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homemade sunscreen

homemade sunscreen


There are two types of sunscreen creams/lotions available. Chemical sunscreen and physical or mineral sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreens use a process of absorption into skin, while mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin and reflect the suns rays.

Chemical sunscreen uses active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, among others.

Mineral sunscreen active ingredients contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Some contain a combination of zinc oxide and a chemical ingredient.

I won’t go into the nitty gritty here, but if you are interested, hop over to this EWG article and learn more.

After reading about chemical sunscreens and how they work, I decided that using physical sunscreen is an option that I am much happier with.



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The problem is, natural sunscreens are EXPENSIVE! Like big time! They come in these tiny little tubes that cost big bucks!

So what did I decide to do? Make my own of course!

This was my first time attempting it, and I must say, I am thrilled with the results. I have experienced great protective results with this, and I have very fair skin. Once applied, I don’t find it to be overly greasy and it stays put very well. Of course, with any non nano mineral sunscreen, you will experience slight skin whitening (especially when first applied). This is just par for the course.


Homemade Zinc Sunscreen


2 oz cocoa butter

2 oz coconut oil

2 oz olive oil

2 oz non nano zinc oxide

Optional- essential oils, I added a few drops of frankincense for it’s amazing skin supporting benefits.


Slowly melt first three ingredients in a pot over medium heat until well combined. Take off heat and carefully stir in zinc oxide powder. When still liquid, but not hot, add essential oils if desired.

Pour into container(s) of choice and allow to harden. I used two small, recycled glass pots. I carry one with me and keep one in the house.

*Don’t be alarmed when this seems very runny and oily at first. I found that it took a good 2-3 days for this to really set up like the final product. at first some olive oil came to the top, and it stayed runny. Putting it into the fridge helps speed up the process. But once this set up, I have not had trouble with it being too runny again. Of course, if left in a hot vehicle, it would melt.


For more info on what kind of essential oils I use for myself and family, click here.