Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe

In the book Zero to One, Peter Thiel asks readers to consider what views/truths they believe that very few people agree with them on. For me, one such belief is that most sunscreen is not helpful in avoiding skin cancer and may actually increase the chances of it!

Sound crazy?

It’s definitely not a popular opinion, and I’m certainly not encouraging you to not wear sunscreen or to ignore the advice of your doctor. I am, however, encouraging you to do your own research, look at the actual studies, and use common sense when it comes to sun exposure.

Sunburn is harmful. But sunscreen isn’t the only way to avoid it.

The Problem of Sunscreen

Many sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases can actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body.

In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen, and a 2007 document from the FDA stated that: “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer” In fact, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk.

Even natural, commercially available sunscreens often have toxic ingredients! Check out your favorite brand here!

Many sunscreens also contain Oxybenzone, a known hormone disruptor that is not recommended for use on children.

Think about this:

Vitamin D= necessary for correct hormone formation. Sunscreen ingredients like Oxybenzone= endocrine disruptors that inhibit correct hormone formation. Starting to see the reason some sunscreens may do more harm than good?

The Environmental Factor

My husband and I are PADI certified SCUBA divers and the dive world is also aware of the problem with most sunscreens for different reasons…

Recent research is showing compounds in many types of sunscreen harm ocean life, especially coral. This is because these compounds may awaken dormant viruses in symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae. These Zooxanthellae algae provide food and color to the coral. Sunscreen chemicals cause the dormant viruses in these Zooxanthellae to replicate until the algae host dies. This, in turn, causes the coral to die.

Researchers estimate that over 5,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off of swimmers each year. This “swimmer pollution” threatens a large part of the coral life in the ocean and indirectly many other ocean species as well.

Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe very moisturizing and easy to makeThe Vitamin D Factor

Considering many people these days are actually Vitamin D deficient, I personally consider lack of sun exposure to be a much bigger problem than too much sun exposure.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many types of cancers including the most deadly types of breast cancer. Lack of Vitamin D has also been linked to problems during pregnancy including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature labor, and more.

As a society, we’ve literally cut off our nose to spite our face when it comes to sun exposure. To avoid skin cancer, we’ve shunned the sun and the Vitamin D our bodies produce when exposed to the sun.

On top of that, sun exposure itself is not the only factor linked to skin cancer, and many other factors, such as Omega-6 Vegetable Oil consumption can have a big impact on skin health!

I don’t buy the idea that even moderate sun exposure is harmful when our bodies need Vitamin D and light exposure for so many aspects of health. I personally take Astaxanthin daily to help protect my skin from the inside out (read about why I do this here).

A Common Sense Approach to Sun

In most cases, my approach to sun exposure is to get adequate daily exposure, without getting close to the point of burning. Since most of us don’t work outside these days, it actually takes effort to get daily sun, rather than to avoid it. I certainly don’t slather on the coral-destroying sunscreen in the off chance I might encounter a few stray rays of sunlight, and in fact, I welcome it!

In fact, thanks to 23 and Me, I know that I have mutations that make it very difficult to get enough Vitamin D. This puts me at risk for a lot of serious diseases and taking supplements doesn’t work very well to raise my levels. For this reason, my doctor advised me to get adequate vitamin D… from natural sun exposure.

Of course, there is a limit to how much sun a person needs or should get. When I reach this limit, I:

Use the Shade…

In the event that I’m going to be out in the sun for much longer than my skin is used to, it is often easy enough to just put on a hat or shirt to shield my skin. This is the approach that the Environmental Working Group recommends. It is more effective at stopping excess sun exposure, costs less, and doesn’t harm the ocean. A common sense win:win scenario.

Use Natural Sunscreen

If I’m going to be in intense sun and can’t easily cover up when I’ve gotten enough sun, I will very occasionally use natural sunscreen. I’m yet to use it this year, and hope not to at all, but I wanted to share my recipe (and best picks for pre-made) so that if you are in the sun for extended periods of time this summer, you have a natural option.

This homemade sunscreen would also be a more natural alternative for really young children, those taking medication that increases sun burn risk, or those who burn very easily.

Just to clarify, even though this natural sunscreen smells great and is naturally moisturizing, I don’t recommend using it daily since the Vitamin D you get from the sun will be more beneficial in the long run!

Is Homemade Sunscreen Dangerous?

Several recent articles claim that homemade sunscreens are harmful and that a person should never consider making their own sunscreen. Their reasoning is that you can’t verify the SPF with homemade sunscreens so the chance of burning is higher.

I certainly agree that homemade sunscreens don’t have the lab testing that conventional ones do, but you know what else they don’t have? Endocrine disruptors and coral killing compounds. Also, sunscreen should be a last resort, according to the EWG, and shade and getting out of the sun are better options anyway.

So we shouldn’t use homemade sunscreens in the same way we use conventional. I’d also argue that we shouldn’t use conventional sunscreens in the way we normally do either.

Bottom Line: Use common sense and get safe sun exposure. The amount and safety varies by person and I definitely recommend doing your own research and talking to a knowledgeable naturopath to figure out what works best for you.

Choosing Natural Sunscreen Ingredients

Many of the ingredients in this recipe have a natural SPF (sun protection factor). This is a natural recipe and has not been tested by a regulatory organization for exact SPF. For this reason, I can’t (and don’t) make any claims or even guesses as to the combined SPF.

The individual ingredients are considered low SPF and generally quoted at these levels:

  • Almond Oil- SPF around 5
  • Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
  • Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on how much is used
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
  • Carrot Seed Oil –  SPF 35-40
  • Shea Butter – SPF 4-6

The final version will have a varied sun protective ability depending on the amount of each ingredient used. For a simple version, even just coconut oil and shea butter with a little Raspberry Seed and Carrot Seed Oil or some Zinc oxide will work for moderate exposure.

As always check with your doctor or dermatologist before using any new products.

NOTE: This is an improved recipe since many people were having trouble getting the temperatures exactly right to get the lotion to emulsify (as per the comments below). This recipe will not have any of those issues!

Homemade Sunscreen Ingredients

Homemade Sunscreen Instructions

  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.
  5. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  6. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  7. Store at room temperature

Additional Notes:

  • This sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming.
  • Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide– use a mask if necessary!
  • 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
  • I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.
  • Remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!

An Even Faster Way To Make Sunscreen

  • Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!)
  • Add a couple Tablespoons of non-nano  Zinc Oxide
  • Mix well

You can also make Sunscreen Bars by using many of the same ingredients and which are easier to apply!

Pre-Made Natural Sunscreens

I’ve also gotten some questions about pre-made sunscreen options for those who don’t have the time or desire to make a homemade version of their own. The best brand I’ve found is Badger and they have several great organic, non-nano versions:

Natural Sunscreen Ingredients

What do you think? Avid sunscreen user or Vitamin D junkie?

Get sun protection without the toxins with homemade sunscreen. Made with coconut oil, shea butter, non-nano zinc oxide and other natural ingredients.

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  1. I tend to fall somewhere in between.  If we are out all day, I will put on an SPF 60 in the morning. That keeps me from burning all day long.  I *might* re-apply after lunch, but usually I forget.

    We just went grain free and for the first time in YEARS I didn’t have a PMS migraine!  Yesterday it was cold and rainy and my feet weren’t freezing cold all day long.  (I don’t know if this is a grain free thing or not but I’ll take it)

    • I saw my menstrual symptoms disappear too, and definitely don’t get cold as easily anymore. The most surprising thing though, was that I actually don’t burn, at all, and tan really well (definitely a first- I’m Irish) so you might also notice that you have a higher sun tolerance.

      • Hi there Wellness Mama – Just came across your site and was trying to add my email to your list. I hope you get this because I would really enjoy your emails!! 🙂 Please add me if you can.

      • Having lost my mom to melanoma in 07, I take serious offense to the statement :

        “Considering many people these days are actually Vitamin D deficient, I consider lack of sun exposure to be a much bigger problem than too much sun exposure”. I’m sure if you talked with any end stage melanoma patient or their grieving families you just may change that utterly shocking statement. I’m all for the natural stuff…. but you HAVE to do your research. And you HAVE to protect your skin!
        Not as many ppl are as vitamin d deficient as you may think. If so- they sell vitamin d at any bloody drug store. For shame 🙁

        • Maybe YOU should do a little more research, she isn’t the first person to bring this up. It’s beginning to be more and more commonly known that by applying sunscreens you are literally baking the chemicals into your skin.. But hey it sells, and guess what pharma sells too because of the cancers it causes. Sorry you lost your mom but you can’t let emotions rule logical thinking.. sunscreen = skin cancer, period. And YES people DO have a lack of vitamin D because of not enough sun exposure. And by sun exposure she really does not mean spend hours in the hot searing sun… she simply means, go for a half hour walk in the morning when it’s light outside but not yet hot, that is enough to get your vitamin D for the day. But because of people’s hectic schedules they spend all their daylight time in concrete walls. So I suggest you read up a little on vitamin D deficiency and sunscreens and cancers…

          • I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2004. I used chemical sunscreen religiously on my fair skin. After the diagnosis and research I tossed everything and started covering up and using Badger products. I go out in the sun without anything for about 20 to 30 minutes because vitamin D deficiency is so common. We do need to be more careful because we’ve destroyed the ozone layer . . . limit sun exposure if you burn easily but don’t stop exposure altogether. BTW, I’ve been healthy and melanoma free for almost 10 years . . .

          • I am a letter carrier so I’m outdoors 6-7 hrs daily. My last check up my Dr. told me that my vitamin D was low so I need to take supplements. A fellow letter carrier said that her doctor told her the same thing. Is BIG PHARMA at work??? I only wear sunscreen on my face n neck as I always wear long sleeves. What gives????

          • Vitamin D is also stored in excess fat stores. So, if you are over weight (45% of US is), being out in the sun is not enough. Your fat lipids are grabbing the Vit D and your body can’t utilize the D. Per your doctor you would need to take their recommended dosage of D.

          • Agree with you and I have lost someone to Melanoma.

        • I’m sorry to hear you lost your mother to melanoma, but really you should research the matter further. Skin cancer is not caused by sun exposure. Many tests over many years (not funded by drug companies) have proven this time and time again.

          • Are you kidding? I’d love to see some citations backing up your above statement… If you tell me to do my own research, well all know you’re making you’re statement up, or getting your information from untrustworthy sources.

          • Maybe sunscreen plays a part in causing cancer with its toxic etc ingredients but the UV radiation from the sun is high-frequency ionizing radiation (as are x-rays,gamma raus etc). That high-frequency radiation (especially UVB) causes mutations in the skin cells. It can damage the DNA and cause the cells to multiply uncontrollably -which is the cancer. So it is incredibly important to use some kind of protection since no D vitamin is going to stop the UV rays from damaging the cells.
            Oh and in terms of D vitamin deficiency..well there are supplements that you can (and should especially if you live in northern countiries) take orally.
            I would like to go in much more detail in this topic but I am from Finland and have not studied this topic in English…
            But really, research!

        • It doesn’t look like anyone here is promoting the skin cancer versus the lack of Vitamin D… Your statement is shocking because it is agressive, based on subjective emotions and are not scientifically relevant.
          As the previous readers said, I too am sorry for your loss, but since you mention the last stage patients, it could be really instructive to see how many of them DID actually use chemical based sunscreen and how many of them were over exposed during their entire lifetime…
          Again, nothing to revive your pain, but skin cancer is mostly an education/generation issue and could be easily prevented in most cases if we weren’t in a “all perfect-tanned-tonned”.
          Best protections are physical obstructive protections (Long sleeves, hat…) and shadow. The rest is common sense, don’t get to the pool deck between 12pm and 4pm… don’t put babies in the sun before they turn 3, don’t smoke, eat a healthy and balanced food etc.

          • I do agree with your comments about sun exposure and lifestyle, but having studied vitamin D a few weeks ago as part of my nutrition course, I remember reading that breast-fed babies do need sun exposure.

            Vitamin D is not transported in breast milk, so an exclusively breastfed baby does need limited sun exposure in order to get vitamin D so as to prevent rickets.

            Dark-skinned people need more frequent exposure periods as it is more difficult for them to synthesize vitamin D.

            Vitamin D is very important and may indeed play a role in cancer prevention. However, more RTCs need to be conducted before we can determine whether or not this is true, how much exposure is needed and where the safe upper intake level of exposure is before cells become radiation damaged.

            This is a really interesting debate and I think that to a large extent, it is governed by where in the world you live. I am in New Zealand, where the sun is so strong most people don’t take the “sun safety” messages seriously until they get really, really burnt for the first time. It is absolutely essential to wear a sunscreen in the summer here. Anyone that argues this point hasn’t been here or is crazy. The burn period is from 10am until 5pm and at the peak (12-4) burn time can be as little as 4 minutes. For this reason, the Govt. sends very strong sun safety messages, which can and do result in vitamin D deficiencies.

            For me, the take home message is: yes we need vitamin D and the best way to obtain this is through sun exposure. Yes, sun exposure can be dangerous and cause cancer. Yes, sun screens can be dangerous and cause cancer. As “Frog” said, the best thing you can do is limit your exposure when the sun is at its strongest (12-4, maybe longer in summer depending on where you live) and get exposure for short periods when the UV rays aren’t as strong.

            Commercial or homemade, it still doesn’t pay to slather on sunscreen so that you spend all day with lots of skin exposed to the sun.

        • So sorry you lost your mother to melanoma. I also had melanoma last November. Fortunately it was caught in stage one. However, I am supper fearful of a return. I see one dermatologist or another kind each month just to have them look at my skin to make sure.

          I just read many medical reports on commercial sun screens. According to all of these reports, all commercial sun screens produce free radicals and they cause cancer, through skin absorbing these products. Actual medical research in the USA, Australia, and the UK show that none of these sun screens prevent melanoma. In fact their blind tests show that the sun screens actually might be the cause of many cancers. Evidently the skin absorbs these added chemicals and activates female hormone which is a physical ingredient, when the body is chemically thrown out of balance, that will cause cancer.

          I agree with the person who commented that “You will feel a lot better about vitamin D and the Sun and making your own recipe for Sun Screen, once you look up the medical findings. You can start with Wikipedia, since they aren’t selling anything and then go on to read some medical research. I am glad I found Wellness Mama today. I will purchase these ingredients and make my own sun screens. I think the natural ingredients are better.

          I will continue to walk my dog at sunrise and sunset in the shade of the trees. I live in Florida so just getting in and out of my car will give me enough Sun exposure to increase my vitamin D. I have begun wearing a hat (sometimes) and binging a sun umbrella for shopping.

          • Your comment made the most sense!!!! Great attitude. Genetics play a role in everything. ??

          • Please do not use wikipedia as a source. It can be edited by anyone. Schools in our area will allow that a source when students write research papers.

        • I agree with the first comment, YOU need to do your research.
          Firstly research has shown that sunscreen block vitamin D absorption and dry your skin out, if you research the ingredients separately on google scientific case studies will show up with the research on that single ingredient and it’s side affects.
          Secondly women use up two hundred synthetic chemicals and toxins a day on their skin from shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, cleansers, toners, hand creams, moisturises, make-up, fake tan, hair removing creams, hair spray, hair gels, straightening products, You name it women use it daily and if you research those ingredients individually most of them will fall in the category of being a contributor to cancer.
          Thirdly I have my own experience with sunscreen and burns. When I was 12 years old I got second/ third degree burns from being in the sun,I was covered in sunscreen spent 2 hours in the swimming pool with friends, by that evening I was on fire and red like a tomato. When the pharmacist saw my back he said I should head to the hospital as I could barely move and my blisters looked deep under the skin. No one believed me when I told them I used sunscreen, so the next summer I wore a wet suit and only took it off once for half an hour, with in that half an hour with sunscreen on my back blistered and developed a crust that left a scare on my back for 7 years. After that I avoided the sun all together as i rather sit in the shade then ever use sunscreen again.
          To top it all off I now have dermatitis and an chemical/ toxin sensitive.
          Three years ago was the first year I was able to spend all day in the sun without burning thanks to making my own sunscreen. I had the most amazing colour and glow on my skin that everyone kept asking me how I get such an amazing tan and health skin…. Simple, home-made sunscreen!

          I have fybromyalgia and juvenile arthritis, when it was first diagnosed by vitamin d levels where horrible but I refused to get in the sun, I was so pale in most photos I looked dead, so many family members where shocked at how white I was, after using this home-made sunscreen my health has picked up so much, my energy level up, my blood tests are always perfect, arthritic pain has been gone for years, my physical strength and endurance had dramatically improved and so many other bonuses to using home-made sunscreen.

          Everyone needs to be responsible for their own health instead relying on the medical industry to know the answer, it’s your body it’s you choice. I’ve done my research clearly like many others have on this comment feed. I have lost many people to cancer but it would never make me want to use chemo/ radiation to treat my own cancer (god forbid I ever got cancer) because I have an educated opinion, done my research, formed an opinion and make my own choices for my body.

          • Please post a link to any legitimate, peer-reviewed research showing that sunscreen is dangerous/that sun exposure does not lead to skin cancer.

            Those are big statements to make, given that they oppose the mainstream scientific view.

            I look forward to reading the studies to which you are all referring.


          • The recipe includes red raspberry seed oil which is rich in Vitamin A. Isn’t that something
            that should be avoided in sunscreens?

          • Can you give me YOUR sunscreen recipe…exacts on everything. I have a skin chemical sensitivity, and an internal one. I still have gut issues, even with what I can eat, and all lotions make me breakout. I use the ones that do that the least. I don’t wan trial and error though. I want a tested recipe that gives me color, and Vitamin D, as mine can be low, but also something I can use on my whole body as my skin does get dry. I use no sulfite shampoos and body washes, but have been thinking about going natural/homemade. There is just so much to choose from, and I am sensitive to some natural items (olive oil and basil for two)…but I want one that works for my flyaway wirey gray hairs, and my tendancy for oily scalp, but dry/frizzy ends. The products I do use, except Cetaphil cleanser, dry out my skin. Cetaphil lotion helps a little, but does not last…probably not absorbing and then washes off. :)) Your recipe sounds PERFECT!

          • Can you give is the recipe?

          • Wow Lara that is a great story! I hope to have success making my own sunscreen. can you share your recipe or ingredients for effectiveness?

          • If the sun were the skin cancer culprit. come countries whose people live in the sun don’t get our cancers? They can’t afford our chemicals, that’s why

          • Sorry for the late reply…. To those of you who wanted my recipe here it is.

            To those who ask for the research to back myself up….
            1. I have a life!
            2. I’m responsible for the choices I make in my life and I own it #likeaqueen!
            3. When I do my research I don’t think I should save everything just in case some other person disagrees with my opinion and experience so I better save everything otherwise I’ll look like an uneducated TROLL trying to turn everyone against the pharmaceutical industry, they do a great job of that on their own!
            4. How hard is it for you to type in “why sunscreens are bad” or “toxins and chemicals in sunscreen” or the individual ingredients in sunscreen in to the Google search engine, it’s so easy but it’s hard for people who just want to be right about everything. I’ve researched both sides and I like third side the most, that’s my side!
            5. I have experience with sunscreens and I know my recipe works! This summer I didn’t get burnt once and I’m a fuckin Gardener!!! I’m in the sun 5 days a week, 8+ hours day and in 40 degree heat!!!

            Lara’s HomeMade Sunscreen
            Homemade Organic Infused Oil, Organic raw Coconut oil, Organic hemp seed oil, Organic Raspberry seed oil, Beeswax , Zinc oxide (optional)
            A jar/s, double boiler pot and some timber cooking spoons

            Infused oil… Get a large jar, add fresh flowers from the garden like lavender, calendula and borage. Any flowers that have good skin properties add to the jar. I fill most of the jar with those flowers and then pour the oil over the top, make sure the lid is sealed tightly. Let it sit in a cupboard for about 2 weeks and give the jar a shake every few days.

            The method…
            1. Cut the bees wax up and put into the double boiler first because it takes a while to melt (make sure every little lump is out)
            2. Keep the heat on low once the wax has completely melted. If the pot seems to hot remove it off the stove for a minute will you add in your oils.
            3. Once the wax has melted add in the coconut oil, hemp seed oil & infused oil (I mixed it with a whisk (egg beater)
            4. When all the oils and bees wax look blended remove from the heat if you haven’t already, add the raspberry seed oil and zinc oxide if you want.
            5. Put aside to cool down a little before pouring into jars.
            6. Keep in a cold dark place.

            If you feel that the consistency is to thin or you want it thicker then warm up some bees wax and add it it because I found the bees was doesn’t melt well when mixed with the other oils.

          • There is still a lack of REAL cited research here…All I see is websites that quote people…no actual studies shown. The sun causes cancer and it has been exhaustively studied and proven over and over again. Most of the studies claiming sunscreen ingredients are toxic or bad are badly done. I’ll get to those in a minute. Yes, people still get melanoma while using sunscreen, that’s because most people do not apply it correctly, don’t apply enough, and don’t reapply when they should!!

            It’s lack of knowledge. I think it’s also important to note that if your skin is tanning, you are getting skin damage. Your skin produces melanin to protect itself, so if you’re tanning, your skin is needing protected! There is no such thing as a safe or healthy tan(unless it comes from a bottle). Research has made it clear that repeated unprotected sun exposure, getting sunburned, or repeatedly getting tan causes DNA damage that triggers skin cells to mutate. Over time and in the absence of sun protection and sun-smart behavior, these mutations turn into skin cancers.
            Also, these “recipes” are horrible. Red raspberry see oil and the carrot seed oil have NO studies proving they provide broad spectrum UV ray protection AT ALL. The study that tries to claim the carrot seed oil does is HIGHLY misinterpreted. It offers no spf at all. The oils that do have some protection, have a very low protection percentage. 20-30%…sunscreen ingredients offer 97% protection in a spf 30 product.

            The benefits of daily sunscreen use are absolutely clear. Research has shown when you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25+ properly (applying liberally, reapplying after more than a few hours in direct daylight) every day, your risk of deadly or disfiguring skin cancer dramatically decreases (not to mention premature aging, i.e. wrinkles, brown spots, and skin sagging). An Australian study done in 2013 showed that when a well-formulated sunscreen is applied to exposed skin as directed, it offers 100% protection against all three types of skin cancer. What’s more, regular sunscreen use also protects an anti-cancer gene in skin known as p53 from becoming damaged.

            If these unsubstantiated claims of sunscreen causing cancer (meaning carcinogenic) fears were actually true, one would expect cancer rates to increase (especially among those that work in the cosmetic industry, as they are surrounded by high concentrations of these “suspect” ingredients). Yet, the medical data does not support this, as overall incidences of cancer have declined in the U.S., per 2012 statistics from the American Cancer Society.

            I also want to point out for people who do not know, spf is not accumulative. If you take 3 products that are all 3 spf 15, they do not make spf 45…it’s still spf 15. Just in case anyone was looking at this recipe(which has false ratings anyway) and think they’re getting super protection. It’s more like spf 6-8…which is not sufficient sun protection.

            Now the ingredients in sunscreen:

            Vitamin A: This vitamin has been said to increase skin-cancer risk because of a SINGLE UNPUBLISHED 10 yr old study! Researchers in that study didn’t test sunscreens containing retinyl palmitate (of which use very small amounts of the antioxidant), rather they applied high concentrations (i.e. much greater than what is used in cosmetics products) of retinyl palmitate directly to rodent skin! This isn’t at all representative of how retinyl palmitate is used in skin care formulas—and researchers used a rodent breed THAT IS PREDISPOSED TO CANCER! (80% the mice who were exposed to UV light alone, without retinyl palmitate, developed skin cancer anyway)…..yeah..

            Oxybenzone: the safety data on it is exhaustive and as it is globally recognized as a safe and effective sunscreen agent. Headlines hoping to get your attention love regurgitating that minute levels of oxybenzone are absorbed by skin, of which trace amounts (one millionth-per-gram, that is infinitesimally small,) can be detected in urine. A 2004 study in Journal of Investigative Dermatology and a 2008 study in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology demonstrated by applying a full-body application of a 10% concentration of oxybenzone over the course of 4 days had no negative health effects, and did not accumulate in the body. The American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation, The EU Union scientific and regulatory bodies and many more groups all over the world totally agree that it’s safe and causes no ill effects as used in a sunscreen.

            Octinoxate: decades of research and thousands of studies establishing its safety in sunscreens as indisputable. No studies demonstrate octinoxate when used in your SPF products causes, or increases the risk for developing cancer. In the sole studies cited when the “octinoxate = cancer” claim is made, the conditions are completely inapplicable to how sunscreens ingredients are used in skin-care products. For example, such studies use octinoxate in high concentrations (much higher than would ever be used in sunscreens) applied directly to skin cells, or fed in high concentrations to lab animals. The moral here is that octinoxate is safe as long as you aren’t drinking it! No studies exist that back the claim octinoxate has any link to causing cancer or other illnesses when used in sunscreen formulas.

