There is a lot of buzz around homemade sunscreen. Whether you love or loathe the idea, many conventional sunscreens contain synthetic ingredients that don’t align with Kolya’s plant-based or environmentally sustainable values. Claims against do-it-yourself sunscreens are not without ground: sunscreen formulation is extremely complicated, and there is no way to secure an accurate SPF rating without extensive testing and expensive certifications. Even then, it is difficult to ascertain whether or not your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, meaning it guards against both UVA and UVB radiation. Bearing the wealth of information available to us, we choose alternatives, including reef-safe mineral sunscreens, education, and a healthy respect towards our bodies and sun exposure.
July’s Blending Bar is our DIY Whipped Sun Nourishment. This recipe is for those who wish to avoid chemical sunscreens, embrace a natural relationship with the summer rays, and moisturize the skin with an array of plant-based oils and organic botanicals.
Shea butter is whipped up with vitamin E and Sun Oil until thick, rich, and fluffy. Earth’s Aromatique Sun Oil is our in-house blend consisting of four skin-loving, medium-viscosity plant oils. Rice bran, sesame seed, cherry kernel, and red raspberry seed oils are all beneficial to the skin through their antioxidative and emollient capacity. To this mixture, we add zinc oxide for its sun-reflective qualities, and therapeutic peppermint and lavender essential oils for a beautiful summery aroma. Feel free to leave out the essential oils, or swap out for a different skin-safe blend.
This blend is meant to complement an already self-aware sun protection regime, and not as a complete replacement for conventional lab-tested broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen. Used under mild sun exposure, preferably in the mornings or evenings, this blend is a beautiful and healthy way to get your daily rays in without the potential risks posed by some conventional chemical sunscreens. In the event of prolonged or high-noon sun exposure, be certain to don your wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved shirt, or seek shade until later in the day. Consider one of our many reef-safe mineral sunscreens. If you’re sweating or playing in the water, be sure to apply a certified broad-spectrum certified sunscreen and re-apply often.
Please note, this Whipped Sun Nourishment is intended as a moisturizing herbal balm with some sun-reflective qualities, and not a replacement for certified SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen.
In North America, the summer is short and sweet. Get outside for your dose of vitamin D, stay sun-safe, get active, and have fun!
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