Recipe: Natural Sunscreen You Can Make At Home

I'm so excited to introduce my blog! 

Since summer is right around the corner I thought for my first post I would share a delicious natural sunscreen recipe that I make every year for my friends and family.


Why wear natural sunscreen?  Toxicology experts agree that chemicals (like oxybenzone) found in traditional sunscreen can potentially cause damage to skin cells and even lead to skin cancer.

Making your own sunscreen is so simple.  Its as easy as making a batch of cookies.

A very simple way to make your own sunscreen is to add two tablespoons of non-nano Zinc Oxide to 8 oz. of natural lotion (like the POPPY organic orange blossom baby lotion).

If you would like a water resistant sunscreen, use the following recipe:

  • melt 1/4 cup of organic coconut oil
  • add 1/2 cup of organic jojoba oil (you can also use almond or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup of beeswax pellets

  • 2 tablespoons of organic shea butter

  • (optional:) essential oils of your choice. I love lavender and frankincense these oils are soothing & skin rejuvenating and smell delicious.  I personally always add helichrysum (aka Immortelle) to up the SPF.

Pour all of these ingredients into a clean mason jar and then add

  • 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide (nano zinc has too small of a particle and will absorb into your skin)

Use a pot-holder, contents may be hot.  Screw the lid onto the glass jar and shake to blend the ingredients together.  Do not inhale the zinc oxide.  As the liquid cools you can pour your sunscreen into whatever container you like.

NOTE: No sunscreen is “waterproof” it is a lotion that washes off after time.  When a sunscreen is labeled waterproof that is just a term used for marketing purposes.  It is smart to reapply sunscreen every 20-30 minutes while in the water. 

Some oils that naturally contain SPF:

  • Helichrysum essential oil: 30-50 SPF
  • Red raspberry seed oil: 28-50 SPF
  • Carrot seed oil: 38-40 SPF
  • Shea butter: 5 SPF
  • Almond oil: 5 SPF
  • Coconut oil: 4 SPF

Do you have a favorite natural sunscreen recipe? Tell me about it in the comments!