Sun Tanning Oil
Making your own natural sun tanning oil is fun and educational. It’s a great thing to do as a home-schooling exercise as it includes maths, chemistry and motor skill refinement etc…
Plus, it gives you the freedom to tailor the results to specifically suit you and your family, which means no non-essential ingredients in your blend.
It is entirely possible to adapt the basic sun tanning oil recipe to produce a sun protection oil for your unique needs.
You can also increase and decrease the SPF value of you sun tanning oil and you can add essential oils to address specific skin issue…
IMPORTANT :: Please note: The SPF* values attributed to carrier oils within this article have not earned ‘scientific approval’.
Natural, unadulterated carrier oils, which have not been chemically manipulated, will always elude scientific approval processes. This is because an oil made from natural plant materials will vary nutritionally and chemically from one batch to another. More on this later…
SPF* = Sun Protection Factor
Conventional Sun Protection Oils
Increasing numbers of people are opting to make their own natural sun tanning oil for another reason… There is a growing concern around the unnatural ingredients and potential risk of cancer from using conventional sun creams and sun tanning products.
There is an increasingly convincing scientific case for conventional sun creams / sun tanning products being the leading cause of skin cancer.
Plus, we are all growing more aware that many large-scale manufacturers present misleading information about what goes into their products. The problem is so widespread that we have a term for it these days. Green-washing!
Greenwashing, also called “green sheen”, is a form of marketing spin in which green PR and green marketing are deceptively used to persuade the public that an organization’s products, aims and policies are environmentally friendly.
Sadly, public concerns over environmental harms have eclipsed the equally important issue of personal harms that these products potentially present… but, discerning consumers are putting two and two together, and are making better choices for themselves and their families.
Natural Sun Protection Oil
Regrettably, it isn’t possible for Wild As The Wind to make this sun tanning oil recipe for you as a finished product. It simply isn’t financially feasible. It would cost £4,000 to simply earn the right to make a single SPF claim on the label, which is prohibitively expensive for small artisan business like Wild As The Wind.
The legislation favours large, industrialised businesses who opt to mass produce their products.
By contrast, all of the blended products at Wild As The Wind are made by hand, and then bottled and labelled by hand.
Nevertheless, Wild As The Wind stocks all of the ingredients needed for this Sun Tanning Oil recipe.
Sun Tanning Oil Ingredients
Wild As The Wind has tried to make this recipe as simple as possible.
In fact, you will only need to buy two items, as the required essential oils have been pre-blended for you:
Please note, the above Raspberry Seed Oil link is for the ethically sourced oil, but there is also an Organic Raspberry Seed Oil available
Wild As The Wind stocks a very large selection of carrier oils and one of the largest selections of essential oils in the UK.
Introduction To Sun Tanning Oils & SPF Values
There’s no denying that certain natural carrier oils have sun protecting properties.
Natural oils, once chemically manipulated to ensure consistency in action, are used in every conventional sun cream. And, natural oils have been used for millennia to help protect wearers from potential sun damage and to moisturise skin.
However, all of the information to support the widespread use of natural oils for sun protection remains anecdotal. This is because natural, unadulterated oils do not lend themselves to scientific processes, due to seasonal and geographic variations.
This means that the protectiveness of your oils will vary depending on where you get your oils from… and the quality of these oils will vary year on year, just like a good wine…
The fruits and grains, from which carrier oils are derived, vary greatly in nutrient value and protective constituents. This is because soil quality and climatic conditions, where fruit and grain crops are grown, differ dramatically from one region to another.
Plus, quality can vary from one harvest to the next based on sunshine and rainfall levels, as well as how well the soil is replenished from one growing season to the next.
This means the perceived SPF value of carrier oils will most likely vary from one growing season to the next, sometimes very significantly.
It isn’t possible for Wild As The Wind to make any claims about the specific SPF value of the Sun Tanning Oils you make when using this Sun Tanning Oil recipe. We advise you to do your own research about the SPF values of natural oils, as well as reading the information in this article, so that you can make a fully informed choice about your sun protection products.
