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DIY: Homemade Natural Sunscreen

Posted May 19 2013 3:26pm
on by healthymama

Armed with advice from some herbalist friends, I made my own natural sunscreen, put it on my kids’ skin and took them to play outside all day. I can proudly say that it worked!

Typical sunscreens we cover ourselves and our kids with contain one or more of these potentially dangerous chemicals:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Padimate O
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Trolamine salicyclate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octocrylene

Dioxybenzone and oxybenzone are some of the most powerful free radical generators known to man. Other chemicals on this list have been connected to things like cancer and hormonal imbalance.

Zinc oxide is a popular natural ingredient in sunscreens, but  researchers at Missouri State University recently found  that when exposed to sunlight, zinc oxide may  create free radicals, destroy cells, and increase the risk of skin cancer.

It looks like “all natural” is the way to go if you want to stay away from the harmful toxins.

The following essential oils offer a natural source of sun protection:

Red raspberry seed oil (SPF 28-50)

Wheat germ oil (SPF 20)

Myrrh oil ( SPF 20)

Carrot seed oil (SPF 38-40)


Coconut oil offers the SPF protection of about 15. Beeswax can make the sunblock waterproof. If you tried making my natural non-petroleum jelly , you can use it as a base and add essential oils to it, to simplify the process of making a homemade sunscreen.

Here’s the recipe for all natural DIY  homemade sunscreen made from scratch:


1/4 cup coconut oil *

1/4 cup beeswax pellets

2 drops Myrrh  essential oil

2 drops carrot seed essential oil

2 drops red raspberry seed oil

2 drops wheat germ oil

* If you are allergic to coconut, use shea butter instead or use my non-petroleum jelly as a base.

*If you don’t have some of the oils on the list, substitute with other oils on the list. You can make your sunscreen effective, using just one kind of an essential oil.


Combine coconut oil and beeswax in a small pot. Cook on  a low heat, while stirring for a few minutes, until your ingredients become liquid. Mix well. Take off the heat, pour into a jar. When the jar is cooled to room temperature, add your essential oils and mix again. Seal the jar.  You don’t have to refrigerate it. Use as a sunscreen.


Read 7 Foods To Protect You Against The Sun Damage

Indigo Herbs  is a great source for essential oils

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