HomeMade Sunscreen

This is an alternative to store bought sunscreen. This has not been FDA tested, approved, or disapproved. But, you know exactly what is going into this. As always, be diligent with application & be sure to reapply after swimming/toweling.

HomeMade Sunscreen

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  • DIY Natural Sunscreen

  • May 12, 2014 by Guest 51 Comments

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  • DIY Natural Sunscreen - TheHumbledHomemaker.com

  • Guest post by Lexie of Lexie:Naturals

  • A little disclaimer for our friends at the FDA: None of the statements in this post have been approved (or denied) by the FDA. I have done extensive research, but I am not a chemist or a doctor. This is sold as a Sun Lotion and diaper cream rather than a sunscreen. Carry on! :)

  • This particular sunscreen is smooth, goes on easily, and rubs in nicely. It has an SPF of about 30. This is due to the natural SPF of shea butter (6-10), coconut oil (4-10), and zinc oxide. If a higher SPF is desired, more zinc oxide can be added. You can see a zinc oxide chart here. Just know that adding more zinc oxide will also increase the whiteness of the sunscreen as it goes on.

  • 1.5

    oz. (3 Tbsp.) Beeswax pellets

  • 4

    oz. (½ cup) Shea Butter

  • 3.5

    oz. (½ cup) Coconut oil

  • 2

    oz. (4 Tbsp.) Zinc Oxide (non-nano)

  • See more at: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2014/05/diy-natural-sunscreen.html#sthash.DL1igEBV.dpuf


1. Start a double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. Add your beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. Stir with a wooden stick. 2. Remove glass bowl from double boiler and add zinc oxide. It may bubble and fizz slightly. Don’t let it frighten you as it did me the first time. :) Stir with a wooden stick and then with a hand mixer or stick blender until nice and smooth. Make sure you clean all utensils right away with a paper towel or the beeswax will stick and be very difficult to clean later on. Zinc is VERY messy - See more at: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2014/05/diy-natural-sunscreen.html#sthash.DL1igEBV.dpuf 3. Pour sunscreen into a glass jar and let it sit for several hours until it cools. This can also be poured into an old deodorant or lip balm tube and used as a stick. Make sure you label and date it so that everyone knows what it is! It should keep for up to a year (or until your zinc expires). When you are ready to use, just scoop some out with your fingers and apply as normal or rub over skin if you are using it as a stick. It may take a bit more rubbing in cooler weather, but it will otherwise go on very smoothly. Tips: You may find it easier to apply this sunscreen if you pour it into a tube (such as an empty deodorant tube or lip balm tube). If you live in colder climates you may want to add less beeswax and more coconut oil. If you live in hotter climates you may want to add more beeswax and less coconut oil. If you don’t like the consistency of this sunscreen, you can remelt it and add either more beeswax (to make it harder) or coconut oil (to make it softer). - See more at: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2014/05/diy-natural-sunscreen.html#sthash.DL1igEBV.dpuf


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