            Titanium dioxide & zinc oxide: There is no evidence that nano-sized titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunscreen actives pose any health risk (and certainly not in comparison to skipping, or skimping, on your SPF).
            Globally, extensive and continuous scientific and medical research has shown your sunscreen remains safe to use, and unprotected exposure to the sun itself is the”toxin” of which you should be concerned. Along with other practices such as limiting sun exposure, wearing sun-protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, reapplying sunscreen as often as needed is critical to reduce your risk of skin cancer and numerous signs of aging.
            Here’s some more REAL scientific studies that aren’t totally bogus or just quotes. There’s tons more proving sunscreens are safe and that the sun is a major cause of skin cancer and other skin issues. Exhaustively proven! You people saying otherwise with no proof or bogus proof(and believing random blogs, companies, websites with no proof or bogus proof) are possibly contributing to many people becoming fatally ill.


            Jou PC; Tomecki KJ. Sunscreens in the United States: current status and future outlook. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2014;810:464-84

            Norval M; Wulf HC. Does chronic sunscreen use reduce vitamin D production to insufficient levels? Br J Dermatol. 2009 Oct;161(4):732-6

            Diehl JW1; Chiu MW. Effects of ambient sunlight and photoprotection on vitamin D status. Dermatol Ther. 2010 Jan-Feb;23(1):48-60



            And here’s an informative article with references:


          • Hi, I am relatively new to wellnessmama and loving it! I have highly sensitive skin and want something that is anti-aging too, this site is perfect! Thank you… I wanted to ask- do the oils loose their properties if reheated? I made the lotion last week (almond oil, beeswax, coconut oil, vit E and shea butter), but I would like to make it into a sunscreen and add a fragrance like lavender, is it OK to put it all back in the pan and add the zinc and carrot seed oil and lavender and then allow to reset?

          • Is this the homemade sunscreen you used? Or do you have one you can share?

          • Lara, I have a very similar history to yours, with my skin.
            I wanted to ask you: is it necessary to put zinc oxide in home-made sunscreen recipes?
            May I ask you for your sunscreen recipe?
            Thank you so much! <3

          • Tanning is actually an Inflammation process. Fibro, Arthritis (RA) are both inflammation diseases. Sun causes flares with people with RA. I haven’t had a burn this summer. I don’t spend all day but I do put sunscreen on & have started using magnesium & Turmeric supplements. I feel the Turmeric must help alot cause there are times after I work overnights I go on my walks & it’s hot & sunny & no burn.

        • I agree. There is a lot of misleading information in this particular blog on sun screens. If you read all the research, the case for toxicity of sunscreen means using 100 x normal amount over a lifetime. The possible dangers of the sun are greater. The sun damages your skin. Look at the skin on your bottom and the skin on your face. They are the same age. Age is not the culprit. The damage that may lead to cancer/ melanoma is cumulative. We all get most of our sun damage as children. Therefore there is more cancer today because we are living longer, etc. Wellness Mama, please protect yourself and your children!

          • Folks,
            go on to the Environmental Working Group’s website and read all their various posts about sunscreens. They reference the National Cancer Institute, various research studies, etc. All you want.

            you can start here:

            or somewhere else on their website.

            You can also go onto “Skin Deep”, where you can look up the relative toxicity of specific ingredients. It’s pretty cool.

            Its’ all on there.
            We are all masters of our own destiny.

            Best in Health to you and yours~

          • Yes exactly. I was quite horrified when I read this blog post and all the comments claiming that sun isn’t the issue really but the sun screen.
            But yet through numerous of studies and research show the dangers of sun exposure, especially UVB. It does cause mutations in the dna of the skin cells and causes them to multiply etc->cancer.
            Hopefully people will at least protect their children if not themselves…

          • Science isn’t everything. The research and focus are narrow and I realize why but the fact is it doesnt take into account the the big picture. We are all individuals who react different and no one two or even three things can be said to truly explain how or why react as we do to the sun or anything else for that matter. Every health issue is the result of an exhaustive amount of factors that yield each of us unique what works for one may not work for all but it does not invalidate anthers experience. The most important thing to remember when caring for your health, skin or otherwise, is you. Your knowledge of your bodies reactions is paramount. No one regime yields the best results for everybody. These are guidelines given by someone who wants to share what they have learned. The is no need to be against it or for it just consider it. Use what you can and move on. Personally I would like to add that I have been using a DIY eidelweiss extraction in my sun block as it grows wild near by. I have found it effective and was wondering if anyone else has experience with this ingredient to share. I have looked at great length at scientific papers, very interesting, but absolutely without value when it comes to using it in practical application.

        • Most melanoma Pts have a cancer that starts where there is not sun exposure. Cancer is from inflammation. Not the sun. Wellness Mama is right. Medical doctors are about 17 years behind and will still have you believing what you believe, but it is incorrect. The science is there. Dig for answers and you’ll find them.

        • Wellness Mama and Heather,
          Heather, I am truly sorry about your mother. I know how in MY cases, sorrow has often turned to anger. Wellness Mama really is just trying to inform people that there are other ways than the chemical methods the stores offer and that there are vitamins and minerals we need.
          Heather, if you are still on the site maybe you can tell her privately, with facts, and not an attack, why her post angered you so much. Help prevent her from hurting someone else? I don’t think she was trying to hurt anyone purposely. She touched a nerve with you but really, she is just trying to help. I am not in any way trying diminish your pain Heather. Please know that.
          NEW TOPIC: Regarding the homemade sunscreen, I have a few questions. I don’t know if it means I am still not going to be able to go outside EVER or maybe there is some hope.
          I spent my life worshiping the sun. Indoors in high school shortly, just because I got permission to do something I thought was cool. I was in the sun so much people called me Tannon instead of Shannon. Silly, I know, but I am making a point.
          When I layed in the sun and felt it on me, I felt like it was something healthy and something I needed. I could get a tan in 30 minutes. I am Sicilian with olive skin so I NEVER thought I would have any kind of issue.
          When I was 37?, that funny spot next to my eye I had been avoiding, I could no longer avoid. Sure enough it was skin cancer. I had it removed but I am scared to death I am going to get more.
          At the same time I got the cancer, I got hyper pigmentation, melasma or photo aging. Who knows what it was. I do know I wasn’t pregnant, on birth control, or premenopausal.
          I used a product with hydroquinine in it and was able to erase the “stuff” on my face.
          Summer came for the first time since the skin cancer was removed. I had a brand new bikini from my paleo weight loss, I had the right number sun screen on per my Dermatologist. Bravely for the first time walked to my living complex’s pool. I layed for a while, went in the pool and talked a bit. To say I was there 3 hours would be pushing it.
          I got my stuff, went home, looked in the mirror and THE MELASMA, HYPER PIGMENTATION, PHOTOAGING WHATEVER was BACKKKKK!!!!!!
          Ok. So apparently, that meant I couldn’t go outside, ever?? I took about two seasons? and I cleared my face up again. This time, instead of an outdoor tan, I tried the tanning lotion you use inside. Guess. It came back.
          So, I bleached the junk off my face again. Summer came, I bought a straw hat and went to my nieces first birthday party. It was outside.
          I was thinking how sad this was. I love to swim. Every picture of me as a child, I am bopping around in a bikini outside in those little pools or slip and slides. When I was older I was always in the pool and middle school high school I either was in a public pool or laying out. I’m pisces.
          I asked my Dermatologist what I could do. She said I don’t know. I said what about the number of sun block? I don’t know, she said.
          Being outside and especially swimming are very important to me and I hope you see this.
          My questions for you are 1: I have acne, can I wear this oily tanning lotion without breaking out?
          2: Is the highest amount of sunscreen with this recipe 35-40?
          3: Will it prevent the melasma, hyper pigmentation and photo aging?
          4: If not, do you have anything that will, so I can actually leave my house for more than the walk to the car? I have not gone out at all this summer.
          Thank you so much for everything Wellness Mama,

          • “The tanning lotion you use inside” refers to tanning bed/ solarium lotion? Those are actually meant to increase pigmentation aka tanning, so it might have triggered the return of your hyperpigmentation. You previously used hydroquinone, so you should indeed avoid the sun for the rest of your life. Whitening products and chemical peels change how skin normally functions and there’s no going back, sadly. You could try spf 50+ PA++++ japanese sunscreens, for example hada labo makes good products, wear hats, long sleeves, long skirts or trousers when out. Rashguard shirts and leggings for swimming and always sunglasses. This might sound harsh but I’m very sun-sensitive too and have to adhere to these in summer or when traveling. Try to see it as an opportunity: by covering up you are wearing more chanches for self-expression. There are beautiful lightweight kaftans, kimono jackets, maxi dresses, scarfs and wide-brim hats.

        • I just read your comment. I have been researching Vit D deficiency for over 15 years. Went to a conference about it in Long Beach California. Most people get Melanoma from lack of Vit D. In Canada it costs 25.00 to have your Vit. D checked. In our research we took supplements up to 4,000 iu’s and the results still came up low for anyone living above the Georgia (USA) border. If you look at the Cancer stats its those who live in colder temps that get Melanoma and then expose themselves either to chemicals in store bought sunscreens or too much sun exposure without Vit D to protect them in the first place. Also most people who get this type of skin cancer get it on the back of their body. The area that is covered up. It is important to understand all people are different I am very passionate about educating people about their lack of Vit D especially here in Canada. Also to make sure they use natural sunscreens.

          • Shelley,
            If intakes of Vit. D even as high as 4,000 iu still showed Vit. D being low in those patients, what could we do to increase our Vit. D?
            I’ve been taking supplements and my vit D is still, always low. (a problem which, by the way, I never had before moving to Phoenix, Arizona, 10 years ago!! Most people I know here are vit.D deficient. And, here, we can’t avoid the sun even if we wanted to!)
            Thank you!

        • That statement bothered me too. I had melanoma and it is SCARY stuff. I am so so sorry for your loss.

        • Melanoma is not always caused by the sun. Stop trusting these doctors who say so. What you EAT ((or vitamins you lack)) and what you put ON your body are way more likely to cause cancer than the sun.

        • My husband also has stage four melanoma. Yes most Americans are vitamin D deficient. Some research says more vitamin D would help us from burning.We also know we need healthy sun screen if we are going to be in the sun long.

      • I just made the sunscreen recipe. Going away with my 6 month old daughter in a week. Im having some difficulty though. As it cooled the oil separated and floated to the top. What did i do wrong? I thought i followed it exactly?

        • Have you checked to make sure its 100% oil? I tried to use Vanilla and it seperated when i looked on the back it had add water.

        • After you melt the ingredients (oils, butters, beeswax) together, refrigerate for an hour or so until it hardens. Then add the zinc oxide and mix with a hand mixer for 5 minutes. That seems to take care of the separating issue, and does a good job of mixing the zinc oxide in completely.

          Wellness Mama, you are wonderful!

          • Hi, do you mean an electric hand mixer or a manual one?

      • I’ve been fiddling with this recipe for a month now… Added basil, lavender, and neem because we get sand fleas at our beaches here. The #1 thing I don’t like about this is how bad it gets all over my clothing, bathing suit… anything I touch really, and it’s sooo hard to remove. I soak my items and wash them by hand in cold water right after I get home but it’s quite a chore. Any siggestions?

        • I have been experimenting with the sunscreen recipe. I add more zinc to add more screening. I keep reducing the wax also to make it creamier – have not gotten there yet. Next time I plan to totally eliminate the wax. I love the sunscreen, but when we go to the beach, the sand sticks to me like it is glued on. I cannot rinse OR wash it off. Any suggestions? Will leaving out the wax help much?

        • Hi Faith,

          I haven’t tried this yet, but have ordered ingredients. However, this recipe looks to me like a balm – I will be trying it as a cream/lotion. To do this, you will need to do a water phase and add emulsifier to your oil phase. Heat them separately up to 65 degrees Celsius and then pour oil into water and whisk intermittently while it cools. Add essential oils before you pour it into your container. You will need to add a preservative as it contains water. Geogard 221 is a good choice. My first attempt recipe would look like this:

          Oil Phase:

          25g beeswax
          25g Cetearyl olivate & sorbitan olivate (emulsifier, you need this so oil and water will combine)
          15g coconut oil
          15g shea butter
          15g almond oil
          10g raspberry seed oil
          10g carrot seed oil

          Water phase:
          350ml water
          15ml glycerine

          Last phase: 1-2mls geogard 221
          Zinc oxide – use this link to determine how much you should use (depending on how strong you want it)

          Good luck, let me know how it turns out if you do decide to try it 🙂

        • For removing oil on clothing & hard surfaces, there is a non-toxic, non-oily hand cleaner called Goop. It’s one of the very very best oil removers ever. I live in California & it’s sold in grocery stores & hardware/tool stores, in every shape & sized container. I clean with it all the time, as I often use cold pressed castor oil & castor oil packs for skin care and injuries.

      • I use sunscreen solely to prevent freckling. Do you have any advice for this as your spf I don’t think would cut it. Also any REAL solutions to freckle removal outside of laser or lemon juice? Thanks

        • Learn to love yourself. Your beautiful the way God made you. Freckles and all. 🙂
          From a fellow freckled face.

          • I was also terribly’d freckled as a youth but was told they’re ‘Angel Kisses”. Wasn’t so bad after that!

          • I agree. When I get sun – I try for 15-20 min a day for the D, my arms and legs are covered in freckles. I really don’t care. My husband loves them.

      • Hi, how do you clean your mason jars, utensils, etc. after making sunscreen, lotions, etc.? Very sticky and scrubbing with hot water alone is not working very well.

          • I just bought all ingredients to make this (kind of expensive). I put 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 beeswax and Shea butter into a jar then put in a pan with a little water. It melted but oil is at bottom and top is chunky. I stirred but it isn’t incorporating. I’m thinking this recipe is not working for me. Did I do something wrong? All ingredients are pure. Glad I didn’t add the essential oils yet, as I’m thinking I’m going to probably have to toss this.

          • Patti, Oil and water don’t mix :/ I don’t see water in the recipe? If you have a hand emulsifier ( stick blender) then you might can salvage it. I make my own lotion this way and it combines the oil and water, but I use e- wax instead of bees wax. So not sure if it will work. It takes about 3 minutes of blending to emulsify in my recipe fyi. Good luck!

      • I clicked on the link for the zinc oxide and they do not have any. Is there another place to order from? Preferably in Canada?

        • I get mine from our local pharmacy (Janzens). They have to order it in as they don’t carry powder in store. Thunder Bay, Ontario.

    • So if 2 tbsp of the zinc oxide is 20 spf then 4Tbs would be 40 spf and so on? Also is it uvb and Uva or does that matter?

      • Zinc oxide is a popular natural ingredient in both store-bought and homemade sunscreens for its ability to block the sun, but researchers at Missouri State University recently found that when exposed to sunlight, zinc oxide may actually create free radicals, destroy cells, and increase the risk of skin cancer. To avoid this danger, you should keep your homemade sunscreen as bare bones as possible.

          • The post i included a link to, in that link is another to the researchers studies. But that link does not open, so i found it else where. In it if you read it all. He never at any time states ZO causes cancer, and at the end states to carry on using sun cream. here is the broken link.


        • Also… that article is about NANO-SIZED ZINC OXIDE PARTICLES.

          NOT “Non-Nano Zinc Oxide” which is what is used in this recipe.

          It’s all about the details.

          Read up on EWG folks.

      • No it is 20 tops you can’t “add up SPF” ingredients a product will only be as strong as the strongest single ingredient.
        zinc = 20
        cocoa = 5
        carrot = 35
        total = 35 max

        • “No it is 20 tops you can’t “add up SPF” ingredients a product will only be as strong as the strongest single ingredient.”

          I think that is wrong, at least in regard to ZO.

          Zinc Oxide is a barrier sun block. the more you put on the more blockage/barrier to get, but it will be WHITE so be prepared. if you rub it enough or use so little that you don’t have any white, you no longer have the benefit of the barrier protection.

    • I’m just wondering, do you use BOTH olive oil AND coconut oil? Or just one?
      Thanks!! We’re gonna try this since we’re at the ball field from now through summer.

    • Oh, Yes! After I went paleo my pms disappeared! 🙂 My whole family notices a huge change in my mood swings (or lack there of now!). congrats!

      • what do you use for it to go away?

    • Isn’t Vitamin A dangerous in sunscreens? The red raspberry seed oil in your ingredient list for the homemade
      natural sunscreen is rich in Vitamin A

      • Natural vitamin A is not supposed to be dangerous, just the retinyl palmitate form but I’m doing more research on this…

        • While you re research the red raspberry seed regarding the Vitamin A, could you clarify
          the use of grapeseed extract ….isn’t that also dangerous…makes skin more sensitive to
          sunlight exposure….to many conflicts that need to be clarified…..
          Many thanks

        • To #wellnesmama, I was wondering if you found any further information as to if the red rasberry seed essential oil was alright to use in this homemade sunscreen? Amazon informed me my shipment is arriving, so I will be making the sunscreen very soon. Thank you, Heather

          • I have not found any sources that show that the natural oils like this are dangerous and personally feel comfortable using it but definitely do more research if you are concerned.

        • I was thinking that same thing! Do you have any sources for the SPF rating of carrot oil or other ingredients? I have not found much of anything and just want it to back me up when i tell people about this because people think SPF and the FDA mean something when they could just try for themselves since there are plenty of scientific studies showing the dangers of sunscreen.

        • Are the raspberry seed and carrot seed oils used essential oils? Can’t wait to make this! Thank you.

    • My question is, does this work for brown skin color? I am a big follower of your blog. But I do not know how to add my comments directly Because there is no button to ‘comment’ unless you I ‘reply’ to somebody’s comments.

      Also whenever I want to add some comments, I get a message that I am repeating my comments, which is not the case. Please help

      • I ahve very fair skin so I don’t have any first hand experience with using it on darker skin but I would think that some variation would, you’d just have to experiment with the right ratios and possibly add more zinc if needed…

        • where does one find powder zinc oxide , and what kind and where would you find the shea butter to use in this recipie

          • Amazon or

        • @sandy The only difference between fair and dark skin is the amount of melanin. Melanin is actually greatly protective against UVB rays. The rest of the skin layers are identical, however, in all humans. As long as you have no allergy to any of the ingredients, using this sunscreen should be just fine.

          Those of us who are fair become tan with light exposure because the cells that produce melanin are stimulated to produce more when exposed to that sunlight. Don’t forget everyone that it’s not just what we put on our outsides that we must consider regarding cancer. You must eat well to be well and to maximize your bodies ability to fight the good fight. I look forward to smelling like raspberries and carrots soon!

    • Katie, I really appreciate your website, recipes, resources and philosophy. I have no idea how you are raising such a large family and doing all the things you do. I imagine keeping up with the website is a 50 hour/week job!

      I made the sunscreen today, and it was my first venture into DYI “beauty?” products. Was very easy. I spent about $60 on the ingredients, but went a little crazy ordering essential oils. I now have enough raw materials to screen a small army from the sun.

      You are correct that this is more like a body butter than a lotion. My skin loves it, but know some folks will be put off by the heaviness. Reading all the putative medicinal properties of the ingredients might win over many folks who prefer something lighter. I added the shea butter, and I would advise others who do so not to waste their essential oils that they are using solely for fragrance. The shea butter has a strong fragrance that masked my vanilla and expensive lavender oil. Without the added fragrance, it has a pleasant aroma.

      We have been swimming a lot this summer, and I expect this more ‘heavy-duty’ sunscreen will stay in place longer than a lotion.

  2. so funny I was just thinking about homemade sunscreen YESTERDAY because I was at my MIL’s house to play in the pool with daddy and baby! we where going to be out all day and while I was slathering us all in sunscreen  I could not help but cringe and think “I need to go home and research a natural alternative!” thanks for saving me the trouble!!

    • The homemade recipe calls for Red Raspberry seed oil which is rich in Vitamin A.. Shouldn’ t Vitamin A
      be avoided in suncreens…

  3. Where do you buy zinc oxide?

    • I usually just get it on Amazon, though a few natural stores carry
      it… might be worth checking your local health food store.

      • I am having trouble finding pure non-nano zinc oxide.  I read the reviews for the type of zinc oxide that  Amazon carries in powder form.  I almost purchased it myself…but it is NOT non-nano. It is also not 100 percent pure…not usually a big concern except that the contaminant in Zinc is almost always lead.  Even the diaper rash ointments are usually only 20% Zinc.  Still looking for high quality zinc oxide so that I can make this sunscreen:) 

        • Well, shoot balls, I just purchased that one from the recipe. 🙁

        • Seriously? Why did you not change it above, if you knew this information?! I already purchased the one in the recipe!

        • Do you know if French Process is non-nano? I bought some not even thinking, thanks!

        • Hi Katie,
          I love your website thank you ! I tried out the sunscreen on my 6 month old. After a few hours I noticed a small spotty rash where I put the sunscreen (face and arms). Has anyone experienced this? I used the original Zinc Oxide link up above in the recipe that did note nano of 20%. Should I try the recipe with different Zinc Oxide or do you know of other ingredients that could have caused a reaction? I used Vanilla Essential oil and I popped open the vitamin E capsules for 1 tsp. What do you think?

        • I have recently gotten into essential oils and have made my own lip balm and lotion and am eager to try this sunscreen recipe because I live at a very high altitude in Colorado. But, was wondering, do you really need the non-nano zinc oxide if you use carrot seed oil—it has a SPF of 35-40 which is what I usually use ? Love this site !!!

          • Was just gonna ask the same question!! Why use all the other ingredients if carrot seed oil has SPF40 on its own?!

          • yeah, CARROT SEED OIL is an essential oil and not a carrier, meaning it should not be used (neat) undiluted on the skin, you should dilute it in a carrier oil to use it or risk sensitisation at best and anaphylactic shock at worst after prolonged use.

        • Yes…..but will be absorbed into the blood stream. The manufacturer does not list this as non-nano. I read has a non-nano version.

        • Hello Wellness Mama:
          Love your site–thanks so much for all your natural recipes.
          This site does not say this zinc oxide is non-nano, but the recipe calls for non-nano. Is this particular one ok to use?

      • is the zinc  oxide  a powder or a cream ……help ….I want to make it to day !!!!!!! please …thanks…..

        • It can be both but the powder is easier to work with in this and the cream can often have other additives…

      • You said you get zinc oxide from amazon but you said it needs to be nano free. The Link to amazon goes to a zinc oxide that says “made up of nano + 20%, sized particles” i that ok? Im not sure what it means by that. I really need to make this stuff cause I cant even use sunscreen cause it made me itch so bad and took weeks to stop itching even when I quit using it. Same with bug spray, do you have an alternative to that?

          • Ok, Thanks!

          • What happens if you use a lotion that contains citrus oils?

        • Food Babe says DO NOT buy nano products at all

    • i just ordered a pound of it off of ebay for $9.71 with free shipping.

    • Here in Slovenia we can buy it in pharmacies.

    • I just bought all my ingredients on Amazon. Great prices..

  4. What does the grapefruit extract do? Can’t wait to make this as I’m working outside all summer. 

    • It is not necessary, it just helps preserve it so it lasts longer,
      but it isn’t completely needed.

      • I noticed that citrus oils can effect the sunscreen I used about 20 drops of lemon eucalyptus so it would have bug repellent qualities as well as lavender and pachulli are those oils ok? Thanks

        • You should be super careful when using citrus fruit oils on the skin directly before or during sun exposure. These and a few other essential oils (like st john’s wort) are actually phototoxic. They don’t just make your skin more sensitive, it can actually burn quite severely, completely negating any benefits from the non phototoxic ingredients!
          I would personally avoid putting citrus oils or anything else phototoxic in sunscreens altogether. If you use any other products (home made or bought) with any of these oils (and citrus fruit juice/pulp etc.) in use them before bed on sunny days rather than during the day.

  5. Great, I’d love to try this…if I can get myself to shop for the ingredients. I tend to be lazy when it comes to searching for unfamiliar stuff 🙂 We don’t use much sunscreen, even when we lived in Miami and went to the beach often. We would go at a nice time of day, not stay long, but if we did I would eventually apply a bit of sunscreen. In fact, I am not sure I burned much the two years we were there, and that was before “real foods” came into my life. Bottom line, we just try not to be out too long, but we do enjoy soaking up the sun!

    Last year at my daughter’s daycare they wanted to apply sunscreen every time the kids went outside! I did not think that was at all necessary!

    • i just bought everything i needed for it off of ebay for around $25

  6. isn’t zionc oxide harmful for our skin as it is a chemical

    • Literally almost everything is a chemical. Water is a chemical.

    • Actually it is a mineral

    • Please don’t allow yourself to believe that chemicals = bad. Neither does “natural” = good. A chemical is a molecular compound or substance. Water, therefore, is a chemical. There are chemicals naturally produced in your body. Many synthetic chemicals (made in a laboratory) are helpful to your body in skincare and medicine. Actually, the best exfoliants to use are chemical exfoliants that are able to adjust the surface of your skin to allow it to release dead skin cells better. For zinc oxide in particular, a quick Wikipedia search shows that it’s not toxic. It’s not something you want to breathe in, but that doesn’t mean that it’s harmful to your skin. (Make sure to do your research before accepting any new science.)

      Also, there are plenty of “natural” things that can be very harmful to your body. Of course there are certain berries that can even be grown organically that would still be poisonous is you ate them. If you were to put lemons on your face, it would completely mess up the natural pH levels of your skin and it could seriously irritate your face. If you used coffee grounds or sea salt as an exfoliant, the abrasive textures would be so harsh that it could actually cause small tears in your skin!

