Homemade Non-Toxic Sunscreen


A friend of mine posted a link to this homemade sunscreen recipe today, so I had to share it on here.  I’ve been researching different sunscreens so I can find the safest brand possible, but now that I have this recipe, there’s no need to buy sunscreen from a store.  My dad is taking my husband, me, and our dog, Xanh, to the lake with him on Friday in his boat.  Xanh has never been on a boat before, so we are really excited!  We bought him a life jacket yesterday, so the only thing left for me to do to prepare for our boat outing is to get my hands on a non-toxic sunscreen. 


Looks like I’ll be in the kitchen making some after I go to Whole Foods on Wednesday. 

There are 2 ways to make this:  the easy way and the even easier way.  The easiest way is to buy a lotion that does not contain any citrus oils and add 2 Tbsp of zinc oxide to it.  Mix well.  This will give the lotion an SPF of around 20.  Add more zinc oxide if you want a higher SPF.  I think a shea butter lotion would be perfect to add this to!  Shea butter lotions usually have Vitamin E added to them as well.  Now, the more hands-on approach is shown below (copied directly from the link above by



  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference



  1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  6. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.


I think I’m going to make the fully hands-on version, although I think adding zinc oxide to shea butter lotion would be a great option, too.  I’ll let you know how it turns out after I use it Friday!  I’m so glad my friend posted this recipe from  Anytime I can eliminate more toxins and chemicals from my life, I’m on board to try it!


Author: Amber Vo

Traditionalist Catholic, wife, foodie, animal lover, barren. My blog:

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