25 August 2008

SunscreenCommercial sunscreen products often contain propyl compounds and other chemicals questionable for your health and many of the all-natural products are overly expensive due to the addition of exotic tropical oils for their scent.

Well, you can make your own sunscreen with a simple, cheap ingredients and equipment. In fact, you can add your own favorite flavour. Try this recipe.

Sunscreen OilIngredients
  • Olive Oil or Natural Oil
  • Pure Beeswax
  • Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (USP grade)
  • Flavouring agent
Equipment :
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Stove/camp stove
Preparation
  1. Bees WaxHeat a cup of olive oil over a low flame.
  2. Add 1 ounce of beeswax, broken into pieces if possible (so that it melts faster).
  3. Stir constantly until the beeswax is completely melted in the hot oil.
  4. Add one to two tablespoons of USP grade zinc oxide powder, a little at a time, continuing to stir constantly.
  5. Remove from the stove, and pour into a glass or ceramic dish that can be covered.
  6. Allow to cool to room temperature before use.
  • The beeswax makes the resulting product viscous, like a skin cream, holding the oxide in suspension. You can try varying the ratio of oil to wax.
  • The beeswax and oxide, if not available locally, can usually be found at auction websites.
Warnings
  • Zinc oxide may be a health risk, so avoid breathing the powder. A face mask may be useful until the product is all in suspension.
  • It's better to dedicate a pan, stirring spoon, and any other necessary utensils for this purpose, never using them for food again.
  • It is possible that the oxide will settle while the product is cooling, or during transit in a hot environment. If, when you are applying it, it is translucent: you need to stir the oxide up from the bottom, or you are getting a false sense of security! A viable product will be opaque.

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