      As for this “sunscreen,” a homemade batch would never have an accurately measured nor a consistent SPF. Most companies go through extensive testing to ensure that their sunscreens are 100% effective. Please read to learn more about the holes in this recipe: You don’t want to invest your time and money in something that won’t protect your skin!

      • Your statements are not true at all. First of all how did people live many years ago without all kinds of lotions, creams, etc? There was no nearly this many problems with skin cancers! People just became more dumb over the years, because of the lazziness nobody even reads anything in the stores. I agree that not all of the products in stores labeled as organic and natural and whatnot aren’t good for you, but to state that:
        1. coffe scrub with sea or hymalaian salt is not good- I am using it together with oils for more than 2 years and my skin has never ever been so smooth and healthy
        2. Freshly squezzed lemon juice with oils on my face – I have been using it for more then a year now couple of times a week and my face skin is fresh and glowing, all my dermatologist check ups say my skin is in a great condition

        to state that it is just nonsense. Don’t just copy paste texts, read, think with your own head and try. That is by far the only way to see if something works or not!

  7. So I bought 40% zinc oxide diaper rash paste as thats the best thing that I could find! The inactive ingredients are: BHA, cod liver oil, lanolin, methylparaben, petrolatum, talc, and water. Think its okay to use this by itself? A lot of natural sunscreens are soooo expensive so I really hope that this can work as an alternative!

    • You don’t want parabens of any sort…. carcinogenic. So no, that is not ok. I also would not want any product that has petrolatum in it.

  8. I am religious about getting sun daily. I go out in the morning and try to get at least 30-40 minutes. Because i am African-American and naturally brown, I need a little more time in the sun than a fair-skinned person to get adequate vitamin D-making light. After that initial exposure, I rub on sunscreen. Thanks for the recipe! I think I might add shea butter, since I have read that it is has sunscreening properties.

  9. OMG!  I have hit the mother load!  I want to go check in a motel somewhere and just sit and READ and make lists and get to work making all of my own things!  I am sooooooo excited!  Thank you Wellness Mama!  I’m so motivated and excited!  THANK YOU!!!  (We live on a lake and spend all day, every day in the summertime outside….)

    • I do sit and read these things and make lists of all the ,ore natural and healthy things I want to make on my own…Pinterest makes this super easy! It even gives you the means to catalogue and organize them by topic. My only problem now is finding time to do ALL of the awesome things I’ve found in the last few weeks. A lot of the things I’ve found are on Crunchy Betty’s website. She is an an excellent and humorous writer and a woman after my own heart.

      • I LOVE CB!!! She has some great stuff. I just found this website and I’m going to try to make this when summer comes 🙂

  10. My husband is allergic to Aloe Vera (it makes him itch, A LOT) . Do you have any recommendations for a substitution.

    • Where do you see aloe vera as an ingredient?

    • if you’re talking about to relieve sunburn, black tea works amazingly well

    • Try chilled cider vinegar

  11. I’ll definitely try it next summer! Thank you for the receipt.

  12. is there a version of this recipe to produce a spray sunscreen?

  13. I WANT to make this, but is this oily or greasy on the skin though? I don’t want my face to become an oil slick…

    • Not really oily at all. It absorbs in pretty fast.

  14. Great natural homemade recipe but what retail stores sell beeswax and zinc oxide?

    • Inquire with some bee keepers about the beeswax. Zinc oxide is probably found at a pharmacy, but you need the non-nano kind.

  15. So I see the the Zinc oxide is the main ingredient that really provides the protection from UV rays – but is it safe? I guess it’s safer than the alternative?

    • As long as you use non-nano zinc oxide, which can’t be absorbed into the skin, it will do nothing but form a protective layer on your skin like clothing does.

  16. This sounds awesome! I love being outside with my baby, and I’m good about keeping his skin covered, but when we’re at the beach or swimming, I’d like to have sun screen on him. Would this recipe be okay for babies, as well?

    • I’ve used it on mine as babies without any trouble.

      • I have a question…what’s the difference between the carrot seed oil you use and carrot seed essential oil. I have YL carrot seed oil, can I use that instead of the one you’ve used?

  17. I have a question…I recently read that coconut oil is a comedogenic and my concern is using this on your face.  Can it be used on the face?  I have acne-prone skin and I am SO excited about this sunscreen recipe, but the main reason I want to try it is to use daily on my face.  

    • Personally, I would encourage you to do some more research before using sunscreen on your face daily, especially if you aren’t a lifeguard :-). If you are going to use it, I would definitely encourage a natural solution like this one instead of a commercial sunscreen, but in most cases, some sun exposure is a very good thing! That being said, I have oily skin (and pretty acne prone) too and have never had trouble with coconut oil. While it is an oil, it is also antibacterial so it tends to help with acne/

      • I am definitely not a life guard!  Thank you so much, I’m filling up my Amazon/Mountain Rose Herb carts right now!

        • I think her point was that some sun exposure on the face is good and you probably don’t need sunscreen everyday unless you are getting a LOT of exposure

  18. What is your experience with melasma?  I am not on birth control pills but I will get dark spots on my face with any sun exposure even though I tan very well so that is my reason for wearing a hat and using sunscreen.  Just curious what your thoughts were on that.  Thanks.

  19. We are a family of 6, all of us, with blonde hair and blue eyes. The 4 of us tan really well, the two that are the unhealthiest (from the past), have the harder time getting tan, but, it is improving. I do use coconut oil, try to cover the kids up (shirts & hats) when we’re getting too much (we’re in Fl.), I bring along Aubrey Organics Natural Sun and/or Badger brand sunscreen just in case (1 bottle lasts us about 2 years!), and we eat healthy 98% of the time (meaning grain/refined sugar free/paleo).

  20. BTW, I would love to make my own sunscreen as well. Great idea!

  21. Taking the easy route… adding powdered zinc oxide to a “bottle” of lotion (like the simplicity) — what size bottle?  I want to get the ratios right!

    • About 8 ounces for the same coverage, but you could always add more zinc oxide for more protection.

  22. THANK YOU for this post. I’m a huge vit D junkie. Since I work indoors and can usually only get out on my lunch break (fully clothed) I take a liquid D3 supplement daily. When I am in the sun  I am religious about getting my 15 mins of maximum exposure before starting to cover up. I also cringe whenever I put on sunblock. This is a recipe I can lather on without regret.

  23. Wondering if this homemade sunscreen can be worn under makeup.

    Thank you in advance for your response!


      • Can you use pure aloe vera from a plant??

        • Yes, just scrape the gel out of the leaves and puree it.

  24. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?  There is an excellent lotion recipe I made for my mom when she was going through cancer treatments.  It would make an amazing sunscreen!  Zinc oxide added to it… thanks for posting this.

  25. Uh Oh! I just made this recipe and had a separation problem. 🙁 I looked beautiful for the first 15 minutes after I made it, all creamy and pretty, but then when I went to pour it into a bottle, it started separating into creamy clumps and liquid. What am I doing wrong? Please help! 
    Michelle in MN

    • You should be able to either whisk/shake as it cools to keep incorporated, or slowly blend in another teaspoon or so of cold water to re-emulsify… What was the temp of your ingredients?

      • I am having the same problem. It is a little gritty looking (doesn’t feel gritty) and liquid seems to be settling out. Plan to try the bar but wondered what happened. Thanks!

        •  I have the same separation problem.  I didn’t check the temperature, I just heated up until the beeswax melted.  I get a hard layer on top and then more than 1/2 a layer of water on bottom.  Tried melting whole thing and mixing better but same thing happened after it sat.

  26. Can you use pure aloe vera directly from a plant??

    • Hypothetically, yes. I haven’t tried it, but I would definitely store in the fridge if you do. If you try it, let me know how it turns out…

  27. is this water resistant for pool time?

    • Yes, though I’d still re apply every couple hours

  28. About how much does it cost to make this?

  29. This sounds Devine!! And is the recipe I have been looking for!! I live next to the beach, I have really fair skin and I always find I literally start to get a bit mental if I don’t get my daily vitamin d, so I go to the beach and sit in the sun for 5 mins before putting on sunscreen. This means I’m using a lot of sunscreen every day though, although I do go later in the afternoon. I’m more worried about wrinkly leathery skin than I sm about skin cancer though which is why I always put sunscreen on! Thank you for this awesome recipe!! 😀

  30. Can I eliminate tge beeswax and use as a spray?

    • Haven’t tried but it would probably work. Please let me know if you try it!

  31. I made this sunscreen and have found it impossible to get the zinc powder off the utensils I used. Any suggestions? Also, I ended up getting too much sun when I used this as opposed to the area where I used a store bought high quality product even though I added more zinc than the recipe called for. Am I doing something wrong? Would definitely prefer to use this but don’t want to get burned or get sunspots. I tan very easily but don’t want to get melasma

    • For the utensils… are they metal or wooden or plastic? I usually wipe them down with paper towels and then wash in scalding water with dish soap. How long were you in the sun? This recipe should work at about SPF 20 for several hours… It will, however, block Vitamin D production, so I’d encourage getting some sun before applying (15 minutes or so).

  32. i can’t wait to try this! just a question: could i just use the liquid from inside an aloe plant or is the gel different in some way? i have a huge aloe plant that i’d love to use! thanks! 🙂 lisa

  33. Hey Mama,
    I tired out your recipe with the coconut oil, omitting the optional extras.  
    Everything mixes smoothly and then cools as a white waxy lump floating in a container of water.
    I have remelted and mixed.  It mixes up smoothly and then separates out again.  I’ve cooled at room temp and in the fridge.  I’m not sure why it continues to separate. 
    If you have any experience with extreme separation, I’d love your thoughts on how to keep in combined.
    Thanks for all your posts!

  34. I Think natural way is the best way for beauty tips,and it will also help to reduse skin cancer which is a very dangerous thing.

  35. Would’nt the sunscreen seperate if you use beeswax and not emulsifying wax?

  36. What is the estimated shelf life for this sunscreen recipe?  

    • I still have ones I made last year and they are fine. The ingredients are shelf stable, so it should last a while.

      • Ok good to know. thank you!

  37. Please use all natural sunscreens if you feel you need to use any at all.  I find that if I’m careful about the first few times I stay outside without sleeves and don’t get a burn and let my skin penetrate the suns wonderful Vit. D rays then gradually I can stay out without sleeves for long periods of time and don’t burn. I never use sunscreen.

  38. I love this! Does anyone know someone who makes & sells this? I’m interested in buying!!

  39. Can u recommend a good brand of zinc oxide that’s not in the powder brand that can be found more readily available in the store?

  40. Mine separated. It looks like the tea did not stay in? Suggestions please.

    • It was likely a temperature issue… homemade lotions can be really persnickety with temp. Try re-blending the two with a teaspoon of really cold water.

  41. Thank you for this recipe, I doubled it and added an extra tbls. of e wax. 1/4 c. of Coconut oil and 1/4 c. infused grape seed oil. I stirred the Zinc into the oils until well mixed. I warmed the “tea” and aloe a bit and let the hot oils set for about 10 min then used the stick blender. I blended then let it set then blended again about 4 times . Then stirred gently to release the air bubbles. It came out beautifully!  I do believe temperature is a key element here. Oh , not greasy either.  Great recipe with or without the zinc.

  42. I just tried this recipe today and as I was adding the brewed green tea, it started to separate. Was my tea too cool? I was hand stirring, vigorously and adding the liquid very slowly. Should I have stopped adding the liquid a bit earlier? If I reheat it and stir vigorously, will this help blend it all together again? Thanks for your help.

    • I’d try adding a teaspoon of ice water while whisking vigorously and see if that helps re-emulsify…

  43. Didn’t have time to read all the comments here yet but I was so excited to make this and followed directions I think to a T and the water or tea(I chose to make tea) after I mixed it was sseparated from the wax and oil. Did I do something wrong or what. I don’t see in the directions any indication that will happen. I ended up just pouring the water off and am using it like a body butter. I even tried reheating first again but it did not work. Any suggestions on making it into more of a lotion? 

    • Unfortunately, homemade lotion is very persnickety about temperature. Re-blending with a teaspoon of really cold water might help. I’m going to try to post more detailed temperature directions. In the meantime, the body butter will actually have a higher SPF 🙂

  44. I tried this recipe (well – a really similar one that I adapted from your recipe and a few other sites), and so far it’s working really well!  I was afraid it would stay white on my skin, but it rubs right in, and it’s not sticky or anything!  And the best part: I didn’t get burned!!! 


  45. Is the aloe vera necessary or could I substitute with something else? Just made the natural bug spray, thanks for the recipe!

  46. Question about the deodorant and sunscreen. I made the deodorant that is arrow root, baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils (lavender is what I used). Can I add zinc oxide to this to make sunscreen?

    • You could or could also omit the arrowroot…

  47. This is an excellent article. People should not be afraid of the sun just wise at how they get exposure. 
    According to The Essential Oil Handbook, the follow citrus essential oils are not phototoxic: Sweet Orange, Tangerine and Mandarin. The following oils can cause negative reactions if applied to the skin/sun exposure: Bergamot, Lemon, Angelica Root, Grapefruit, Lovage Root and Lime.

    • The Lavender scent Badger sunscreen linked above has lime oil and Sicilian orange oil in it so does that make it not ideal?

      • I had a friend who rubbed his body with lime leaves trying to keep mosquitoes at bay- what he ended up with was a crazy weird rash- phytophotodermatis- basically the lime juice makes your skin hypersensitive to sunlight. I don’t know about lime oil, but I know that lime juice would be a bad idea.

  48. Love the idea of adding zinc to my favorite lotion!

  49. THis is such a dumb idea. Why do “natural” people reject solid science? 

    • The “natural” people seem to be outliving their doctors!

    • What we know of solid science is usually about 50 years or so behind the new updated information. Using natural less toxic ingredients is always safer. Why do so many people have such a myriad of health issues today that we didn’t have in the past, just coincidence?

      • Probably because they weren’t being diagnosed in the past, science has come along way. If you haven’t noticed, life expectancy is up these days.

        • People are just living SICK longer. How many medications are in your medicine cabinet? That’s no way to LIVE.

    • I have tried several different manufactured sunscreens for my face and can’t find any that I don’t have a reaction to. My face will sting and then layers of skin slough off the next day. Even the type for children and sensitive skin bother me. I’m hoping that minimizing the number of unnecessary ingredients will help.

      • Have you tried 100% Pure products? I too have sensitive skin. Read ingredients and check on website for toxicity levels.

    • “solid science” is merely a theory that has been “proven” (for the time being), but how many times has “tried and true” theories we took as “solid science,” been proved inaccurate? It’s not Called the art of Science… science evolves over time and adapts to accommodate new information learned along the way.

      Us “natural types” recognize the importance of vibrating in harmony with the world around us. When using (topically or ingesting) products containing synthetic/manMade chemicals, we alter the natural “chemical” composition of our bodies, which causes unneeded stress on our body systems, especially the elimination organs. Various symptoms begin to manifest… from acne to skin rashes to allergies to gastro intestinal Issues (and so on). We “Natural Types”merely see this & Choose to make a conscious effort to limit our intake (via any method) of added chemicals.

  50. What happens if there are citrus oils in the lotion. I have a lotion I love and want to add zinc, it doesn’t list any citrus oil but essential oil blend is on the label…….

    • some, like lemon, can make you more sun sensitive. If it is part of a blend, it is probably not in high enough concentration to cause trouble..

  51. I could not be more disappointed in this recipe. I ordered all the ingredients that I didn’t have and was so excited to try this. I ended up with a grainy watery mess. I could not get the ingredients to blend so I poured off the excess liquid, reheated some more and tried again. Same thing. I also tried the suggestion to add a little bit of cold water. Nope. The resulting “body butter” is like white clown paint. Just a dab is enough to make my whole arm completely white. It will not rub in. I wish I would have read the comments before investing in these ingredients 🙁

    • I’m so sorry you had trouble with it. I didn’t have any trouble at all when I made it so I’m trying to remake several times to see what could be wrong…

  52. My Sunscreen seperated, all the white settled to the bottom and the gel/water mixture is sitting on top.  Any suggestions for what I may have done wrong?

    • Probably a temperature thing… Maybe try blending with a teaspoon of ice cold water.

    • I didn’t have any problems making this sunscreen, but several people mention a watery mess. but there shouldn’t be any water in the actual sunscreen (at least not as I read the directions). Make sure you are using the water ONLY as a double boiler. My sunscreen is fairly firm and stayed incorporated quite well.

  53. Although I like this sunscreen recipe and I don’t like to put chemicals on my skin, my advice to readers is:  do not take advice given on blogs as a substitute for medical advice.  Just ask someone who has lost their nose how they feel about this statement:  “To avoid skin cancer, which is not a particularly deadly cancer”.

    • I’m not saying that skin cancer isn’t horrible or trying to downplay it, I’m just challenging the assumption that it is caused by sun exposure and only sun exposure. In fact, the three people I personally know who have had skin cancer on their face have worn sunscreen everyday for YEARS before that.

      • Yep, that would be me . . .

    • Excellent advice, Jennifer! A heartfelt thank-you from an RN!

      • Encouraging the public to try a natural alternative as opposed to the toxic products our FDA allows to be made and sold to the unknowing public, is doing a HUGE service to anyone interested in bettering their health. READ READ READ. We are not being protected from toxic substances in our food OR our skin products. I am also an RN, only I don’t blindly believe what that we are protected by any Government agency, where our food or ‘health products’ are concerned. We are all free to make our own decisions on what we read on the internet, use due diligence to educate yourself before making that decision.

        • Thank you for speaking up!

    • You are right however, each case is unique. I got the best advices for my kid’s eczema from other moms and blogs. Docs loaded us with steroids and antibiotics till I learned that are other natural ways to fight eczema.

  54. How many pounds is 1/4 cup? I’m trying to figure up how much I would need.

  55. can we sub something for the beeswax?  we’re vegan.  thx!

    • Emulsifying wax might also work. Mountain Rose Herbs carries that too…

    • I just made mine without beeswax. I am allergic. This unblock is for my son. He’s allergic to other things, but I just figured I’d avoid it for both of us just in case. I used shea butter, coconut oil, zinc oxide and carrot oil. Hoping it works and smells better once it’s solidified a bit.

  56. Is there anything that can be substituted for the beeswax? my mom is allergic to all bee products and breaks out in hives from even touching them, so i dont want my baby slathered in bees wax. Thanks! 

    • Mountain Rose Herbs also has emulsifying wax that will work

  57. I’m a vitamin D junky! I just have to do a couple of short tanning periods at the beginning of summer then I’m good to go for the year, texas summer n all with very little red n no peeling(occasional exceptions like once every couple of years) If I’m at the lake or somewhere with little shade to give my skin a break i might put sunscreen on half way through the day, but I haven’t used any all summer n only got red ones (n it was tan the next day) but texas has had a surprisingly mild summer this year…

  58. What is non-nano version of zinc oxide??  and what is it important to not inhale it if it is safe to put on your skin?  I could no find zinc oxide in powder form but did find zinc caps that are “natural” and chelated. I just opened the capsules until I had 2 tablspoons of powder.   Is this the same?  

  59. Why should we avoid a lotion with citrus oils? Does it not mix well with the zinc oxide?

    • They can make the skin more sensitive to the sun…

  60. I have found just using coconut oil alone is protection against the sun when we are outside swimming. I am one who usually burns easliy. This summer since using only coconut oil on my skin I did not burn at all even after hours in the sun. It has worked for my kids too so me get good vitamin D exposure when we are outside.

  61. I am currently trying to replace all of the commercial products I currently use with natural ones, and I love sites like these. But you really lost credibility here with comments along the lines of skin cancer not being a particularly deadly cancer. In Australia melanoma is the fourth most common cancer and the ninth most fatal. You really need to research before writing throwaway comments such as that. Melanoma is exceedingly dangerous, especially because it can begin with a tiny spot you never even realise you have.

    • Thank you for some common sense here, Mandy!

    • Actually Australia has the highest rate of melanoma. Australia also has the highest rate of survival of melanoma. it is vitamin D that helps fight cancer.
      In Australia the skin cancer council is retracting their statements of minimising sun exposure to increasing the daily exposure and this is for fair skinned people. So if you have olive or dark skin you need more sun exposure than what they recommend. Progressive exposure without burning is smart.
      Melanoma often occurs on parts of the body that does not get sun exposure.
      Anyone that puts 100% faith in pharmaceutical companies are fools.
      Over the years science on what was once thought good for you has often later been proven wrong.

  62. why not just use coconut oil alone? Or coconut with the zinc to enhance spf?

    • You definitely can, this just makes it a little thicker and spreadable.

  63. Natural homemade sunscreen are much more better than the ones being bought in the market. At least with this recipe you will sure that what you are using is much safer for your skin.

  64. I made the mentioned sunscreen and have to be totally honest, that it DID NOT work, i was badly sunburnt in a few hours, so switched to a commercial sunscreen out of desperation. However, as a skin moisturiser, its great.I think i have less chance of skin cancer with a branded sunscreen than one that had no effect.

    • Thank you for letting us know about your results. If I do try this recipe, I will be sure to use extreme caution, and will test it on myself before my Son!

    • I just made it too and im going through the same fase. I got BURNED and I didn’t even stayed in the sun too long and just in the morning. Im so dissapointed !

    • OMG! I am so REEDDD! :'(
      I loved my sunscreen so much following Welness Mamas recipe: (olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide & Shea Butter) and I thought It would be a 15 20SPF as mentioned and I am in PAINNNNNNN!!!
      My boyfriend said “I’ll give you a chance” and I was so confident since its so healthy, natural and smells so good!! 🙁
      We got BURNED at the beach… I kept on rubbing him and me over and over because I knew that wasn’t 60SPF and I knew that it was noon strong sun hours… I will definitely add at least 5 spoons of Zinc Ozide and will consider buying carrot and raspberry seed oils… GREAT MOISTURIZER, for FOR SUNSCREEN ADD AT LEAST 5 SPOONS OF ZINC OXIDE OR OILS… Will try my next batch of sunscreen and i will review next time.. thanks anyways Amy 🙂

  65. I work as a fashion photographer and it is not uncommon for me or a co-worker to get burned – lights, props – anything! When these accidents happen, without hesitation, i apply Made From the Earth “Pure Aloe Vera Treatment”. I keep this product on hand at all times. I went to the beach with my children and experienced the worse sun burn i have ever experienced. I fell asleep in the sun. I remembered this product was for burns and i prayed it would work… MAGIC is the best word for this product. It was soothing, fast acting, cooling, long lasting, non-greasy, non sticky.

    I went from being in tears to wearing clothes and leaving the house in 2 days.

  66. Hi was wondering if titanium dioxide can be added also or both to create a stronger SPF? I love the sun but am aware of its dangers esp. as im australian and our sun can be scorching although I do believe mainstream sunscreen is worse than the sun….I use coconut (spf 4) or black sesame (spf 8) on body but would like to create a facial and decolletage sun cream for use during summer. Thanks for great info xxx

    • It definitely can. Some people avoid it, so I didn’t include it here, but you could absolute incorporate in equal parts to the zinc.

  67. Where do you get your essential oils, beeswax and zinc oxide? Is this something I can find at my local health store?

    • I get from Mountain Rose Herbs, but they are available at some health food stores…

  68. How do I know the zinc ozide that I buy is safe to use? I read that most is synthetically made and having not used it before I am unsure what to look for. I dont want to replace one bad thing for another. Thanks.

  69. Hi, when does it expire??? thanks!

  70. I brought some zinc oxdie how do i know if its a non-nano version? Please help before I potenital poision my mum and kids!!

    • If it doesn’t say it on the packaging, then you will have to check with the company or the original listing you bought it on. I would definitely confirm that it’s non-nano before applying to your skin.

      • Also check the Red Raspberry seed extract. It is rich in Vitamin A….to be avoided I thought in

  71. I made this up, and it mixed beautifully. I saw another comment below that someone’s was a liquid mess. I mixed mine up (with double the zinc oxide) and refrigerated it until it set, and the texture is awesome. Next time, I’m going to whip it in my mixer to make it more creamy, but I think the recipe is great!! 🙂

  72. I Make A Homemade GoAts Milk Lotion From FresH Milk. if I Take My Current Recipe And Add The Zinc And Coconut Oil Will It Add Sunscrean Qualities. My Lotion Is A Shea Butter Base.

    • Yikes. lol I hope you kept it refrigerated…

  73. So I live in Southern Arizona and both my boyfriend and my mother burn INSANELY easily, as in we use SPF 100 (conventional sunscreen) every few hours just to make sure they don’t blister. My poor boyfriend can’t even be out in direct sun for more than fifteen minutes without starting to burn. I worry about all the chemicals in sunscreen, but I also worry for their comfort and health. How much Zinc would you recommend to make a sunscreen of about 80 SPF?

  74. Where can I find non-nano zinc oxide? Thanks.

  75. I did some checking on the zinc oxide that you listed. It seems there may be some question about whether there are actually nano particles in that brand. Do you happen to know of another brand that is non nano?

    • From my email with the company, it is supposed to be non-nano, though it is micro.

      • Oh ok. Thank you so much for checking! Can’t wait to get started on our sunscreen!

  76. zinc oxide from what i know is not very natural, its all changed and processed and in organic, very little of it is not. your not suppose to breathe it in, so i am if-y about putting it on my largest organ (my skin). is there any suncreens that dont need metals?

