Sunscreen Recipes

DIY Reef Safe Sunscreen

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Looking for a natural, reef-safe sunscreen option? Look no further! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make your own DIY reef safe sunscreen using all-natural ingredients. It’s easy, affordable, and safe for the environment. Check it out now!

DIY Reef Safe Sunscreen

DIY Reef Safe Sunscreen

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With the increasing awareness of the harm that traditional sunscreens can cause to our oceans and marine life, many people are turning to reef safe sunscreen options. However, these options can often be expensive and difficult to find. That's why we've created this DIY recipe for making your own reef safe sunscreen at home. Not only is it easy to make, but it's also all-natural and non-toxic, making it safe for both you and the ocean.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Course Personal Care
Servings 4 oz


  • 4 oz container
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 2 tbsp zinc oxide powder
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax.
  • Heat the mixture in the microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the ingredients are fully melted and combined.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir in the zinc oxide powder and essential oil (if using).
  • Pour the mixture into your 4 oz container and let it cool for 30 minutes.
  • Once cooled, your reef safe sunscreen is ready to use!


  • Be sure to use non-nano zinc oxide powder, as nano particles can be harmful to marine life.
  • This recipe uses coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax as the base ingredients, but you can experiment with different carrier oils and waxes to find what works best for you.
  • Essential oils are not necessary, but they can add a pleasant scent and additional skin benefits.

How to Use

  1. Apply a small amount of sunscreen to your skin before going out in the sun.
  2. Reapply every 2 hours or as needed.
  3. Remember to also protect your eyes and lips with sunglasses and lip balm.
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What is reef safe sunscreen?

Reef safe sunscreen is a type of sunscreen that does not contain ingredients that are harmful to coral reefs and marine life.

Why is traditional sunscreen bad for reefs?

Traditional sunscreen often contains chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can bleach coral reefs and harm marine life.

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How can I tell if a sunscreen is reef safe?

Look for sunscreens that are labeled “reef safe” or “coral reef safe” and avoid those that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate.

What are some ingredients to look for in reef safe sunscreen?

Ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are commonly found in reef safe sunscreens.

Is homemade reef safe sunscreen effective?

Yes, homemade reef safe sunscreen can be just as effective as store-bought options, as long as it contains the necessary ingredients and is used properly.

What is the difference between reef safe sunscreen and mineral sunscreen?

Reef safe sunscreen refers to sunscreen that is safe for coral reefs and marine life, while mineral sunscreen refers to sunscreen that uses mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredient. While most reef safe sunscreens are also mineral sunscreens, not all mineral sunscreens are necessarily reef safe.

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Can I use reef safe sunscreen while swimming?

Yes, reef safe sunscreen is safe to use while swimming and is designed to stay on your skin even in water.

How often should I reapply reef safe sunscreen?

It is recommended to reapply reef safe sunscreen every 2 hours or as needed, especially after swimming or sweating.

Is reef safe sunscreen more expensive than traditional sunscreen?

Reef safe sunscreen can be more expensive than traditional sunscreen, but it is also possible to find affordable options. Additionally, making your own reef safe sunscreen at home can be a cost-effective option.

Are there any side effects of using reef safe sunscreen?

There are typically no side effects of using reef safe sunscreen, as it is made with all-natural, non-toxic ingredients. However, as with any new skincare product, it’s always a good idea to patch test before using it all over your body.