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Homemade Sunscreen

  • Author: Sarah


A simple diy sunscreen recipe, to help you stay safe this summer


  • 2 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2 tablespoon calendula infused* virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon hempseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon red raspberry seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E, natural source
  • 25 drops lavender essential oil


    • 1 tbsp. zinc oxide, non-nano to increase the spf to 20
    • or
    • 1½ tbsp. zinc oxide, non-nano to increase the spf to 30.


  1. Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and shea butter in a glass jar, set in water.
  2. Stir to combine the beeswax and shea butter. Add calendula infused oil, and hempseed oil to the jar.
  3. Continue to heat and stir until the beeswax mixture combines with the oils.
  4. Stir in raspberry seed oil and vitamin E. Stir to combine. Remove from heat as soon as the mixture liquifies.
  5. Without the addition of zinc oxide this homemade sunscreen recipe has a natural spf of about 15 and offers protection from UVB radiation only.

To create a broad spectrum sunscreen and increase the spf, add zinc oxide to the recipe.

  1. While beeswax and shea butter are melting, stir zinc oxide powder into the oils with a spoon.
  2. Once the zinc oxide powder is moistened, use a stick blender to combine fully. Use a dust mask and gloves to protect from zinc oxide inhalation.
  3. Pour the sunscreen mixture into a 4 oz glass jar or tin and label. For a handy sunscreen stick, you can pour the liquid into lip gloss tubes.

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