DIY: Sunscreen

The turn of the season is here & I can feel the shift in the air. It is getting dark earlier. And it is a time for harvest & gratitude (a little extra than normal!). While I am excited to embrace everything fall, the reality is still dry heat & drought in California. As far as the drought goes – being mindful & making little changes daily makes a big difference. Check out this informative & inspirational video a local couple made in response to the Ice Bucket Challenge & the serious water situation in California:

The Five Gallon Challenge

Be inspired. Contribute to a positive change. My household is making plans to complete this Five Gallon Challenge, so more on that to come 🙂


The cool thing about being a Californian is all the natural beauty we get to explore year round because the weather encourages outdoor play! So although summer has come to a close, sunscreen is still a critical part of a successful adventure!

Homemade sunscreen is great for the skin & non-toxic. I love to DIY my beauty products to reduce the chemicals I expose myself (& our world) to!  The majority of the ingredients used in the Sunscreen Recipe below carry a natural SPF 2-6. The Zinc Oxide brings the recipe to approximately SPF 20.

Sunscreen Recipe


  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 12 drops certified therapeutic grade Helichrysum Essential Oil (Read more about essential oils)
  • double boiler (I use a quart sized mason jar in a pot with a couple inches boiling water in it)


  1. Add all ingredients except Zinc Oxide & Helichrysum to the double boiler (mason jar that is sitting in the pot of boiling water).
  2. Stir with a wooden stick (I use a chopstick!) until melted & thoroughly combined.
  3. Remove from heat & wait 3 minutes to cool slightly.
  4. Add Zinc Oxide & Helichrysum. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Allow to cool & apply as needed before sun exposure.

*Please remember this sunscreen needs to be reapplied regularly, especially after prolonged water activities.