It’s time to get ready and enjoy the sunshine this spring and summer.  Check out this great recipe for homemade sunscreen.  Make sure to have a look at the full article for hints and tips as well as additional safety precautions.

Natural Homemade Sunscreen

• 1 oz. coconut oil
• 0.8 oz. shea butter
• 0.1 oz. jojoba, sesame, or sunflower oil
• 0.1 oz. Vitamin E oil
• 30 drops essential oils, optional – I use 15 lavender, 10 eucalyptus, 5 peppermint
• zinc oxide powder

Add coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba/sesame/sunflower oil to a makeshift double boiler. (To make your own double boiler, place a Pyrex measuring cup containing ingredients inside a small pot filled with a few inches of water). Heat gently until shea butter is just melted. Remove from double boiler and allow to cool a little. Put on a mask that covers your nose and mouth (to avoid breathing in the fine particles of zinc oxide powder), and measure out your zinc oxide. Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well to combine. Store in a dark jar in the refrigerator.

To Use:
Apply liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every few hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.

Jabs, Betsy.  Homemade Sunscreen – It’s Natural and it Works!. Published May 6th 2013.  Retrieved on April 24th 2015 from