Chemical Minimalism Pam Schmidt

DIY Sunscreen Recipe – Have It Your Way

DIY Sunscreen Recipe - Have It Your Way

Make a DIY Sunscreen Recipe, and you get to have it your way! You get to control the quality of ingredients. You get to choose which ingredients you use. If you happen to be allergic to a particular butter or oil, you can substitute something else in its place.

Making your own DIY sunscreen recipe makes me feel powerful! There is something satisfying about having full control over what I slather on my skin. There aren’t any secret ingredients hidden in the sunscreen under the label saying “fragrance”. I know that sneaky trick the cosmetic companies use!

When we use a DIY sunscreen recipe, we get this kind of power:

  • Using vitamins and ingredients that truly benefit our skin. The quantity and the quality of ingredients count to protect our skin AND to moisturize the skin too. Vitamin C, D, or E can be added to the sunscreen while being helpful for our skin. You can do this in a personalized, customized way.
  • Creating a sunscreen that is perfect for the entire family. All too many commercial sunscreens are limited to adult skin, kids’ skin, regular skin, or sensitive skin. The natural products in these recipes can be safer for all kinds of skin.
  • Protecting the ocean life environment. Scientists have found sunscreen chemicals tend to wash off and remain in the water. The more toxic chemicals in commercial products cause a negative impact upon fish and ocean plants. Did you know that over 5,000 metric tons of sunscreen chemicals get washed into the oceans annually?
  • Fragrance control. By making your own sunscreen, you can be the one who decides this. If you need to limit fragrance exposure, just use the lightly fragranced natural products listed in each recipe. If you want a bit of fragrance, you can add essential oils which benefit your skin.
  • Avoiding parabens. The Environmental Working Group lists parabens near the top of toxic ingredients contained in commercial sunscreens. Parabens become synthetic estrogens that alter hormones. This is a biggie for adults (both male and female). It is an even BIGGER biggie when it affects young children, even unborn children. Parabens seep through the skin, into the bloodstream. Unborn children will receive parabens in the womb or through the umbilical cord.

So Let’s Check Out Some Recipes for DIY Sunscreen

DIY recipe with non-nano Zinc Oxide: I like how this recipe stays on your skin even when moderate amounts of water comes in contact with the skin.


  • 1/4 c. virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp. beeswax pastilles
  • 2 Tbsp. zinc oxide powder
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder

This recipe involves heating slightly on the stove. I love that it includes Aloe


  • 1 tsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. aloe gel

Here is an organic water-proof sunscreen.


  • 2 oz. virgin coconut oil
  • 2 oz. olive oil (or carrot seed or argan oil, or a blend)
  • 2 oz. cocoa butter
  • 2 oz. beeswax
  • 2 oz. non nano zinc oxide

Oil soluble Z-cote (zinc) is included in this recipe. How great is it that it comes in the form as a stick?


  • 0.50 oz. Sunflower oil
  • 0.45 oz. Coconut oil
  • 0.55 oz. Beeswax
  • 0.25 oz. Cocoa Butter
  • 0.40 oz. Z-Cote oil soluble micronized zinc oxide (22.5%)

Is A DIY Sunscreen Recipe Safe Or Dangerous?

Some people warn us to avoid making our own sunscreen. They actually say it is dangerous. When I searched into the reasons they considered it dangerous, I found it was because of the SPF factor. You see, DIY sunscreen recipes can’t offer a verified SPF number. So they feel the risk of sunburn is greater.

Well….these people are right about being unable to get a verified SPF number.

There are a couple of MORE things the DIY sunscreen lacks – endocrine disruptors and cancer causing ingredients.

My Suggestion here – Think for yourself and use common sense when it comes to sun exposure. Each person has a unique need for protecting their skin from sun damage. Do your own research into the ingredients in the recipes. Consider talking with your naturopath or dermatologist to figure out what your plan will be.

One More Safety Thought

Zinc Oxide is used in a lot of these recipes.

My previous article discusses the types of Zinc Oxide to use for making sunscreen.

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide is the ingredient we want to use for DIY sunscreen recipes. Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral rock that gets ground down into powder. There is zinc oxide that is coarsely ground and some that is finely ground.

Nano zinc oxide is the fine stuff. “Nanos” means “dwarf” in the Greek language. Nanometers is a measuring unit that means one-billionth of a meter. A nano particle is smaller than 100 nanometers.

A Non-nano particle is larger than 100 nanometers. When we make a DIY Sunscreen Recipe, we want the larger, non-nano zinc oxide. The non-nano particle won’t seep through the skin to enter our bloodstream. The nano particle zinc oxide is able to go through the skin and hit the bloodstream. We don’t want to have the zinc oxide in our system. We only want it to sit on the skin to prevent sun burn.

Here is my favorite sunscreen . This is the one I use when we have a big day in the sun. It offers SPF 30 in a natural, effective UVA/UVB protection. It is one that is great for the whole family, with no harmful chemicals. It’s made with ingredients derived from natural sources and the physical, sun-blocking power of Zinc Oxide.

Mindfulness With DIY Sunscreens

One of the best parts of living the Chemical Minimalist’s lifestyle of reducing toxins is that I get to listen to my body and spirit. It took some time for me to learn to pick up on my body cues. Now those cues come in loud and clear for me. Honestly, I don’t think there are any short cuts in terms of learning to listen to your body.

Well… maybe one tip…. just quiet yourself long enough to consider what is happening with your body.

When I listen to my body and spirit, I know that I truly detest commercial sunscreens. It really does not suit what my body craves. Whenever I apply a commercial sunscreen, my skin feels smothered. My skin cannot breathe. I get super sweaty and itchy. Many commercial sunscreens have a silicone derivative in the ingredients. I know I am allergic to silicone. So I eventually decided that I would stop hunting for the perfect commercial sunscreen.

Most times, I use clothing to protect myself from the sun. I use shade whenever possible. I tried making a DIY sunscreen one time. I didn’t have a recipe that worked well. Perhaps I will try one of these.

“Your body is your best guide. It constantly tells you, in the form of pain or sensations, what’s working for you and what’s not.”

― Hina Hashmi,

Looking beyond the sunscreen consideration, I feel it is very important to listen to the signals from my body and spirit in all realms. When I can hear those signals, everything runs much more smoothly for me.

Do you ever hear the signals of your body and spirit?

Enjoy your healthy life!

Pam Schmidt

Chemical Minimalist

Mindfulness Mentor
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