DIY All Natural Sunscreen Recipe

April 19, 2015 2 Comments


Spring is here and with it comes the sun! Soon, it will be Summer and with it comes more sun! The sun is incredible – it’s what powers the earth and gives us life and light. However, the sun has its drawbacks. The most obvious drawback is that sunrays can cause skin cancer. More minor drawbacks are that overexposure to sun rays can temporarily burn your skin and cause premature aging over the course of your life.

With that said, you need to protect your skin!

I struggled for years to find the right sun protection. Most sunblocks break me out and/or are made from dangerous chemicals. As I started developing my own skin care products, I found a wide variety of natural oils that have (natural) UV and sunray protection.

I’ve read a ton of medical journals (and some of these oils have better scientific evidence than others) – however, this is a pretty good list if you're not into reading science essays. Before you shrug this article off and say, “Yeah right, why have I never heard of this?” Without going on a political rant, I’ll say there is one major reason you’ve never been told whether or not, for instance, Coconut Oil has natural SPF in itThese natural oils are not recognized by the FDA as being protective against sun rays (which makes it really hard for companies to market their benefits). Couple that with the expense of the ingredients and you’ll see why these types of recipes don’t have the power of billions of dollars in marketing working behind them to help gain awareness.

Well I have a solution! I made a great sunblock that is simple enough to make at home. I’ve been making it for years, but, needless to say, I can’t sell this product. Even if Giddy wanted to deal with FDA testing, the cost of oversight would ruin the simplicity of this recipe. I want to add; I am not a doctor so you may want to consult with a doctor before adding this to your skin care regimen.

However, without further adieu, here is the incredible and all natural sunblock I have been using/making for years:

What You’ll Need:

  • 16 oz. Glass Measuring Cup (this recipe won’t ruin your cookware)
  • Tins or Glass Containers to hold the finished product (Whole Foods should have this).
  • Egg Beater
  • Glass Serving Bowl

The Ingredients:

  • Shea Butter (SPF 3-6) - 1 Cup (8 oz. - $3.50)
  • Avocado Oil (SPF 5-10) – ¼ Cup (2 oz.) (Whole Foods should have this)*Can trade for Sunflower Oil or Safflower Oil if Avocado Oil breaks you out.
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil (SPF 30-50) – ¼ Cup (2 oz. - $9.75)
  • Tapioca Starch/Flour – 1-2 Tbs. (Whole Foods should have this – I love Bob’s Red Mill).  Tapioca starch, powder, and flour are all the same thing. This is what thickens your recipe.  If it's too oily - add 2 tablespoons instead of 1.


  • Carrot Seed Oil (SPF 35-40) – 1 Tbs. (½ oz.  - $25)
  • Essential Oils for Scent (do NOT use Tea Tree Oil or Citrus Oils as they may cause photosensitivity and make you more prone to sunburn) 


1)  Microwave the Shea Butter in the Glass Measuring Cup on 30 second intervals until completely melted.

2)  Mix in the Avocado Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, & Tapioca Starch into the melted Shea Butter and heat for another 30 seconds.

3)  Add in the optional ingredients and let cool completely.

4)  Once dried completely, transfer to glass serving bowl and whip using the egg beater (could change color of recipe during egg beating, this is normal).

5)  Transfer to tins/glass containers.

2 Responses

Tyler Ward
Tyler Ward

April 19, 2015

Katie – hey! Hope all is well! We tried to keep it simple here – this will last about a year (so we recommend you use it faster than that and no you don’t need to refrigerate).

Katie Boué
Katie Boué

April 19, 2015

Hey Tyler, awesome recipe! Question: How long does each batch last for? I assume refrigerate it?

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