DIY All Natural Sunscreen

I'm excited to have the lovely Johanna back on the blog today, sharing a great All Natural Sunscreen Recipe with you all. So without further ado take it away Johanna. 

Hi, I’m Johanna, and I blog over at Our Joyful Home. I am super thrilled to be back at Little Lady Little City! You can check out my blog for DIY projects, recipes, PNW adventures, and the occasional style post.
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If you’ve ever been to the Seattle area in the summer. you know two things: 1: Western Washington summers are literally a slice of heaven, and 2: We’re all astoundingly pale. We get so little sun 9 months out of the year that by the time shorts weather rolls around, if we spend more than 10 minutes in the sun we fry. 

I’ve always been fairly sun-conscious, but a few years ago when we had our twin girls I reached a whole new level. We didn’t even go grocery shopping without slathering sunscreen all over our precious babes’ sensitive, lily white skin. But then I started reading about commercial sun screen, and all the crap that is in it. Did you know your sunscreen could actually be really harmful? In fact, if you buy commercial sunscreen, odds are that it is. So I was on a hunt for a better solution, and this winter when I started using essential oils, I found one. 
DIY All Natural Sunscreen - littleladylittlecity.com
Carrot seed oil packs quite a natural SPF punch! In fact, according to an article published in “Pharmacognosy Magazine” in 2009, it carries an SPF of approximately 30-34. That’s crazy! Using coconut oil as the base, which has an estimated SPF of 4-6, you’ve got yourself some excellent coverage. 

The studies on natural substances and sun protection are pretty preliminary, and the SPF are just estimates, so when we started out with this I was pretty cautious. It’s not waterproof, so we reapply often if we’re in and out of the water, or sweating a lot. But the whole family has been using it for months and we haven’t gotten even a little bit pink, which I consider a resounding success! 

DIY Sunscreen

2 cups unrefined coconut oil
25 drops carrot seed essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixture with a whisk attachment, and whip until completely combined. Store in a glass or metal container below 70 degrees (coconut oil will melt if it gets above 70 F, which won’t effect the SPF but will be harder to apply).

To learn more about how we use essential oils and how to purchase them, visit our website.

{None of the statements made here have been evaluated by the FDA. This is what works for our family, but that doesn’t mean it will work the same for you. I’m not a doctor, and I would never presume to prescribe, diagnose, or treat any ailment or disease. Essential oils are powerful natural tools, please do your own independent research. I am always available to answer questions at hello@deanfamilyessentials.com}

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Summer Sun and Thrifted Shirts

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I got this shirt over the weekend and I am pretty sure it was meant to be. As I mentioned before things were pretty crappy for me last week, and I've been trying to take my coffee mug's advice to not let stuff get me down. So when I came across this shirt at Goodwill I knew I had to own it. I have been rocking it all weekend, and It's definitely made me smile, which is a plus. Also, please excuse my hair, not only I am in desperate need of some root work but also a hair cut. I've totally been procrastinating on taming my roots just because it takes soooo long. 
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Because last week was just so bleh Will and I made sure to take this weekend off and just enjoy ourselves. Saturday we slept in for the first time in a very long time, did some errands around the house, then met up with the family to hangout and have dinner. We went to one of my favorite restaurants, Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles, and basically ate more food than one should ever eat in one sitting, haha. They seriously have the best waffles I have ever eaten! Then, yesterday we went and saw Jurassic World with my dad. I thought the movie was fun (nothing great, but fun), however, Will did not like it's stupidity in the slightest. Hopefully the next movie we get to he will enjoy. After the movie we just were pretty lazy and hung out at home, the best way to end a weekend, in my opinion. 
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shirt // Goodwill
jeans // Paige Denim (similar)
shoes // Gap (old)
Summer Sun and Thrifted Shirts - littleladylittlecity.com
This week is jam packed with work for both of us, a lot of boring stuff on my plate, unfortunately, but hopefully I can make a pretty big dent in all of it. So it looks like we will be cooped up all week, which I guess is ok since it's suppose to be 110+ degrees the entire time, ughs. I've been away from Phoenix summers for so long that I'm not use to them anymore. Or at least less use to them, because honestly I'm not sure if you ever get use to these hot days and nights. What are you all up to this week?

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Friday Fancies

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Haha this shirt so true! - via skreened
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Loving this coaster DIY - via PROPER
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Haha this reusable bag, I love! - via Urban Outfitters
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This peach, orange, and raspberry juice looks great - by Jennifer Chong
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This leave-in conditioner sounds wonderful - via Batty's Baths
Friday Fancies - littleladylittlecity.com
Will is killing it with the Investigatos lately! - via Investigatos



This week was all sorts of crazy and yesterday was a pretty crappy day so I'm pretty darn happy it's the weekend. I ready to just kind of check out for the next couple of days. I have a feeling tonight is going to consist of some pizza for dinner and an adult beverage or two. I think we are also going to finally go see Jurassic World this weekend, so I'll be treating myself a big old tub of popcorn. Like most people my age I'm pretty excited for the movie. I saw the first one with my dad on a day off from school and I remember my mom being so mad because it was PG-13 and she thought it would be too scary for me. But, of course, I loved it! What are you all up to this weekend? 

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