I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that no one has yet conjured up the gumption to try my homemade sunscreen recipe. No one, that is, aside from me.
But what if I suddenly started advertising my all-natural sunscreen “now with tocopheryl acetate”? Would you want it then?
You bet your butt you would. Why? Because people love a good illegible ingredient. Anything we can’t pronounce is good stuff. If it’s got a long name with enough consonants to be on a Dutch streetsign, then it’s a winner.
So what’s tocopheryl acetate? That would be Vitamin E. Commonly found in almonds, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli. No less beneficial; but how about that? The amazing tocopheryl acetate is also found in backyard garden vegetables!
Of course, imagine this: By the time you find this out, you’ve already plunked down the extra cash to buy some less-than-average sunscreen that happens to have a drop of Vitamin E. Where am I going with all this – the tocopheryl, the garden vegetables, the Dutch street signs? Buyer beware.
With the new natural craze that has so many of us in its grasp, it’s important to know what you’re plunking your extra cash down for in the first place. Consider this: A traditional bottle of 8-oz Coppertone sunscreen costs $7.42 at Walmart. In the next aisle is a 3.5-oz bottle of Burt’s Bees “chemical free” sun lotion (that also contains “hempseed oil!”) with a sticker-shock-inducing price tag of $14.97. Wow. What’s in there, Burt? No…seriously, I want to know – if it’s a high-quality tanner for pasty white skin, then I’ll take it.
So how does my homemade sunscreen stack up to all this?Store Bought:
- Coppertone SPF 30 (8 oz) = $7.42
- PER OUNCE: $0.93/oz
- Zinc Oxide (2 oz) = $4
- Coconut Oil (16 oz) = $12.19
- Aloe Vera Gel (12 oz) = $3.97
- Green Tea or Water = $0 (I’m using water for the calculations, because it’s difficult to get an ounce-count on bagged tea)
- Beeswax (16 oz) = $9
- Jojoba (4 oz) = $12.59
- Vitamin E Oil (1 oz) = $12.99
- TOTAL (51 oz) = $54.74
- PER OUNCE: $1.08/oz
Now that’s all-natural value for you. And Burt’s Bees sells for $4.28/oz? Just for a little chemical-free sunscreen? I can make that in my sleep. Tsk, tsk, Burt.