Make Your Own Sunscreen

I personally don’t use sunscreen, I prefer to monitor my time in the sun, but many people do like it, so for those who do, here’s a recipe that is very easy, and it can be ready to use in a matter of minutes. You also have the added advantage of knowing exactly what is in your sunscreen.

If you make your own personal care products, use separate jars, blender, utensils, etc. for making lotions, creams and salves. I also save and reuse nicely shaped food jars for various home recipes.
Note: Be sure to look for a non-nano version of zinc that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Wear a mask when adding the zinc oxide so you don’t inhale the powder.


1/2 cup almond or olive oil

1/4 cup coconut oil (has natural SPF 4)

1/4 cup beeswax

2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (zinc oxide has a natural SPF of 20+ , or more can be added.)


Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (has natural SPF 4-5)


Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized glass jar.

Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

Place a lid loosely on the jar and place in the pan with the water.

As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Stir occasionally to incorporate.

When all ingredients are completely melted, remove jar from water and add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar you will use for storage.

Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.

Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.


Additional Notes:
This all natural sunscreen is not completely waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming

This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF

Small wide mouth mason jars are great for this, as this is not thin enough to put in a pump bottle.

Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge



Thanks to  Celissa for sharing this recipe.

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