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DIY Sunscreen Made with Coconut Oil

We have a DIY sunscreen made with coconut oil today because if you search the Internet, you will find that consumers are tired of the standard, chemical-filled sunscreens that have flooded the marketplace. The Environmental Working Group has outlined “The Trouble with Sunscreen Chemicals,” and it is very apparent that toxicity is the underlying theme.

Since we know that Coconut Oil has a (natural) SPF of about 8, it only makes sense that we could combine other ingredients for a stronger (sans-chemicals) SPF sunscreen.

We loved Wellness Mama’s Homemade Sunscreen, so decided to give it a try.

Note: We created just a very basic sunscreen version. You can add other things, per Katie’s post, to fit your needs best.

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DIY Sunscreen Made with Coconut Oil


Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Ingredients


We followed Wellness Mama’s directions, too, but we wanted to show you the whole process in pictures.

Gather ingredients.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Ingredients close

Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized glass jar.

Tip: have an old 15 oz Nutiva Coconut Oil glass jar? Now would be a great time to reuse it.

Ingredients in Nutiva Coconut Oil Jar

Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with water.

In Pan Beginning

As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt.

Heating Ingredients

Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate.

ingredients melted

When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide and stir in well.

With added Zinc Oxide

Add in the orange extract (or whatever scent you like best).

Organic Orange Extract Sunscreen

Pour mixture into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. (At this point we transferred into a wide-mouthed Weck jar.) After just a short while, all ingredients will solidify into the sunscreen texture.

DIY Orange Susncreen

Store in the fridge or in a cool, dark place.

DIY Sunscreen_VCO

Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

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  1. Hannah says:

    Is the Orange oil for scent or Sun protection ?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Hannah, the organic orange extract is for scent. Thanks!

    2. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Hannah,
      We used the orange oil for the scent and not as added sun protection.

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