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Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

Updated on March 17, 2015
Homemade sunscreen recipe looks to nature for natural sun protection.
Homemade sunscreen recipe looks to nature for natural sun protection. | Source

Learning The Hard Way ~

Sunscreen has been a hot topic for years and something I am very familiar with using and not using, I hasten to add. Picture the scene if you will.

The merest sign of a bit of sunshine in Ireland, sends the mass population out to beaches, the garden or just walking out and about with next to nothing on in the clothes department.

Adorned with nothing or practically nothing applied to protect the skin, no precautions taken by covering up heck, we slathered on the baby oil, cooking oil or sun oils we thought would make us get the perfect tan in an hour!

Oh how wrong we were and I have been guilty of all of the above and paid the price on my fair freckled skin, getting severely burnt, blistered and having several moles removed as they were suspect skin cancerous.

Lying on the beach in Turkey, by a cool pool chilling out in the Canary Islands or sitting outside a Greek cafe on the Island of Santorini are all things I have done and loved being a sun lover not fully appreciating the dangers.

How things have changed and thankfully I have learned lessons in safely enjoying the benefits of sunshine.

Sunbeds are Inviting for Sunworshippers

sunbathing on the beach should be done with adequate protection. shade and for minimal time.
sunbathing on the beach should be done with adequate protection. shade and for minimal time. | Source

Ray of Sunshine

UVA and UVB rays
UVA and UVB rays | Source

Sunscreen ~

Thankfully research and technology has prevailed and the dangers of the sun have been persistently highlighted along with the benefits sunshine brings.

Wearing sunscreens has been an important part of modern culture and not only alone as a product but has been incorporated into numerous color cosmetic products including foundation, face powder, lip balms and lipsticks. Skin care products are all available now with added SPF including anti aging serum, face moisturizer, eye cream, cleanser and body wash.

From researching homemade sunscreen there are mixed opinions as to the use of two particular ingredients, mineral zinc oxide and titanium oxide.

Zinc oxide is the more commonly used ingredient in a sunscreen recipe and has the ability to reflect the harmful rays with minimal negative effects and it is the one I have included in this homemade recipe.Zinc oxide powder is not safe to inhale so it is best to wear a face mask or cover the nose and mouth while mixing the powder.

Research and evidence is not conclusive as to whether zinc oxide is indeed harmful but so far the Environmental Working Group (EWG) find that sunscreen with mineral zinc oxide rates higher than chemical based options because

  • They do not break up in the sun (stable)
  • They provide better sun protection properties with fewer health issues
  • They believe zinc oxide provides good protection from dangerous UVA rays

Ultimately the decision is yours, I am not trying to persuade you just show you the possibilities of making your own sunscreen which uses gorgeous butters, oils and essential oils that give SPF protection, are nourishing on the skin, very cost effective and smell wonderful.

Olive Oil

one of the great oils with a natural SPF
one of the great oils with a natural SPF | Source

Essential Oils

Peppermint SPF 7

Tulsi SPF 7

Lavender SPF 6

Eucalyptus SPF 3

Tea Tree SPF 2

Homemade Suncream

easy to make in your own kitchen.
easy to make in your own kitchen. | Source

Did you know about SPF in everyday oils, butters and essential oils?

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Natures Sunscreens ~

Many ingredients and essential oils have natural SPF protection that originate from plants and need to be combined to get a higher protection.

On their own they are not necessarily sufficient.

I have discovered quite a list of natures natural sun protectors which makes sense when you consider that plants are exposed to sun every day and they need protecting from harsh dangerous rays.

They have evolved to produce nutrients, phytochemicals and pigments to provide this protection.

Ingredients high in antioxidants are also natural sunscreens and Vitamin C and E are two of nature’s antioxidants.

Here are some of the common carrier or base oils and essential oils that have SPF protection.

Vegetable Oils

Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 28 – 30

Carrot Seed Oil SPF 30

Wheatgerm Oil SPF 20

Olive Oil SPF 15

Soyabean Oil SPF 10

Macadamia Oil SPF 6

Avocado Oil SPF 4 - 10

Jojoba Oil SPF 4

Almond Oil SPF 4

Shea Butter SPF 3 – 6

Coconut Oil SPF 2 - 8

Green Tea Benefits

green tea helps protect us from disease and from the effects of sunburn.
green tea helps protect us from disease and from the effects of sunburn. | Source

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe SPF 20 ~

This recipe incorporates ingredients that you may easily use in many homemade recipes in skin care, personal hygiene products and cosmetics, making them very versatile and cost effective.

The oils, butters and essential oils have a shelf life up to a year when stored in cool, dark cupboard making them useful for making later on in the season.

Recipe yields 3 - 4 oz of sunscreen.


1Ttbsp Shea Butter

1 Tbsp Mango Butter

1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil

1 Tbsp Avocado Oil

4 Tbsp Green Tea (1 teabag)

1 Tsp Beeswax Pellets

4 Tsp Zinc Oxide Powder

½ Tsp Vitamin E Oil

6 drops Essential Oil of Choice

6 drops Essential Oil of Choice

You Will Need:

4 oz Dark Glass Jar (recycled sterilized clear jar will do)

Stainless Steel Bowl (to fit over a saucepan)


Hand Whisk


  • Boil the kettle leave for 5 minutes to slightly cool and pop the green tea teabag into ½ cup of boiling water and leave for 5 minutes.
  • Add the butters, oils and beeswax into your stainless steel bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water (about a third of the saucepan full) to melt.
  • Wait until all the ingredients have fully melted and remove from the heat. This will only take a few minutes.
  • Remove the teabag and add 1 tbsp of green tea to the butter and oils whisking immediately and vigorously. Wait until it has been blended in completely before adding the next tablespoon until all 4 tbsp have been whisked in.
  • Add the zinc oxide powder and whisk extra VIGOROUSLY to ensure no lumps are formed.
  • When satisfied, add in your chosen essential oils and whisk in to your sunscreen.
  • Pour into your container and your gorgeous sunscreen is ready!

Applying Sunscreen

remember to apply adequate sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every few hours.
remember to apply adequate sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every few hours. | Source

More Homemade Goodies ~

If you fancy any more of my homemade beauty recipes you can check them all out @ my homemade skin care recipes board on Pinterest.

Sunscreen Tips ~

This sunscreen will last a month if stored in a cool, dry dark cupboard. It will last up to 3 months when stored in the fridge. Remember storing it in the fridge will harden up the cream so just remove it a few hours before you need it.

Avoid using CITRUS essential oils as many are sun sensitive so are best to avoid completely in this product.

If you want to adjust the texture or thickness you can do this easily by adjusting the green tea amount. For a thicker sunscreen you will use less green tea (2-3 tbs) and for a thinner consistency a few tablespoons more.

Ideal to make for all the family, remember to reapply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming. Whilst many believe the beeswax pellets provide waterproofing it is questionable so I would air on the side of caution for this use.

Many people do not use enough sunscreen when applying, you should be using ¼ cup to ½ cup for all over body coverage.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on the "nooks and crannies" such as the ears, behind the ears, the heels of the feet, front of feet and back of neck.

Staying protected makes sense and taking unnecessary risks is compromising your health so make your own healthy batch of sunscreen all the family may use and stay safe.

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Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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