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Essential Oil Sunscreen Recipe

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Learn how to make your own natural sunscreen with essential oils. This recipe is easy to make and perfect for those who want to avoid chemical sunscreens.

Essential Oil Sunscreen Recipe

Essential Oil Sunscreen Recipe

23a4bed028785a010bca501d0e0ec0fa?s=30&d=mm&r=g Essential Oil Sunscreen RecipeElse Norregard
Summer is here and it's important to protect our skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. One way to do this is by using sunscreen, but not all sunscreens are created equal. Many commercial sunscreens contain chemicals that can be harmful to our skin and the environment. A natural alternative is to make your own sunscreen using essential oils. This recipe is easy to make and is perfect for those who want to avoid chemical sunscreens.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Course Skin Care
Servings 8 oz


  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk or spoon
  • 8 oz container with lid


  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. shea butter
  • 2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 2 tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide powder
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil


  • In a mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax.
  • Heat the mixture in a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir until the ingredients are fully melted.
  • Remove from heat and add in the zinc oxide powder, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. Stir until fully combined.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for about 20 minutes.
  • Once cooled, transfer the sunscreen to an 8 oz container with a lid.
  • Apply the sunscreen to your skin before going out in the sun.


  • This sunscreen should be stored in a cool, dark place to prevent melting.
  • If you have sensitive skin, be sure to test a small amount of the sunscreen on a patch of skin before applying it all over.
  • This sunscreen has a SPF of approximately 20-30. If you plan to be in the sun for an extended period of time, or if you have fair skin, it is recommended that you use a sunscreen with a higher SPF.

How to Use

  1. Clean your skin before applying the sunscreen.
  2. Apply the sunscreen evenly to all exposed skin.
  3. Reapply every 2 hours, or after sweating or swimming.
  4. Use in conjunction with other sun protection measures such as wearing a hat, staying in the shade, and wearing protective clothing.
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What are the benefits of using an essential oil sunscreen?

  • Essential oil sunscreens are natural and free of chemical ingredients, which may be less harsh on the skin and more environmentally friendly.

Can essential oils really protect my skin from the sun?

  • Essential oils can provide some protection from the sun, but they should not be used as the sole form of sun protection. It is recommended to use a sunscreen with a higher SPF in conjunction with essential oils.
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Can I use any essential oils in this recipe or should I stick to the specific ones listed?

  • It is recommended to stick with the specific essential oils listed in the recipe, as they have been chosen for their SPF properties.

How long will this sunscreen last?

  • It is recommended to use this sunscreen within 6 months of making it.
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What is non-nano zinc oxide powder?

  • Non-nano zinc oxide powder is a mineral sunscreen ingredient that physically reflects and scatters UV rays. It is considered to be a safer and more natural alternative to chemical sunscreen ingredients. The term “non-nano” refers to the size of the particles, which are larger than nano particles and less likely to penetrate the skin and cause irritation.

Do I need to apply this sunscreen more often than a chemical sunscreen?

  • Yes, it is recommended to reapply this sunscreen every 2 hours, or after sweating or swimming, as it does not provide as much sun protection as a chemical sunscreen with a higher SPF.

Can I use this sunscreen on my face or is it only safe for body use?

  • This sunscreen is safe for use on the face and body, but if you have sensitive skin it’s recommended to perform a patch test before using all over face to ensure no irritation occurs.