I have absolutely no melamine and my skin burns even in cloudy conditions. Sure I cover up but I still have to factor up on a regular basis.
I have been making my own sun block for years now and it does work (details below), but when setting off on our plastic free travels I had to ask myself:
- Could I really carry a years supply of home made sun tan lotion out there with me?
- If so, how I would I carry it?
Last time I went away I took my home-made lotions in metal pots. While they are fine in the handbag they are not so good for hard core backpacking. My pack gets flung on and off jolty old buses and the metal bottles crumpled and creased under the strain. Then the lids could not be removed or started to leak.
Obviously I am not going to use glass bottles.
This is one of those times when plastic bottles are the best option so why not just buy the lotion out there ready made and packed in plastic bottles. Its not even as if those bottles would be going to landfill or end up as litter. In most of the countries we visit plastic bottles represent cash and are collected by litter pickers.
Plenty of justifications for buying ready-made, plastic –packed lotion and yet I was not keen on that idea. Part of it is just stubbornness. I want to see how far I can go with this. Another reason is I hate the crap they put in those creams – all those nasty chemicals and irritating perfumes.
So here’s my solution.
Back home I made some uber strong sun block cream. It’s as thick as axel grease with a factor of about 100. I adapted an Aromantic recipe, reduced the water and upped the sun block ingredients,details below. It was all very ad hoc so there is no recipe.
Now, while travelling, I thin down the axel grease with homemade lotion as needed. I refill the reusable plastic bottles I took from home. I can make a range of factors depending on how much lotion I add. So far it is working.
The logical amongst you will be looking puzzled. Surely the problem remains? Rather then carrying a years supply of sunblock I now have to carry a years supply of lotion to thin the sunblock down with??
No because I make the lotion as I go along using the Plastic Is Rubbish backpackers home made lotion kit.
I think you will be proud of me!
Here’s how you make sun tan lotion
There are lots more plastic free beauty products here.