DIY Sunscreen Made with Coconut Oil

Search the Internet, and you will likely find hundreds of recipes for “DIY Sunscreen.” Why? 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 already knew 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.


  • ½ c. olive oil
  • ¼ c. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. beeswax (we used beads)
  • 2 tbsp. Zinc Oxide (we used the same one Wellness Mama used)
  • ½ tsp. organic orange extract

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Ingredients

Directions (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_VCOGive it a try, and let us know what you think!



  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.

    • Madalyn Crum says

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

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