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DIY Natural Sunscreens and Bug Repellants

Sunwashed summer days will be abundant for the coming months. Time to whip up some natural UV protection and some simple potions to ward off pesky winged creatures.

Nutters Everyday Naturals carries most of the ingredients mentioned in this article to help you get the job done.

Lets start with a simple DIY bug repellant recipe. We found this one at bobvilla.com but spotted similar recipes at several other sites.

Recipe: Combine ¼ water with ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar. Then, add 40 drops of your preferred essential oil. We’re told some of the favorites include Rosemary, lavender, peppermint, lavender and citronella. Shake combined ingredients thoroughly and dispense using a standard spray bottle.

We also spotted an even simpler repellant recipe, though it will be less aromatic.

Recipe: ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley. Finely crush the parsley, combine with the vinegar and stir. Then, using a fine strainer and funnel, pour the concoction into a spray bottle. The strainer will ensure you’ve left the parsley bits behind.

Now, lets search for a natural sunscreen that can be used by the entire family for a safe summer day. We sourced several different recipes online. All contain more ingredients than the natural bug repellants. Though most were similar in terms of
the basic ingredients. So, while a bit more complex than the bug repellant recipes, if you’d like a clean, chemical free homemade sunscreen for your family, it’ll be worth the effort.

Go to; fabhow.com/make-your-own-sunscreen-at-home.html – The site features a recipe using all natural ingredients including; Coconut oil, beeswax, almond oil, zinc oxide powder, vitamin E oil, shea butter, carrot seed oil and lavender essential oil. Because this recipe and others similar to it are a bit more complex given the longer list of ingredients and preparation process, we invite you to go Fabhow.com for the quantities and detailed steps that walk you step by step through the process.

The team at your nearest Nutters store will be delighted to help you with your ingredient lists for the two DIY recipes discussed in this article. Some Nutters locations may also have natural sunscreen and repellant recipes on hand that are local favourites. Don’t hesitate to ask when you stop in.