    • Carrot Seed Oil has a natural SPF of 38-40, Raspberry Seed Oil has a natural SPF of at least 28. There are many others, too. Check it out 🙂

      Non-nano particles stay on the surface of your skin and are either
      sweated off, or washed off when you shower. So, overall, I would say it
      pretty safe, as long as you do not buy nano-sized. The reason why you should not inhale Zinc Oxide is because it will get stuck in your lungs and can cause health problems later. It is best to use a face mask when working with this stuff.

      • Raspberry seed oil is rich in Vitamin A….isn’t that to be avoided in sunscreens….
        have not yet heard back from the author but she recommends avoiding it in comercial
        sunscreens but adds it in this “Natural” version?
        Please advise…

    • You’re not supposed to breathe anything besides air in. 😛 Zinc oxide is a mineral, just like baking soda and table salt. If you buy non-nano zinc oxide, the particles are too large to absorb into your skin, and will sit on your skin just like clothing does – no worries about your skin absorbing your jeans, right?

    • I’m with you maddy.. I don’t understand why using zinc oxide would be recommended, it’s not necessary for spf protection when there are so many natural choices. and she specifically warns against inhaling it, if you want to protect your nose which is the most sunburnt prone spot you need to put the crap by it! ridiculous wellness mama.. you should have a stricter nontoxic policy for your articles that so many people are trusting

      • Seriously? You aren’t snorting the sunscreen. The powdered zinc oxide would be like breathing in flour while baking. Once it’s mixed with the wet ingredients, you aren’t going to breathe it into your lungs.

  77. Hi Katie, What brand of Zinc Oxide Powder do you use? The above link no longer works. I’m finding it diffcult understanding what contains nano zinc and what doesn’t. Many thanks!

    • I found one on Amazon that is micro but non nano particles…

  78. i will be making this today but im curious what the purpose of the beezwax is? just a thickener? can i just mix the coconut oil and zinc ?

    • It is just to thicken so it can be left out

  79. While it is good to get some exposure for vitamin D production we usually cannot get as much as we need. It has also become more dangerous to be out in the sun because we have polluted our air and depleted our ozone layer. This has happened relatively recently and we haven’t evolved yet to combat the extra uv rays. That is why we do need sunscreen and we need to get most of our vitamin D from nutrition.

  80. I have beeswax in the bar form not the Pastilles. How much in grams of beeswax should I weigh? I can’t figure out how to convert 1/4 cup into grams and its too much of a pain to melt it then measure it. Can you help me?

    • Can you grate it? That gives a similar size to the pastilles and then you can measure dry…

  81. I’ve been making this and love it. I like it best when I let it cool and then whip it in my kithenaid mixer. I’ve used it, doubling the zinc oxide, and it works great. I do feel like I need to reapply after about 3 hours, which is acceptable. I spent one day last week schooling my kids in the sunshine without sunscreen and accidentally got burnt. So I used the sunscreen to help my skin heal in the days to follow. The ingredients in this are amazing for skin and for even for sun damage, so it’s a total win-win!

    • I whip it in my mixer as well!!!

      • Will whipping it make it less hard? Mine came out a bit harder than I’d like.

  82. Woot Woot! Just found out I got a job as a lifeguard yesterday! Questions: 1) is it waterproof? 2) Will it do any damage to the PH of the pools at my park? Thank you!

  83. Can I use this on the face?

  84. I’m going to be in Costa Rica for 3 months and will be out in the sun everyday all day long (I’ll be farming) and really want a natural sunscreen and bug repellent that wont cost me a fortune. Can you combine the natural insect repellant essential oils with this sunscreen recipe so you only need to apply one product???

      • Do you have somewhere else to get the zinc oxide? The amazon one isn’t available

  85. So if I add 6 Tablespoons of Zinc will the SPF be estimated at 60? Stupid question I know…LoL

    • I’m wondering the same thing. 1TB= 10SPF?

  86. Great recipe. I just made it and added lemongrass essential oil as a bonus since we have an irrigation ditch on our property and have lots of bugs. Is this safe? In your quickie version it says not to use citrus scented lotions. Since lemongrass is an herb does it qualify as a citrus oil?

    • I don’t think it has the same effect…

    • Lemongrass oil has a chemical called limonene which gives it most of its lemony scent, but it lacks the chemicals that give it its phototoxic properties.

  87. I would like to find where I can buy the non-nano zinc oxide cause the page you mentioned does not really seem to sell that non-nano version

    • The one I linked to should be micro but not nano… I”ll check on this…

  88. HELP!! I just made my first batch of this sunscreen. I think I must have done something wrong. It’s very hard and difficult to smooth on skin. I was hoping for a more “body butter” consistency. It seems to work ok, just not what I thought it was going to look or act like. Any tips or advice would be great! TIA!! 🙂 I’m super excited about this natural sunscreen!!

    • I noticed that more or less beeswax is the trick to change the
      consistency, less beeswax will make it more liquidy. I also found out
      that raspberry seed oil has a very high SPF, so I reduced the coconut
      oil a bit and added the raspberry. Love the fluid consistency and seems
      to work great, I’m in the Florida sun for close to 8 hours each day,
      everyday. I use lots of it, so I was able to twick the formula on each batch

  89. Another question: where can I get that same zinc oxide in less amount? I don’t really need 1 pound if I only use 2T at a time.

  90. Instead of fab lotion can I use just coconut oil?

  91. I really want this to work, but I believe my kiddos are getting redder from it. No protection. Sigh. I added 4 TB of zinc oxide instead of 2. Suggestions? Anyone else alter this and have it actually prevent burning? We live at a high altitude in NM: high and hot.

    • Add carrot seed oil to your mixture. It has a natural SPF of 38-40. Raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of at least 28, so you could put that in, as well.

  92. help! Im having a hard time with this recipe. My zinc oxide will not mix in with the rest or it. its clumps up and settles on the bottom

    • My batch did that also. The second time It seemed like it mixed in but went to the pool today and I fried with this sunscreen. I want to try it again But I need some suggestions from people out there. Please help because I hurt and I don’t want to burn again.

  93. I’m curious, the zinc you linked says nano- but a reviewer said not necessarily since the particles are larger. I may have missed it in the comments, but was it cleared up that it IS non-nano?
    Also, when infusing the oils, what herbs would you recommend? I have Lavender, chamomile, and calendula on hand 🙂 Thank you!

    • From what I’ve seen, it is supposed to be non-nano… and those herbs are all great 🙂

      • Thanks! What’s the shelf life on it? Is there anything I can add to extend it?
        Also, the picture makes it seem pretty firm, putting into a bottle to pour out (like traditional sunscreen) isn’t going to work, is it?

        • It has a decently long shelf life… the texture varies by temperature though…

  94. Could I just use coconut oil and the zinc oxide or is the beeswax essential? TY.

  95. can you just leave it in the jar you heat it up in? or do you have to transfer it to another one?

    • You can, I just have one jar I use for melting all of my DIY projects so that is why it was worded like that…

  96. Help please! I made this sunscreen yesterday And today I went to the pool. And I fried, I’m as red as a lobster. What did I do wrong?

  97. One thing that may be worth mentioning is not to use citrus essential oils, which are photosensitive. Bergamot, for example contains bergapten, which can cause phototoxicity. Citrus essential oils tend to be dermal irritants, if inadequately diluted. Otherwise, loved this post! I will be trying it.

    • Funny thing. I just noticed in the bottom of the article you hinted at this. “Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!)”. Guess I should have read the whole thing before commenting. 😀

  98. Hi Wellness Mama, I was looking into the option of mixing the zinc oxide into a lotion…and I was thinking of adding it to vanicream. Here are the ingredients: Water (Purified), White Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Sorbitol Solution, Propylene Glycol, Simethicone, Glyceryl Monostearate, Polyethylene Glycol Monostearate, Sorbic Acid (A Preservative), BHT. Is there anything in the cream that I should be concerned about? I am new to the area of making my own things outside of food prep. I would like to take the approach of not using much sunscreen at all…ever, but if we need to, I want to be VERY careful about what goes on our skin. Thank you for the post!

    • Yes. White petrolatum is petroleum. I’m not sure what the rest of it is exactly but I’ve read a lot about propylene glycol being dangerous. I would recommend just making a whipped body butter with zinc oxide added in 🙂 If it makes you look like a clown, try adding a tiny bit of cocoa powder, but use a light hand as it’s easy to add too much.

  99. Hi!

    I have been trying to get a hold of Zinc Oxide to make this suncreen. But I live in Canada and unfortunately Essential Depot brand does not ship to Canada. Do you know of any other trustworthy brands of zinc oxide?

    • Not sure if you’ve been able to find any, but I got my zinc oxide on Amazon. I’m hoping to try this recipe today, as my kiddos and I will need sunscreen this weekend.

  100. I have a question. I made this (with shea butter and lavender EO) and put it in a small stainless steel container. When we were outside at the pool the container would not close, like it was sweating…any ideas why?

      • Thanks. Maybe it was just the metal. I really like the lotion (even my fair skinned red-headed daughter was burn free!) so I bought a plastic bottle to dump some into. Also, her preschool director was fascinated by this so I made her some too.

  101. Could you use cocoa butter instead of shea butter?

      • Thanks SO much for the speedy reply!! Just about to go make some sunscreen for a trip to Texas in a few weeks!!! :]

  102. Hello,
    I’m vegan, so I don’t want to use the beeswax. Do you know any substitute?
    Thank you for this post.

    • I finally found it. Soy wax, Carnauba wax or Candelilla wax.

  103. Does the sunscreen leave a white film on the skin?

    • Yes. Try adding very small amounts of cocoa powder to darken it if you’re worried about the clown look

    • I used 3 tbsp of zinc and it did not leave white on my skin, but you need to rub it in and then for the tiny bit of film fades as the oils melt.

  104. I always use coconut oil on my four year old daughter for sunscreen. If I mix it with just the zinc powder will that work and increase the spf?????

  105. Hey from Portugal 🙂 I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, since going grain-free. We’ve been mostly healthy in our home since my mom is a cook, so I grew on veggies and loads of fresh fish (we lived by the sea) and not so much processed foods. Since I started a family of my own, I started to search for info on decreasing our toxin intake… You’ve been really helpful! That said, I have a few zinc gluconate tablets I no longer use but was thinking… can you use them as a sub for the zync oxyde? Thanks for sharing your knowledge <3

  106. Love This !
    I ordered some zinc oxide online, and it reads “The powder is pure white and made up of nano + 20%, sized particles (a white fluffy powder like flour). This size particle is perfect for sunscreen. It is not so small that is can be absorbed into the bloodstream, but small enough to turn transparent after sunscreen application.”
    Is This True, and safe to use on skin,? Thanks alot, super love blessings _/|_ <3

  107. I’m so excited to try this out! Can you tell me about how much this makes? Does it fit perfectly in a pint jar?

  108. Stupid question. Will the lotion keep fine in plastic pots?

    • The completely oil- and butter-based sunscreen butter will keep for a very long time as long as you don’t introduce water into it. The lotion, as it has water in it, will last only a few weeks until bacteria starts growing, then you need to throw it out.

  109. I’d love to include this post in a round-up post I’m working on featuring DIY, all-natural sunscreens. Ok to include a photo with full credit to you and a link to this page?

    • Sure… as long as the whole post is not used and only linked to 🙂

      • Definitely – just a photo, link and credit to you. Thanks!

  110. You mention that you can use your favorite lotion as sunscreen by adding zinc oxide to it. Why is it that you have to make sure it doesn’t have citrus essential oil? I just made my sunscreen with the recipe you gave us and used citrus essential oils because that’s the smell I like. Is that going to be a problem? Also, do you recommend anything to make the sunscreen more water proof? Thanks!

    • Citrus essential oils make the skin more sensitive to the sun…

    • I like the smell of citrus too and I read that not all citrus has that problem, so I looked up “photosensitive essential oils” and found this:

      “Lime oil obtained by steam distillation of the fruit rinds does not have a phototoxic effect on the skin so is wonderful for skin care.”

  111. Do you know how long the shelf life of the sunscreen would be if you do opt to use Vitamin E to preserve?

  112. I want to turn a bottle of Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion into sunscreen, but it has citrus sinensis in it. You mentioned not to use a lotion with citrus oils in it…what will it do if the lotion has citrus oils?

    • It can just make the skin more sensitive to the sun…

  113. What about the Zinc Oxide! how is it natural?

    • It’s a mineral, just like salt or baking soda. Non-nano zinc oxide particles are too large to be absorbed by your skin, so they sit on the outside of your body and diffuse the UV rays just like clothes do.

  114. I love this recipe, it is great for my family. I only have on question, after about a week, the lotion turned yellow. Any ideas?

  115. can I just add zinc to cocoa butter lotion or aloe vera? I get the dollar lotions they work pretty good, could I just add zinc to that? and would the zinc still get into my skin fast? how much would you put in a 20 oz bottle? and if I put enough zinc for full protection well is absorb fast and how much would I have to out?

  116. Hi Katie,
    I love your website and have a question about a post. In your homemade sunscreen, I didn’t read anything about UV-A vs UV-B sun protection. Would you know if this sunscreen protects against both types?


    • This sunscreen should protect against both UVA and UVB rays since it contains zinc oxide 🙂

  117. HI! Do you think I could add magnesium to it and get a 2for1 cream?? I’m planning a 3 month trip to southeast asia and I want to figure out everything I can make myself at home before leaving but need to carry as less weight as possible. I was thinking I would be wonderful if I could only cary 1 cream! Thanks and have a fantastic day! 🙂

  118. this suncreen is better oily and pigmentation skin plz ansr ?

    • If it makes your skin appear very white, and you want to reduce that, you can add a very small amount of cocoa powder. If it feels oily, you could maybe add a little bit of cornstarch too it? You don’t need to use very much of the body butter. If your lotion is oily, it’s probably not mixed correctly. One reader refrigerated their mixture until it set, and then whipped it with the water-based ingredients – that worked for them.

  119. Hi Katie. I sell daylight for a living (solatube skylights) and am putting together a book to educate my customers about sunlight. May I use you home made sunscreen recipe. I will of course credit you and your site. Does the sunscreen stop us absorbing vitamin D?

    • It will as well. The best option for that is just plain Coconut oil, which is naturally protective but helps vitamin d production 🙂

  120. Thank you so much for your site – it’s quickly become a favorite! I’m a greenhouse manager and work outside or in a greenhouse almost year-round. I’d like to try this sunscreen recipe for daily use on my face only. What do you think of this plan? Thank you kindly!

  121. Hi! In this post, I noticed for the second time that you are advising against using citrus oils. Why is that? Thanks!

  122. What is the purpose of the water as ingredient?
    I remember the reason being something very scientific.

  123. Has anyone tried raspberry seed oil also? I ordered some organic cold-extracted stuff from Canada and its purported to have an SPF of 28-50, again depending on quality. Carrot seed oil is also said to have an SPF of 38-40. I can’t say I’ve noticed much difference in sun protection between my plain old coconut oil and coconut oil with raspberry seed oil added. Anyone’s thoughts/experience?

  124. what can you use instead of beeswax? and in what amount? I’ve heard that if using a vegan wax you need half the amount, is this true?

  125. Can you skip the beewax? What does it do?

  126. I made the sunscreen based on the recipe this summer and I still got burned. Any ideas? I’m pretty light skinned and I was red all over. I’m going to central america and would like to bring some, but would like to tweak the recipe so I don’t fry. Thanks!

  127. Really enjoyed your article, and will implement the diet and supplements you recommend, but my husband wants to know what about premature aging. You address burning from the sun but not premature aging since it’s caused by a different type of radiation. He really wants to know your take. Thanks I’m advance.

  128. As I was searching the Internet for homemade sunscreen recipes, yours happened to have been the first I came across. You are very VERY poorly informed about the fatality rate associated with skin cancer. As a survivor of melanoma, which was discovered at stage 3civ, it is not a less dangerous cancer by any measure, featuring a 5 year survival rate of %53 and no common drug therapy available. Melanoma is a free radical cancer which means that it can travel to any part of the body and establish itself; particularly in the lungs, liver and brain. The fact that you are playing down skin cancer to your readers is COMPLETELY disgraceful and you should be ashamed of yourself. Shame, shame, shame.

    • I am sorry for your struggle, however, as I explained in earlier comments, I wasn’t referring to skin cancer not having the potential to be very dangerous, but to the rates of skin cancer in the general population compared to rates of other types of cancer. It is now estimated that as many as one in three women in my generation might get breast cancer. This is much higher than the rate of people who will get melanoma. Vitamin D deficiency is often found in women with breast cancer. Additionally, people get malanoma in areas that do not get sun exposure, indicating that sun exposure is not the (only) cause of skin cancer. I was trying to make the (obviously lost on you) point that avoiding the sun to avoid skin cancer might put a person at risk for other cancers that occur at higher rates. Also, for what it is worth, I’ve had potential pre-cancerous cells removed from my skin (in my college years of eating vegetable oils) and I still make it a point to get healthy sun exposure.

      • Agreed, Katie.
        Just fyi, I totally eliminated a skin cancer lesion on my face 5 years ago by natural means. The cancer was the size of my thumb nail when I began treating it, the scar is now light colored and less than half the size of my pinkie nail – about 3mmx4mm. In five years there has been no return, but the scar has shrunk and lightened. All while staying out of the sun.

        The sun is not the enemy that people think it is, but nutritional deficiencies are.

        After taking vitamin D3 for a year, I can stay out in the sun in a northern climate all day in mid-July without getting even pink, much less burned. I am of Irish descent and fair, pale blue eyes. I used to burn in 20 minutes.

        If your vitamin D3 levels are up, your sunburning likelihood will be down, I just don’t know how far down, but I did this as an experiment and for me it was a raging success. Will I still use a homemade sunblock at the beach? Yes, but only during the peak burning hours; I will also go without in the morning and evening and see what happens.

        Thank you for this, and for your excellent site in general!

      • I made this today because we went to the beach. I used avocado oil (instead of almond or olive oil), coconut oil, beeswax, the shea butter and 2 TBSP zinc oxide.

        WE BURNED HORRENDOUSLY!! We were out for about two hours, and I was sure to slather it all over us before we got in the car. Our faces, shoulders, chest, back. Everything. It’s literally like we didn’t use sunscreen AT ALL!!!

        Did you not test this recipe by actually going out into the sun, on a summer day for an hour or two!?!?!? Shame on you! And I am someone who doesn’t “burn easily” but after 2 hours I sure will!! And I did!!!

  129. Hello, many thanks for your wonderful site. I have gained lots of practical knowledge from reading your articles. My husband and I both surf and spend allot of time in the sun. I made a version of your sunscreen recipe so that it was thicker and more water resistant with slightly more zinc (quite opaque) so it stays on in the surf. Its worked a treat, actually better than commercial zincs I have tried. Next I would like to swap out the store bought facial cleanser I use and try the cleansing cloths. Although I don’t think they will cut it when it comes to removing the zinc. Any suggestions for a facial cleanser recipe to successfully remove sunscreen?

  130. Hi. I ordered supplies to make your sunscreen. I’m just curious though, can you tell me why no citrus oils allowed when making the simple sunscreen lotion?
    Also, I was wondering if you have a rough idea of how long both sunscreens will last, particularly the first more complex one. Thanks.

    • Citrus oils increase your sensitivity to the sun and can cause burning. They will both last indefinitely

  131. Hi, Katie! I came across your site when googling coconut oil as a sunscreen. I have heard bits and pieces here and there lately about coconut oil being a good sunscreen, but somehow it just didn’t seem right to me.
    Your recipe makes sense to me, and I would like to try making it.

    Is it okay to use it as a lip balm as well–one that is broad spectrum?

  132. I want to know what brand/where your find it of the vanilla extract that you use. the only one i found was mixed with jojoba oil and it did not smell like vanilla. you aren’t referring to the organic vanilla extract used for cooking, are you???? that would be great but i guess that probably isn’t the case!

  133. Can I add hempseed oil or substitute it? I recently doscovered it and love it. I would like to use it in more ways can consumption and as a mousturizer. I read that its has really good SPF.

  134. my toddler 2 1/2 has echzema on her face and get an allergic reaction to sun, do you think this sun block will be ok for her, for now I only use coconut oil for sun protection.

    thank you

  135. I made this last year and I thought I had read somewhere that it expired after 6 months but now I’m not finding that. Did I make that up or is it true? If so, why does it expire? I have a lot left from last year that I’d like to use now. Thanks!

    • If you made the full homemade version it should still be fine since it is oil based and won’t go bad 🙂

      • How long would it last without the carrot seed oil and raspberry seed oil? I think my jar is over a year old. Do I need to make a new batch?

  136. How many ounces is 1/4 cup of beeswax? I see they sell them in bars, little pellets or gel type, which would you prefer?

  137. Quick question…the zinc listed in the recipe (essential depot brand) is that the correct one? I saw another post in the comments where a different zinc oxide was linked and it said you had verified with the company it was non-nano. I was a little confused on which one is right. Thanks for the info!

  138. What type of almond oil do you use in this recipe? Do you know anything about the zinc oxide from bulkapothecary?

  139. Can I use only shea butter and leave out the coconut oil? My skin can’t seem to tolerate any kind of oil besides the shea butter which has a comedogenic rating of 0.

  140. What is the purpose of adding zinc oxide?

  141. Both of my kids(4yo and 16 months) are in daycare and I need to send sunscreen with them. I would prefer to use a natural and safe option. In your article you said, that this should not be used daily. What is a good daily option?


    • This would be as close to a good daily option as there is, I just don’t like the idea of using sunscreen daily since it blocks Vitamin D 🙂

  142. For those that are vegan can substitute the beeswax for candelilla wax. Also don’t use soap in your legs, arms and chest after after sunbathing. The oil needs 48 hours to be absorbed to our bloodstream.

  143. Was wondering if you can use a couple tablespoons of diaper rash cream if you don’t have any zinc on hand?

  144. I made this sunscreen last weekend and I must have done something horribly wrong. I’m sure I followed the ingredient list amounts correctly, but I looked like a lobster after being in the sun for two hours. I usually don’t burn, but this was the first time being in the sun since warmer weather set in (FL). Do you have any ideas what I could have done wrong? I really want to get away from the chemicals in regular sunscreen.

    • I burned really bad too whenever I used mine :((

  145. My hubby is dark skinned and every commercial sunscreen he’s tried with zinc ends up making him look like a Smurf. The white on his dark skin seriously makes him look blue tinted. Anyone dark skinned had any issues with any amount of the zinc?

  146. Hey wellnessmama, I’d just like to say love your blog!
    I have been learning more and more about more natural substitutes for things such as this and this sunscreen would be perfect to try out this coming summer for my son(under a year), and my partner and I.
    I am very excited to make this recipe, but am having some trouble finding a good vitamin E oil to use(everything is mixed or diluted), so do you have any suggestions on what would be good to get for this?
    ( like I said, I am still a little new to this whole thing 😛 )
    Thank you!!
    p.s. A lot of people commented about aloe vera is that supposed to be used as well, I wasn’t sure if I was missing something…?

  147. Have you heard about raspberry seed oil? Apparently oil itself has sunscreen 20-50. What do you think about that?

    • Yeah that is a good idea, raspberry seed oil can have an spf from 28-50 and protects against both UVA & UVB rays and is good for eczema and psoriasis.
      I wonder if carrot seed oil could work too? That has an spf of 38-40, especially when diluted with carrier oil.
      Can either or both of these substitute for anything in this recipe or be added and how much do you think?
      any other suggestions?
      I found this website, maybe it can spark some ideas?

  148. how long will a batch of this be good for? i know most natural products dont last as long bc there isnt a bunch of junk in it 🙂

  149. Is the consistency of this spreadable and will it leave a film on clothes? I guess the shelf life would last up until 6 months? Thanks in advance!

  150. I have a hard block of beeswax I bought from the farmers market should I cut a chunk off of it then melt it to get the 1/4 cup? and what about the coconut oil? do i put the solid form in a measuring cup or melt that on double boiler also to get the 1/4 cup suggested??

  151. I don’t know what I did wrong, but my batch did nottt work!! Me and baby got burned 🙁

  152. Love the recipe & all the comments.
    we have a dermatologist on our local radio show that says the HIGH rise of skin cancer is due , primarily to the use of too much sun screen.. so he totally agrees with you 🙂
    everyone should get 15 min of unprotected sun exposer .
    I NEVER apply sun screen as some day cares do.. 30 min before going out side.

    if you look at how the skin functions in the sun.. you will see that God designed skin perfectly.. research it for yourself. it’s amazing.. the sun actually repairs skin damage.

    also the majority of those that develop skin cancer are the type that avoid the sun at all cost..
    ironic isn’t it 🙂

    thanks for all your do . keep up the good work.

    • I got melanoma and never avoided the sun. It can and does happen to anyone.

  153. I made this last Saturday and it works great!! I did tweak it a bit though. I used about 1/3 c coconut oil, 1/2 c beeswax, and 5 Tbsp zinc oxide. I did not add any EOs. I stirred it often as it cooled to be sure the zinc didn’t float to the bottom. It’s a tad harder than a cream, but isn’t so hard that I can’t easily scoop it out with my fingers.

