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Like any other DIY recipe, you have to make sure to prep your working area when you gather your ingredients. Cover your working table with a towel or plastic that you don’t mind wiping some dirty stuff on.
Of course, you won’t really have a dirty working table with this natural suntan oil recipe because it is incredibly simple and quick to make. But hey, we want to make sure!
Grab all your ingredients and place them on your covered working table. Measure out each ingredient carefully and place them in small bowls if you wish.
If you don’t have a small weighing scale, you can go ahead and convert the values to any measuring device that you have at home. Should you only have a measuring spoon, you can use one tablespoon of each ingredient.
So that means you have to measure out one tablespoon of cocoa butter, one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and one tablespoon of coconut oil.
It also goes without saying that you should use organic ingredients for this recipe. You can opt to use otherwise, but it is highly recommended that you choose organic.
Using organic ensures that you are using each ingredient free of any preservatives or chemicals that may harm your skin or may not be compatible with your skin type. We don’t want any untoward irritations here, ladies (and men!).
You might think that we will be mixing all your tanning oil ingredients at this point, but not quite! Open your container and put your cocoa butter in.
Then, spoon in your coconut oil on top and flatten it above using your spoon. Note that we’re not mixing it at this point. We are just pressing it down inside your container.
After this, you’re going to add your olive oil and let is reach the bottom of your jar carefully, making sure that you are not letting the oil overflow from your container.
You can pour the olive oil in by batches. Let the first batch reach the bottom of your container first and let it occupy the little nooks and crannies of your jar.
At this point, you can move your jar around to let the oil seep through the available space. Feel free to also use your spoon to push down your solid coconut oil and cocoa butter at the bottom of the jar, allowing more space at the top for your olive oil.
Pour in the remainder of your olive oil and close your container properly when you’ve adjusted the space.
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Now it’s time for a bath–a hot water bath, we mean. Get your saucepan or any cooking pot that you have that is not big.
Fill it halfway with water and place your pan over your stove and turn it on medium heat. Let the water reach a little before boiling temperature and turn off your stove.
Grab your towel and fold it in half or more. Place it in your pan with hot water carefully. Go ahead and use a pair of tongs for this one since you don’t want to burn your hands!
Don’t let your child do this part to make sure that everything is safe and well-supervised by an adult.
Put your glass jar with your tanning oil ingredients on top of your folded towel. The folded towel is basically serving as a platform where you can place your jar safely inside the pan and perform a hot water bath without submerging the whole jar completely.
We don’t want your tanning oil jar to reach the bottom of your pan because it might be too hot and this might cause your container to break. Don’t put all of your hard work to waste!
Hold the jar on top of the towel and keep it there until everything inside is completely melted. Move the jar around in circular motions to make sure that the oils inside are melting together and to even out the heat around the jar.
For added safety, use a pair of heat-resistant gloves to hold your jar in the hot water bath. You might not have heat-resistance gloves at your home at this time.
If this is the case, you can just opt to use a pair of tongs to hold your jar. However, you have to make sure that you have a good grip on your jar to avoid it falling off your towel and completely submerging and reaching the bottom of your hot water bath.
When you’ve seen that all the oils are completely melted, remove from the hot water bath and set aside your jar for 48 hours, letting all your ingredients solidify inside.
After 48 hours, you have your DIY tanning oil ready to use!
Watch the full tutorial video on how to create your own tanning oil by Aysu Inan below:
Didn’t we tell you that this DIY sun tanning oil is one of the easiest recipes out there? Go on and get a tan with this recipe even when you’re stuck in your garage or garden!
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