DIY Natural Insect Repellant & Sunscreen

Event Location

Lancaster County Park Environmental Center

1 Nature's Way

Lancaster, PA 17602

Cost

  • $8.00 per person

Contact

  • 2 Jun

Many commercial sunscreens contain toxic ingredients and some even contain a hormone-inhibiting chemical called Oxybenzone which is not recommended for use on children. Researchers also estimate that more than 5,000 pounds of sunscreen washes off swimmers each year into the ocean, and that “swimmer pollution” threatens coral reefs and many other ocean species. One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought conventional bug sprays for personal use is N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill, insects. Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. Additionally, DEET has been linked to neurological problems. Additionally, these products are usually expensive. During this class, you will make a 4-ounce spray bottle of natural insect repellent and a 4-ounce jar of natural sunscreen. Ages 9 and up

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