It’s that time of year again. Correction, it’s been that time of year again. When the sun is blazing and you can’t leave the house without your sunhat and a healthy layer of sunblocking cream slathered over your skin. Or for those of us that wear block all year round… we’re just upping our numbers. I go from a 15 to a 30 personally.
As is typical, I just made my summer batch of sunblock. Eeee! I know! The summer sun has been doing it’s thing now for weeks and I’ve got a mild tan to prove it. For those of you that haven’t used a mineral sunblock, you may be surprised by the sheen of white that appears on your skin. This is literally the zinc oxide or titanium dioxide creating a physical barrier, scattering and reflecting UVA/UVB rays. THIS IS GOOD.
For those of you who would like to try your hand at making a batch, here’s a pretty good recipe. If you want to make it vegan, sub in .6 oz of candelilla wax for the beeswax. You can find most of the oils, butters and wax at Mountain Rose Herbs, and the zinc oxide at Essential Depot. Not all of us have the time or the wherewithal to make our own, for those I’ve chosen these two vegan sunscreens. I like these because they have understandable ingredients and they’re not padded out with a bunch of extra (sometimes harmful to skin) stuff, they apply well and they WORK! I only posted ones that I’ve personally used…
My favorite of the bunch. Goes on smooth without too much of a white overcast and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. The ingredient list is great too!here and a cool read about plant oils and their natural SPF’s.
To be honest, everyone is going to have a slightly different idea of what ethically sourced means, which is why it's difficult to define. But most people understand ethical sourcing as sourcing ingredients and materials in a responsible and sustainable manner that considers the people and environment throughout the process.