Homemade Sunscreen


This is so simple to make, has clean, natural ingredients and feels delightfully moisturizing on the skin.

The SPF will vary based upon how much zinc oxide you use in the recipe, but do remember to reapply often (about every hour) and please be smart with your sun exposure- with or without sunscreen!

Homemade Whipped Sunscreen
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

½ cup (4 oz) pure olive oil
¼ cup (2 oz) pure coconut oil
¼ cup (2 oz) beeswax pellets
2-3 TBL non-nano zinc oxide powder
10-12 drops pure essential oil (I like lavender)

I make this and store it in a wide mouth glass mason jar. So handy!

In the jar, combine olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax pellets.

In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm a few inches of water.

Rest mason jar in the water and allow ingredients to melt, swirling or stirring occasionally.

Remove jar from hot water carefully.

Using caution not to inhale the zinc oxide powder (wear a mask or cover nose and mouth with a bandana or cloth), add powder to oil/wax mixture in jar and stir to combine. You don’t have to continue to wear the mask once it’s blended in.

Add essential oils and stir again to combine. I favor lavender essential oil for its skin soothing properties, but you can use other essential oils as long as they are NOT citrus or other photo-sensitizing oils. You can omit the essential oils if you prefer.

I like to use my immersion blender to whip this into a fluffy mixture that is easy to apply and thick like a body butter. The immersion blender fits into the mouth of the wide mouth mason jar easily.

Not up to making your own or forgot it on vacation and need an non-toxic alternative?

Here are some of my favorite natural sunscreens:

Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Badger for Kids
Badger for Baby
Badger Sport SPF 35
Kabana Organic Sunscreen SPF 32
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc SPF 30