By reading the ingredient list on most skincare products, you would think that it’s necessary to have a degree in chemistry and your own in-home lab if you ever wanted to create your own. Sunscreen in particular seems daunting to me and I wouldn’t have the faintest idea where to begin if I wanted to make one of my own.

That’s why Renee Harris’ (of MadeOn hard lotion bars) new ebook, My Buttered Life, somewhat flabbergasted but mostly just delighted me.

I’ve already tried making hard lotion bars myself, as well as lip balms. I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make really fantastic lotion and even my 6 year old still talks about how easy and fun it was. With only 3 ingredients, how could it be anything but simple?

But surely, products like sunscreen, soothing after-sun lotions, bug repellant and tan enhancers must be more complicated, right? Except that they’re not.

When I took my first read through My Buttered Life, I couldn’t believe that everything could be made with just 5 ingredients or less. Even better for the most frugal among us, most of the recipes use overlapping ingredients, so there is definitely an increased cost-effectiveness with the ingredients you do buy.

Here are the recipes included in this 20 page ebook:

  • Foot Protector Bar
  • Full Body Conditioner (a light, whipped lotion, meant for thirsty summer skin)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant Bar
  • Tan Enhancer (offering some sun protection while allowing you to carefully build a tan)

At the end, Renee breaks down the costs of the ingredients and shares her favorite places for buying them. If you’d rather not source most of it out yourself, you can purchase DIY kits from her website, which come with the three basic oils- beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. You can also opt to add in zinc oxide if you plan on making sunscreen. The only other potential ingredients you would need are a few essential oils (only small amounts are used, so these go very far) and one recipe includes sesame oil.

Seeing as most natural sunscreens and other summer skin products are extremely expensive (not to mention the fact that you still need to wade through ingredient lists, safe product comparisons, etc.), I love the idea of simply making my own and knowing exactly what is going on our family’s skin.

Do I have you itching to try making your own yet? Well, I have an excellent giveaway for you today!

A grand prize of one DIY Lotion Kit plus My Buttered Life ebook, and another 5 copies of the My Buttered Life ebook!

Here’s how to get entered:

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1. Tell me which summer skin recipe you most want to make from My Buttered Life.

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Giveaway has now ended. Thanks, everyone!

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links, as I am a proud affiliate of MadeOn Skin Care Products. When you purchase through one of my links (which you are absolutely not obligated to do), you help to support this site, so thank you! I only promote products that I believe in myself, and I don’t know where my dry hands would be without these amazing hard lotion bars.