My earlier post discussed sun protection and an easy way to make sunscreen with zinc oxide. Those lotion base are fine for daily use, but if you want more of a water-resistant sweatproof formulation for active outdoor use, try this barrier cream with beeswax. Using a beeswax/borax emulsifier combination helps the cream stay on better. Makes a 5.5 oz batch (5 oz cream, 0.5 oz zinc oxide).
- 1.8 oz water
- 1 oz aloe vera
- 0.5 oz zinc oxide
- 1.6 oz olive oil
- 0.5 oz beeswax
- 0.04 oz borax
- 0.06 soy lecithin
Follow the instructions outlined in the lotion-making 101 section. For the zinc oxide, measure and blend it to the melted oil mixture before adding the water mixture.
For a thicker cream, increase the amount of beeswax by up to 0.5 oz and decrease the water content by the same amount. So if you’re using 0.8 oz beeswax, use only 1.5 oz water and so on.
I have not tested this thicker cream variation as our pool days here in Austin are numbered so if you do try it, share with us your results! I will revisit this recipe next summer!