How to Make Your Own Sunscreen

Homemade Sunscreen

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Yesterday was the first day of spring, although it sure didn’t feel like it here in North Carolina.  The sun hasn’t shone in a couple days, but I am now prepared for the day when I get to see it again! I spent a few hours yesterday making sunscreen, bug spray, allergy rub, and a couple of candles, because… why not?!?

So, I thought that I would share with you today how I make my natural sunscreen.  Sunscreen is a necessity, but the chemicals and additives that you can’t even pronounce are not!

My son has sensitive skin, so some of the sunscreens on the market cause skin irritation, because of that I felt the need to learn how to make my own. The sunscreen I make is made with 6 simple ingredients that haven’t caused him any skin issues, and it always does a great job at protecting his pale skin from the sun.

How to Make Sunscreen 

This is what you need, (if you don’t have some of these ingredients, you can easily order them on Amazon, which is much easier than searching around town for them):

½ Cup Olive Oil

½ Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

½ Cup Beeswax

4 Tbsp Shea Butter

2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide

12 Drops of essential oil (I use lavender)

If you have a double boiler, great, you can use that to melt the ingredients together, however I don’t, so I just put a small amount (like 1 cup) of water in a sauce pan and set a heat safe glass bowl on top. 

Ingredients to make sunscreen


  • Start by placing all the ingredients EXCEPT the zinc oxide and Essential oil into the glass bowl and melt together.  The mixture will become a transparent yellow color and everything will become incorporated. 
  • Next, take the mixture off the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes
  • Then, add the Zinc Oxide slowly, (careful not to breathe it in) and the essential oil.
  • Finally, pour your sunscreen into a few jars or tins (I used these).  Let it sit for a couple of hours so your sunscreen hardens up and becomes the consistency of a body butter.

Simple, Soft, Safe Sunscreen

The beauty of this sunscreen, is a little goes a long way! It has a smooth, soft consistency that rubs on easily thanks to the shea butter. Try not to leave it in direct sunlight as it melts very easily. I like to apply it before we leave the house, and keep it a cooler in a plastic bag, just in case, plus doing so makes for a cooling sensation when we reapply.

So simple, right? And when you use this, you can feel good about the sunscreen you’re putting on your family. Think of all you’re avoiding, like the many nasty endocrine disruptors and other unpronounceable ingredients.  I don’t know about you, but I cringe when I have had to use traditional sunscreens on my kids.

Once you make this, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. It feels great to be prepared, so make some today, and bring on the sunshine!!!

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