    My kiddos haven’t burned at all the times we’ve used it – when they were outside most of the day and only once reapplying where they’d rubbed it off. They’re both fair skinned, one being a blue eyed red head.

    I look forward to making another batch and putting a bit less zinc to use myself.

    • Let me comment about my comment. 🙂 I used everything else the same as in the original recipe posted above, but I added additional coconut oil, beeswax pastilles, and zinc oxide powder. Those weren’t the only ingredients that I used. I left out essential oils and vitamin e.

  154. I tried to find this answer in the other comments but since there are a bajillion I got overwhelmed. I want to start my daughter on the right path of sun exposure and not using sunscreen often, but how do I do that with a 7 month old? Do I just make this sunscreen recipe for her as a baby (all her other consumables I’ve made from your recipes and love them – thank you!!!), then as she eats more solids (we are doing baby-led weaning) make sure she’s eating what you mentioned? (I bathe her monthly with water only, and just use a wet washcloth to sponge bathe when she actually gets dirty or tries to store milk under her neck.) How do I ease her sweet baby skin into the sun? We have a pool that I really want to start using with her, but the darn sun limits us to such a short time out there. And going in when it is not sunny just makes it colder!

    • With my kids, I just start with a few minutes a day and work up, making sure they don’t get pink. I also make sure they get a really nutritious diet and fermented cod liver oil to help provide internal protection.

  155. about how many oz does this recipe yield?

    • Rachael, a cup is 8 oz. If you’re measuring everything out in a measuring cup like you’d use for cooking, it would come up to approximately 8-10 oz +/- depending on how much you use of each ingredient. I used a wide-mouth pint canning jar to make mine, and it filled it to about an inch or so under the rim.

  156. Ok so I just made this and it seems to be thickening since I have it in the fridge and I take it out every so often to stir it but I feel like it feels gritty and when I wipe a little on my hand it seems oily. Is it supposed to be like that?

    • Renee, it sounds to me like you didn’t get it blended very well to begin with. I had no need to refrigerate mine to cool it. And I stirred pretty regularly as it cooled. It’s not gritty or oily when you get it mixed right.

  157. I was excited to make the recipe that I added all the ingredients right away including the zinc oxide and realized only after that I was supposed to mix it in once all the ingredients were heated and blended together. Does it matter that I put the zinc oxide at the same time?

  158. Protecting skin for sun damage is vitally important to me. I love homemade skincare recipes, but I am hesitant to make my own sunscreen. I would not be able to test the SPF, I would not be able to make sure there is uniformity (or, uniform protection) in the product – I just couldn’t do quality control.

  159. How thick will this be? I bought some empty squeeze tubes and I am hoping its not too thick.

  160. So I’m curious about something,if coconut Oil has an SPF of about 4 and Shea Butter 4-6 and the zinc Oxide about 20, wouldn’t those ingredients combined create a product with an SPF closer to 28-30? Doesn’t it compound or do the SPF properties essentially cancel each other out? Also, any knowledge on red raspberry seed oil or carrot seed oil for sun protection? Research as I’ve seen it puts these with a very high SPF,but I cant seem to find the ratio Of oil to product for the desired result……thanks for the input!

  161. I am going to make this recipe for sunscreen, is it just pure vanilla extract you use like what is used to make food? And is there any other essential oils you would recommend to put in?

  162. wondering if you have made batches and frozen them? i live where it’s warm and sunny year round and it would be nice to make a batch and freeze it so you have it for the whole year. not so hard to make it twice, but it’d be nice to have it ready-made.

  163. I work up to 10 hours a day on the beach as a lifeguard. Thanks for this recipe! I will be trying it this week.
    However, I want to correct something you wrote. Sunscreen, even all natural, will NOT block out vitamin D so it really should be used daily, even when just running errands.
    And for readers concerned about zinc oxide, it’s not dangerous and is usually the main active ingredient in the best mineral (the good kind) sunscreens sold in stores. Zinc oxide acts as a barrier between skin and UVA/UVB rays, versus chemical sunscreen which absorbs the rays to “protect” the skin.

      • I should’ve expanded my claim. Sunscreens can prevent the body from producing vitamin D, but not enough to cause a deficiency. The right kind of sunscreen should be worn daily regardless (spf is in a multitude of make-ups and lotions). A vitamin deficiency can be easily combated by a supplement; skin damage/cancer cannot.

        • Is it red raspberry seed oil necessary or would it work without it?

          • Yes it will. It’s just that Raspberry oil has a SPF between 28 & 50. But you can add more Zinc Oxide if you want to

  164. I am sensitive to coconut, is there another alternative that has a natural SPF in it? And which essential oils have natural SPF?


  165. Hi ! How oily is this version? That’s problem I seem to be having w natural sunscreens. I’m using green beaver right now and its like putting canola oil on. Gross !

    • I’m not familiar with Green Beaver and I’ve never tried homemade sunscreens but I have been using coconut oil as a moisturizer and it’s wonderful. I have oily skin and it does not cause me to break out at all. Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacteria agent. Infact, based on what I’ve read, A LOT of natural ingredients contain some kind of natural anti-bacteria. The coconut oil actually makes my skin feel really amazing and kind of glowly. Alot of store bought products use a lot of water as filler. This is especially true for any kind of moisturizer. They don’t hydrate like the purness of a coconut oil or other natural oils. Although, I’m not sure if this applies to store bought natural sunscreens. But just because it has natural incredients doesn’t mean they aren’t using water as a filler. Something that should be looked into.

  166. Is this light enough to be used under make-up?

  167. I can’t wait to use this all summer long. I live in Colorado and love the sun but don’t want to aging or cancer effects that go with being a sun worshipper

  168. Hi there! First of all, I’m very glad to find this post…I have been experimenting with making my own sunscreen for a while. I tend to agree….the lack of sun exposure poses more problems than a burn or two do…..

    I do want to point out, however, that melanoma – the potentially deadly form of skin cancer – is definitely something to be careful with. And we should do everything we can nutritionally and with watching the products we put on our skin to make sure we are setting our defenses up for the best possible outcome for sun exposure!

    “As a society, we’ve literally cut off our nose to spite our face when it comes to sun exposure. To avoid skin cancer, which is not a particularly deadly cancer, especially if caught early, we’ve shunned the sun and the Vitamin D our bodies produce with sun exposure.

    On top of that, sun exposure itself is not conclusively linked to skin cancer, and many other factors, such as Omega-6 Vegetable Oil consumption can have a big impact on skin health!”

    I am a 9 year melanoma survivor. I had the most aggressive type of melanoma, the one most likely to show up as a distant metastasis, even years later. Once melanoma metastasizes, it is VERY difficult to contain, and has a very low 5 year survival rate.

    You may want to edit your post to reflect that…I know many people who have lost loved ones to this deadly form of skin cancer.

    Other than this one statement, I find your post VERY helpful, and one that I will pass along!! I always appreciate people’s posts about helpful, healthful things we can do to make life better!

    God bless your hard work for in the fight for wellness!!


    • I completely agree. I found the post helpful, but as a stage three melanoma survivor that paragraph completely threw me off. Melanoma is a dangerous and deadly cancer.

  169. This sounds great in theory, but as a microbiologist I have some concerns regarding the lack of preservation in this formula. Storing it in the fridge is a good idea, and zinc oxide is somewhat inhibitory to microbial growth, but in all honesty none of the ingredients will completely prevent it (even in the fridge!).

    Six months is an ambitious shelf life for a product that is accessed repeatedly in the same container and is not tested for microbiological safety. I share in the sentiment that it’s good to minimize exposure to certain chemicals when possible, but please be aware that there is some risk here and never apply to broken skin.

  170. I think one reason why skin cancer has increased with the use of sunscreen is that it creates a false sense of security. Most don’t know how to properly apply it, which makes it almost useless. In the past, clothing was the means for sunscreen and people weren’t as obsessed with getting a tan. I imagine through the perfect way to get the right amount of Vit. D is through clothing. Today, most put on a bit and spend the whole day never reapplying. Being extremely pale, I burn. 🙁 With a family history of skin cancers, I know I need to be more careful than most. But… I am not a big fan of the chemicals in all the sunscreens. I’ll have to give this a try, thank you for this post! Excited to see it this works for me!

  171. We are animal product free. Do you have a substitute for beeswax, or know of a reputable way to get it from a local and/or bee-friendly source?

    • Do I have to use zinc oxide at all in this recipe? I’ve read several articles that say red raspberry seed oil has an SPF of 20-38. I’m very fair & burn easily although, I make sure I get 15 min of sun everyday that it’s out. Also, when I was younger everyone used “suntan oil.” Is it ok to mix the oils without the beeswax & zinc & use it that way?

  172. Hi!! I came on your blog to read about the bug spray, which I am definitely going to try, and found this. I do have to say I find your statement about skin cancer not being particularly deadly misleading. I am a stage 3 melanoma survivor. More and more young people are being diagnosed with melanoma which, yes caught early has a great survival rate, can often kill silently. You can even, though rare, get melanoma in your eye. Sunscreen is very important. I love your blog, but I would respectfully ask you not to downplay the deadliness of all skin cancer. It is the most common cancer in the US right now and one person dies every 57 minutes of melanoma. There are other ways to help yourself not be deficient in Vit D and still save you from skin cancer.

  173. Thanks for posting this! I’m allergic to the active ingredients in most sunscreens, but I know that zinc oxide is one of the ones that I’m okay with. This is going to make summertime so much easier! 🙂

  174. An Even Faster Way To Make Sunscreen:

    Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!)
    Add a couple Tablespoons of Zinc Oxide
    Mix well
    Use as Sunscreen

    Why did you mention to use a lotion that doesn’t use citrus oils? And does that include citrus essential oils (from young living specifically)

    Thank you.

    • Citrus essential oils can increase sun sensitivity and lead to burning, it doesn’t matter the source

  175. Skin cancer rates have risen because of several reasons. Increased life spans gives the sun more time to do it’s damage. Skin cancer is s typically a slow growing cancer that occurs over many years of exposure. The ozone layer has gradually been depleted. Suntans were not “in” until recently. People used to have very white skin and that was considered attractive. People are involved in much more outdoor activities than ever before and the clothing that is worn now exposes more of the body to the sun’s damaging rays. Also there are more diagnostic tests that show skin cancer much earlier than in the past. There are also dietary sources of Vitamin D. Please do your own research before using no protection or too little protection when you go out into the sun.

  176. Those of us that make bath & body products legally do NOT make sunscreen for one very important reason. To legally market a sunscreen, it needs to be tested by the FDA. You make claims regarding SPF value that you cannot make; for one, in order to obtain an SPF of 15 or more, it would take a huge amount of zinc oxide. Without proper testing, there is no way to know what the SPF value would be. The idea of simple doubling the amount is incorrect.

    Another thing you endorse is the addition of water to your product in order to help emulsify it. Water is not an emulsifier. And another thing, the addition of water without a preservative will most surely grow bacteria. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

    Please make sure when you provide information that you thoroughly do your research. I would think that an article like this could open you up to a huge amount of liability.

  177. I’m sorry, but I have to comment on this….you are entirely wrong! I lost my husband at 43 to melanoma! NO risk factors, and it was caught early. The fact that you say that skin cancer is not ‘particularly deadly’ is so misinformed and frankly ignorant. Anytime your skin changes color you are risking skin cancer! It is NOT healthy for the pigment in your skin to change color. I am all organic, and clean eating, but this is one thing I will not budge on! There are options on the market without all the toxins. Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer out there. 1 person dies of melanoma every hour..still think it’s not ‘particularly deadly’!!! Please do not make statements without all the inforation!

    • I am so sorry for your loss! I agree with your points and I think that the wording has been confusing to several people. I wasn’t saying that skin cancer isn’t potentially deadly but rather than proportionately, other cancers like breast cancer still kill more people and there is research showing that Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of other cancers (including, ironically, skin cancer). I was just trying to point out that while melanoma is a horrific cancer, we should take a step back and consider that factors other than just sun exposure are potentially to blame.

      • I work in a dermatology office- one of the top offices in the US- and skin cancer is a HUGE problem. Sun exposure over the accumulation of our life leads to precancers, Basal Cell Carcinomas, Squamous Cell Carcinomas, Melanomas and the occasional (but still potentially deadly) the Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Yes, there absolutely can be genetic predisposition to getting these, but sun radiation is the main culprit. It does not take much exposure from the sun to get more than enough Vitamin D from the sun, about 15 minutes. Skin cancers can destroy local tissue. Skin cancers can develop anywhere on the body- a lot are on the face. It’s not fun to have a huge chunk of your face cut off and then sewn back together because of a skin cancer. Basal Cells are the #1 CANCER in the US, not just skin cancer. Precancers can turn into Squamous Cells. Squamous Cells, while the percentage is low, they potentially can metastasize and spread internally, like Melanomas can. Precancers are treated with liquid nitrogen. Has anyone been sprayed with liquid nitrogen? I sure have! It is COLD! And it is PAINFUL. I recommend to everyone to prevent these. WEAR SUNBLOCK! Zinc oxide is FABULOUS as it is a physical blocker from the sun. It’s recommended to use at LEAST SPF 30 and reapply every couple of hours. I used to not care about protecting my skin. I tan naturally and have burned once in my life. But witnessing other people’s experiences with skin cancers, I am converted to sunblock, wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves. It’s critical to protect our skin. Our skin is our largest organ and it protects us from an unimaginable amount of things every day. Don’t we owe it to our skin (ourselves) to take care of it? Skin cancer is much more serious than people think.

  178. I came across your site while researching homemade sunscreen. I totally agree on getting Vitamin D from the sun but I also want to protect myself and my kids somewhat. If coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4 is it necessary to add the zinc oxide?

  179. I making the sunscreen per your recipe. The bees wax is taking very long to melt. Is this normal? Should I have cut it into small pieces? I so excited to try it! Thank you.

    • yeah i had the same problem so i cut it into smaller bits and make sure its the first thing i’m melting because i found once it was mixed with oil it took way longer to melt. i don’t want to over heat my other oils so i let the wax completely melt, then cool down a little before adding all the other ingredient.

  180. I have now read through every comment above and there are many useful suggestions. However, I do absolutely agree with the comments above about taking skin cancer very seriously. Using sunscreen, especially for those who spend a lot of time in the sun, will not cause a vitamin D deficiency unless an individual has a disorder that causes problems for their body’s vitamin D production. Also, quality control and SPF claims are a concern since this is a home kitchen recipe. Home recipes of any type cannot be guaranteed to have uniform quality within a batch or between batches. I would also like to add that sun exposure without protection can and does damage skin regardless of cancer risk. Furthermore, it will also fade tattoos. Perhaps no one who commented above has tattoos but I have a lot of body art that is quite special to me. This is half the reason I must use sunscreen, the other half being family skin cancer history and burning easily.

    That being said, I am mainly interested in making my own products to save money with the complete understanding that they may not be 100% as effective as lab tested products. Making homemade products can lead to significant cost savings. And I do plan to try out some of the recipe suggestions above.

    I have used All Terrain products and Banana Boat Natural Reflect Kids SPF 50+. It does leave my skin looking white but only if I don’t rub it in completely. I suspect this may be the trouble with the natural recipe. The more zinc you add, the whiter the product. Proper application takes a bit of time.


  181. I’m curious to know (and if its posted and I missed it, my apologies). How much did it cost you to purchase and make your own and how much does it yield? The store bought organic sunscreens are great, but so darn expensive so I’m curious if its worth the time/trouble to make my own! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

    • Yes, I second that question! I would like to see a breakdown of cost/yield for this recipe. The store-bought all natural sunscreens are very expensive as compared to the chemical laden ones. I would like to avoid harmful chemicals but still be economical.

      • 1 x Zinc Oxide SPF +-30 – $1.92
        SKU: wsZinc

        1 x Butter: Shea Ripe Natural Grade, Fairly Traded COSMETIC MAKING – $3.00
        SKU: wsShea 100g
        Size: 100g

        1 x Wax: Beeswax Pucks, Local, 100%, Organically Farmed – $3.20
        SKU: BeesWaxBeads100g
        Size: 100g

        1 x Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free – $1.29
        SKU: WHAlcoholFree

        1 x Vitamin E, GMO-Free and Gluten-Free – $2.80
        SKU: wsVitE10
        Size: 10ml/g

        1 x Lavender Bulgarian, Organically Farmed, Social Enterprise NEW!!! – $7.84
        SKU: eoLavC10
        Size: 10ml/g

        I also purchased lemon eucalyptus oil $3.50/10ml, patchouli oil $5.80/10ml and almond oil $7/120ml

        It was well worth it I have made 2 batches of sunscreen doubling up on the zinc and 2 batches of mosquito repellent with about half of the essential oils left so it is cheaper than store bought anything but the fact that it is healthy, feels better, works great and is better for you would it really matter about the cost?

        The almond oil is the most expensive I used 2 bottles but you can use olive oil instead as a cheaper alternative. I used the oils to make the sunscreen a bug repellent as well so I am hoping it works for those sand flees in the Caribbean but that is not yet determined. The mosquito repellent works great the mosquitos come up to you confused than fly away it’s great!

  182. I’m allergic to beeswax. Any tips for a replacement or can I just leave it out? Thanks for all the great recipes and info!

  183. Would it be okay to just use straight raspberry seed oil, or does it need to be diluted? I like things as simple as possible, and I have no issue with it just being oil. If it has to be diluted, what would be the dilution rate to just use it in coconut oil?

  184. I’ve tried reading all the comments, also in Facebook and I can’t find an answer to this question.
    Can I just avoid the Zink if using more raspberry or carrot oil?
    And can I just mix raspberry and / or carrot oil with either almond or apricot kernel oil to create an oily sunscreen?
    I’ve made the sunscreen lotion bars but I can imagine they melt pretty quickly when in the beach and the oil solution might work better so..

    • i don’t put zinc in my sunscreen just raspberry seed oil…. i don’t feel the need to but that’s just me.

  185. Do you think replacing the olive/almond oil with jojoba or argan oil would be okay?

  186. it is the carrot seed EO that has the SPF – not the cold pressed carrot seed oil that is more like a carrier oil that your link goes to … at least from all the research i have done.

  187. I figured I should give my review since there aren’t many comments from people who have actually given this recipe a try. My husband and I used this at the beach today. We were in full sun for about three hours and now we both have terrible sunburns! we reapplied it twice while there, after going in the water, even though it felt pretty water resistant. He is very fair but I am olive skinned and go outside every day. I followed the basic recipe (without any of the “optional” ingredients added in because I didn’t have them) with only one slight change, I used pure cocoa butter instead of Shea butter because that’s what I had on hand. I didn’t think that would make a huge difference as the sunblock comes from the zinc oxide. I did the 2 TBSP of zinc for what should’ve been an SPF of 20 or so according to the recipe. So disappointed! I will try again and add more zinc oxide next time, however I’m a little nervous as I take very good care of my skin and don’t want to risk another burn. It felt ok going on. A little thick and greasy but I don’t mind that as I feel like I’m being protected better with a thick lotion. It smelled good too!

    • Regarding the achievement of preferred SPF in homemade sunscreens, this article has some points about that. I’ve looked at several recipes for homemade sunscreen now and my general take is that more zinc is better. Here’s the article:

  188. Sorry if I missed it in all the great comments above but what would you recommend to make this into a lip balm? I make homemade lip balm now but the sun exposure now causes sun sores because I usually have lots of chemically based spf on my lips in the summer. Help! Love your recipes!

  189. I’ve seen several comments above about their experience with this recipe going badly and I have some thoughts. First, one commentator noted how she had blended/chilled her sunscreen several times to be sure it was thoroughly mixed and the right consistency. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of properly blended ingredients when it comes to sunscreen. When in doubt, blend it, then blend it some more.

    Also, regarding ingredients and SPF factor, I’ve come across a few articles that lead me to believe using zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide is best for achieving a higher SPF and that there’s a particular way to calculate ingredients to reach a desired SPF. It’s not as simple as some readers above suggested.

    Additionally, several individuals above asked about alternatives to beeswax. I recommend using one of the following: palm wax, candelilla wax, or vegetable-based emulsifying wax. I have seen soy wax mentioned as an alternative but that has a lower melting point than the other alternatives.

    Oh, and FYI, I’m totally going to try it out for economical reasons. However, I am going to do a lot of research to make sure I do it as well as I can, e.g. more zinc, addition of titanium dioxide, lots and lots of blending, amber storage jar, etc.

    I hope this info helps. Cheers!

  190. I’ve made the natural sunscreen and I really like it but I have found it isn’t water resistant, is there any ingredient that could help make it water resistant?

  191. With the concern of ingredients not blending well and the preservative issue, how about keeping all the ingredients separate (not convenient I agree) and applying a few drops or quantity of each ingredient.

  192. I was wondering, can u use red raspberry seed oil or carrot seed oil instead of zinc?? Is that a better SPF coverage? It would be greatly appreciated if you could reply in a few days as I would like to make it as soon as possible. Thank you kindly!!!

    • I’d test anything to see how it does for your skin specifically, but the raspberry seed and carrot seed oils worked really well for me…

  193. Is this sunscreen safe for babies?

    • I tried it on my six month old but she ended up with a spotty rash ( I asked a question somewhere else in this post). I am not sure why though. I will try to melt it down again and mix to ensure they re mixed properly. My husband and I used it and it worked as expected without a rash.

      • U cud have found ur answer but 2 of my babies r allergic to shea butter, they get a spotty rash from it. Its from a nut and can b highly allergic. Did u put that it in ?

        • Thank you! I will isolate that and see if that is the culprit.

  194. I had a ton of success with this recipe tonight! I made it according to the directions but used lavender essential oil in it to make a sort of bug off sunscreen. Goes on nicely, smells pleasant and hopefully, it will be effective against pesky flying critters!

    • I’m so glad you like it! Let us know if it keeps the bugs away!

  195. I made this sunscreen and checked to get the SPF. Using your recipe (minus the options except the shea butter) and using 3 tbsp zinc powder I come up with an SPF of only 12-19. Are you including the SPF factors of the other ingredients to come up with a more than 20+ SPF?


    • Partially, yes. If you included only shea butter out of all the options, you would get a little boost of sun protection from the coconut oil (spf 4) and the shea (spf 4-5). More optional ingredients will continue to increase the spf.

  196. Hi, I am new to your site and postings. I have been wanting to make some natural sunscreen, but the ingredients seem to be very pricey, so doesn’t look like I will be making any. Seems better to just buy some every summer? I currently have Original Sprout, have you heard of it? Does it compare to the Badger you recommend?

  197. Hi Katie — thank you for the information! I have a question about the quick lotion recipe. What is the 2tbs of zinc oxide ratio to lotion? I need a short cut being a working mom, I want to do this but dont have the time. Thanks!

    • Because it’s a quick recipe, it’s a little imprecise. For round numbers say about a cup
      Of lotion per 2 TBSP of zinc oxide. You can add more zinc oxide if you want more SPF, though.

  198. Hi after reading the link regarding zinc oxide I am wondering 2 things is non-nano zinc really safe and could I just put some carrot or red reaspberry oil in coconut or shea butter and leave the zinc out?

    • Non-nano zinc oxide can’t get into your body through your skin, so unless you inhale it you’re safe. If it concerns you, however, you can definitely leave it out… Just use some of those optional ingredients that you mentioned to increase the SPF of the lotion to make up for it.

      • What happens if u inhale zinc oxide?

  199. I made your sunscreen today. Love the texture! When I was done, I wondered if I could have incorporated the oils used in the bug lotion bars too. Would you recommend that? Would be great to apply a lotion that accomplished two important things!

  200. One problem I have with commercial physical block sunscreen is that they cause my kids eyes to sting and water (like if they rub their eyes with the back of their hands). Will this recipe do that? Will certain added ingredients do it while others don’t? I looked through many of the comments and didn’t see any addressing this. I’m really excited to try out this recipe!

  201. Katie, can I add the raspberry seed oil after I’m done with the recipe or do you recommend remelting it?

  202. I made this today and so far so good- I used lime and coconut extracts to scent it, yum! My biggest question is: how the heck do you clean your utensils afterward? The mason jar and stirring spoon are coated in the stuff, and it will not come off! I’ve used up most of my dish soap 🙂 help!

    • Make sure your lime oil is steam processed or distilled, if not, it is phototoxic.

  203. I made the zinc oxide recipe tonight but accidentally added the zinc in with the other ingredients while on the double boiler.

    Does this change the compound? Is it still safe to use?

  204. The American Cancer society says slather on the sunscreen. and a shirt, hat and get in the shade. They said that the best way to get vitamin D is in your diet and supplements because they don’t cause cancer. I would just hate to advise people to play Russian roulette with their life and guess whether or not they are getting enough sun to get cancer or prevent it. I doubt anyone has done as much research as the cancer society. I tend to take their recommendations pretty seriously.

    • The Canada Food Guide here recommends we eat 7-8 servings of grains PER DAY so I guess I should go do that bc it’s the CANADA FOOD GUIDE, they must know what’s best for our health.

      • (*sarcasm)

      • I wouldn’t listen to anything the government said either. The American Cancer society is not in any way a part of the government. It’s a private organization whose only existence is to do research and fight cancer.

    • FYI:

      “Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good.”

  205. I am looking for a new daily face lotion with sunscreen capabilities. I just made this recipe. Would this be a good daily face lotion or do you think it would clog pores? Anyone tried it daily on the face?

