Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

There are many reasons to be concerned with commercial sunscreens (read this post: Is Sunscreen Healthy?). Some chose not to use it at all because of these concerns. Most of the time it is possible to get away without it but I find I still need some protection when we are out in the sun for long periods of time or in places where there is little or no shade.

There are very few sunscreens that I trust and some of them are hard to find or very expensive so making my own is a great alternative. We used this sunscreen last week when we were outside gardening all day and it worked great. If you are looking for an alternative to commercial sunscreens this is a great way to go.

Sunscreen Recipe

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Bees Wax pastilles
  • 2 tbsp. Zinc Oxide (this is a non-nano version)
  • 1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Rose hip Seed Oil
  • Essential oils (I used Lavender)

In a double boiler, warm the olive oil, almond oil, and beeswax on low heat until the bees wax is melted.

Once all of the bees wax pastilles are melted, remove the oils from the heat. Add in the zinc oxide powder, and whisk until combined. Once it is incorporated into the oils, add the vitamin e oil, rose hip seed oil, and essential oils and whisk again. Pour the mixture into a jar to store. Any small glass jar will do – even an empty jar from jam, baby food, yeast, etc. works great. Put in the refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes.

Looking for more personal care recipes like shampoo, body lotion, hand sanitizer, and insect repellent? Check out my eBook, The Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skin Care.

Do you make homemade sunscreen? What is your favorite recipe?



  1. says

    Thanks for posting this. I was just being teased the other day about the fact that I “probably make [my] own sunscreen” and I think this year I just might have to. And this recipe sounds pretty simple too.

  2. Meridith says

    What is the approximant SPF of your homemade sunscreen? If you add more Zink oxide does the SPF go up?

  3. Ruth says

    Question: with so many oils involved, when applying it, do the oils soak into the skin or is the user very greasy?
    Do you know what SPF this would be equated to?
    Any suggestion on where to get Rose Hip Seed Oil?

    • says

      It has the consistency of a body butter, it does soak in pretty well. I am working on the SPF so I’ll keep you posted. I get my rosehip seed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs – if you wanted to make this and didn’t have that you could do it without it. It just gives the added benefit of vitamin C.

  4. Terri says

    I make my own with Shea butter, coconut oil, zinc, beeswax. So far, it has worked great. I did read somewhere that 20% zinc is about a 30 SPF. If I can find where I read it, I will link it.

    • says

      I haven’t personally tested it yet since I just made it recently. I believe the general rule is don’t use sunscreen after 1 year of it being opened so we could go with that rule until it’s tested.

  5. Mandy says

    This sounds awesome! I do know that using any citrus oils in this can irritate some skin types. I am trying to find a way to boost the SPF to 75% or higher. I read that carrot seed oil, and rasberry seed oil have SPF of 20-30% . I can turn purple and blister in 25 minutes of sun exposer so I am really doing my homework on this. Any tips on to raise the SPF would be much appreciated.

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