DIY Sunscreen

Posted by Pam Macri on

With summer fast approaching and the need for us all to take care of our skin in the harsh outdoor conditions, it is necessary to find safe ways of doing so.

We put on a hat. We wear long clothing as much as possible. We stay out of the sun at the hottest parts of the day. We wear sunscreen to protect our skin.

The problem with many sunscreens in the additives. For years now I have been one to shy away from sunscreens as my skin is so sensitive to them that it burns from the moment of application. I even wear the one supposedly for sensitive skin and babies and that burns me. Who knows what it is really doing to the super soft skin of a baby.

As much as possible, our household products are being replaced with chemical free, natural alternatives. Let's see how this summer goes with the following sunscreen recipe.


120g carrier oil of your choice

60g coconut oil (hardened type)

25g shea butter

20g bees wax beads

40g zinc oxide

approx. 50 drops essential oil (optional) - NO CITRUS BASED


  1. Add the carrier oil, coconut oil, shea butter and bees wax into a glass box on a double boiler. Heat until melted.
  2. Add the zinc oxide and essential oils. Stir until well combined.
  3. Pour mixture into a tin or glass jar and allow to set. This will make about 250 - 270g. Take care to scrape all the zinc out of the glass bowl into the new setting container.
  4. When the mixture has set, stir thoroughly to ensure that the zinc oxide is evenly distributed throughout. This is the main SPF ingredient in the mixture.

Apply as you would any other sunscreen, remembering to reapply a couple of hours after going into water.


Please be aware, that the Scents For Us does not in any way guarantee the recipes success or outcome. This recipe has not been tested or approved by any governing body or health authority.


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