Sunscreen Recipes

DIY Sunscreen Recipe

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Learn how to make your own sunscreen at home with this easy recipe. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while staying true to your vegan values.

Homemade Vegan Sunscreen

Homemade Vegan Sunscreen

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Summer is here, and it's essential to protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays. However, many sunscreens on the market are not vegan-friendly, containing ingredients derived from animals. In this blog post, we will share a recipe for homemade vegan sunscreen that is easy to make and effective in protecting your skin.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 2 hours
Course Skin Care
Servings 4 ounces


  • Double boiler or heat-proof bowl and saucepan
  • Whisk or spoon
  • Container with a lid for storage


  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of zinc oxide powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)


  • In a double boiler or heat-proof bowl and saucepan, melt the coconut oil and shea butter over low heat.
  • Once the oils have melted, remove from heat and whisk in the zinc oxide powder.
  • Add in the vitamin E oil and essential oil (if using) and mix well.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for 2 hours, or until it has hardened.
  • Once cooled, store in a container with a lid for use.


  • Make sure to use non-nano zinc oxide powder for best sun protection.
  • The essential oil is added for its fragrance, but it can also add other benefits to your skin.

How to Use

  • Apply a generous amount of sunscreen on your face, ears, neck, and other exposed areas of the skin.
  • Reapply as needed, especially after swimming or sweating.
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What is vegan sunscreen?

  • Vegan sunscreen is a sunscreen that does not contain any ingredients derived from animals.

Is vegan sunscreen as effective as regular sunscreen?

  • Vegan sunscreen can be just as effective as regular sunscreen if the correct ingredients are used.

Can I use homemade vegan sunscreen for my face?

  • Yes, you can use homemade vegan sunscreen on your face. However, you should always test a small area first to ensure there are no allergic reactions.
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What ingredients should I look for in a vegan sunscreen?

  • Ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and avobenzone are commonly used in vegan sunscreens for UV protection.

How long does homemade vegan sunscreen last?

  • Homemade vegan sunscreen can last up to 6 months if stored in a cool and dry place.

What’s the difference between vegan sunscreen and cruelty-free sunscreen?

  • Vegan sunscreen contains no ingredients derived from animals, while cruelty-free sunscreen is not tested on animals. A product can be both vegan and cruelty-free, but they are not the same thing.
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Can I use homemade vegan sunscreen while pregnant?

  • It is best to consult with your healthcare provider before using any new skincare products, including homemade vegan sunscreen, during pregnancy.