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Homemade Sunscreen

Homemade Sunscreen - Dr.Axe

Conventional sunscreen can be full of harmful chemicals and toxins. Instead, try this homemade sunscreen recipe! Not only does it protect your skin from getting burnt, but also nourishes and hydrates your skin with essential vitamins and nutrients! Try it today!

Homemade Sunscreen

Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10



  1. Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a jar.
  2. Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water on stove over medium/low heat.
  3. Place jar in saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.
  4. Once all ingredients are combined, add in zinc oxide and stir well. Store in a cool place.

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  1. Jenna on

    Does this home-made solution last as long as regular sunscreen? How often should it be re-applied. Also, where do you recommend purchasing pure essential oils from?

  2. Rita on

    I’m interested in the oils you use in your homemade sunscreen recipe. Where do you get these oils? Would the homemade sunscreen be suitable for facial application for someone with rosacea?


  3. Karen on

    How many applications does this make? How long does it stay good? Would like to make it up ahead of time and take on vacation.

  4. Susie on

    Can you substitute the pomegranate oil with almond oil or more coconut oil? I don’t have pomegranate.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      The reason we use pomegranate oil is because it naturally has a high spf around 20. The other oils natural spf numbers are much lower. I would recommend you stick with the pomegranate oil for the spf protection. You can get it off of amazon here: http://amzn.to/1q0yzWC

  5. Jennifer Andrews on

    The zinc oxide separates from the melted concoction, even when chilled in the refridgerator. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Pomegranate oil has been shown to have an spf of around 20, Coconut oil has been shown to provide an SPF of about 8, and the more zinc oxide used, the more spf protection. This recipe has not been studied in a lab and I can’t give a specific spf rating because of that but these are what some of the individual ingredients have been shown at.

      • Stephanie on

        So am I understanding this correctly?……If your numbers are accurate by making it w/the pomegranate oil and coconut oil would = ~28 spf. I understand (as you stated) specs are not exact since they are not created in a lab. Thanks again for your help.

      • Dr. Josh Axe on

        Not quite. When you do put on sunscreen, if you already have a layer of 30 on and you add another layer of 30, the result isn’t necessarily 60. Because of this, it’s almost impossible to know because it has not been tested in a lab. I do know the individual spf numbers of each ingredient but don’t know what the combination of all of them together would be. However, it has been shown that huge differences in SPF numbers are actually pretty insignificant when it comes to differences in protection. SPF 100 blocks 99 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. SPF 30 blocks 96.7 percent, SPF 15 blocks 93%. Again, I would increase the levels of zinc oxide if you are worried about protection. I’m sorry I can’t get you the exact information on this.

  6. Tiffany Van Domelen on

    You rock! Thanks for sharing this recipe. My kiddos and I rarely use sunscreen, we lather on coconut oil after shower and try to plan our time in the sun around uv index ratings. Now that we live in NZ I will definitely use this recipe when needed. A little sun is good for everyone :)

  7. Deb on

    Thanks for the recipe. Am wondering if I can substitute something else for the lavender oil? Allergic reaction to lavender.

  8. Donna on

    On another page you said that oils with natural sunscreen are helichrysum and myrrh, and I was surprised then that neither is in this mix. Is it because the coconut oil and the other non essential oils all have more SPF so the essential oil is just there mainly for scent?

    Also I see zinc oxide sold as powder, ointment and lotion and maybe others. Which form should I be looking for?

    Thanks for all the wonderful info!!

  9. Irene on

    I’m a bit confused as to how often to apply. One posts reply said “apply every 90 minutes”. Another said “reapply every 3-4 hrs””

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