Sun Tanning Oils & SPF Values
SPF values mentioned in this article are based on the common understanding of the sun protecting abilities of the oils mentioned.
Please note, there are other ways of protecting yourself from harmful outcomes from sun exposure.
In the article Natural Ways Of Avoiding Sunburn, for example, it is made clear that one of the best ways of avoiding sun damage, is by slowly building up sun exposure over time.
Plus, taking certain medications elevate the risks associated with sun exposure, so being fully informed about the risks of your medications is vital.
Also, a small number of essential oils are phototoxic. This means that if you use a phototoxic essential oil, in a topical application, and then exposure your skin to the sun, you will significantly increase the risk of sunburn.
SPF Values Of Carrier Oils
The following carrier oils are commonly believed to possess the adjacent SPF values. They are all deeply moisturising and nutritive oils, which convey many health benefits for your skin. For full descriptions of the nutritive value of these oils please click on the links provided.
Raspberry Seed Oil :: 28 – 50 SPF
Avocado Oil :: 8 – 15 SPF
Pomegranate Seed Oil :: 6 – 10 SPF
Sweet Almond Oil :: 3- 6 SPF
Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil Recipe
The Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe is very simple. It advocates for using a couple of simple steps to achieve a great smelling and effective suntanning oil..
To keep things as simple as possible the primary The Wild As The Wind recommendation is to simply buy a 100ml bottle of Raspberry Seed Oil along with the pre-made, Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Essential Oil Blend, containing four excellent aromatherapy oils.
The Sun Tanning Essential Oil Blend will not only improve the condition of your skin, but it also reduces the chance of burning, even if you fall asleep whilst sun bathing. It also smells amazing and will act as an effective insect repellant.
This combination of oils will give you the highest ‘unofficial’ SPF blended oil possible.
However, if you are on a budget, and don’t intend to spend every waking hour in the sun, then you can dilute your Raspberry Seed Oil with either Unrefined Organic Avocado Oil or Organic Sweet Almond Oil. This will give you an incrementally lower SPF, but it will be high enough for you to be able to spend lengthy periods in the sun without burning.
To reduce costs even more, instead of adding the Sun Tanning Essential Oil Blend, you can simply add Lavender Essential Oil.
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the four aromatherapy oils in the Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Essential Oil Blend, and is the most commonly used essential oil for treating burns acquired in the kitchen. It is also used for repelling insects. If you would like to enhance the aromatic quality of your sun tanning oil, then consider also adding Geranium Essential Oil. There are few better oils for wound healing and scar reduction, and it is also an excellent insect repellant.
The four essential oils in the Sun Tanning Essential Oil Blend are:
- Organic Lavender Essential Oil
- Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- Organic Geranium Rose Essential Oil
- Organic Palmarosa Essential Oil
If you are in need of a comprehensively effective insect repellant, then please consider getting yourself the Wild As The Wind option… it is formulated to protect you, as much as possible, from every form of insect there is.
The Wild As The Wind, pre-blended insect repellent is similar to the Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Essential Oil Blend, in that it is made using pure essential oils, which then need diluted in a suitable carrier oil before topical application can take place.
The Wild As The Wind Ultimate Insect Repellent Essential Oil Blend contains nine essential oils including Organic Lavender Essential Oil and Organic Geranium Essential Oil.
Sun Bathing Is Profoundly Important!
Sun exposure is vitally important for our health. Not only does it permit us to naturally make Vitamin D within our bodies, it’s also needed to make melatonin, (the sleep hormone), and assimilate Vitamin A.
Please read Natural Ways Of Avoiding Sunburn for more information.
is also a source of vitally important natural EMFs which keep us healthy.
