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DIY Homemade Sunscreen

Cook: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Ditch the nasty chemicals of regular sunscreens and make your own, that will nourish your skin and protect you from harmful effects of the sun.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide powder use a non-nano brand
  • 30 drops essential oils: lavender, and/or peppermint essential oils are recommended optional for fragrance; do not use citrus essential oils as they increase skin sensitivity
  • Cocoa powder to desired color optional for use to tint your sunscreen


  • Add coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet almond or olive oil to a double boiler with 1-2 inches of water in the bottom. If you don't have a double boiler you can put the ingredients in a metal or glass measuring cup, or a small mixing bowl that you can place over a saucepan. Then place your cup or bowl in or over the saucepan which is filled with a couple inches of water.
  • Heat mixture over low heat until the shea butter is melted.
  • Remove the top of the double boiler (or take out the measuring cup or bowl, using hot mitts) and allow to cool a little.
  • Carefully, being sure not to inhale any of the powder, measure out and stir in the zinc oxide powder. It's recommended that you use a mask to cover your nose and mouth during this step.
  • Add the optional essential oils, and optional cocoa powder. Stir well to combine.
  • Store sunscreen in a small airtight jar.
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