  206. I’ve seen both Zinc Oxide as well as Titanium Oxide used as active ingredients in “natural” sun screen. What is the difference? And is it OK to just use one or the other? A friend, who makes her own lotions, etc, offered me some titanium oxide powder. I’d love to use it for this recipe if it’s OK to do so…

  207. I’ve made this recipe a couple times (successfully) and just want to share a couple of pointers/tips.

    The first batch I made I was obviously too excited to read the bit about NO citrus oils and thus used tangerine oil. Fear not though, I repurposed this batch as a stretch mark cream (currently 8 months pregnant) since all of these ingredients plus tangerine oil are amazing for skin not exposed to sun.

    I purchased my zinc oxide from ebay. You can find it in many different quantities there.

    I found the recipe was a bit too much beeswax and resulting cream was much harder than I’d like. Will definitely cut beeswax amount in half for a creamier result.

    I stored mine in mini jam jars from the dollar store. I like them split up in smaller amounts so I can keep one in the fridge and one in the bathroom.

    I had no problems at all blending or with texture. I feel some people may be doing the double boiler improperly? Getting water in recipe somehow? Not sure.

    Some people ask WHY not just use coconut oil? The answer for me is simple – it’s fun! I love making WM recipes as a little hobby on a Sunday afternoon and if you are an avid WM follower you are probably pretty sick of coconut oil haha. And of course nothing beats the esthetic of homemade products in cute jars and containers!

    • Oh I forgot to mention which ingredients I used. I kept it simple with coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, beeswax, zinc oxide. So with fewer oils I would recommend cut down a bit on the beeswax.

  208. My sunscreen is way too thick. I must have used too much beeswax. Can I re-melt everything and add some more of the other ingredients to make it less thick?

    • I haven’t made this recipe but I’ve made lotion and the past and it seems like it would be fine to me.

  209. I’ve seen both Zinc Oxide as well as Titanium Oxide used as active ingredients in “natural” sun screen. What is the difference? And is it OK to just use one or the other? A friend, who makes her own lotions, etc, offered me some titanium oxide powder. I’d love to use it for this recipe if it’s OK to do so…

  210. For sunscreen…do I HAVE to use the zinc oxide? I have all ingredients except the z.o. If I use coconut oil, and red raspberry oil, beeswax etc… what is the purpose of the zinc? I will get it if I have too but curious for the answer. It seems like red raspberry oil has a high SPF rating.

    • The zinc oxide provides a physical barrier to the sun and contributes a lot to the spf of the sunscreen… but you can try it without if you want.

  211. Thanks for the help.
    What if you just use some coconut oil. And that’s it.
    How will the effect be?
    And what if you mix the coconut oil with carrot seed oli or/and raspberry seed oil?
    How will that work?

    • Coconut oil has an SPF of around 4… The other oils will increase it. You can try it and if you find that you need more you could make a more robust sunscreen.

      • Thank you Mama. Very kind of you to help with all this information

  212. My kids really like peppermint essential oils, can i use it in this sunscreen? will it affect the sunscreen at all?

    • I bet it would be very nice! It actually has a little spf…

  213. Do you happen to know which one has a higher SPF (Carrot seed oil or Carrot EO) or is it the same? Which one would be better to use?

  214. Why not just add Red Raspberry Seed Oil or Carrot Seed Oil to lotion? It seems it would provider a higher SPF. than Zink Oxide.

    • I was wondering the same thing after doing the research. I would think you could add the raspberry or carrot seed oil to a carrier oil such as coconut oil… or make a bar using shea butter and bees wax, without the white sticky zinc.

  215. I have a question, I found “Carrot Oil” on amazon, is that the same thing as the “carrot seed oil” listed above? also will this work for VERY easily burned skin? I’m a redhead and I even look at a patch of sunlight and I get a sunburn, will this be enough protection for me?

    • I don’t know which brand you are talking about but it should. I’d test on a small amount of skin first since everyone reacts differently.

  216. Check out this post on the chemistry of sunscreens from Point of Interest
    “If you’re considering making your own sunscreen, there is a lot of chemistry to know. (Check out this post from Zenitech!) You have to worry not only about the pH of a sunscreen but the emulsification of our lotion when making a sunscreen. As well, how do you know how effective your chosen sunscreen might be? Only by going into the sun and seeing if it works, and anecdotal evidence is not data – it might have been a cloudier than normal day, you might have been under a tree, you might have really sun resistant skin that doesn’t burn for 30 minutes or more! If you have a fair skinned friend, she might burn in 10 minutes, and the product that works well for you might mean sunburn for her!”

    I think it’s irresponsible to put homemade sunscreen on children. You are risking them having sunburn and/or skin cancer in the future. If you don’t understand the chemistry you shouldn’t put your kids’ health at risk by making your own.

    • yeah, and thats how marketing works, fear, fear, fear… blah blah blah your putting your children’s life at risk by using this home made recipe. buy my product instead. This recipe is perfectly safe ad the only disadvantage to it is that some company is not going to make any money from it. Or are you trying to say that all the human beings that lived before us without sunscreen were irresponsible parents who risked the lives of their kids? Give me a break!

  217. So, I need to understand chemistry before I put something on my blonde haired blue eyed son? I guess he’ll be in for at least the next summer. Everything I put in the sunblock aside from the zinc was completely natural. I guarantee it’s safer than any chemical crap I can buy.

    You are right about effectiveness being trial and error. Considering he’s had an allergic reaction to pretty much every sunblock, even my special order hypoallergenic, it’s my only choice for my fair skinned child.

  218. I have been reading up on how harmful sunscreen is for you for awhile and I believe it! We live in india and its hard to get ingredients that listed in alot of these natural recipes. We do however get coconut oil and I was able to find carrot seed oil at an organic store. So I mixed the 1/4 c coc oil with 20 drops cso and off to thailand on cacation we went.

    Today we r still recovering from our first day on the beach , me and my 4 kiddos 2-9, got burnt horribly, blisters, chills, peeling… what went wrong?

    We were out for 3 hrs, and I lathered us up twice. I was forced to go buy storebought sunscreen after, so we didnt have to hybernate the rest of our time here, but I really dont want to give up on natural sunscreen… 🙁

    • I’ve never tried just the oils without zinc oxide or titanium oxide so that might be the problem.

  219. While I would love to make my own sunscreen, I don’t have the time. However I do use and have used Badger sunscreen for me and my family! Love the tangerine and vanilla and love that it is a 1 according to EWF! Thanks for all of your knowledge!

  220. I have cancer and my husband is not in good health either. He is 100 percent disabled. Now that I am retired I feel I have the time to go “natural”. I hope that giving up chemicals in cleaners and beauty products, we will feel better.

  221. thanks!
    i mean how much, for example, would be 1/4cup divided by 4? I mean how do i measure these when one thing is liquid the other is powder and another is close to solid..?

    Thankyou for any advice asap!!!

      • lol, duh..
        I mean how would i measure a 1/16cup?

        • That’s 1 tablespoon. Google has a great conversion tool that is very helpful for recipe conversions. I use it all the time 😉

  222. Does anyone know if this is protects against UVA or UVB, one or both? We try not to use sunscreen unless we are going to be out during peak hours or for extended amount of time and LOVE our homemade version adapted from WM. Great article today on about the difference in UVA and UVB and that we really need (limited amount) UVB for Vit D, but not the UVA at all! so I wandering what the homemade stuff protects against?

  223. Would sesame oil work as well? It is very easily absorbed, supposed to be a natural anti-oxydant and has none of the “greasy-sticky” inconvenience…
    Thanks in advance!

  224. Hi Wellness mama,

    I would like to know how long do i need to boil the coconut and the shea butter during the double boil ?

    I dont know why my sunscreen is still is a very watery and not in a cream form .

    Looking forward for the reply 🙂

    • You don’t actually boil it. You put it in a double boiler (a pan on top of another pan with water so it is just steam heated) and you just wait until it is barely melted

  225. How do I keep the zinc oxide from precipitating to the bottom of the jars? I am in the process of digging sunscreen out of several jars. Lots of zinc oxide on the bottom, hardly any on top. Please help!

  226. Just made my first batch. By the way 1 oz. solid beeswax equals 1/4 cup liquid. I had to ruin a glass measuring cup to find that out.

  227. Thank you SO much for this recipe! LOVE IT!!! and it works so well 🙂 I gave some to my brother and friend for the ultimate test: They hiked for 3 days on glaciers in Valhalla, blazing sun on ice and snow, without getting burned! I love that I can put it on my toddler and 5 month old without the worry of toxic chemicals injuring them 🙂 And the water resistance is really great! I will definitely be making this again! your site is amazing…. my ne3w favorite!!! Thanks again, Katie 🙂

    • I am glad you like it! Thanks for reading!

  228. wow so many comments..

    firstly for *VEGANS* – i have used candellila wax and its great. I also found that carnauba wax can be used. Just google how much u should use in recipes if u sub bees wax, i think ure supposed to use less. I was in a mad hurry so just used almost the amount it says here or something and twas fine.

    I would suggest making 1/4 cup of this or less for the first time and then see if the consistency is what you like.
    A lot of people on here say they got a watery mess, i think that might be because of the tea or aloe gel, i havent actually seen that anywhere in the recipe..
    My intuition would say tea (water) and aloe gel wouldnt mix very well with all the oils (including wax, yes i know its not really “an oil”). But if anyone knows anything about adding
    *ALOE* vera gel to this, i would love to hear, cause i got 3 massive plants.
    (i make antibacterial spray in a small 10ml dark glass spray bottle from pharmacy for less toxic 1st aid kit)
    I think aloe gel/juice DOES NOT KEEP very long! Ive read that in the fridge it would keep for a week in a dark glass bottle. It said somewhere here that you would add grapefruit EO to it for it to keep longer, but then it says citrus oils are dangerous to put on skin before/during sun exposure..
    I think this sunscreen is great as it is just with olive and coconut oil, candellila wax and zinc oxide though. But i would love to hear if someone knows how to keep
    ALOE gel/juice longer. And how to know its fine and kept the properties. Preferably without EOs as this is for a BABY (well ok, a toddler :D) so i would like it to be “edible” to some stage.
    (im a complete paranoic. I dont use metal nearly with anything thatll go in our mouths, or for recipies like this.)

    for those of us in
    UK/Ireland, this is where i got the zinc oxide
    I confirmed with them its non-nano, uncoated etc.

    Would anyone know where to get data/proper info about
    *CARROT AND RASPBERRY SEED OIL* as SPF?? Are these essential oils or just oils? I tried to google around and have not found much, except negative articles that say its not proved.

    Great recipe, thankyou muchly!
    Will still do a test on babys and my own skin, covering a square of skin with this, covering another square with less of it to see if theres much difference and leaving one uncovered.

    A lot of the people i meet from “closer to nature” communities say not to put anything on kids/especially babies skin, just cover them with clothes, hats, be in the shade when u can and not to worry much about it. Same if i ask any older people. They seem very grossed out and surprised when they hear uve to put sunscreen on babies. They say they never put any of this stuff on their kids (15-20 or more yrs ago) and they were fine. So im confused slightly. I mean, ive heard our ozone is now swiss cheese and all, compared to 20yrs ago..
    Thank you all for any info!

  229. Can I replace coconut oil with another base oil if I have oily skin ? Thank you !

  230. Hi Wellness Mama,

    I tried many time to make natural sunscreen but i dont know the reason why the zinc oxide powder cannot competently mix with the oil ?

  231. coconut oil is very good for skin, its supposed to be antibacterial. I have tried many oils (using oils only) for my skin during the last 5 yrs or so and coconut is the best i found.

    Trista, zinc oxide doesnt mix well because its insoluble in water or oil. Thats actually a question i forgot to ask in my post. How do you mix the zinc oxide in? I just shhook it all the tome as twas cooling but thats annoying. And it didnt really mix well.
    Its possible to use i guess, but not great. Are the lumps of zinc oxide not bad for babys skin when they get on it pure?

  232. To enjoy the benefits of Vitamin D, we need to avoid using soap because it takes 48 hours to get into the blood stream. I personally know a surfer that was diagnosticated with Vitamin D deficiency and he was in shock.

    Thank you for the recipe and rain of blessings!

  233. I’m allergic to coconut and have acne. What can I replace the coconut oil with?

  234. Does the recipe call for 1/4 cup of solid coconut oil or liquid coconut oil?

  235. Hi, I was just wondering can I add ALL the optional ingredients? They all appeal to me and I cant choose!

    • I don’t see why not… Although be aware that you batch will be quite large!

  236. Please consider taking this post down. This recipe will not create a reliable, safe sunscreen. The sun damages our skin, and to promote a concoction like this as a way to protect against sun damage is not right.

  237. I’m looking at the carrot seed oil you have linked to Amazon. There are different Carrot seed oils apparently. Is this the same as carrot seed essential oil found here on Mountain Rose Herbs?

  238. Can I make the sunscreen with just coconut oil and zinc oxide? Do I need all the other ingredients?

    • Not really, but it might be a little thin and feel strange.

  239. You mentioned adding a couple of tablespoons of zinc oxide to a favorite lotion – would this be for the entire bottle of lotion or for single use applications? Thanks!

  240. I made this recipe at the beginning of September to take with us for a week at the lake. I LoVeD it. It worked really well, and I wasn’t burnt at all. I added every optional ingredient, and also doubled the recipe. Yikes!! I didn’t realize how much it would make. My only issue is that I got some of it on my swim suit. I can’t seem to get it off, and my swim suit isn’t one that I replace every year. 🙁 Do you have any recommendations as to what to do? Has anyone else had this issue? Thanks!

  241. What about Jojoba oil or avocado oil, could they be used instead of the cocnut oil? coconut oil doesn’t work with my children’s very dry skin

    • You could try either, just be aware that you won’t be getting the spf that coconut oil adds to the mix.

  242. If coconut oil can be used as a lotion, and you can make the simple sunscreen recipe using lotion + zinc oxide, then is it possible to make an effective sunscreen using only coconut oil and zinc oxide? What is the benefit of all the additional ingredients? I’m just starting out in trying to transition all my products to natural versions, so simplicity is key for me! 🙂

    • You could… but the zinc oxide might not suspend well in the coconut oil if it is warm… If that makes sense.

    • That would work too. It might be a little oily going on but it should work. Let me know how it goes if you try it!

  243. Dear Katie,

    First and foremost, thank you for this fabulous website. I’ve made the sunscreen and the baby wipes and have greatly impressed my non-organic family with the quality of both. Even enjoy how my hands feel after using the wipes!

    Further, I adore the fact that your baby food advice matches that of my child’s pediatrician. It’s so refreshing to have a doctor who doesn’t promote grains as a first food….just organic veggies, fish, steak, avocado, and healthy oils. Yay.

    Finally, here is my question. I use this recipe for my skin care:

    Could I just add carrot or red raspberry seed oil to it to give it an SPF? Or do those oils need to be used in combination with the ingredients above to become effective?

    Many many thanks for the work you do!

  244. Hi Katie, what about using only carrot seed oil (high SPF) and waxbee to make it thicker?

    • I’ve experimented with just oils like carrot seed and raspberry seed and they seemed to work pretty well…

  245. Hi there – I have just made some sunscreen (yay!) but am looking to make another one without the coconut oil, as my stepson reacts to it on his skin. What would you recommend as an alternative? More olive oil, some sweet almond or apricot?

  246. Hello Wellness Mama

    I’m really pleased i found your website having been doing some research on sunscreens. I’m a 30 something year old man who by his twenties had given up on putting pretty much any kind of lotion on my skin as they often made it feel and look worse, this included sunscreens but would tolerate for obvious important health reasons. I need to prepare for a long trip where sunscreen will be essential. An other motivations in avoiding commercial sunscreen is actually for environmental reasons. Having read about how some ingredients used wash off into the sea and cause coral bleaching. Given I’m going to be doing a lot of wild swimming i want to be able to protect my skin, my health and the local water ecosystems. As all ingredients in your lotion are biodegradable it looks set to be a win situation all round (and a lot cheaper than shop bought Eco natural equivalents).

    I’m excited about trying the recipe but have one question. You say that the lotion would not be suitable for a pump action bottle but would it work well in a squeeze bottle, for example a recycled shampoo bottle?

    Just a minor detail but if there are any moderation it would be cool to know. I’ve never done anything like this before!!!

    thank you

    • Yes, or even just a jar. Not as fancy but works just as well 🙂 Thanks for reading and happy travels!

  247. I’m looking forward to making this. I don’t use sunscreen at all at the moment, for a long time i’ve been suspicious of them and every summer I go through the internal debate about it.. it seems hard to make a right decision when we’re told that both sunshine AND sunscreen are carcinogenic.

    I’ve been wanting to make my own but haven’t yet found a confirmed source of safe zinc oxide here in Australia, as the producers of zinc oxide here were found to be marketing their zinc as non-nano when it was in fact found to have nano particles. This meant that even the all natural commercial sunscreens who claimed to be non-nano could not be reliably trusted to be non-nano. When they use a grinding process to make it down to a certain size, there are a certain proportion of smaller particles that are formed. Also, they sometimes say they are non-nano but in fact use something they call ‘aggregate’. This means it is nano-particle sized zinc that has been clumped together into larger than nano sized clumps, to be able to claim non-nano. However these aggregate clumps have been found to break down into nanos again, and also have the higher surface area which is the problem with nanos in the first place. I highly recommend researching the source of your zinc carefully. The Badger website has a great explanation of all this at and the Friends of the Earth are campaigning for better labelling of nanos and have a some interesting information at

    One quick word to all the commenters who complained that this sunscreen didn’t work and you got burned; no sunscreen should replace good sun sense. Avoid direct sun during the middle of the day, (here in Australia where we have very large ozone holes, that’s from 9-4 in summer), and if you are out during those hours always wear a hat and long sleeves. You can get plenty enough sun to make vitamin D just in the incidental sun you get while walking about or driving. Otherwise my doctor advised that 10-15 minutes of direct strong sunlight on the stomach and thighs should be about the right amount each day. If you’re going to be out for longer than that (particularly at the beach or lake where you’re getting reflected light as well), use protective clothing and stick to the shade where possible. I would not expect any product to protect me from direct sunlight for hours on end, home-made or otherwise.

    Thanks again for the recipe and all your great work!

  248. I usually dont wear sunscreen in the summer, but we’re headed to Hawaii soon (yay!) and this will be great to try out! Thanks.

  249. Hey, Wellness Mama!! Thanks for all your great recipes – I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with them!

    I have a question about the sunscreen recipe…what’s the yield? I’m thinking of making this in bulk as gifts and need to know how much stuff I need to order…


  250. First, thank you for your continued posts–they are always helpful and insightful.
    Secondly, I have a couple of questions/concerns:
    1: I would love to make this recipe for my family, but I am not sure if to use the essential oil or the fixed oil versions of the Red Raspberry Seed and Carrot Seed oils. What’s your advice?
    2: I’ve read that oils, such as the ones listed above, can actually contribute to sunburning. These allegations came from doctors and sunscreen manufacturers and, since I’ve had less than trustworthy advice from most doctors (not to mention their irrational fear of supporting anything homemade) and since sunscreen manufacturers would love for us to buy their products (no matter how harmful), I am not sure if this information is actually trustworthy. Do you have any thoughts?

    • I use the fixed oil versions. I have not had trouble with either of them contributing to burning, and I’m yet to see any credible evidence that they would at those concentrations.

      • Thank you so much for your response! (I just saw it)
        I will definitely take a closer look at those fixed oils, especially with our upcoming move down south!
        Again, thank you!

  251. Since Red Raspberry oil and Carrot Oil have good SPF’s is it even necessary to use the Zinc Oxide, Shea Butter and beeswax? They seem good for the skin and have some SPFactor? Would the oil component cause the skin to actually burn or be protected? I’m not too crazy about the zinc oxide.

  252. Katie, you are fantastic, i dont know how you do it all, but you inspire me in many ways. Can the sunscreen reciepe be whipped? I dont want to do all that then mess it up! Thx so much for all you do

  253. Hi,
    I just found, your webpage surfing in the internet, and I find amazing the idea on making my own sunscreen. I just need some help with my situation.
    Last year I was living in London when spring started, I decided to go to the park to get my vitamin d charged. With a 18 degree sun, I managed to get 3 black spots in my T zone, since then, every time I go out to the sun exposure my dark spots get darker. I am Mexican so I “am/was” used to a 30 degree weather, so I never actually thought that that was the reason for my face spots. (18 degrees is nothing).
    Right now I’m on an “acid-peeling-chemical” kind of treatment from a French laboratory, to get rid of the spots, but obviously they’re not disappearing, they are just getting lighter, anyway, I need to use sunscreen every day, every time otherwise I can get worse, and even by using sunscreen if I go to the beach my spots just get darker. Im 27 years old and im scared of going out when the sun is too strong, and even when its not too strong, I hate how my face looks with dark spots.

    So, is there anything you can recommend me to use instead of the chemical? Is your sunscreen strong enough to protect my face-spots?

    (Im in Italy at the moment, and I just hope I can find all the ingredients to start preparing this recipe)
    Thank you!!!!!!!

  254. Can you give us your source for the SPF of each of the ingredients in your recipe? Thanks!

  255. Hi Katie!

    Thank you for the recipe. Can you give us a guide for how much zinc added to this recipe gives what SPF? At least nearly.

    Thank you.

  256. everyone be very careful w/ this recipe! i bought the one in the link and i guess i shouldve read all the comments first because she posted another brand that’s better….can u please change the link then for other people? anyways W.M says u can just add more zinc oxide to get more SPF? OMG! im over here w/ flu-like symptoms, my nose is bleeding and i NEVER get sick, i dont even sneeze and havent in many years i take care of myself, eat organic whenever i can, take supplements… sick as a dog rite now, its horrible and i know its because of the zinc oxide, the extra i took….BE CAREFUL… its no joke

    • You said the “extra I took” Did you consume it internally because this is definitely not suggested and I’d talk to a doc ASAP if you did.

  257. I love this recipe, I’m using it as a sunscreen and also a moisturizer! I added a few drops of tea tree oil and have been told that is not good to add to sunscreen. Do I need to remake this batch adding more of the other ingredients to dilute the tea tree oil?

  258. Hi,
    I would love to be able to apply a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen every day. Would it work if I added cocoa powder and mica powder to this recipe for color? Or would the ingredients react poorly together?

  259. Hello! Love the thought of doing this but I can find no research backing that these EO’s have any spf. Can you please tell me where you got your data from? I would not feel safe putting eo’s in a sunscreen without knowing this first, thank you!

  260. I think my baby is allergic to zinc oxide as she gets severe diaper rashes if I use the regular butt creams, so I only use coconut or lavender oil on her bottom. If I make it without the zinc oxide would it still be effective?

  261. Ina, there are many things in “regular butt creams” that are causing allergies, I would not blame zinc right away. Also if you remove the zinc oxyde you remove the real SFP factor… so it would not work and I would NOT count on “SFP inside” of oils… Especially with Baby. Best option is to try a sample on a little spot and see if she gets a rash… or try the zinc + coco on her butt instead of regular creams… At least you’ll see if she reacts to zinc as you think or if you can give it a try…
    Overall necessary precautions are to be used with babies & kids and no direct exposure during mid-day is very important…
    We see people around here who come and complain because the cream “did not work” when they stayed 2 hours in a pool middle of the day… You get the idea, Baby skin is hers and we have no right to spoil it before she is making her own choices.
    Any doubt? Use 100% organic and minerals with NO nanoparticles sunscreen (Europe has quite a choice and some good brands around here are working too)
    Good luck!

  262. Hi

    Can you tell me how many jars 120ml this would fill.
    Do you know how many grams or ounces for each ingredient as i am in the UK and don’t have cup measurements

  263. Hi Katie!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to share so much of the research you’ve done and the homemade healthy alternatives that you’ve created/discovered!
    Until I have the time to make the fully homemade sunscreen, I’m going to add the zinc to an already existing lotion.
    Do you happen to know if there are any other lotion ingredients (other than citrus oils, as you mentioned) to avoid not only because of the risk of increased sun sensitivity, but also because of any potential reactions with the zinc? I am currently in search of a more natural daily lotion to use in place of my popular store brand whose ingredients I’m unsure of as it is, so am hesitant to add anything additional to a bottle whose contents are already potentially questionable before the addition of extra ingredients.
    Thank you again!

  264. Can you re-melt after the zinc is added?

  265. Could I eliminate the ZINC OXIDE and just use the Red Raspberry Oil or the Carrot oil?

  266. I made this for my one yr old for our first vacation to Florida with him. He is very fair and has hardly been in the sun at all since we had a very long cold winter and he was still just tiny last summer. I tweaked it to my liking: I used equal parts coconut and oilve oil, about 4 TBS of zinc oxide and included carrot seed and lavender oils. I also used a little extra beeswax to make it more water proof. I am extremely happy with the results. It is very thick and takes some work to spread on the skin, but water juat beaded up and rolled off and he did not burn at all, even at the beach!

  267. To all the critics in this post, obviously you have forgotten that Welness Mama IS entitled to her own opinion. Even if you don’t share it!!! Vitamin D is a hormone and it’s responsible for allowing nutrients to pass through the intestinal lining and give your body what it needs to stay healthy. Store bought sun screen is chemicals that you literally bake into your skin.

