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Sunny Day Shield Lotion Bars

When a heatwave hits, the only answer is a summer breeze. We know it can be a task to lather up in sunscreen every morning, so try applying this protective lotion post-shower or bath before headed outside for an extra boost of plant-powered SPF.

Since they’re not water-based, these lotion bars have a longer shelf life than many sunscreens sold in stores. But a little Pro Tip: Simply use the expiration date of the ingredient that expires first to know when your DIY sunscreen bar should be used by.

In our #LEVOmade lotion bar, we utilize a zinc oxide powder, which is a mineral used in many creams and ointments to prevent or treat sunburn.  Other benefits include healing epidermal wounds, burns, and rashes. Unlike many chemical sunscreens that you likely find in your local drugstore, zinc oxide powder protects against UVA and UVB light rays making the perfect natural, non-toxic sunscreen component to incorporate in your routine.

We’ve paired zinc oxide with carrot seed (or carrot seed oil), a natural ingredient that helps smooth lines and repair sun damage. It is rich in beta carotene, vitamins A and E and pro-vitamin A that help with healing dry, chapped or cracked skin. Carrot seed also helps balance the moisture in skin and reduce wrinkles- a double whammy!

*If spending extended time in the sun or water, we always recommend using high SPF lotion in conjunction with your homemade bar!

Ingredients

1/4 cup shea butter

1/4 cup beeswax pellets

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tablespoon vitamin E oil

1 tablespoon sweet almond oil

2-3 tablespoons of dried lavender

4 drops of a carrot seed oil (if available)

3 tablespoons non-nano particle zinc oxide powder

Silicone mold of your choice

LEVO Prep

Pack LEVO Pod with a combined 2-3 tablespoon of dried lavender.

Begin infuse cycle at 175 F for 30 minutes in coconut oil.

Instructions

After infusion, remove the pod.

Add shea butter, beeswax pellets, sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil, then infuse for another 5 minutes or until melted oil.

Dispense infusion into a large bowl and whisk zinc oxide powder carefully. Be careful not to inhale it!

After everything is fully mixed, pour mixture into your silicone mold and allow it to cool completely. (Pro Tip: Put into fridge to expedite the process!)

Once the bars are completely cooled, store them in an airtight container in fridge until ready to use.

Protect your skin and keep it hydrated all summer long. And as always, share what you make with @LEVO_Oil and be sure to tag it with #LEVOmade.

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