Homemade Sunscreen with Essential Oils Recipe

Being a fair-skinned redhead, I know firsthand the awful, miserable feeling of getting a sunburn.

And even worse, as a mom and having a daughter with even fairer skin than mine, I know that terrible guilty feeling of letting my child get a sunburn.

That’s why I’m so happy to have this all-natural, homemade essential oil sunscreen!

  • It’s water resistant
  • Helps protects against UVA and UVB
  • SPF 30+
  • Rubs in completely
  • Not sticky or overly greasy
  • Easy to make
  • You get to control what goes in it
  • Made with pure, all-natural ingredients
  • With the goodness of essential oils
  • and it smells great!

But even with all that, with such fair skin we still have to be careful.  We try to find shade when we can, we cover up, we reapply sunscreen every hour or so, and reapply sunscreen after being in the water (or sweating a lot).   And when we get a little too much sun, we use this fantastic after-sun spray with essential oils.

 

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

What’s in this DIY sunscreen?

mango butter or shea butter – SPF 3-6

coconut oil – SPF 6-8

beeswax – thickens sunscreen and makes it water resistant

apricot kernel oil– lightens sunscreen and helps it absorb into skin

non-nano zinc oxide– UVA and UVB protection with SPF 20+

cacao powder (optional)– Zinc oxide sunscreen is famous for being stark white.  Adding a little cacao powder softens that and helps sunscreen blend into your natural skin tone.

essential oil–  I use lavender essential oil.  I love the scent, it’s very relaxing, and it even has a little sun protection (about SPF 5).

3 oz silicone squeeze bottles

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

 

How to make homemade sunscreen with essential oils?

step 1:  add 1/4 cup beeswax to heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 2:  add 1/2 cup mango butter

(or substitute with 1/2 cup shea butter)

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 3:  add 1/2 cup coconut oil

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 4:  use double boiler method to melt butter, oil, and beeswax

  • fill pot with 1-2 inches of water
  • heat pot over medium high heat so that the water gently simmers
  • place heat-safe glass measuring cup in the pot of simmering water
  • stir occasionally
  • be sure to melt the butters and beeswax completely.  If the beeswax doesn’t completely melt, it can reform and become grainy.

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy. I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy. I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 5:  remove mixture from heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 6:  after mixture has cooled for a couple minutes, add 1/4 cup apricot kernel oil

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 7:  add 60 drops essential oil (1% dilution) and stir well

I use lavender essential oil.  I love the scent, it’s very relaxing, and it even has a little sun protection (about 5 SPF).

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 8:  add 1/2 cup non-nano zinc oxide

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 9:  (optional) add a little cacao powder to make your sunscreen to a softer color that’s closer to your skin tone

Zinc oxide sunscreen is famous for being stark white.  Adding a little cacao powder softens that.

I add 2-3 tablespoons to a batch for my family’s fair skin.  If you have a darker skin tone, you may want to experiment with adding more.

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 10:  let the mixture cool completely.  If you’re patient (I’m not) you can let it sit at room temperature for a couple hours.  Or you can speed up the process by putting it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 12:  The zinc oxide and cocoa might have settled to the bottom when it cooled.  To make sure everything is mixed well, give the sunscreen a quick stir with your mixer.

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

step 13:  transfer sunscreen to beach-and-pool-safe containers

To make filling the silicone squeeze bottles quick, easy, and no mess, here’s what I do:

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

Here’s the essential oil sunscreen recipe one more time

1. use double-boiler method to melt the following:

1/4 cup beeswax

1/2 cup mango butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

2. remove from heat, let cool a couple minutes, and then add the following:

1/4 cup apricot kernel oil

60 drops essential oil (1% dilution)  – stir well after adding

1/2 cup non-nano zinc oxide

(optional) 2-3 Tbsp cacao powder

3. refrigerate for 30 minutes

4. zinc oxide and cacao powder may have settled to the bottom of bowl during cooling process.  Use hand mixer for 1-2 minutes to blend everything together really well.

5. transfer sunscreen to silicone squeeze bottles (1 batch fills 3-4 of these 3 ounce bottles)

 

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

 

Where to get supplies for this essential oil sunscreen?

mango butter or shea butter 

coconut oil

beeswax 

apricot kernel oil

non-nano zinc oxide

cacao powder (optional)

3 oz silicone squeeze bottles

I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

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I love this homemade essential oil sunscreen recipe. It's water resistant, protects against UVA and UVB , and SPF 30+. Plus it rubs in completely and it's not sticky or overly greasy.

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By | 2017-06-11T18:54:43+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Essential Oils|12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Teajae May 28, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Allergic to coconut oil can it be omitted from sunscreen recipe or is there a substitute for it?

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      A couple of options that you could do instead of the coconut oil:
      1) omit coconut oil and increase apricot kernel oil to 1/2 cup
      2) use babassu oil in place of coconut oil (equal substitution)

  2. Amber Duncan May 29, 2017 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Is the oils safe in the silicone bottles?

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Yes, diluted essential oils are safe with silicone.

  3. Katrina May 29, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Love the post! Very easy to read and great pictures all the way through. Neat idea with adding the cacao powder. Will definitely have to try your recipe. Thank You!

  4. Jennfier May 29, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    How often do you need to reapply this sunscreen?

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      It will differ based on your skin, how strong the sun is, and if you’re swimming/sweating. We reapply sunscreen every hour or so, and reapply sunscreen after being in the water (or sweating a lot).  But with my (and my daughter’s) fair skin, we also try to find shade and cover up when we can.

  5. Michele June 5, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Can you substitute the apricot oil with another oil?

    • Sarah Lewis June 5, 2017 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can use another liquid carrier oil. I used apricot kernel oil because it is a nice light oil that is quickly absorbed into skin.

  6. Yoli July 18, 2017 at 12:23 am - Reply

    HI Sarah,
    Thanks for your post!! I’m sorry for the question and I understand that it’s pure, all-, natural ingredients but is it safe as a facial sunscreen?

    • Sarah Lewis July 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      My family using it on our faces. We haven’t had any negative reactions. We are very careful though to not get it in our eyes.

  7. Bonnie July 25, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Is there a good Essential Oil combination? I am still learning. My family has many allergies, so I am having to change our way of life. I wish I learned some of these options when I went to Nursing School. Thank you so much.

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