Easy DIY All Natural Sunscreen

Now that summer is right around the corner, everyday use of sunscreen is finding its way back into our routine.  There is a lot of information out there now about the Toxicity and dangers of the sunscreens that we have been accustomed to using since I was a kid.  So, why do we need an all natural sunscreen?  What have recent studies found out? Well, The sunscreens on the market shelves today are packed full of unsafe, toxic, cancerous, and dangerous chemicals.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published their 2014 guide to safe sunscreens. They reviewed over 2000 sunscreens and over 257 brands. They found more than 75% of the sunscreens contained toxic chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer and other health issues.

This study found that sunscreen ingredients can be absorb into the blood, and some have toxic effects on the body. Some release skin-damaging free radicals in sunlight, some act like estrogen and disrupt hormones, and several can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. The FDA has not established rigorous safety standards for sunscreen ingredients.

List of Unsafe, Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen

• Para amino benzoic acid
• Octyl salicylate
• Oxybenzone
• Cinoxate
• Dioxybenzone
• Phenylbenzimidazole
• Homosalate
• Menthyl anthranilate
• Octocrylene
• Methoxycinnamate
• Parabens

There are two types of Sunscreens: Mineral and Non-Mineral.  Non-mineral sunscreens penetrate the skin, are potentially disruptive to hormones, are allergenic, and can release free radicals when they break down. Oxybenzone is the most common ingredient found in sunscreens. Scientists recommend not using sunscreens containing oxybenzone on children because of this hormone disruption.  Mineral sunscreens are ones containing zinc, or titanium.  These do not breakdown in sunlight, are usually not absorbed so they don’t disrupt the body’s hormones, they are not allergenic and are more effective at blocking UVA rays than non-minerals.  When buying sunscreen I’d first check the EWG database.

The healthier sunscreens contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as a more natural form of sunblock. However even these ingredients aren’t flawless as you’ll see in the EWG ratings system.  Zinc Oxide that is micronized or nano-sized particles can still enter your body through the skin so it is important to purchase or make sunscreen using non micronized or Non-Nano sized Zinc-Oxide.



Step 1:  Combine 90g Coconut Oil, 65g Jojoba Oil, 29g Beeswax, 28 Shea Butter and 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil into a glass bowl.   Use a kitchen scale to weigh out and combine all ingredients except for the Non-Nano Zinc Oxide.  You can use the same bowl for all the ingredients, just hit tare or zero out the scale in-between ingredients.  IMG_3200

Step 2:  Use a double boiler or similar method to melt the ingredients in the glass bowl.  Be careful not to allow any water into your bowl.  Occasionally stir the ingredients as they melt.  This will speed up the time it take for all the ingredients to melt.

IMG_3204Please note that this picture is of the recipe Quadrupled (4 Times).

Step 3:  When all ingredients are melted, remove from heat.  Put a dust mask on or cover face with shirt.  Weigh out the Non-Nano Zinc Oxide and SLOWLY add it to the rest of the ingredients.  Whisk the mixture together.  Make sure you whisk it really well.  I usually whisk for about 3-5min.  This ensures that all the Zinc-Oxide has dissolved and dissipated.

IMG_3209Please note that this picture is of the recipe Quadrupled (4 Times).

Step 4:  Pour into the container(s) of your choice.  If using plastic containers make sure your sunscreen is not so hot that it will melt or deform your container.

Step 5:  Allow to cool completely.  I like to put the sunscreen in the fridge for 30-60min.

Now just make a cute label and your all finished!


Determining the SPF:  The following sunscreen recipe contains 20% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide giving you an SPF of at least 20.  Coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil all have natural SPF factors as well.  Here is a chart to help you better understand and calculate SPF of your natural sunscreen.

Zinc Oxide

Concentration of Zinc Oxide in Formula SPF Protection
5% Low (2-5 SPF)
10% Moderate (6-11 SPF)
15% High (12-19 SPF)
25% Ultra High (>20 SPF)

Carrier Oils

Red Raspberry Seed Oil 30+ SPF
Carrot Seed Oil 30+ SPF
Coconut Oil 6-10 SPF
Shea Butter 6-10 SPF
Avocado Oil 4-10 SPF
Macadamia Nut Oil 6 SPF
Jojoba Oil 4 SPF
Sesame Oil 4 SPF
Grape Seed Oil 4 SPF

This was a cheep and easy recipe for me to make because I already had most of the ingredients.  In fact the only ingredient that I had to purchase was the Non-Nano Zinc Oxide.

DIY All Natural Sunscreen 8oz.



Kitchen Scale

•Dust Mask (you do not want to breathe in the zinc oxide when you make this)

•Container(s)- I like to put in these 4oz amber jars.  They make it a perfect gift!


90g Coconut Oil– Organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil

65g Carrier Oil– I use organic and unrefined jojoba oil in this recipe, but you can use almond oil, apricot oil, Avocado, or any other liquid carrier oil you can find here.

28.5g BeeswaxBeeswax creates a barrier which helps to seal moisture into the skin.

27.5g Shea Butter – Find Organic, unrefined shea butter here.

40g Zinc Oxide – I suggest this non-nano, uncoated, organic zinc oxide.

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E – Vitamin E nourishes and moisturizes skin, and helps naturally preserve homemade sunscreen. I really like this Vitamin E.


•Place your glass bowl on your scale, hit tare.

•Add all ingredients (one-by-one, hitting tare in between) EXCEPT the zinc oxide, which you add at the end.

•Place glass bowl in a double boiler or over pot of shallow, slightly simmering H2O. Melt ingredients completely (stir with a whisk to help it along).

•Carefully remove from stove and wipe down condensation on bowl (you do not want H2O getting into your product).

•Place bowl on scale, hit tare.

•Add zinc oxide, slowly, until you get to 40g. Again, add this slowly, as the zinc settles the amount will increase on your scale.

•Whisk, whisk, whisk (and whisk some more!) and then carefully pour into container(s) of your choice.

•This will take a few minutes to set up. Just walk away and leave it alone to quietly set up.  To speed up the set up process you can put in the fridge for 1hr.

DIRECTIONS: Reapply sunscreen at least every 2-3 hours. The beeswax in this recipe helps it stay on in the water, but like many other sunscreens, it will come off with water play and excessive sweating.

Note: This is a broad spectrum sunscreen and will provide protection from both UVA and UVB sun rays.


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