    I share Katie’s opinion that we are giving up the natural healthy process of getting Vitamin D straight from the source by choosing an unhealthy product full of chemicals.

    As for the vitamin A, this is sun SCREEN AND NOT SUN BLOCK. just like too much sun, too much Vitamin A can be harmful. But use your head and do your own research!! This isn’t a medical site. It’s a blog which promotes a healthier way of living. I personally think a few minutes of sun per day IS healthy. I also know when I’m starting to burn.

    The harsh criticism and judgement and badgering as to whether Katie researched something YOU have a question about is absurd!!

    I come here for the wealth of information and the positive attitude and I love the community. If I don’t want to try a certain product or disagree with someone’s OPINION, I simply let it go. I don’t want to waste every one’s time.

  268. Hello! I’ve been really wanting to try out homeade recipes for sun screen since I suffer from porphyria. The porphyria that I have is HCP which is Hereditary Coproporphyria and AIP which is Acute Intermittent Porphyria. I cannot go into the sun or I get seizures or horrible attacks and blisters on sun exposed areas. The sun is very toxic to me. I do take vitamin D supplements as the doctor has told me and I use a parasol to keep myself out of the sun whenever I go outside and I always use SPF 100 sun screen. It’s so expensive and I’ve been wondering if the homeade stuff can work for the summer and winter times for me because in the summer, the sun is very strong and I like to wear short sleeves and in the winter, the suns rays reflect off of the snow, thus effecting me pretty harshly.
    I would absolutely love to know what would work for me, I’m thinking of going with the carrot oil for it because I do need a high SPF but I’d also like to read more personal experiences because I would like to have a happy and healthy summer without an attack.
    I hope to hear some feedback! Thank you so much! If not it’s totally okay, I’ll still try out some and make some in a few days. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  269. This is like gold dust to me, my son is highly allergic to shop bought sun cream , my other problem is that he also has bad eczema , I really am hoping that this recipe will solve all our problems and allow him to play outside for longer.

  270. I do think making your own sunscreen vs store bought is an excellent idea. My only concern is a lot of the websites that are saying essential oils contain SPF value. I spent many days weeks and hours researching it myself before finally reaching out to Robert Tisserand to ask him. He said there is no SPF value associated with any essential oil. So please do not depend on an essential oil for SPF in a homemade recipe. Your SPF is going to come from the zinc oxide in the amount that you use.

  271. If I am just using Desitin Max Strength as my zinc oxide, what would the approximate ratio of desitin to regular lotion be?

  272. How does the carrot seed oil that you use differ from carrot seed essential oil, or is it the same thing?

  273. I want to thank you for this recipe for sunscreen. I developed a nasty allergic reaction to Eucerin (for sensitive skin, no less!) My skin was raw and bleeding. The lines on the palm of my hands split open! And I itched like crazy. It took a year to resolve. So I darn not ever use a commercial sunscreen again. I can’t wait to give this a try.

  274. A couple questions for you. Does the 15 SPF estimate include the optional ingredients? Also, when you give the SPF for individual ingredients, I was wondering how that is rated: is it per a certain volume?

    Thanks so much! I LOVE your site!

  275. sorry another question. Are these essential oils or carrier oils? excuse my ignorance

  276. Is carrot seed oil the same as carrot seed essential oil?

  277. Hi! Thank you so much for all you do. Your site is a wealth of information I that refer back to (and refer others to) regularly. I posted the recipe for sunscreen on my facebook page and had a friend message me that carrot seed oil is estrogenic and historically used as a contraceptive. She was concerned that so many young women were commenting on my post and may not be informed about carrot seed oil.
    After reading and researching carrot seed oil in essential oil reference books, I cannot find anything definitive that says carrot seed oil may have contraceptive properties. I do find that wild carrot seed herb has been used as a contraceptive. Is there a difference in the properties of the product of distillation and the herb? Or, are these 2 entirely different plants? Any help/direction would be greatly appreciated.
    Peace & much joy!!!!!

  278. @wellnessmama
    Would you consider this sunscreen safe to use on an infant?

    This may have been asked previously, but there are so many comments to read through that I didn’t get to all of them. 🙂 thanks!

    • I have used on little ones, but I’d definitely research yourself and ask a doc if you aren’t sure.

  279. Excuse me, this might be a silly ._. but i would be happy if anyone answer my question. Is it possible for us making sunscreen gel contains aloe gel and zinc oxide only?

    Sorry, my English still poor, I am taking classes. Thank you.

  280. I need to find beeswax, non-nano zinc oxide, red raspberry seed oil, vitamin e oil, and shea butter.

    I was wondering where I can find the ingredients that I do not already have as listed above?

    I am also wondering if it is okay to “heat” my oils as instructed and still receive therapeutic benefit, as I was under the impression that the oils should never be heated or burned. :/

    I was wondering what components of this recipe make it waterproof.

    I was also under the impression that beeswax is a formed solid block… How would you measure to get to the 1/4 cup of beeswax?

    I hope to make this recipe asap once I am able to figure all of this out.

  281. I just made a batch of sunscreen for the second time–I haven’t used your recipe precisely, but have added zinc oxide to my own homemade lotion recipe (two different lotion recipes for each batch). After a week or so, I noticed my first batch was yellowing, and got progressively darker until it was a deep, mustardy yellow. I just tried adding zinc oxide and carrot seed oil to a jar of homemade lotion (in pristine white condition) and I immediately noticed it turn a pale yellow color.

    Have you experienced this before? Any idea what gives? Do you think there’s anything wrong with the sunscreen?


  282. I have a whole jar of this from last year, still good? anything I can do to make it as or more effective for myself and my 2 year old?

    • Probably expired. I would check the expiration date on the zinc oxide you used.

  283. Is this recipe safe for babies?

    • I would like to know too! ?

  284. I am planning to make this for myself as daily sunscreen on my face – as I spend 2 hours a day sitting at the driver seat to commute back and for to work.

    I normally also use a homemade face powder (with arrowroot powder) to take awy the shine form the commercial sunscreen (which I obviously wanted to ditch..hence i am here.) I am wondered if the powder would take away the effectiveness of this sunscreen?

    I am also a bit concerned about applying coconut oil on face daily. Occasionally is never an issue but i am afraid that the coconut oil might cause a break out if applied daily?

    Please I would like to hear from anyone who has experience. TIA!

    • Coconut Oil is very good for your skin, it’s antibacterial, anti inflammatory, and anti fungal. I have a home made moisturizer that I use daily that’s primarily coconut oil and it actually helps with my break outs. I also have a homemade face mask that’s made of honey, lemon, and coconut oil for times when break outs are bad. Then of course I have been using this sunscreen for the last week daily. From my personal experience I would be very surprised if it caused you any problems.

  285. Out of the ingredients here are the ones safe for babies that you can also find in EWG’s recommended brands: Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter

    Concerning the Red Raspberry Seed Oil and the Carrot Seed Oil, given their nature they are to be used with a carrier oil => That makes me think I don’t want to use them on a Baby skin… Also they’re kind of optional in this recipe…

    About Zinc Oxide… This is the key ingredients to the efficiency (as would be Titane Oxyde, also known for its use in food grade coloring) since it is the actual physical barrier against sun rays. This doesn’t make it 100% safe and EWG rates it as a tiny risk of few things… (
    But since it is commonly used in bottom cream for diaper rash… I would tend to consider it ok… We basically don’t have much of a choice anyway 🙂

    That was for the “is it safe for Baby?” part…
    Now, if I may… I don’t know what you mean by Baby (mine is a 4 yo and is still my Baby ;-)) but children before the age of threee should simply *not be exposed at all*… I know it sounds a bit not fun but it is the truth and only a light 10 minutes here and there should be considered *out* of the 11am-4pm time frame… Know it’s not easy when you like the beach and outdoor activities, but the risk must simply not be taken. And if you have *really* no choice, please cover them with a white light linen or cotton fabric and have them wear both hat + sunglasses and drink plenty of water.

  286. I love this informative article and the recipes! Now all I need is how to make that wonderful smell that sunscreen always has with essential oils! Any advice?

  287. Hi wellness mama,

    I could have missed this, but wondering if you add extra of any oil for use on babies? to make the SPF greater?


  288. I would really like to make this sunblock but only have a tube of the cream zinc oxide. Can I use this in place of the zinc oxide powder and if so, would the measurements still be the same?

  289. How much does this sunscreen recipe make?

    • Depending on how many (if any) option ingredients you use, about 1 1/2 cups.

  290. Hello WellnessMama! I’ve been referring to your site for a few months now, and am so glad I stumbled across it. Thank you so much for putting all of this information online and helping the rest of us out. I finally made this sunscreen recipe, and was super excited to test it out. I omitted the beeswax and included the 2Tb of shea butter, and it turned out really well. I keep it in the fridge so it stays firm, and I was surprised how absorb-able it is. I spent about 30mins in the sun today without sunscreen, then put on the sunscreen when I knew I’d be outside longer–about another hour. No redness or burning, just the start of a nice tan 🙂 So, thanks for the recipe!

    Can you tell me how you determined that the SPF is 15? I’d like to know in case I ever want to adjust the ingredients and still have an idea of what the SPF will be. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!

  291. What is the total SPF in this sunscreen if I use all the recommended ingredients?

  292. Can you please tell me if you use carrot seed (carrier) oil or carrot seed essential oils?

  293. I made some homemade sunscreen the other day and so far I am loving it. I do have a question about storing Zinc Oxide though. I have a tone left over. I read some where that after a while it loses it’s SPF capability. Is that true? If so how long until that happens. Is there a way to store it so that doesn’t happen; fridge/freezer? If there is not way to save it what else can I use it for?
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  294. THis is so awesome! I’ve been looking for a natural sunscreen for my Border Collie (the top of her nose can get a little too much sun) but very few of the commercial sunscreens would work for pets due to some ingredients that are toxic. I also didn’t want to spend too much $$$ for a dog specific sunscreen. Now I have the knowledge to make my own for much less $$$!

    Thank you so much!

  295. There is absolutely no method to determine what the SPF will be with a homemade sunscreen. It does not matter what the SPF is of the ingredients, it is all a guess without having it tested at a lab. And any product made with such ingredients like Carrot seed oil and Raspberry seed oil should not make any claims as to the SPF without testing in a lab.
    Carrot seed oil (a carrier oil) is very different from Carrot Seed essential oil. Essential oils do not have any SPF just as they have no vitamins or minerals. They are steam distilled oils from plants, leaves, bark, etc and are not alive. And Raspberry seed oil (it is a carrier oil) is not an essential oil. There is some SPF in Carrot seed oil and Raspberry oil but there is no guarantee of what SPF is really in these oils.
    Zinc oxide does have a SPF, and the amount depends on how much is added to a product. Therefore this is also a guess. I think the formula in this post is a good one for someone who wants to be out in the sun for a few minutes. We must remember that the number of a SPF means minutes. A SPF of 30 is said to protect for 30 minutes, then it must be reapplied. In another 30 minutes, apply again, on and on. Who wants to slather on sunscreen every 30-50 minutes on an outing!?

    • SPF actually refers to the amount of time you can spend outside multiplied by the SPF #: “SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection.”

    • I agree with much of what you said except this: “We must remember that the number of a SPF means minutes. A SPF of 30 is said to protect for 30 minutes, then it must be reapplied. In another 30 minutes, apply again, on and on. Who wants to slather on sunscreen every 30-50 minutes on an outing!?”

      That is not true.

      SPF is the Sun Protection Factor and the number indicates the percentage of time extra you should be able to spend in the sun without reapplication. SPF 15 means you can increase your time in the sun by a factor of 15. “So, if your skin starts to redden in 20 minutes without sun block, applying a product with SPF 15 increases that time by a factor of 15, meaning you could stay in the sun for 300 minutes. In addition, a higher SPF blocks out more rays—a product with an SPF of 15 will filter out approximately 93 percent of UVB rays; SPF 30 filters out about 97 percent.”

      That being said, this is a homemade product and my fair skinned children needed to reapply often because they are always swimming. Also, they don’t want to apply it thickly enough because it leaves white streaks. As a homemade product there is no way to know EXACTLY what the SPF is because it depends on the ratio of ingredients and the thickness with which it is applied. You can’t just say that coconut oil has an SPF of 4 and Carrot oil an SPF of 10 (or whatever, just pulling a number out) therefore mixing them together gives you an SPF of 14. That does not work. this website helps to calculate the amount of zinc per oz of lotion for the desired SPF of the sunblock you want. (keep in mind the above mentioned thickness of application factor).

      That being said, if you are looking for a more convenient sunblock with less applications needed because you are not swimming or sweating or doing anything else which all requires store-bought sunscreens to need reapplication as well, then by all means buy store-bought. This recipe is for those that want to cut out the chemicals and are willing to give up some of the “convenience”, which is all relative anyway.

  296. Hello! I made my sunscreen for 2 years in a row now and it works great. This year though I only put in 1 tblspn of zinc and I think I need more. Is it ok to add more zinc into my already made sunscreen? Could I just reheat it and add more in? Thank you so much wellness mama!!!

  297. I am confused; one of the links in your article lumps titanium dioxide and zinc oxide together as generating free radicals and both bad for us. Yet, this recipe and the mercola link both use zinc oxide. Please, help me understand. Is zinc oxide good or bad and why is it different than titanium dioxide?
    PS: Thanks Wellness Mama. You are my favorite and best source of natural recipes and information for healthy family care.

    • Nano particles of both can be dangerous because they can pass through skin and be breathed into the lungs. Non-nano zinc oxide is considered safe

  298. Hi, can you take a look at this particular sunscreen for me and give me your opinion? It says it’s organic and made with eight edible-grade ingredients. I tried Badger last summer and wasn’t a fan.

  299. Does this tend to melt if exposed to hot temps (say you’re at the beach and have it in your bag?).

  300. I sent you a question askiaskfor another kind of zinc oxcide due to Amazon not having it. I also would LOVE to know what essential oils to use to get the scent close to that Tropical smell such as Hawaiian Tropics. Love the scent, but want to start using natural products on my skin as well as my boys. Also, where to get those essential oils for that scent. Thanks in advance! Ck

  301. Can I use Castor oil instead of almond or olive oil?

  302. Hi there! This sounds like an awesome recipe, but I’m worried about the coconut oil and whether or not I can put this on my face without breaking out. I’ve heard that coconut oil works really well as a facial moisturizer for a lot of people, but it made me break out like crazy for months after I tried it (used unbleached, organic), so I’m worried that this sunscreen might do the same. Bottom line: is this okay to use if my skin is more sensitive to coconut oil or should I try to find a replacement ingredient? Thanks!!

  303. hello, was just busy sourcing ingredients and the zinc oxide says it is ´very toxic to aquatic life´ so carrot seed and red raspberry are high spfs but what quantity if not using the zinc?

    thanks WM

  304. If this was answered previously – sorry. I can’t read through all the posts now.
    Question: If carrot and red raspberry seed oils are the big SPF providers, why are they optional?

    And do you think vanilla extract would attract bugs?
    Thank you!


  305. I’d heard coconut oil was great to use as sunscreen and started using it on my toddler’s skin earlier this summer… Then, I learned the spf coverage of coconut oil alone doesn’t provide enough protection from harmful rays. So, I ordered the non-nano zinc oxide. I was thinking of adding lavender essential oil to it for the fragrance and because it’s good for the skin.
    However, after reading your list of ingredients, I’m wondering if I NEED to add other things to it.
    I noted the dog of carrot seed oil and that is appealing. However, I also noted one reader commented about carrot seed essential oil not having an dog, but that I’d need to get a carrot seed carrier oil? Now, I’m confused about that one!!
    If I don’t need it to be waterproof, do I need to add beeswax? If I’m not adding beeswax, do I need to heat oil before adding zinc oxide powder?
    What about the shea butter – is it necessary? What purpose does it serve? Does it help improve consistency?
    Bottom line, I would like to make a sunscreen with about 15-20 spf… And I’d like to use as minimal ingredients as necessary to do so and it be effective and also slather on without it making a mess.
    What would you consider absolutely necessary and what amount of zinc oxide would you add to the coconut oil if that was the only oil used?
    Is there a cap on how much zinc oxide one can use? Does it become unsafe at any point?
    Thanks so much for your website and your reply. I always learn new things that I can apply to our family’s lives here!

  306. I made the simple version of this recipe and used olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and zinc but I am afraid the two tbsp of zinc won’t be enough, can I add more zinc now that it’s cooled? Thank you!

  307. Hi Katie,

    I am a Christian, I believe God made all things well, therefore there can be found adequate sun protection in eating and using plants and other natural created substances. I am also a nursing student, I believe our body and this world works on a miniscule atomic and chemical scale which we still mostly do not comprehend. I have taken college chemistry and understand, at a college level, how chemical reactions work, and that things dont always react together as planned. I try to consider both nature and science when making my choices. These things said, here is an article you may want to consider { }. It is important to understand that our created protective ozone layer is being destroyed, and with the increased toxic chemical load in our country, permeating everything from clothing to furniture to housing materials and beyond, we are at a greater risk for skin and other cancers. Without understanding how ingredients bind and mix together is is difficult to create an effective product. Think of it this way, baking soda is an effective cleaner, vinegar is an effective cleaner. So if I combine them I will get a super cleaner right? No, the chemical reaction produces water among other things. And that, when matched atom for atom or molecule for molecule. If you add 5 molecules baking soda and 4 molecules vinegar, you get 4 molecules water and 1 molecule baking soda left over (this is a extremely simplified explanation, the reaction is more complex and also produces carbon dioxide gas, and socium acetate). All the ingredients you listed are great, and I love them. I just ask you to consider sound science as well. At the end of that article they list some natural sunscreens, made by people who have degrees and do research in this area, who spend months creating formulas that work well together, don’t react, and provide constant results. Wish you the best in your health journey!

  308. Can you substitute beeswax for arrowroot powder?

    • Um… those two ingredients are not anywhere near similar. I have no idea why you would want to substitute one for the other. If you are allergic to beeswax, I suggest using another kind of wax. Maybe someone has tried something different?

  309. Is it possible to omit the beeswax/shea butter and make a sunscreen spray?

  310. Thank you for all your recepie said and research and trial you go through!

    I just made this sunscreen and it doesn’t look the picture you have. Mine is white! Did you not have zinc oxide on the pictured one!

    • I did, and in real life it is white too… the picture is a few years old and the lighting was really strange in this picture. Good reminder that I need to post an updated one!

  311. I would like to know how much this recipe makes? I am going away on holiday for 3 weeks with my 4 children and husband . How much sun cream do I need to make or will I need? Also I would like to know that I have to started to use organic coconut oil all over my body but only my face tingles when I use it and I have come out with a few spots so I want to know if I make the lotion and use will it affect my face or it will better then using coconut oil on its own or should I cut the amount of coconut oil down then how do I put more of the other oil? If the place I am going to is 28- 31 degrees celceuis will the Spf in this lotion be enough or do I need to put more zinc oxide?

  312. I made the current version of your recipe, without the red raspberry and the vitamin E, and I love it. I bicycle a lot – the weekend before I made it I used a commercial sunscreen and got burned, then I used this for a longer ride and was completely fine. All that sweating, and it didn’t come off at all. In fact, we took a hot tub after the ride and it stayed on. I was probably in the sun for sevon hours that day. I love the way it moisturizes my older dry skin, and the zinc is just enough that I can rub it in well and not have white streaks.
    People worry about zinc oxide, but I remember the days when a nasty white cream of it was all we had to protect our nose, and we hated it, partly because it was so greasy and would get all over our clothing if ever touched our nose.
    I also love that you recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. I’ve used their products for years and I think they’re the best.

  313. I appreciate this recipe, but like the idea of adding the zinc oxide powder to a bottle of lotion. It is easier for me and much less expensive as well. How much of the zinc oxide powder would I add to a 16 ounce bottle of lotion? Is this safe for babies?? My girl is 4 and a half months old. And if it is safe for her, how much zinc oxide powder would I need to add to make it an spf 30???…….that is what I usually see for babies, but what would you recommend? What do you use for your babies? Hope to hear from you soon, as I’d like to stay away from the chemical laden sunscreens. Thanks!

  314. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

    We live in Hawaii so sun exposure is not just a summer thing, it’s an all year round thing. We spend all our free time in the ocean (surfing, spearfishing, diving, swimming etc.), and, being blonde, blue eyed and fair skinned, we would RELIGIOUSLY use the commercial 60 spf, reapplying every hour on the hour trying to protect our skin. (Getting enough Vitamin D is not an issue here, noon hour lane swims over lunch take care of that!). This was not only starting to make us feel queasy about the potential chemicals, but even with that much sunscreen we would STILL come out of the ocean with red faces and shoulders. I made this sunscreen a couple weeks ago and we tried it out with huge success! Not only does our skin feel great but no burns! No red faces! No red shoulders, even after multi-hour surf and freedive sessions!! So a big MAHALO to you! We are stoked on this find and on how well it works for us!

    • Hi,
      I am really glad it worked for you! I just made a batch and it turned out very oily :'( Do you have to reapply after contact with water? I am very keen to know as I love swimming myself and I burn easy

  315. hi there,

    thanks for your post about natural sunscreen…..
    I have a question: i oil my body every morning as part of my ritual, and ayurvedic practice: i was wondering if i could just put carrot seed essential oil in the blend to make it a higher SPF, the oil blend already uses half sesame and half coconut oil. And how many drops to 8oz, and what protection would that give me?

    thanks so much!!

    • I was really excited for an essential oil sunscreen (no zinc) because zinc is pasty white and the tinted versions stain clothes. So I went all out with raspberry oil, carrot seed oil, coconut oil, wheat germ oil. Added some shea butter for thicker consistency.

      Long story short, it didn’t work at all. I’ve got Irish-Italian skin, prone to burn at first but eventually develop a base tan. My forearms never ever burn, for example. I took this to the beach and used it on fresh white thigh (has been tan in other years, but not yet this year). I left some skin bare next to where I oiled. They were equally burned…perhaps the oiled section was a bit worse.

      So in my experience essential oils did not protect against the sun. Alas.

  316. what is the shelf life of the sunscreen? Would you say its good for about 6 weeks or 6 months? and then if we follow the simpler recipe above about how much will it make at once?! all together

  317. We live in a world where you can’t buy seeded grapes yet drive miles and pay a lot for grape seed extract. Half of the World believes in the glory of religious darkness. The other half creates fear over the loss of health then charges you for potentially avoiding it through their products. I’m nearly 40, never touched sunscreen, especially not for short walks. I’m not afraid of nature, trying to respect it. I don’t buy anything my granny didn’t harvest (lactose free milk!?????) 2/3rd of my meals are fruit and veg, ugly, deformed, natural. Don’t eat peaches during Christmas, they are not in season. I know this sounds like a manifesto -it’s not. I just look around and see a crazy and difficult to break cycle of bad habits. Honestly… Half of the breakfast isle I have no clue what it is or used to be before packaging.

  318. I just purchased some non-nano zinc oxide to mix with my regular lotion to use as a daily face sunscreen, but I’m not sure how much of the zinc oxide to use. Also, is it enough to just shake the bottle of lotion + ZO really well or does it needs to be mixed by hand? I appreciate any recommendations you can offer!

  319. What is the self life of the zinc oxide powder? I would be making the sunscreen for one (me), so both the zinc oxide powder and the sunscreen itself would need a good shelf life for it to be cost effective for me. I currently use Badge Baby Chamomile and Calendula, my skin really likes calendula for some reason.

    Thanks and Happy Labor Day weekend!

  320. Thank you for the recipe lovely,
    Do you happen to know what I could use in place of Beeswax? Not a fan of bee vomit, ethically allergic.

  321. Hi, I currently live in Brazil and the only zinc oxyde powder that I could find is used in dentistry (as a cavity liner, as an ingredient for temporary cement, and other uses). I mixed it with a regular cream to make sunscreen but it didn’t dissolve well, I was hesitant to try it out in the sun. Do you think this will be safe to use?
    On a separate note, I’m pregnant and looking forward to trying the post-partum care recipes as well as baby wipes. I love your site!

  322. I made this and loved it but have loads left over and summer is finished now in the UK. Will it last until next year? If so what’s the best way to store it?


    • mine has lasted two years so far in a jar, i store it in a cupboard out of the light most of the year.i don’t think it actually goes off

  323. I suggest anyone making homemade sunscreen to read this:

    I made the sunscreen from the recipe posted by wellness mama (I was super excited about it and was a fun process) but after reading the above article I don’t think I’m going to trust it for my sun protection.

    I am a red head living in central Australia (sunny most of the year, and being in Oz we are closer to the hole in the ozone layer) and was recently diagnosed with a malginant melanoma which has now been removed. I am aware of the endocrine disrupters in chemical sunscreens and was keen to find an alternative! I will keep looking!

  324. From the ingredients, it seems that it will be a very very oily lotion.
    I have oily skin. Do you know how to make this lotion a bit less “fatty”?


