If you’re wanting to get away from the chemicals in commercial sunscreen, you will love this natural homemade DIY version.
I still adore the feel of sunshine on my skin, and believe moderate amounts are important for our health, but I’m no longer a fan of endangering my skin by overdoing it.
Many of the ingredients in this recipe have a natural SPF but since this is a natural recipe and has not been tested by a regulatory organization, I can’t make any claims or even guesses as to the combined SPF. The individual ingredients that are naturally SPF are:
- Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
- Shea Butter – SPF 4-6
- Almond Oil- SPF around 5
- Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 (depending on how much used)
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
- Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40
Sun protective ability depends on the amount of each ingredient used. This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming. Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide- use a mask if necessary! This recipe has an SPF of about 15, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF. Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen. I recommend coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance. Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge
- ½ Cup Almond Oil
- ¼ Cup Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- ¼ Cup Beeswax
- 2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide
- Up to 1 Tsp Red Raspberry Seed Oil
- Up to 1 Tsp. Carrot Seed Oil
- Up to 1 Tsp. Vitamin E oil
- Essential Oils like vanilla extract, lavender or other natural extracts you enjoy.
- Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and warm over medium heat.
- Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
- As the water heats, the ingredients will melt, shake or stir occasionally to incorporate.
- When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into what you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great.
- 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.
For a simple version, just mix coconut oil and shea butter with raspberry seed and carrot seed oil for moderate exposure.
Thanks Stephanie for the alternative.