Homemade Natural Sunscreen (Sunblock)

My family and I live on the coast of Florida.  We spend the majority of our time outdoors playing and exploring.  I understand the importance of Vitamin D but on days that we plan to spend hours outdoors sunblock is simply a necessity.   Our lifestyle, my thriftiness and the joy I get from making homemade products led me to create my own homemade natural sunscreen.

My kids shared my enthusiasm to whip up some homemade sunscreen, they are always excited when I call them to the kitchen to make a new product.  My children are the reason that I strive to go chemical free.  Having children is what led me on this  journey to eliminate chemicals from our home.   I began with eliminating processed foods and haven’t stopped since.  As I run out of a product I research and replace it with a healthier product.  Seeing as we live in Florida and all of the nasty chemicals that are in sunscreens I cannot believe it has taken me this long to tackle homemade sunscreen!

I had stopped using the spray sunscreen years ago and was now spending big bucks on natural safer sunscreens.  As my bottle of store-bought sunscreen began to get low I began to research.  I knew that sunscreen contained chemicals but was surprised at the amount of toxic chemicals listed in the ingredients.  I shudder to think that I used to spray sunscreen on my body (and my son’s), the spray is very dangerous if inhaled (and for other reasons), especially in children.   I have read many articles that actually show evidence that there is anincrease in cancer when sunscreens are used.   Just look at the image to the right that I found via Food Babe.  I won’t go on and on about the dangers of the chemical filled sunscreens (because I could) instead I will share with you how I make homemade natural sunscreen, and how  you can too!

The active ingredient in my homemade natural sunscreen is non-nano zinc oxide.  You may now be asking “what the heck is non-nano?”, don’t worry I did too!  Until I started to research making my own sunscreen I had never heard of nano or non-nano.  I read a bunch about this and simply put the difference between a nano and non-nano particle is that a nano particle will enter your blood stream but a non-nano will not.  For this reason, I choose to use non-nano zinc oxide.

This sunscreen is water-resistant because of the beeswax and it is super soothing to your skin.  So here you go, this is all you need to make your own homemade natural sunscreen……

What you need:

What you do:

Grab a glass jar,  I have a mason jar reserved for making homemade sunscreen.  Place all of the ingredients, except the zinc oxide, in the jar.

Homemade All-Natural Sunscreen

Loosely screw on the lid.  Now, grab a medium size saucepan and fill it about half-way full or until the water is filled to about 3/4 the height of the jar.  Put your jar in the saucepan of water and place it over medium heat.

Homemade All-Natural Sunscreen

As the jar of goodness starts to heat the ingredients will start to melt.  Shake your jar every few minutes so that everything gets good and mixed up (my son loves doing this!).

Homemade All-Natural Sunscreen
not quite ready…….

Once all of the ingredients are mixed up remove the jar from the heat and stir in the zinc oxide.

Homemade All-Natural Sunscreen

Stir it all together until it is totally mixed up and even then pour it into the containers that you will be storing it in.  I use glass jars, some people prefer plastic.

How to make sunblock

Voila!  You now have homemade all-natural sunscreen.

Seriously, it works.  This homemade sunscreen really works.  I was worried that I would fly through this sunscreen as much as we hit the beach but I was pleasantly surprised that one 4 ounce jar lasted us (3 kids and myself) more than a week of spending all day, every day at the beach while we had family in town.  I reapply every 3-4 hours, 2 if we have been in the water.

I tell my family that this sunscreen has an SPF of around 30.  However, I say to non-family members that this product has not been reviewed by the FDA so I am unable to legally claim that this product has an SPF of 30.   I speculate the SPF of 30 due to the amount of the specific ingredients put in this product.  I really wish that I was making and using this homemade version of natural sunscreen when my children were babies, it is such a pure and natural product!  I am happy that I am now making and using this sunscreen

So, what are you waiting for?  Get to it, whip up some homemade natural sunscreen!  Oh, and if you don’t have the time or simply don’t want to you can hope over to my Etsy store and let me make it for you.  :)

Organic Sunblock

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17 thoughts on “Homemade Natural Sunscreen (Sunblock)

  1. katy says:

    We made our own sunscreen this year and loved it. I look forward to trying this recipe next summer and the after sun lotion! thanks for the recipes!

    • tish says:

      No. The only important ingredient that does anything to help prevent sunburn is the Zinc Oxide. The beeswax probably helps keep it on your skin longer, especially in the water, the rest are moisturizers that are there for moisturizing your skin, and probably help your skin re-couperate if you do forget to reapply. So if you wanted to make your own your could probably tailor it to whatever moisturizers you prefer so long as you use the Zinc Oxide and Beeswax for prolonged useage. I would think it would be difficult to apply with just those 2 ingredients though, thus the moisturizers.

  2. Colleen says:

    Hi I was just wondering if this will hardened? Or if it would stay liquified? I have a container with a pump that I’d like to put it in but I’m wondering what state it would stay in!!

    • Angela says:

      It does harden. I wonder if you put less beeswax maybe it would stay more of a liquid form but then it wouldn’t be as water resistant. Hope that helps, good luck!

    • Angela says:

      It lasts a very long time. I don’t store mine in the fridge but if we go to the beach I stick in my cooler bag because it does soften up in the heat!

  3. Allison says:

    I know this is an older posting and hopefully someone can answer it, but I did make this but it rubs on clear, I’m used to the white sunblock, does it still work? Maybe I need to stir it before use, does the zinc sink to the bottom once it solidifies?

    • Angela says:

      I would recommend stirring it with your hand or finger. If it heats up and then cools quite often oil will come to the top and the zinc will be below that. I quick mix with you hand should fix it, and yes it should go on a bit white but it will rub in nicely. Let me know if that works, good luck!

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