Beach Cream

Oh how I wish I lived on a warm beach... Maybe one day. But for now I am stuck in Ohio dreaming of waking up to the smell of salty ocean water and the gentle crash of the waves in the distance. Yes, I know I am daydreaming :) 

Whether in Ohio or on the beach, we really need to protect our skin from the sun, especially during the summer months. Once the weather warms up in our neck of the woods, we live outside.. parks, pools, jogging, biking, gardening. This list could go on and on. One thing I do before we go out for the day is apply my DIY "Beach Cream." Why do I make my own?

Well, just like about a million other things on the shelves, many store bought creams are loaded with a forever LOOONG list of toxic ingredients. Not what I want to put on my family. Wondering how your sun cream measures up,  check out the website, EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Staff scientists at EWG compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases.

While we all need to get our Vitamin D, we should also do our best to prevent skin damage as well. My mother in law has been dealing with basal cell carcinoma for years now. And recently has had more places taken off. So an all natural, good quality beach cream is a must in our home. 

According to THIS article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information:
  • Zinc oxide provides a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection from the sun. It is gentle for everyday use, especially for children. 
  • Coconut oil was also found to block out 20% of UV rays. 
  • Topical application of Vitamin E to the skin has been shown to reduce acute and chronic photodamage. It also may protect cell membranes from light-induced damage.
  • Apigenin is a widely distributed plant flavonoid occurring in herbs, fruit, vegetables and beverages, including carrots... (hence the carrot seed oil.) Apigenin was found to be effective in prevention of UVA/UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis in mice.  
If you aren't a DIY person I would recommend trying one of these listed below. They are rated low hazard in EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.

But if you are like me and love to make your own things, here you go...

Beach Cream Recipe:


- ½ cup coconut oil- natural SPF 4 (find it HERE )
- ¼ cup Jojoba Oil- SPF 4 (find it HERE )
- ¼ cup beeswax (find it HERE)
- 2 Tablespoons Shea butter- natural SPF of 4-5 (find it HERE)
- 1 tsp Vitamin E (find it HERE )
- 2 Tablespoons of Zinc Oxide powder- natural SPF 20 (find it HERE )
- 25 drops Young Living Lavender EO (you can find more info HERE)
- 15 drops Young Living Carrot Seed EO (you can find more info HERE)


      1. Combine everything except essential oils and zinc powder in a double broiler.
      2. Warm over medium heat just until melted.
      3. Pour into a glass jar (I use a mason jar).
      4. Add lavender and carrot seed essential oils and zinc
      5. Place a tight lid on and shake well. (Careful! The jar may be hot.)
      6. Pour into a jar you want to keep it in. I love refillable silicone tubes!!  (Find them HERE )
      7. As with any natural beach creams, reapply often or as needed


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