Learn how to make your own natural and effective powder sunscreen using just a few simple ingredients.
DIY Organic Sunscreen Recipe
- Spoon or spatula
- Small bowl
- Small container or jar with a lid
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup non-nano zinc oxide
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (optional for added SPF and a light chocolate scent)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
- 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice (optional, for added fragrance
- In a small bowl, mix together the arrowroot powder, zinc oxide, and cocoa powder (if using).
- In a separate small bowl or measuring cup, melt the coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil together in the microwave or over a double boiler.
- Add the melted oils to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Stir in the essential oil, if using.
- Transfer the mixture to a small container or jar with a lid.
- This sunscreen has an SPF of approximately 20.
- It is important to reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
- This sunscreen is not water-resistant, so it is best to use in combination with a water-resistant sunscreen if you will be swimming or sweating.
How to Use
- Shake the container well before each use.
- Using a clean makeup brush or powder puff, apply the sunscreen to your skin in a thin, even layer.
- Rub the powder into your skin until it is fully absorbed.
- Repeat as needed every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
What is an organic sunscreen?
An organic sunscreen is a sun protection product that is made with natural, plant-based ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals. It typically uses zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredient to block UV rays.
Is organic sunscreen less effective than traditional sunscreen?
Organic sunscreens may not have the same level of protection as traditional sunscreens, but they are still effective in blocking UV rays and preventing sunburn. It’s important to use enough product and reapply frequently, as with any sunscreen.
Can organic sunscreens cause irritation or allergies?
Organic sunscreens are generally gentler on the skin and less likely to cause irritation or allergies. However, it’s always a good idea to test a small patch of skin before using any new product to make sure it doesn’t cause any reactions.
Are organic sunscreens reef-friendly?
Yes, organic sunscreens are typically considered reef-friendly because they do not contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can harm coral reefs.
How long do organic sunscreens last?
The shelf life of organic sunscreens is typically shorter than traditional sunscreens because they do not contain chemical preservatives. It’s important to check the expiration date and replace the product if it has passed its expiration date.
Do organic sunscreens need to be reapplied as frequently as traditional sunscreens?
Yes, organic sunscreens should be reapplied just as frequently as traditional sunscreens to ensure adequate protection from the sun’s rays. It’s important to follow the directions on the product and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.