Homemade Sunscreen

Homemade Sunscreen

My family was never one to be big on sunscreen. Only when we went to the beach were we really concerned with getting burnt. Even then, I personally refused the mysterious white paste in favor for soaking up the sun’s rays. Being partially Italian, our family never felt the need for it. We tanned well and that was that.

We all know we should be wearing sunscreen for the health of our skin no matter how tan you are trying to get. But who wants to slather on a chemical ridden paste? Did you know most store-bought sunscreens also block your body’s ability to produce vitamin D? This essential vitamin (actually a hormone produced by your body) is key for good health. No only that, but chemical sunscreens are also hormone disruptors which can lead to a number of health risks. A general rule to follow, one which I’m sure you’ve heard before is: if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Since everything you put on your skin is absorbed to some degree, it’s important to apply all natural ingredients.

This recipe includes some different butters and oils combined with non-nano zinc oxide and some essential oils. The zinc oxide physically blocks the sun rays, and is also the ingredient that provides the most SPF here. One main thing that was really important when creating this recipe was first, whether or not it worked. And second, whether or not it absorbed. No one wants to run around the beach with a white face like they are from the 60’s…or maybe they do. But regardless, that was a huge plus for me since I haven’t been able to find a store-bought all-natural sunscreen that blends in well. Let’s take a look…

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If anything it may have given me a “brighter” look. Nothing you would notice if you weren’t looking for it.

We tested it at the beach, and it worked great! We applied it once to our face and shoulders, since we don’t burn too easily, and because we were in the shade a bit as well. It was oily, (to be expected) but that didn’t bother us because it acted as a nice moisturizer. Hello skin loving ingredients! Shea butter is a great moisturizer. Cocoa butter as well, but cocoa butter also helps to remove the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Coconut oil has so many benefits and carrot seed oil is also great for your skin and gives you a nice glow if applied often. All these ingredients combined become a therapeutic concoction you will be eager to wear every day.


I would suggest re-applying every 30 minutes or so for best results. If you are well adapt to the sun, a bit less frequent should be fine.


What You’ll Need:

  • 3 T raw shea butter
  • 2 T cocoa butter
  • 3 T coconut oil = natural SPF of about 7
  • 15 drops carrot seed oil
  • 8 drops lavender or geranium essential oil (whichever scent you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 T non-nano zinc oxide = natural SPF of 30
  • 3 oz jar

What to Do:

  1. Combine shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil in your jar (make sure your jar can withstand heat). Put jar in a small pot filled with a couple inches of water creating a double boiler effect.
  2. Stir contents of jar occasionally until everything is melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Add carrot seed oil and essential oils and mix.
  4. Add your zinc oxide, stirring carefully so it does not puff up the zinc creating a dusty mess.
  5. Cover your jar and shake well until it becomes a milky looking texture. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, shaking occasionally to keep it mixed, until it turns into a thick paste.
  6. Massage well into skin until absorbed and re-apply every 30 minutes or so for the best results.

Makes about 3 oz

Inspired by Body Unburdened: DIY all-natural sunscreen lotion recipe