Being out in nature also helps us to counter non-native EMF which is undermining our immune systems and causing us to be exposed to high levels of very damaging stress. Learn more about synthetic EMF and what you can do to mitigate it here ::
Wireless tech dangerously makes our blood platlets cluster in a very unhealthy way, (it’s why we should keep a distance from our wireless devices at all times), and it has been scientifically shown to undermine our immunity by 40%.
Sun bathing can reverse many of the dangerous effects of non-native EMF!
Sunshine is also vitally important for our Circadian Rhythms which are fundamental to our health. Learn more in Morning Detox Protocols.
When we sunbathe on the ground, using natural cotton towels, we ground out electrical charges. Walking barefoot on sandy beaches and lying down outside, for as little as half an hour, can separate the blood platelet clusters created by synthetic EMF from wireless tech. Plus the negative ions at the coast are immensely healing.
A natural healthy body is negatively charged.
A positively charged body is an unhealthy body.
Sun Tanning Oil safety is of utmost importance. For a sun tanning oil to be effective it should be applied liberally and frequently, which means that optimal exposure to the ingredients within the sun tan oil is achieved. With pure, natural sun tanning oils, such as the recommended Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipes, this is a good thing. However, conventionally produced oils are an entirely different story.
*Unlike many conventional sun creams, which have been proven to be a leading cause of skin cancer, using natural oils as a sun protection is considered to be completely safe.
However, even natural oils are adulterated to extend shelf life and increase profits. It is always best to check the list of ingredients prior to purchasing your sun tanning oil to ensure it is free of skincare ingredients to avoid.
What Makes A Good Sun Tanning Oil?
Offers Enough Protection: The primary function of a sun tanning oil is that it offers sufficient protection! It therefore has to provide you with enough protection for the duration of your time in the sun.
But sun protection may be the point of a Sun Tanning Oil, but there are a number of other boxes that it needs to tick before we can consider it truly successful.
Moisturising: The sun is very drying for the skin, so your sun tanning oil needs to moisturise the skin. Most of the ingredients in the Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe moisturise the skin.
Healing: It is possible for a sun tanning oil to actually help heal sun burn! Wild As The Wind suggests you include Lavender Essential Oil for this reason.
Smells Good: No-one wants a really effective product on their skin if it doesn’t smell good! The Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe has been formulated to work brilliantly, whilst also smelling great.
Extra Benefits: Citronella isn’t necessary for the effectiveness of sun tanning protection, but it does smell amazing and has the added benefit of being a fantastic insect repellent. Mosquitos hate Citronella Essential Oil!
So, if you’re on holiday and out for the day, you only need to carry one bottle instead of two!
SPF Full Story
SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor, which relates to how long a sunscreen, or sun tanning oil, will protect you from Ultraviolet B Rays, or UVB Rays.
A sun tanning oil of 12 to 15 SPF will theoretically allow you to stay in the sun 12 to 15 times longer than you normally would if you weren’t wearing and sun protection at all.
Because UVB Rays are the main cause of sunburn, which tends to damage the outer layer of skin called the epidermis, wearing an oil or cream with an SPF value will help you avoid damaging your skin in the short-term and spare you several sleepless nights owing to the pain.
There are two categories of UV light: UVA and UVB. UVB causes the short-term damage, in the form of sunburn, whereas UVA is responsible for more long-term skin damaging effects, like premature ageing.
SPF numbers were only introduced in the 1960’s to measure the efficacy of a sunscreens in relation to UVB Rays.
Does A Good SPF Protect Against Cancer?
Sunburn only affects the epidermis, which is where the most common, and least dangerous forms of skin cancer occur.
Because an SPF relates to how a long sun tanning oil will protect you from harmful UVB rays it is thought to help protect you from skin cancers.
How To Use Sun Tanning Oils
All sun protection oils and creams should be applied regularly and liberally to all exposed skin.
Warning: Oils can damage some fabrics, particularly those which contain elastane and lycra etc. Please check the labels of your clothes before applying Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil. Avoid contact with all garments to avoid oil marks.
The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, using medications or have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider immediately.