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DIY Sunscreen

With so many sunscreens out there, why make your own?  check out the list of commonly found ingedients in sunscreen that causes cancer after the read more link



  • 8oz oil (olive, sunflower, jojoba, or soybean)
  • 1oz emulsifing wax
  • Sunblocking agent (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) – available online
  • Essential oils of your choice (optional)

Go to Instructables for complete instructions. Good luck – and of course care should be taken with this DIY to make sure your skin is properly protected.

  • TEA, DEA, MEA (tri-, di- and mono- ethaloamines) can cause liver and kidney cancer. It’s also corrosive to eyes, and causes allergic reactions on the skin.
  • Formaldehyde is carcinogenic. It’s strongly irritant to the eyes and throat, and causes irritant and allergic dermatitis.
  • Diazolidinyl and imidazolidinyl urea (Germall 115) may release formaldehid, so it’s irritant and carcinogenic.
  • Most of FD&C color pigments are carcinogenic (according to animal studies). They also contain heavy metals that may cause skin sensitivity.
  • The following nitrosating agents were proven to cause cancer in laboratory animals:
    • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol
    • Cocoyl sarcosine
    • Hydrolysed animal protein
    • Lauryl sarcosine
    • Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60, etc
    • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES)
    • Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
  • Lanolin is obtained from the wool, so it’s often contaminated with chemicals used on sheep (pesticides).
  • Mineral oil can be contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) that cause cancer.
  • Talc, routinely used in genital area increases the risk for ovarian cancer.
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