A Healthy Boater is a Happy
Boater for Life!

Here at Boaters for Life we've undergone a slight transition in the way we think about our bodies.  We want to put less unnatural chemicals on and in them, so we looked around for a chemical free sunscreen and other useful outdoor items.  There are a few choices out there that are good, but for the most part, you can't just go to the closest store and buy them, and if you can they are pretty darn expensive.  We wanted something cost effective and convenient.  These are what we came up with, which is a twist on a some recipes we found online.  Also, we incorporated more tropical foods like pineapple and coconut into our diet in the summer time, these foods offer a natural spf when eaten.


Sunscreen Stick

In a double boiler with an inch of water in the bottom stir to melt and mix:

  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Shea Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1 1/8 Cup Beeswax

Take the pan off the heat and add(while stirring):

  • 4 Tablespoons pure Zinc Oxide(May add more for higher SPF)-caution-Do not inhale fumes that may arise from the Zinc Oxide mixing with the hot liquid ingredients.  It is advised to wear a safety mask.
  • 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil

Stir until mixed and starting to thicken.  Pour into molds(we saved and cleaned our deodorant containers to use as molds).
Be sure to keep these sunscreen sticks in a cool place, when you take them on the boat, keep them in the cooler or ice chest.
The sunscreen factor for this recipe is about SPF25.
Water resistant, but not waterproof.  Keep applying throughout the day.

Or try this cream version and put it in a bottle or jar.


Sunscreen Cream

In the top of a double boiler with an inch of water in the bottom, stir and melt together:

  • 5/8 - 3/4 Cup Olive Oil (amount depends on how thick or thin you want the consistency)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Beeswax

Remove from heat and add:

  • 1 - 1 1/2 Tablespoon(s) pure Zinc Oxide(amount depends on how much SPF protection you want, do not use more than 1 1/2 Tablespoons)-caution-Do not inhale fumes that may arise from the Zinc Oxide mixing with the hot liquid ingredients.  It is advised to wear a safety mask.
  • 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil

Stir this concoction for a few minutes, will be very thin.  Then stir every couple minutes until it cools completely.  Stir often so the Zinc doesn't settle to the bottom.  Once it is completely cool you can put it in whatever container you'd like to keep it in.  The mixture will come out to be 10-12 oz.  We have found that it is somewhat water resistant and sweat resistant, reapply every 1 1/2-2 hours or as needed.


Homemade Mosquito Repellant

In a 16-20 oz. spray bottle combine

15 drops Lavendar Esssential Oil
3 1/2 Tblspn Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.

Shake, and it's ready to spray on your bod and keep off the mosquitoes.


Dirty Swimsuit?  Clean it up!

Did you wear a light colored swimsuit while swimming in some dirty water?  Me too.  The best thing I have found to clean it up and make it look good again is Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap.  Dampen the suit, put 5 to 10 drops of the soap in your hands and lather it up a bit, then rub it into the suit where the dirt is showing, just work in gently between your fingers.  After that you can rinse it out or what I like to do just to be on the safe side, put the suit-with the soap still on it-in a garment bag and wash in the gentle cycle of the washing machine and hang to dry.  I've tried trick after trick and this is the only thing I've found worth sharing because I love wearing light colored bathing suits!  Good Luck!




Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell.
-Bill Copeland