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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. Debra Anazonwu says:

    Citrus oils can make people phytosensitive for the next 24 hours, so they are not a good choice for sunscreen. I’ve heard that carrotseed oil from Young Living Essential Oils has a natural SPF of 28. Here’s a recipe: I use carrotseed oil in a coconut oil base and haven’t had any need for sunscreen. I have seen the zinc oxide and beeswax in other recipes, though, and it would be nice to give the product a more sunscreen-ish consistency.

  2. jessica Waymire says:

    Can I use baking soda instead of zinc oxide?

    1. Madalyn Crum says:

      Hi Jessica–to get the benefits and protection of sunscreen, we recommend using zinc oxide. Thanks!

  3. Alwjandro says:

    Is there any other type of wax other than beeswax I could use? I may be allergic.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      We don’t have experience with other types of wax, but you could definitely try another that may work better for you!

  4. Kent says:

    Other than online where can I buy zinc oxide and organic orange extract. Having trouble find theses.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi! We got both of these via Amazon. If you don’t want to get them online, the orange extract can be found at Whole Foods.

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