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Homemade Natural Sunscreen – Sol Protection for Your Skin

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We are nearing summer and with that comes numerous outdoor activities and lots of sun exposure. For the most part, we don’t ever use sunscreen in our house. It’s a known fact that we need a lot more vitamin D than we are getting in these days, with people staying indoors more often than not. In the Hippy household, we choose to get our sun exposure smartly. We go out during the morning and evening hours rather than at high noon when the sun is at its strongest. We wear sun appropriate clothing and hats when needed and even choose to hang out in the shade when the sun is starting to get too intense. Trees are my most often sought after sunscreen. When we don’t have these luxuries around or it’s the beginning of the sun season and my skin needs some time to ready itself, I usually keep my own homemade sunscreen handy just in case. I love knowing exactly what is in my products, especially since I use them on our son too.

Many conventional sunscreens contain toxic ingredients

Many conventional sunscreens sold at your local grocery and convenience stores contain toxic ingredients including endocrine disrupting chemicals, that experts say are changing us for the worst. Studies have shown that the use of these sunscreens may, in fact, promote skin cancer growth and free radical production. Since sunscreen’s introduction into society, skin cancer rates haven’t actually gone down. In fact, skin cancer rates have risen since the introduction of sunscreen and the FDA has even been caught saying “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps to prevent skin cancer”.

Diet can improve the skin’s resistance to the sun’s harmful rays

Pretty much every illness that our body gets, is affected by what our body ingests, including our diet. Our skin is the largest organ in our body making it just as susceptible to a poor diet as any of our other organs. A diet that is low in antioxidants and high in over processed foods will make your skin much more susceptible to sunburns and damage. In general, fruits and vegetables are foods high in antioxidants and help us fight free radicals and sun damage, while foods such as meat, dairy products, simple carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods cause inflammation and can contribute to making our sun damage worse. Just by eating a whole foods diet that contains foods rich in antioxidants, you can help aid your skin’s resistance to the sun’s harmful rays. Some foods that have been known to help your body aid in sun protection are:

  • Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate, etc. – most berries are all extremely high in antioxidants and have been known to contain sun protecting properties in them. Makes sense since they are all ready for eating during the heat of the summer!
  • Beans, nuts, legumes
  • Green veggies

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Sun protection via natural ingredients

Did you know that many of the unrefined butters and oils in your body butter and lotions, actually have natural sun protecting qualities? These are

  • Raspberry seed oil – This is the most popular of oils to use for sun protection! Jam packed with a huge amount of antioxidants, raspberry seed oil has an estimated SPF of 28-50.
  • Wheat germ oil – This ultra nourishing oil has an SPF around 20
  • Coconut oil – Coconut oil is a prized oil in skin care and hair care. It is used in everything from oil pulling to body butter. Coconut oil not only has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-aging properties, but it also contains an SPF of roughly 5-10.
  • Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Mango butter – All of these butters are great for your skin and help aid in repair and rejuvenation, but they also contain an SPF of 6-15
  • Hemp seed oil, Avocado seed oil, Sunflower oil, Almond Oil – All great oils to deeply moisturize the skin as well as heal scars and lessen wrinkles, these oils also have SPF’s that range from 5-15.
  • Zinc oxide (non-nanoparticle) – a mineral that is created by oxidizing zinc. Zinc oxide provides full spectrum coverage from UVA and UVB long and short waves. Zinc oxide also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great addition to all sorts of healing creams on the market. Depending on the percentage you use of Zinc oxide, you can increase the amount of sun protection in your recipe.

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Homemade Natural Sunscreen – Sol Protection For Your Skin


  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. butter (I use 3 Tbsp. shea butter, 1 Tbsp. mango butter, and 1 Tbsp. cocoa butter)
  • 1/4 coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid oil (I use 1 tsp. raspberry seed oil, 1 tsp. hemp seed oil, and 1 tsp. avocado oil)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax (If you want a harder consistency, use more beeswax, If you would like it softer add less. To make this as a body butter without the beeswax, just replace the beeswax with butters and whip as instructed in my body butter post)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide (this can be adjusted based upon the SPF you are trying to achieve. I used roughly a 15% addition, see this chart here to adjust your recipe to your own needs.)
  • 1 tsp. vitamin e
  • essential oils (optional – omit if pregnant or under the age of two. I use 10 drops lavender, 10 drops frankincense, and 5 drops roman chamomile. My essential oil blend is based on skin needs and not scent, you can use other essential oils to achieve specific scents but unless steam distilled, avoid citrus essential oils because they can cause skin sensitization which is brought about by sunlight!)
  • 2 oz twist up tubes


