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DIY Natural Sunscreen Recipe

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A safe and healthy natural sunscreen recipe using nontoxic ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and non-nano zinc oxide. Safe and effective for the WHOLE family!


  • 1 cup unrefined, raw shea butter or cocoa butter if you have a nut allergy
  • 1/2 cup raw organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil, olive, sunflower or other similar carrier oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles (for waterproofing, I like the tiny pastilles)
  • 4 tablespoons non-nano zinc oxide (more if you want a higher SPF than 20, but it will make it SUPER thick)
  • Optional – 2 tablespoons water (this makes it more thin and like real lotion. Otherwise, it’ll be thicker and like a salve.
  • Optional – essential oils for fragrance like lavender, cedarwood, and frankincense – but NOT citrus oils as they attract the sun. Citronella keeps the bugs away and it would be a great addition to the sunscreen!


  1. In a double boiler (or a smaller pot inside of a larger pot that has water in it), melt together the shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil together.
  2. Once it all turns to liquid, let the oils cool in the fridge (I put the pot in the fridge once it returns to room temperature so I don’t have to clean more dishes)
  3. Once it has returned to being hard (an hour or more), whip it with a hand mixer or a standing mixer for a few minutes.
  4. Then, add the water, zinc oxide and optional essential oils.
  5. Whip for about five minutes to emulsify the ingredients.
  6. Scoop into a jar and you’re done!