DIY Nontoxic Sunscreen

Updated: Jan 7

A major goal of mine, that started my wellness practice, was being able to eliminate as many toxins as I possibly could in my life: toxic chemicals in food, toxic chemicals in products, toxic people, toxic environments, toxic relationships, etc. Back in 2019, the New Year's resolutions that topped my list were to become 80-90% organic with my food and drink, and to have 80-90% nontoxic products for my home and body.

One area I knew I could swap immediately was my skin care products, that are generally loaded with toxic chemicals that get soaked up into the body by the largest organ of the body, our skin. The more I researched about skincare products and their ingredients, the more selective I became with the brands I used and trusted. And some products just don’t make the cut, and one of those products are sunscreens.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor and I am speaking purely on my own personal experience and journey towards healing naturally with all-natural wellness practices. If you have any questions about what might work best for you, please make sure you consult with a doctor before trying alternative remedies and therapies mentioned here or in any of my other blogs.

While I am sure there are brands that practice ethical standards with pure, clean, non-toxic ingredients that are good for the body (and companies that carry these products, taking out ALL the guesswork for us as consumers, like an amazing local company here called ShopGood), there are some items I take pleasure in making myself, and today, I'm going to share my recipe for an all-natural, non-toxic sunscreen, with an SPF 20ish (without chemical lab testing to prove 100% accuracy, the research on these ingredients that carry natural SPFs suggest it would be around SPF 20).

This method includes a double-boiler and is best if you can use a glass jar or bowl to immerse into the hot water for this blending method. So without further ado, let's jump into this recipe!



1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup shea butter (if you have cocoa butter, you can use that, too!)

2 tbsp. beeswax pellets

1 tsp. carrot seed oil

1 tsp. vitamin e

2 tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide

20-25 drops of essential oil for scent (keep away from citrus, as it increases UV sensitivity)


In a double boiler, bring water in the bottom pan to a simmer over medium/medium-low heat, placing coconut oil, shea butter, carrot seed oil, and vitamin e into a glass bowl/container to begin melting. Add in beeswax pebbles and stir together, mixing all ingredients well.

Turn heat off and slowly add in the zinc oxide and essential oils, mixing to combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Remove glass bowl/container from water, and allow the mixture to begin cooling, whisking occasionally to ensure all ingredients bond together properly.

Once it begins to thicken, pour the mixture into a wide-rimmed glass jar for storage. Continue to cool for at least 30 minutes, and it'll be ready for use in 24-hours.

Lasts for about one season.

So there you have it! All-natural and nourishing ingredients for your skin, that have healing properties against the harmful rays of the sun, that not only protect your skin with the ingredient's natural SPF properties but also moisturize and hydrate your skin. This is also a waterproof recipe with the addition of the beeswax, but long exposure in water or sweaty conditions would warrant re-applications.

Secret tip: Grab a few different sized jars, to yield a few different versions of your sunscreen:

  • small container for a travel-sized beach tote or fanny pack sunscreen

  • large container to keep at home

  • fancy jar for your vanity, and enjoy aa a natural face cream that has built-in SPF

Incorporating a nontoxic lifestyle can be fun and creative, especially when you are the one making the products for your body and home. You feel an extra sense of relief if this is a major concern for you like it is for me when you get to choose the ingredients and the standards to which these products must adhere to. Now every time I am in the sun during peak hours, I have a beautiful clean product to protect and nourish my skin, that I made. To read a bit more about the sun and how to take advantage of its healing benefits during non-peak times, I have created a blog post to fill you in!

I hope you all love this DIY recipe for homemade sunscreen, so give this a share on your Pinterest boards to help others learn about all-natural skincare that can be created right in your own kitchen!

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