  1. In a double boiler melt butters, coconut oil, and beeswax. Once melted, continue to leave on heat for 20 minutes to process the butters. (This helps the butters not to get a gritty texture in temperature change.)
  2. After 2o minutes, remove from heat and stir in liquid oils and essential oils (if using)
  3. Wearing  a mask to cover your mouth/nose (or just your t-shirt covering your nose) mix in the zinc oxide. It is best not to breathe in the zinc oxide powder.
  4. I like to stir this before each pour to be sure that the zinc oxide is mixed evenly. Pour into containers and store in a cool dark location when not in use. I use these 2 oz. twist up tubes for easy application!
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  • you can use either. With the unrefined you will have a little more nutrients in the butter because it hasn’t been heated to higher temperatures. The nutty shea smell is much stronger with unrefined oil as well.

  • These recipes are all oil/butter based and contain no water, so if no water gets into the mixture they should last 9-12 months without any issues. They do not need to be refrigerated.

  • yes when you mix with an immersion blender it definitely helps!!!

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  • Beverly Haas

    Where do you find non-nano zinc oxide?

  • Melissa Gomes

    Do you have a recommendation for easy clean up? It took more time for clean then it did to make it. It was so hard to remove the stuff from the dirty dishes.

    • I find that making sure to heat the glass bowl afterwards, so that anything on the bowl is melted again and then wipe clean with a paper towel or a dedicated towel to cleaning oil off of these types of projects. Then you can add your dish soap and wash clean! It took me awhile to find the best way to do this as well lol! I totally feel your pain!!!

  • Mary Marsan

    I am very excited to try this! If I am using butters instead of the beeswax, do I need to use the entire recipe for the body butters, or do I just need to whip the butters like you did in that recipe? Thanks!

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  • Christina

    I’m having a hard time finding organic red raspberry seed oil. Where do you get yours from?

    • Christina

      yeah! I used to get it at MRH but they don’t have it there anymore (not sure why) but I do get it at From Nature With Love!

  • swheatie23

    I’ve read that coconut oil is fairly comedogenic. Do you have any recommended alternatives for coconut oil in recipes that will go on your face?

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  • Lauren

    About how much does this make?

    • Christina

      This recipe roughly fills three 2oz. twist up tubes!

      • Lauren

        Thank you! I know legally you can’t say the S.P.F, but if one followed your recipe exactly, could you give me a rough estimate? I know raspberry and carrot seed oils are high in S.P.F, plus the small amounts from the butters and other oils.

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  • This is something I really want to find the time to do. A lot of moms in my local mamas group make their own stuff like this. I doubt I ever will. I am going to check out your Etsy shop, because that’d probably be easier all around. 🙂

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  • This recipe looks great! I’ve tried a few times to make sunscreen with no luck. They were creamier recipe though. I like that this one is solid. I’ll give it a go soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristie

    Love the idea of homemade stuff but you’ve really misrepresented the facts on skin cancer from the FDA. Before the introduction of sunscreen, we had a proper ozone layer. The fact that skin cancer has gone up in spite of sunscreen says more about our relative exposure to UVA and UVB than it does about any of the products that we (let’s face it) only occasionally put on our skin because it’s oily and smells bad. And it is for this reason that I’m looking into making products at home.

    And to be clear, the recent study that everyone is quoting said that Vitamin D is important in cancer prevention. Not necessarily through sun exposure. If you are fair skinned, green or blue eyed, have freckles, and a family history of skin cancer… use whichever sunscreen is available and lots of it!

  • I love all of your DIYs! Thanks for this one especially! All my babies are tan, but mama needs protection on these Florida beaches!

  • Thanks for the info. I need to start making my own. Where did you find the SPF information on the natural ingredients. I think I tried to look up a source on that one time and couldn’t find any. But I have heard there are a lot of natural oils with spfs.

  • I’ve been wanting to make my own sunscreen this year. Pinning this so I can give it a try!

  • Making sunscreen is on my to do list. I wish I had remembered to buy some zinc the other day with my amazon purchase but I forgot…so I guess it will have to wait.

  • Love the recipe and that you have an etsy shop!

  • This is great! Thanks for the recipe, we usually buy natural sunscreens but they are so expensive!