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Homemade Natural Sunscreen DIY Tutorial

Learn how to make your own homemade natural sunscreen with this easy recipe.
Keyword: homemade sunscreen, natural sunscreen
Author: Joy from Artful Homemaking


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/4 cup non-nano zinc oxide
  • 15 drops essential oil optional


  • Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water and place on medium heat (or use a double boiler).
  • Add the first five ingredients (all except the zinc oxide and essential oil) to a double boiler (I use a quart-sized glass jar).
  • Put the jar with the ingredients in the pan of heating water.
  • As the ingredients start to melt, stir to combine.
  • Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool a bit.
  • Add in the zinc oxide and essential oil to the jar or double boiler (I use 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops frankincense, but you can try other combinations. The only caution is with citrus oils, as they can increase sun sensitivity.)
  • Whisk the ingredients well with a fork. As the mixture continues to cool, stir a few more times to make sure it is well blended.
  • Pour the finished sunscreen into a glass jar for storage, and store at room temperature.


To use, apply a thick layer to skin before sun exposure. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, more often if you're in the water.