Sun Tanning Oil

Here’s another oil blend to make for yourself.

The Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe has an SPF of approximately 12 to 15 SPF. This will vary depending on where you get your base oils from. This is because soil quality and climatic conditions differ from one region to another.

In addition, oils derived from natural plants vary from one batch to another, or harvest to another, (the reasons for which are explained later on in this article), so the SPF will vary.

The Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe also uses a number of oils, with varying SPF values, which will also affect the overall SPF value.

Sun Tanning Oil Safety

Sun Tanning Oil safety is of utmost importance. For a sun tanning oil to be effective it should be applied liberally and frequently, which means that optimal exposure to the ingredients within the sun tan oil is achieved. With pure, natural sun tanning oils, such as the Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe, this is a good thing. However, conventionally produced oils are an entirely different story.

*Unlike many conventional sun creams, which have been proven to be a leading cause of skin cancer, using natural oils as a sun protection is considered to be completely safe.

However, even natural oils are adulterated to extend shelf life and increase profits. It is always best to check the list of ingredients prior to purchasing your sun tanning oil to ensure it is free of skincare ingredients to avoid.

Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil Recipe


If you would like to learn what the various oils do specifically, then visit the Sun Tanning Oil SPF 12 – 15 Safety Data page.

What Makes A Good Sun Tanning Oil?

Offers Enough Protection: The primary function of a sun tanning oil is that it offers sufficient protection! It therefore has to provide you with enough protection for the duration of your time in the sun.

But sun protection may be the point of a Sun Tanning Oil, but there are a number of other boxes that it needs to tick before we can consider it truly successful.

Moisturising: The sun is very drying for the skin, so your sun tanning oil needs to moisturise the skin. Most of the ingredients in the Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe moisturise the skin.

Speeds Up Tanning: We all want to look healthy and a little tanned. Wheatgerm Oil speeds up the tanning process.

Healing: It is possible for a sun tanning oil to actually help heal sun burn! Wild As The Wind suggests you include Lavender Essential Oil for this reason.

Smells Good: No-one wants a really effective product on their skin if it doesn’t smell good! The Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil recipe has been formulated to work brilliantly, whilst also smelling great.

Extra Benefits: Citronella isn’t necessary for the effectiveness of sun tanning protection, but it does smell amazing and has the added benefit of being a fantastic insect repellent. Mosquitos hate Citronella Essential Oil!

So, if you’re on holiday and out for the day, you only need to carry one bottle instead of two!

What Does SPF Mean?

SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor, which relates to how long a sunscreen, or sun tanning oil, will protect you from Ultraviolet B Rays, or UVB Rays.

A sun tanning oil of 12 to 15 SPF will theorectically allow you to stay in the sun 12 to 15 times longer than you normally would if you weren’t wearing and sun protection at all.

Because UVB Rays are the main cause of sunburn, which tends to damage the outer layer of skin called the epidermis, wearing SPF will help you avoid damaging your skin in the short-term and spare you several sleepless nights owing to the pain.

There are two categories of UV light: UVA and UVB. UVB causes the short-term damage, in the form of sunburn, whereas UVA is responsible for more long-term skin damaging effects, like premature aging.

SPF numbers were only introduced in the 1960’s to measure the efficacy of a sunscreen’s in relation to UVB Rays.

Does A Good SPF Protect Against Cancer?

Sunburn only affects the epidermis, which is where the most common, and least dangerous forms of skin cancer occur.

Because an SPF relates to how a long sun tanning oil will protect you from harmful UVB rays it will definitely help protect you from cancer.

Do Higher SPF’s Provide Greater Protection Against Cancer?

The short answer is, “No!” But, of course, the situation is a little more complex than that. But, suffice to say, there’s very little difference between a 15 SPF and a 50 SPF in the way they protect against UVB rays.

A 15 SPF provides approximately 90% protection from the UVB rays of the sun and 50 SPF does essentially the same.

Sun tanning oil only protects against UVB rays, and UVA rays can cause cancer too.

Conventional Sun Tanning Lotions

It has been proven that conventional sun tanning lotions and creams are the primary cause of skin cancer.

Why Do Oils Differ From One Batch To Another?

Oils derived from natural plants vary from one batch to another, depending on the soil in which the plant has been cultivated, the weather conditions experienced before the crop was harvested, and the different hybrids of each plant being grown.

This is why it isn’t possible to be absolutely exact about the amount of SPF protection being provided. No two plants are identical, and soils differer dramatically from region to region.

It is actually believed that 30% of the soil that is useable for arable farming is already devoid of all nutrients, due to intensive chemical farming. Intensive farming means that the land is never allowed to recover it’s nutrients as it is crammed with commercial plants, whenever climatically feasible, without the opportunity to recover by being left fallow or by being sown with plants that are not able to be sold, but that will return nutrients to the soil.

How To Use Sun Tanning Oils

All sun protection oils and creams should be applied regularly and liberally. Please share this article with your friends and family if you are concerned about the effects of them using conventional sun creams. Just click on the email icon to add it to an email, or share it on social media via the social sharing buttons at the bottom of this page…

Warning: oils can damage some fabrics, particularly those which contain elastane and lycra etc. Please check the labels of your clothes before applying Wild As The Wind Sun Tanning Oil. Avoid contact with all garments to avoid oil marks.


The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

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