Why Homemade Sunscreen is Never a Good Idea

Back in 2012 I published a short post on DIY sunscreen, the gist of which was “don’t make it, you can’t know if it works.” That post continues to get a lot of traffic and quite a few comments, many of which aim to convince me that DIY sunscreen is (or can be) a good idea. So, with warmer days on the horizon (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), I wanted to write a more detailed post on the topic. Today I’m tackling the arguments I hear from internet people who want to make their own sunscreen, using scientific articles and the help of a professional cosmetic chemist.

Why Homemade Sunscreen is Never a Good Idea

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Cleansing Mud Mousse

Have you ever stumbled across a for-sale skin care project that was so simple, yet so expensive, that it made you downright mad? That was my initial reaction to the product that inspired this DIY. $70 for mostly clay, some salt, some inexpensive herbs, and some spices I have in my kitchen. $70!?! And that’s US dollars, too, so that’s nearly $95 Canadian with the exchange rate these days, and… what!? Anyhow, I guess I like to channel my rage into making things (who is surprised?), so I did. I made myself a bunch of Cleansing Mud Mousse for a whole lot less than $95, and now you can, too.

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Heavenly Cocoa Lotion

This divine, lightweight, Heavenly Cocoa Lotion went straight into my purse, and that is high praise. Jasper requested a “simple yet effective facial moisturiser. Something a little bit like the LUSH Celestial Moisturiser… I worked for the company a while back as a product trainer and it is their best selling moisturiser, so I feel a formulation based on this cream would be really useful for your subscribers too!” The original ingredient list had some really lovely things in it—almond oil, cocoa butter, and lots of vanilla—and we all know I’m a total sucker for cocoa and vanilla, so how could I resist?

How to Make Heavenly Cocoa Lotion

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10 Recipes to Make with Calendula

Calendula is one of my favourite herbs to work with. The beautiful, bright, sunny yellow flowers have long, elegant petals that curl and wisp in all sorts of pretty ways. If you’ve spent much time on my blog, you’ve definitely seen them sprinkled around wee jars and bottles of assorted concoctions as part of my attempts at photo styling. Calendula is one of the first herbs I worked with; I bought some at the bulk section of my local health food store after trying a salve infused with it and thinking it would be a fun new toy. It’s been a consistent part of my DIY cupboard ever since, and here’s ten awesome things I love to make with it.

10 Recipes to Make with Calendula

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10 Recipes to Make with Hemp Seed Oil

Today we’re talking hemp seed oil—this lovely green oil is loaded with nutrients and awesome fatty acids, making it a super awesome ingredient to DIY with. It’s a liquid oil with a melting point of -8°C (18°F), and is available in refined and unrefined versions—I usually get unrefined. Hemp seed oil is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as linoleic and gamma-linoleic fatty acids. It contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as vitamins B6 and E. With this lovely laundry list of good-for-you ingredients it’s not hard to see why you’d want to include it in just about everything.

10 Recipes to Make with Hemp Seed Oil

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Intoxicating Rose Salve

I am not sure I can adequately describe how utterly incredible this silky smooth, soft intoxicating rose salve smells, but I will try. It’s rose-like, yes, but it’s more than that. Deep and sweet, but not cloying… more of a rich sweetness. There’s also something really complex and warm going on; something a bit bewitching that will have you going for whiffs of your hands whenever you can. I’ve been finding I’ll get distracted by it—I’ll catch a whiff of it while I’m working on something else, and the scent will completely pull me out of whatever I’m doing for a sort of “what is that… oh yeahhh…” kind of moment. It’s awesome, and you should make some.

How to Make an Intoxicating Rose Salve

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