It’s officially sunscreen season, which means a plethora of SPF potions are popping up on store displays.
These days, you can find a commercial sunscreen to fit almost any lifestyle. You have chemical-based sunscreens, mineral-based sunscreens, vegan sunscreens, hypoallergenic sunscreens, gluten-free sunscreens, reef and ocean safe sunscreens, biodegradable sunscreens… I’m sure the list goes on and on, but after I saw the best-rated eco-friendly sunscreen priced at nearly $45 for 8 fluid ounces, I stopped searching.
Now, there’s certainly something to be said about such pricey eco-friendly sunscreens. They are dermatologist tested and can guarantee their SPF protection. This is what you’re paying for. If you have the budget for it, I highly recommend it.
But, what if you don’t have an upwards of 50 bucks to shell out for some sunblock? Well, you still have a couple of options. I’ve made a list of all the ocean-friendly and biodegradable sunscreens you can buy online or in stores and prices vary from around $10 to $60 per bottle.
You can also make your own.
DIYing natural, eco-friendly sunscreen is a simple process with simple ingredients. The upside of making your own sunscreen is that you know exactly what’s in it, can control how much it costs, and you can store it in reusable containers. The downside? You can’t be 100% sure of the final SPF protection because it can vary between batches.
So with that said, if you’re DIYing your own natural, eco-friendly sunscreen, make sure it’s part of your larger sun safety routine: wear a hat, sunglasses, and light clothing that provides coverage, and stay hydrated and seek shade.
Now, enough with the gabbing already, right? Here’s your recipe!
Eco-Friendly & Natural Sunscreen Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil — Coconut oil moisturizes the skin, provides antioxidants, and adds a natural source of SPF.
- 1/4 pure beeswax — You can use pure pellets or grate your own from a beeswax bar. Beeswax works as a natural thickener and skin protector.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil — Olive oil moisturizes the skin and makes this sunscreen spreadable.
- 1 teaspoon of pure red raspberry seed oil — This plant seed oil has natural SPF properties.
- 1 teaspoon of pure carrot seed oil — This plant seed oil also has natural SPF properties.
- 2 tablespoons of pure, raw shea butter — This helps to moisturize skin, provide a barrier of protection, and it has natural SPF properties.
- 2 tablespoons of (non-nano) zinc oxide powder — Zinc oxide is a primary ingredient in commercial mineral sunscreens. It works by blocking sunlight from being absorbed into your skin.
10-Step Simple DIY Method
- Fill a saucepan or medium-sized pot with two inches of water. Put on the stove and set to medium heat.
- Layer all the ingredients, except for the zinc oxide powder, in a mason jar or similar glass jar. I used one I saved from some pre-made pasta sauce. The size doesn’t really matter, so long as you have room for all the ingredients and it’s not more than 3/4 full.
- Place the jar in the water. Depending on your stovetop’s efficiency, you may want to reduce the heat. You just need a low-rolling simmer to get the ingredients melting.
- As your ingredients melt, use a fork to blend the mixture.
- Once your mix is fully melted, remove from heat. You do not want this mixture to begin boiling and destroy the ingredients.
- Take your powder zinc oxide and slowly spoon it into the melted mixture. Be sure not to inhale the powder.
- Take a few moments to carefully blend the zinc oxide all the way through your mixture.
- Pour the contents into smaller, shallow jars or cosmetic/food storage tins.
- Stir well. Remember, the zinc oxide is a key ingredient, so the goal is to have it in every part of the mixture once it cools and thickens.
- Add a lid and store at room temperature.
Some Helpful Tips
- If you think you might leave your sunscreen in a beach bag in your hot car, consider adding a little more beeswax to lower the rate of melting.
- Make sure to label your homemade natural and eco-friendly sunscreen so it’s not mistaken for lip balm. You don’t want anyone ingesting the zinc oxide by accident.
- Reapply this natural and eco-friendly sunscreen after swimming or sweating.
- Remember to pair any sunscreen with a hat, sunglasses, and light clothes that provide coverage. Seek shade and bring your reusable water bottle to stay sun smart.