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DIY African Shea Butter Sunscreen

In May of 2018, Hawaiian lawmakers passed a bill banning the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals thought to be harmful to the ocean’s coral reefs throughout the world. The ingredients can potentially increase coral’s susceptibility to bleaching, and up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen reportedly end up in coral reefs every year.

(Photo Credit to National Geographic,  2016)

Oxybenzone and octinoxate are two of the most popular ingredients in chemical sunscreens ― that is, sunscreens that use chemicals as the active ingredient. Chemical sunscreens dominate the shelves at most drugstores and rely on a chemical reaction to protect skin from the sun’s rays.

That got us thinking: If oxybenzone and octinoxate can cause harm to coral, what are they doing to our bodies?  (read the rest of the article here)

We love just about any DIY project and even more so if we are protecting the environment and ourselves.

This summer, be sure to check out our recipe for a very simple and natural Shea Butter Sunscreen.  We believe in our ingredients, which come from non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. 

Lulu Life is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter that is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa.

Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

Intensely moisturizing, this shea butter is easily absorbed and is known to transform your skin over time. The butter is rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, and can be used on the face or as an all-over body butter.

Combined with Marula Oil, fast-absorbing facial oil that has been treasured for centuries by African women for its restorative benefits and non-nano Zinc-Oxide, you can rest assured that your skin and the coral reef will be safe this summer!

2 ounces of LuLu Life's Shea Butter

1 ounce Marula Oil

1 ounce Zinc Oxide Powder 

Melt the Shea Butter and Marula Oil down in a saucepan on low heat and then add the Zinc.  Blend well and store in airtight container for up to 3 months.  Optional:  Add a few drops of essential oils for aromatherapy, such as:  Soothing lavendar or cool peppermint.

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