1/3 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 cup)
1/3 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
2 tablespoons (or more) of non-nano Zinc Oxide
Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve (I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for this recipe)
Optional: a few drops of vanilla or essential oil for scent (do not use citrus oils!)
A double boiler or glass bowl over a small pan
Silicone molds or empty deodorant containers for an easy-to-apply solution
Sunscreen Bar Instructions
Combine all ingredients (except zinc oxide and essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.
Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth
Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide powder and essential oils.
Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used eco friendly, biodegradable cardboard containers purchased in bulk from Etsy.
They can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer for longer term storage. Keep below 80 degrees or they will melt! Adjust coverage to your needs and be careful not to burn while determining how long you can spend in the sun with these.