell together and hope they do too.

Stay tuned for more sugar scrub recipe. I have a feeling I will be making them more often… I might even make my husband scrub his face and body with one!!!!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

xoxo, Jenna

UPDATE: I used this on my arms & legs in the shower and OH MY! I am sooooo smooth everywhere! I then shaved my legs afterwards and the coconut oil was the perfect shaver protecter. The coconut oil tends to stay on your skin so it feels like you have instant lotion on when you step out of the shower, it’s great!

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