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Fun Day Monday Natural Sunscreen after-sun care and bug repellent

Fun Day Monday Natural Sunscreen, After-Sun Skin Care, and Natural Bug Repellent!

Essential oils offer natural sunscreen options, as well as  after-sun care, and even bug repellent!

I thought I would share something relevant for summer, kids, camping, and keeping the bugs off naturally.

One of my very favorite resources is the “Modern Essentials” book that provides some great information on how to use essential oils, as well as specific information on each individual essential oil, recipes, and so much more! We, here at essentialkitty, have the “Modern Essentials Book” for sale at a discounted price. The 8th edition is currently available. However, the 9th edition will come out next month (September 2017). If you are interested in buying the 8th edition, we have it available for $30.00 CAD. Message me at if you would like one.

When I looked up sunscreen in the “Modern Essentials” book,

DoTERRA Hawaiian Sandalwod
DoTERRA Hawaiian Sandalwood
DoTERRA Arborvitae
DoTERRA Arborvitae
DoTERRA Helichrysum
DoTERRA Helichrysum



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were listed as really good options for natural sunscreens.

If you plan to use these oils on children under the age of 6, be sure to check the dilution chart in “Modern Essentials” for how much to dilute for children and infants.

To use them, add 5-10 drops to 1 Tbsp doTERRA fractionated coconut oil, and apply to the skin.

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Fractionated coconut oil has its own natural sunscreen properties, such as:

  • Feather-light emollient provides a soothing barrier without clogging pores
  • Ideal for combining with essential oils for topical therapies
  • Completely soluble with all essential oils; odorless, colorless, and non-staining
  • Will not go rancid
  • For topical use

In the non-chemical fractionating process, the components of whole coconut oil that cause it to be solid at room temperature and be susceptible to oxidation are removed. The resulting substance is liquid at room temperature and very stable. Fractionated Coconut Oil provides
a number of advantages over whole coconut oil, primarily increased shelf-life.

Unlike whole coconut oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil is lighter, non-greasy, and has a greater cleansing effect on the skin, making it popular as a carrier for essential oils and as a base for a variety of skin care products. (resource: 15 uses for Fractionated Coconut Oil)

If you don’t have fractionated coconut oil, you can use

doTERRA’s unscented hand and body lotion

doTERRA Hand and Body Lotion
doTERRA Hand and Body Lotion

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DoTERRA’s unscented hand and body lotion is a light, non-greasy formula that contains jojoba and macadamia seed oils, murumuru and theobroma seed butters, and nourishing plant extracts.

This lightweight lotion absorbs quickly to leave skin feeling silky soft and smooth. Ideal for both hands and body, this lotion pairs perfectly with essential oils, allowing you to create a personalized aromatic experience from head to toe.


For after-sun skin care, I reach for doTERRA Lavender and Peppermint essential oils.


doTERRA Lavender
doTERRA Lavender
doTERRA Peppermint
doTERRA Peppermint

When I went to Kalispell, MT, with my husband for the 4th of July celebrations, I forgot to use any kind of natural sunscreen. A day or two after we got home, my sunburn was really tender, itchy,  hot to the touch, and I felt very crispy.

I applied lavender essential oil (with some fractionated coconut oil) and then peppermint essential oil (again, with a little fractionated coconut oil) to help soothe the burn, take away the itch, and cool the burn a little.

I put a few drops of the oils in my hand and gently rubbed it onto the sunburn. I found that my skin did not peel at all because the oils conditioned the skin. The sunburn just turned into a nice tan within a couple of days.

If your burn is too tender to touch, you can put the oils into a spray bottle and spray them on like I did for one of our boys who had a severe, blistered sunburn. The oils helped to soothe the burn and to heal it a little faster.

To help keep the bugs off, we have used

doTERRA’s TerraShield blend.

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We have found it very effective while sitting cheering on our children from the soccer sidelines, camping, hiking, working in the yard, and anything else we have been involved in. It is safe to use for children and infants. For safety, be sure to check the “Modern Essentials” dilution chart before using on children under the age of 6.

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I hope you have found value in what I have shared with you here. I look forward to sharing more with you.

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