Homemade Sunscreen

We live in Florida and love the beach.  We’ll be going to Honeymoon Island once a week when summer is finally here.


Just a few pictures to help you understand why. :0)

It is beautiful and the boys love playing in the water and sand.  If we are not at the beach, you can find us at the pool.  There is a great pool right by us and we go often.  I guess Florida is known for its outdoor recreation. We take advantage of it.

I have one son that is very tan, and one son is that is fair skinned.  I am right there with my fair skinned son, even though we tan easily… we have to be careful.  We mainly use natural sunscreen from the health food store.  Many of the ingredients in regular sunscreen contain toxic chemicals and endocrine disrupting chemicals.  These ingredients are especially  bad for children and women during child-bearing years.  Some sunscreens actually raise your chances of getting skin cancer.   There are some good options out there, but be careful even natural sunscreens can have sketchy ingredients.  Always read the LABELS.  If you want to read more in details about the risks and benefits check out this article.

Since making my homemade facial cream,  I have really wanted to try my own sunscreen formula.  Many of the ingredients are the same which makes it easy.  My boys are always in the sun, so it was a no-brainer.  Experiment time!!! I love this part.

Another way to help build and strengthen the skin and keep from burning~ take fermented cod- liver oil regularly.


1/2 cup grape seed oil or any combination of:  (coconut, olive, almond)

5 tsp zinc oxide (available online~make sure it is pure zinc oxide) Do NOT inhale!

1 Tbsp Beeswax

1 Tbsp distilled water or less

5-7 drops of essential oil (optional- use any scent, just not citrus bc it is phototoxic)

Check out why rosehip oil is so great for the skin.  I use it often in my skin care formulas.

How to Make It

Heat Oil and beeswax in a mason jar sitting in a pan of low boiling water until just melted.

Stir occasionally.

Takes about 5-8 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Add essential oils.

Put into bowl that will not be used for food, and add zinc oxide powder.

Mix well. Make sure you do NOT inhale zinc powder.

Add in 1 Tbsp distilled water or less depending on how thick you want it.  I like mine easy to rub in.  Whisk a little more…. Depending on the texture you like, you can add a little more or less water.  More of a lotion or thick cream.

On my skin below.  Nice consistency and texture.  It rubs right in.



1. Not completely waterproof.  Reapply every few hours…or after swimming/ sweating

2. Make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide powder.  I used my shirt over my mouth and nose.

3. SPF of about 20.  Adding more zinc will increase the SPF.

Another little trick.  You are in a hurry and need a quick sunscreen…just add a 2-4 Tbsps of Zinc Oxide to any natural lotion and you have a homemade sunscreen (avoid the citrus oils they are photo toxic).


My favorite Non-Toxic Sunscreen online.

34 thoughts on “Homemade Sunscreen

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  5. Does the water have to be distilled? I have a GE made filter in my fridge (NSF/ANSI standards 42 & 53) – is that water good enough?

    • yes. you can. If the shea butter is in cream form then you can add the zinc oxide right too it and scent it however you like~

  6. I am definitely making your anti wrinkle cream and I am excited to try it. I was curious, I use daily moisturizers with sunscreen. If I made the anti wrinkle cream would the antioxidants in the homemade cream be good enough to protect your skin from the sun just from every day commute. I don’t spend alot of time in the sun or would I need to make the sunscreen and use it with the anti wrinkle cream? thank you!

    • The cream is full of healthy ingredients. You could always add the zinc powder to the oil in the blender, bf adding the rosewater… and have a sort of anti-wrinkle sunscreen. I said to use half the zinc powder because the homemade sunscreen has a tendency to be thicker (whiteness) which is why you could make it thinner. I think that would work! Another thing for just the commute to work. A light layer of organic coconut oil rubbed on the face should be enough to protect you from the rays inside the car. Coconut oil is a great natural sunscreen…. for short amounts of time. HTH! good luck!

  7. I just made this (without the zinc) and used sweet almond oil for the oil. It didn’t look like it was going to set up so I put it in the fridge for a couple minutes and then blended more with a hand mixer. It turned out beautifully! Very easy to spread on and less greasy than many homemade lotions. It is the first lotion I have made with beeswax and I think that is what makes it so smooth. Thank you for this great recipe! BTW, my neighbor made your anti-aging face cream and it is AMAZING! Smells like heaven! 🙂

    • I love sweet almond oil and the smell! Another one of my favorites. I am glad you like the lotion…. the rosewater does make everything smell awesome. thanks for stopping by and letting us know!

  8. @Green Boot Kaley – thank you for posting this! I’m looking for a more organic sunscreen for my little guy! What would your recommendation on reapplication be? Every hour? Two hours…I’m trying to remember the rules! 🙂 Appreciate any insight on this you can provide!

    • I think every 2 hours is about right. I think that I would double the zinc to make it more of a 45 spy ~ if you were planning on being outside for extended periods at high sun. Wear hats and swim shirts- that helps too!

  9. interesting…my family members don’t use regular sunscreen, partially due to the chemicals. another reason is because my brother and I (both lifeguards) have discovered that in order for sunscreen to be waterproof and sweat-proof enough to stay on it not only is oil based (makes us burn anyways!) but also seals the pores on your skin so you cannot sweat and end up overheating (nausea, stomach cramps, etc).

    What we use is cocoa butter cream, olive oil and aloe mixed together. I’m on the beach up to 30-40+ hours a week in the summer did not get burned at all last summer and my skin never looked better! for regular (non sun) lotion we mix in argon oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil etc.

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