    • Yes I just tried it, it was indeed very oily!! Too oily for my liking and its getting hot here so i dont think i wud be able to use it :'( unless i melt it and then add more beeswax to the mix to see if it thickens

  325. Could I mix only coconut oil and zinc oxide, or does it need beeswax? If so, what ratio? Might be a stupid question, but will zinc oxide prevent a tan as well as a burn? 🙂

  326. I read somewhere recently that palmitic acid (8% of the content of coconut oil) accelerate sun damage and the formation of free radicals when used to make ascorbyl palmitate. Apparently the palmitic acid was a lightning rod for UV rays and brought on “catastrophic” skin cell death on a “massive scale”
    Is this the case for only ascorbyl palmitate and not palmitic acid when it is on its own? I would really hesitate to use coconut oil in a sunscreen unless I know it is 100% safe.

  327. Hi Wellness Mama,

    I have a questions about some different combinations of these ingredients and if you have tried them or might know if they would work. Do you think that just the coconut oil and zinc oxide mixed together would work? Or the coconut oil and red raspberry seed oil?

    I am on a mission to simplify and improve my personal care items. I travel a lot and really would like reduce the number and types of liquids I care – preferably just getting it down to coconut oil and a couple other if possible. Your bars and other recipes are great ideas for this by the way because they would be carry on safe 🙂

    • All of the ingredients have sun protective benefits on their own, so even a combination of just a couple should provide some SPF. I’d experiment and see what works for you and not stay in the sun too long until you figure out a good blend for you but even just coconut oil and zinc should work well.

  328. Hi Wellness Mama!
    If I wanted to make this recipe a SPF 30 should I just add more carrotseed oil and raspberry seed oil? How do I calculate the actual SPF of my finished product?
    Thanks! XO

  329. Dear Wellness Mama: what would happen if i dont add the zinc oxide? What kind of butter or lotion will i get? not a sunscreen one?


    • It would technically still have a very low SPF from the oils themselves, but it definitely wouldn’t be considered a sunscreen…

  330. Hi,
    I’m trying to figure out a way to make a natural equivalent to Shiseido sunscreen stick (I ‘d like it to be tinted to hide a scar I have ), should I just use more bee wax to get it thicker and add minerals and use a deodorant case ? Any suggestion ?

    Thanks for all the recipes and knowledge you share !!!

  331. I followed this recipe with faith and when my husband used it skiing outdoors he burned. I thought maybe because I was aging I was getting more freckles, but I think it is because I was using this homemade sunscreen recipe. Please people, just buy store bought sunscreen. It’s pointless to make your own. This is something that I read about it recently and I am quite upset that I’ve been slowly affecting my health and my husband’s because of this “diy trick” I also found I looked much older with more wrinkles because this sunscreen was literally burning my skin slowly! I’m going back to my store bought sunscreen that is FDA tested for efficacy.

    • Yeah… Another funny story from a FDA troll… ?

    • I’m a massive advocate of this sunscreen but with any sunscreen NONE are effective at the hottest part of the day! It’s not there job to be, sunscreen is a form of protection but it is stated that its only one form of protection and that’s why you MUST cover up during the hottest hours of the day,
      The western world is the only part of the world that thinks they are above the laws of nature for example when i went to Vietnam few people where actually working at the hottest part of the day and if they were working it was in the shade, then when it cooled down everyone went back to work. Or even native islanders put coconut oil on their skin but they don’t go out into the sun at the hottest parts of the day, they are all sitting under trees relaxing, fixing fishing next, having lunch and prepare dinner. its just common sense, don’t go out into the sun at the wrong time.
      I have been burnt once using this sunscreen a few years ago and that was because i went to the beach on one of the hottest days of summer, at the hottest time of the day and didn’t cover up And i knew better, my cousin used commercial sunscreen and coped it a lot worse. I kept applying the natural sunscreen to my burn and my skin didn’t peel but i did get freckles on my shoulders. What i did notice was that i could feel i was starting to burn but i chose to ignored the feel for about half an hour before i put a t-shirt on, where my cousin said she couldn’t feel the heat at all and continued to sun bake…. she was in pain for two weeks.
      I wear this sunscreen everyday for work as i work outside and haven’t burnt once this summer but that’s because i wear sunglasses, a hat and a t-shirt, once it hits 36 degrees i’m in the shade.
      Another thing most people don’t know is that it take 24-48 hours to absorb Vitamin D so most people go for a shower after a hot day and will use soap or body wash and scrub it off their bodies, vitamin d is necessary for a healthy tan and when you was that off your damaging your skin, sadly commercial sunscreen is known to block vitamin d absorption… check out a guy called Phillip Day, he is a medical Journalist who has written a book on vitamin D and the sun, check out his website. hes extremely popular here in Australia.
      I don’t care that i burnt and got freckles because it happened once in comparison to the amount of pain commercial sunscreen put me through, i could careless if its not FDA approved. The FDA wont approve anything they can’t tax, natural ingredients aren’t taxable.

  332. I did not have time to go through all of the comments to see if this was previously asked, so forgive me if it was.

    It says best if used within 6 months.
    What happens if it’s used after that?
    Apparently a batch was way more than I needed and I have had the same jar for over a year. Is it still effective? I just had a baby last year and would like to send this with him to daycare but I didn’t know if I should make him a new batch. (mine does not have carrot or raspberry oils in it, not sure if that matters)

  333. Hi there- I love your homemade sunscreen recipe. The recipe is so great for my little guy who has had such a bad reaction to the sprays- he has sensitive skin and he breaks out in a rash with most sunscreens. But this has been a life saver. Yes- it takes longer to apply, but so worth it. I was just wondering when you think it might expire. I made my last batch 8/15 and was wondering if it is still good. Any opinions on this or even better experience would be great. Thanks!

  334. Hi Katie,
    I am wondering if you could answer a question for me. I just started using Coconut Oil as a face moisturizer, along with the Oil cleansing and I’m really liking it so far. The only concern I have is that there is no sunscreen in the Coconut Oil. So I tried heating it and then adding Zinc Oxide, but then it cooled, everything separated and didn’t solidify again. Do I need to heat of the Coconut Oil before adding Zinc Oxide or can I just mix it straight in? From your post, it sounds like you can mix it straight into a lotion, but I want to make sure I understand that correctly as well as if I can do it with Coconut Oil. Thank you!

    • The coconut oil should be added and melted with the rest of the ingredients before adding the Zinc Oxide. Hope that helps 🙂

  335. Is there something we could use instead of beeswax…or possibly just leave it out? I have a couple friends and a brother that are allergic to beestings and even using chapstick and other products with beeswax in it can cause an adverse reaction such as hives and swelling of the area in which it was applied ….also a good point was brought to my attention…the main reason I would like to use this other than no chemicals is I am taking a trip to Mexico in November would i be able to bring this with?

  336. Essential oils DO NOT contain any SPF per Robert Tisserand

  337. Raspberry and carrot oil and shea butter are rich in Vitamin A. For this matter should these ingredients be avoided in sunscreens? As according to the FDA’s study:
    “…vitamin A can spur excess skin growth (hyperplasia), and that in sunlight it can form free radicals that damage DNA.”
    Or vitamin A content in these ingredients is simply not that high therefore it won’t have significant effect on the skin when exposed to the sun?
    I would really appreciate an answer to my question as I’m about to make a sunscreen and face cream.
    I’ve purchased several oils that I want to use for home made different purpose creams and lotions. Are there any contraindications to mixing together any of the ingredients listed below?
    Argan oil
    Jojoba oil
    Pomegranate oil
    Neem oil
    Carrot oil
    Coconut oil
    Black seed oil
    Avocado oil
    Oliv oil
    Shea butter

  338. How many Oz does this recipe make?

  339. Made a rookie error and didn’t check how mich zinc oxide I had before making a triple batch. I didn’t have as much as I’d have liked, so I used more raspberry seed essential oil to hopefully balance the SPF.

    Just wondering whether it would be a bad idea to re-melt and add more zinc oxide, ie: would it change the compound of anything else in there? I used beeswax, shea butter, zinc oxide, and once melted, vitamin E oil, red raspberry essential oil.

  340. Hi! My 8 year old son and I LOVE making your recipes! I was wondering if adding magnesium to the sunscreen would affect the results at all? Thank you for your blog, you have made a great difference in our lives.

  341. Here’s what I’m wondering – because I’m not a big DIYer when it comes to making lotions etc. I use straight coconut or sesame oil (in the winter, as coconut is cooling) as lotion. But I have a 1 yr old and as the days get warmer and brighter, I’m wanting some skin protection for her. Why not just use straight Carrot oil or raspberry oil? If the SPF is around 35/40, why would you need to add zinc? Shouldn’t spf 40 be plenty? I noticed someone else asked about the vitamin A content… is that why you wouldn’t recommend just using the straight oil? Thanks so much!! Simple is high on my list of virtues : ))

    • Vitamin A content can be high when used concentrated, but these can be added to a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and used for a simpler option.

  342. Hey wellness mama! I just wanted to thank you for posting this 🙂 I have very fair skin and would frequently get sun poisoning while wearing sunscreen. Since I have been experimenting with the ingredients I have not gotten sun poisoning and am actually tanning now! I have also added fresh aloe to the mix and it is very soothing, thanks again.

  343. Why not just spray Carrot or Raspberry seed oil on the skin if they have such a high SPF?? That would be so much easier? If there some reason this isn’t a good idea? I really hope for an answer, because I have a 1-yr old and she is impossible to get to sit still to spread this stuff on her, plus, as a single mom, I just don’t have the bandwidth to experiment with making sunscreen. Someone mentioned Vitamin A in the 2 oils being a problem, is that why they are not sufficient on their own? Thanks in advance!!!

  344. Can I substitute the coconut oil with something else? My husband is allergic to coconut oil/coconuts.

  345. I want to make sun screen for myself and my kids using my body butter recipe and adding 2 Tbls. of zinc as you suggested. During the summer time we practically live at the swimming pool and my kiddos need a really sturdy sun screen. My body butter is mostly shea butter, some coconut and almond oil. In very warm temps, it will start to melt slightly. After adding the zinc powder will it be thick enough to stay on their skin and work or should I add a bit of bee’s wax to stiffen it up?? And do you recommend any special essential oils to incorporate other than lavender?

  346. Hello! I believe Katie (comment #260) asked a similar question – can we add mica powder to the sunscreen? At what stage do we add it in? Thanks!

    • You can. You would add after melting when it is removed from the heat.

  347. Hi

    I made this sunscreen, it has hardened and is ready to go. I now realize I would like to add some drops of essential oil to give it a more appealing aroma. Can I reheat it and add the essential oil?


  348. I feel so stupid. I made probably 2 cups of sunscreen and I put lavender, roman chamomile, rose and then I added 5-10 drops of Angelica to the batch. Have I ruined it? I knew Angelica is supposed to be wonderful, but I didn’t double check that it’s not supposed to be in the sun. Darn. So 5-10 drops in a beeswax, shea butter, coconut, almond oil mixture. What’s your advice. Just try it out? Or throw it out.

    ••••••ellen sanders
    Have a blessed day!

  349. Wellness Mama, may i just say that I am so sad that you would purposely not post my comment on the importance of sun protection and the harms of UV rays. I understand your fear of being undermined since so many of your readers look up to you but one of the most important things in life is to be able to admit your mistakes. Given the influence you have on your readers, you really should reconsider some of your preachings. No one will hate you for it, but rather they will respect you more. You could have an even more positive effect on people’s life if you are willing to accept and learn from your mistakes. I never meant to undermine you, just teach. Since I understand you not wanting to believe an unknown source, I am adding here a very relevant link on the dangers of formulating your own zinc oxide based sunscreen:
    I hope you will reconsider some of the statements made on this post. All the best.

    • I actually didn’t see your other comment. It likely got caught in a spam filter if you didn’t use a real name (you didn’t on this either, but I added one so I could approve it). Also, posts with a link will often get caught by the filter. I assure you I didn’t intentionally censor you, but please use a real name in the future so your comments aren’t flagged.

    • And who is Melinda to “teach”, please?
      What exactly are the scientific stufies you rely on?
      BTW none ever said here – about a *SUNSCREEN* post!?…- that you should deliberatly get over exposed without protection….
      You can’t always twist reality to match your twisted view and approach, at least when you have the nerve to “teach”…

  350. I love this recipe, but my son feels it is too greasy and dirt tends to stick to it. Any ideas
    as to what to cut down on and have it still be spf effective?

  351. Hi,
    I have wanted to make this sunscreen for ages and finally got all the ingredients and the time to make it yesterday..i was having technical difficulties (my phone died) and so misread the amount of coconut oil, I put !/2 a cup instead of a 1/4 and so I doubled everything. I also put all the ingredients in a pan (except the zinc oxide) and melted together on a very low heat. I like the consistency but am worried that a) I now have alot of sunscreen and it might lose it’s properties, and b) the way I melted the ingredients might have affected it’s properties… I was thinking of using this as day cream in the summer, instead of using the normal day cream (I made from this site- the base lotion) and then putting sunscreen ontop/ Is that OK, or is overuse not so good.
    It’s a long post, but I am just getting into making my own and not so confident. Thanks x

  352. Wellness Mama, I would like to make just a mineral sunscreen powder. Can I just use the powders mentioned in this recipe with out making it into a cream? Zinc oxide is a sunscreen..what about titanium dioxide?

  353. I just did a science experiment to test how effective raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil are at blocking UV rays. Given what’s stated in “Characteristics of raspberry seed oil” (Oomah, 2001), the oils are as effective as titanium dioxide at protecting against UV light.

    What I found didn’t match the study. Raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil were completely ineffective as an alternative to sunblock. They in no way matched the effectiveness of Titanium Dioxide.

    You can see the video here:

  354. Can this natural recipe can be applied on skin that got eczema?

  355. I was wondering how much raspberry seed oil to use if I didn’t want to use the zinc oxide? Also can it be fractionated coconut oil? I wanted to make a spray sunblock.

  356. Thanks for the recipe! Just used this in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean, and it protected me very well (pale skin in high heat and sun zone) so huge win for me! I don’t think I’ll be going back to store bought again! Thanks =)

  357. Hi there I have just made this, I’ve tried to make the sunscreen bar before and it came out really bitty (not smooth like I expected). This time I sieved the zinc oxide and have put the finished suncreen into a kilner jar. What I have noticed though is that there is a small layer of white stuff (which I assume to be the zinc oxide) settling at the bottom of the jar, I have stirred it up and it continues to settle like that. The mixture hasn’t cooled and set yet, and I assume I could mix it up when it has but then I’m concerned the zinc oxide wont be mixed through thoroughly. Do you have any experience with this and any tips for getting the zinc oxide to not settle at the bottom? Thanks so much

    • I had the same issue until I got an immersion blender for use with making sunscreen. Mixes it perfectly, no settling on bottom at all.

    • I first mill the zinc into a cofee grinder, and then the whole mixture with stick blender, The result is fine and smooth texture.

  358. I live in Seattle, grew up in Phoenix so have dealt with the extreme highs and lows of sun exposure. I’m of Irish descent so do not tan, just burn VERY easily.
    The vast majority of the US is not at the proper latitude to get Vitamin D from the sun (anything north of the LA/Atlanta latitude). That’s why milk was fortified in the early 20th century to prevent rockets, even though people got plenty of sun without sunscreen before that.
    I stopped bathing myself in sunscreen every morning when I left AZ, but if I plan on being outside or in the car for a half day or longer, that bottle comes out. I get my Vitamin D in pill form and my doc checks it annually to be sure it is getting absorbed.

  359. I just used this today and I burned the back of my neck. Can I remelt it and add more zinc oxide? So far, disappointed that it didn’t work 🙁

    • You can definitely re-melt and add more. I would also recommend starting sun exposure slowly with any sunscreen to see how your skin reacts.

  360. Is there a difference between carrot seed oil and carrot seed ESSENTIAL oils? What carrot seed oil do you recommend for your recipe?

  361. The ignorance on this subject is astounding. The author is not advocating that we all go out and stay in th sun until our skin is damaged. Get a grip. The author is correct in saying that sun block can cause a vitamin D deficiency. I live in Colorado, and due to our elevation the sun rays are very intense. As a result, many of us wear sunscreen. We also are tops in the nation for vitamin D deficiency for the exact same reason. I have been deficient several times.

    The studies are true, and suncreens with vitamin A derivitaives DO cause cancer to go bonkers once the cell has mutated. This is why products with Retinol say to avoid sun exposure. I don’t need to explore a lot of papers- my dad’s a chemist. He can tell me the half life of most drugs and what they break down into as well as drugs/chemicals to avoid.

    Zinc Oxide is a reliable, safe, and extremely effective sun block. I slathered a ton on today because I got my fair share yesterday. I also supplement with Vitamin D. My mom has also gotten skin cancer, but thankfully not melanoma. My dad had to have cataract surgery (another thing we Coloradans get a lot of) so we don’t joke around about skin cancer.

    So here’s the end shot- Cancer form in our bodies EVERY DAY. Viruses mutate our cells, rays ofa ll kinds, heaters, phones, microwaves as well as the sun. The reason we don’t get cancer is because our immune systems find and destroy the errant cells. When we are no longer able to fight those cells, and they multiply faster than our bodies can get rid of them, that is cancer. Some cells are more agressive than others. But the chemical sunscreens work by reacting with those free radicals in your cells. There is even a pill you can take for those too lazy to put on sunscreen. It makes me shudder at the thought.

    Lastly, about research- YOU are responsible for making sure that YOU are informed. If you don’t care enough to do something, what makes you think someone else should take up the slack? When I see something I doubt, I research it. I don’t demand that others change my mind for me. That is your ego talking. The “shut up or prove it” reaction is infantile at best. If you are disagreeing with Wellness Mama, then it is YOUR job to support why she is wrong, not her job to prove to you that she is right. No debate team in the entire existence of debate has won an argument by saying “You are wrong. Prove you are right” with no supporting evidence or research.

    • Wow. You are incredibly rude. I’m sorry that you misinterpreted my comment.

  362. Could you please share where you found the spf values for carrot seed oil and raspberry seed oil. I havent been able to find any studies done on either. Thanks!!

  363. Such a great recipe! I have the same beliefs regarding sunscreen as you do. Do you mind if I mention this recipe on my blog?

    • Sure, so long as you don’t copy what I already have here and you link back to my original article.

      • Thank you! I have a blog, I thought this recipe would be a great one to share! You’re page inspires me and I want to help others make better decisions just like you. I find it crazy that many people aren’t aware of what’s lurking in our care products, and it’s even crazier how many don’t know about the natural alternatives! Thanks for showing us that there is better things for our bodies, I can’t wait to see more great recipes!

  364. I have made this sunscreen and it is awesome! I have a question though. I’d like to make this into a spray-on sunscreen. I was going to exclude the beeswax and see if it would work but before I do that, I wanted to see if anyone has tried this and does it work? I take my daughter to preschool 2 days a week and I provided this to put on her but I don’t think they like it because it might not be as easy to apply as the spray on stuff. I don’t want them using someone else’s sunscreen on her so I want to make it easier to apply.

  365. I jsut bought the Non nano zinc oxcide on line and was about to make my sunscreen. I went to the Dermatologist today and she told me she feels everyone who lives in Florida (I do) should wear SBF 50 at least every day.
    The recipes I saw never went that high… ? ? Add more zinc?

    • That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I’m in Las Vegas now after transplanting from Seattle.

  366. I am vegan so I would not be using beeswax in my DIY Sunscreen. I need 50 protection because I live in Florida.
    Although I do cover myself appropriately when out in the mid day or full sun I would like to have a sunscreen..
    Do you have a formula I can use?

  367. If it were not so dangerous , it will be even funny how most people rely only on sunscreen to prevent skin cancer and dont count the hundreds of other chemicals they add to their bodies every day since birth. Starting with vaccines, that are loaded on aluminum, mercury, fetal DNA, SV40(simian cancer virus),and a long list of adjuvants that will guarantee that your DNA is permanently altered since you are born and make you more susceptible to ANY type of mutation and cancer. Then you are fed a commercial diet that also supports and promotes cancer, along with all the “beauty”creams , powders etc. Basically you are surrounding yurself inside and out of your body with cancer causing materials and then want to put it all in a suntan lotion. Start by educating yourself about all this cycle of chemicla death and how to avoid it since your children are born , and you will find better alternatives and outcomes too.

  368. I didn’t read anything about the risk of working with zinc oxide except that you should wear a mask. I bought all the ingredients to make the sunscreen and my husband is really nervous about me working with the zinc oxide. I just need to use a standard face mask? Like one you wear to paint or when sanding? What’s the risk?

  369. Hello, and thanks for the wonderful recipe! Question: I mistakenly added zinc at the same time as the other ingredients. Will that render the sunscreen ineffective? Thanks so much for your time!

  370. I’ve always said I was going to make this but being that we lived in the NW there really didn’t seem to be a point since I was one of those with low vitamin D. Now we have moved to the face of the sun, known to locals as Las Vegas, and I’m going through sunscreen like water. Less than a month and I’m almost through my 2nd spray bottle! I’ve tried the pool only once and that was with SPF 15 for 20 minutes. It didn’t matter since I still got a slight sunburn.

    Could I increase the amount of Zinc to up the SPF or would I end up with white streaks? Also, I use your recipe for body butter for regular moisturizing. Can I just add zinc to that? I’d probably replace the fractionated coconut oil for the oils in this recipe. Carrot, raspberry, Vit E.

    Once I get used to the sun it should get better since I naturally have an olive skin tone but I’ve lived up north for so long my body just can’t handle it yet.

    I hope I get a reply soon since I just put in the amazon prime order. 🙂


  371. Hi
    There is one thing I need help with. So in that sun screen recipe it looks like zinc oxide is the main sun protection factor. So if I did the whole recipe including carrot oil and raspberry oil but not zinc oxide- would that still have SPF of about 15? I’m going to use it on my children on sea side holidays- so im wondering if that will be enough.
    Thank you ,

  372. Hi. Is this recipe safe for babies or children?

  373. I have tried this recipe 2 times now, the first time I thought it was just because I didn’t use more zinc that my family was burning in the intense Arizona sun, but now I just made another batch on Saturday and doubled the zinc to increase the protection and we all burned again. A little background, we spend hours on the lake each weekend, we reapply every hour to hour and a half. Do you have any suggestions for me as to what I can use or how to increase our protection in the water all day? TIA

    • With little context:
      if the sun is strong and there are no options for shade, you may have to re-apply more frequently. If you are swimming, sweating, toweling off… you may have to apply more often. If you are really fair, you may have to apply more often. Water magnifies the sun’s rays. The water surface reflects the sun’s rays. What else are you using for screening from the sun? Sunscreen is not supposed to be your first line of defense against the sun.

      One more thing to think about, I wonder what others think about this… but maybe use a sunscreen with a LARGER particle size of zinc oxide. (It will be pretty white) The zinc oxide powder linked in this recipe has micro-particles, it’s size is 216nm. I think the Badger brand has pretty large size zinc particles… “The average particle size in Badger sunscreen is 6,000nm (including some agglomeration), well above the nano particle range.”

      this is from the EWG site: “The smaller they [zinc particles] are, the better the SPF protection and the worse the UVA protection. Manufacturers must strike a balance: small particles provide greater transparency but larger particles offer greater UVA protection. ”

      Again, despite whatever sunscreen you use.. make sure it’s just a back up to shade/hats/clothes/sarongs, etc…

      • Great reminder that sunscreen is a back up. Since we have grown up with sunscreen we have this impression that we can be in the sun without worry but like you said it really shouldn’t be the only line of defense.

  374. I love this recipe! The texture is amazing! We used the coc oil, olive oil, beeswax pellets, shea butter & zinc from her basic recipe. We waited to add the red raspberry seed oil, carrot oil, & lavender essential oil until it cools slightly but before it is hardened completely. I used high quality organic oils for the fatty oils & essential oils. If it’s going on my skin I want it to be a great quality! I also notice we burn A LOT less since we decreased significantly our processed foods & increased real, whole foods. It’s amazing how our bodies will take care of us if we feed it right. For those times we are out in the full sun for over an hour we use this amazing recipe. Thanks Wellness Mama for so many wonderful recipes!

  375. Hi, if sunscreens that contain vitamin A are bad for you, doesn’t carrot seed oil also contain vitamin A? I’m a bit hesitant to buy carrot oil seed and make my own sunscreen if I’m just going to do harm to my child. I hope you can help with an answer to this question as I couldn’t find the answer on the internet. I also hope it is not too late as I see this article was posted years ago! Thanks in advance!

  376. Hi Katie, can I mix a few drops of carrot seed oil in my aloe vera gel and apply that to my face?

  377. Hi, I was wondering can you double up the ingredients of the oils and use 3 table spoons of zinc oxide, just to make it more and with better uv protection?


  378. Wow, what a reaction to this post! Believe it or not, I read through every response. Some were completely hysterical (not in a good way) in nature and others much more intelligent and calm. My take? It doesn’t have to be “either/or”. You can have it both ways. Get a little sun (there’s your vitamin D!) and protect yourself the rest of the time. It’s called balance.

    Try this… stay out of the sun between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm if at all possible. Use organic sunscreen (such as Wellness Mama’s great recipe which I have tried and it works wonderfully!). And here is something to ponder… sunscreens (homemade or store bought) do not eliminate the possible damage of the suns rays, it just slows it down allowing you to be out longer with less chance of burning or doing damage.

    Easy peasy folks. Remember, the word of the day (and for this post) is BALANCE.

    • Great comment @Suzette. Like most things in life, balance is the most important but also the hardest to accomplish…