DIY Natural Sunscreen

Summertime means outdoor time. As a natural redhead, I tend to burn easily but I do eventually tan if I take good care of my skin that gets exposed to the sun. I love to be outside so being safe with my skin is super important to me.

There are so many sunscreens on the market to choose from. Sadly however they contain harmful chemicals. Even if they are noted as natural, there have been conclusive testing to show they are actually quite toxic.

The good news is you don’t have to lather your body in toxic chemicals to spend time outside in the sun.

Just follow this recipe for an all-natural sunscreen you can make at home, which utilizes the natural SPF properties of coconut oil, shea butter, zinc oxide, and essential oils. 


  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 3 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 15 drops of Lavender
  • 5 drops of Helichrysum
  • 2 tbsp Zinc Oxide

Why It’s Effective:

Coconut oil has natural SPF properties and contains antioxidants that protect skin from sun radiation. You also get all the added benefits of ultra-hydrating coconut oil which softens your skin and prevents wrinkles.

Not only does shea butter nourish and moisturize your skin while it’s exposed to the sun, but it also has natural SPF properties without harmful additives. 

Made from natural elements found on the earth, zinc oxide has natural SPF properties as well and has been proven to protect the skin from UV rays.

Lavender is a wonderful essential oil that restores and heals your skin. Not only does it smell amazing, but it soothes sunburns and reduces the appearance of sunspots.

Helichrysum is an essential oil that has been proven to block UV rays, protecting skin from the sun and decreasing the signs of aging. 


  1. Whip up the coconut oil and shea butter in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the lavender and helichrysum. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Carefully add the zinc oxide and stir well. Pour into a glass container and keep cool.

Check out this free ebook to learn more about essential oils.

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