Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Time Body Butter and Spray

If you know anything about living in the South Eastern United States, then you know two things: Summers are full of sun and bugs. Just look at the front of my car and you'll see all the love bugs plastered to the front of it!

So today I'm going to show you two recipes for the summer to help keep your skin healthy and happy! These recipes are completely customizable and I'll show you how!

Let's Talk About Ingredients!
For me, the essential ingredients for SPF are zinc oxide and carrot seed oil. Zinc oxide is a great base for sunscreen and you can vary the amount of coverage by weight.

For instance 1 oz of lotion + 0.1 oz of zinc oxide will equal an SPF of 10. If you use 1 oz lotion + 0.2 oz of zinc oxide you will have an SPF of 20. However, if you go much higher than 25-30 SPF you may notice that you may have streaking of the powder. That's why carrot seed oil is so fantastic-- it'll give you a natural boost in SPF!

Carrot seed oil has one of the highest SPFs of all natural sunscreens, plus it's an antioxidant so it helps to inhibit free radicals and keeps you look amazing! Depending on the carrot seed oil, the natural SPF value is between 30-40.

Natural oils like coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax are all natural sunscreens, but they are quite low-- usually under 10 SPF. But when you use multiple types of natural SPFs they layer on each other and work together to give you natural protection.

Normally, it is recommended to re-apply every 2 hours and this is not waterproof.

I love to use therapeutic essential oils for scents! My favorite is purification which smells like an awesome perfume and helps remove odors too! I even use it on my dog to deter bugs!

Other awesome summer time choices are Peppermint, Lavender (watch out though-- it may attract bees!), Lemongrass, and Cedarwood.

And just because I like you-- I'm giving you TWO options on how to make it! A body butter OR a spray! Options, options, options!!

DIY Whipped Body Butter Bug Spray 

Lotion base:
Melt the beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil over a double boiler. Once it is all melted, remove it from the heat and add the vitamin E, zinc oxide (if using) and the essential oils. Mix mix mix!!

Stick it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour until it hardens and then beat it with a stand mixer until fluffy. If it doesn't get fluffy enough-- stick it back into the refrigerator for 30 more minutes and try again! 

It is a little oily, but it really isn't bad at all if you use the right amount! Trust me-- a little goes a long way. And it smells AWESOME!! This absorbs well into the skin-- just don't over do it!

If you don't want to make a lotion, you can make a spray by using this recipe

Summer Time Spray
  • 3 ounces distilled or boiled water 
  • 1 ounce witch hazel or vodka (can substitute with purified water)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 40-50 drops of essential oil (combo of your choice, but I like 30 purification, 10 peppermint, 10 lemongrass) I use this brand
  • Optional: 30-40 drops of carrot seed oil for SPF
Mix this recipe together in a 4 oz misting bottle and you are ready to go camping or have that family BBQ! Woohoo!! Seriously simple. 

You can read more about essential oils and which brand I recommend!

Hopefully with these recipes you will have a happy summer!

P.S. Carrot seed essential oil has a very earthy scent. Some people like it, others do not. I prefer it mixed with other essential oils to lessen the smell. I believe in full disclosure-- I don't want any comments about how it smells funny! I TOLD YOU!
Sherri Griffin
Sherri Griffin

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