How to Make Sunscreen with Essential Oils

photo 1 (13) copy Memorial Day Weekend is here. I'm a little bias about this holiday weekend here in the US because it (almost) always falls on my birthday!

It also means the glorious days of summer are just around the corner which means jet skiing, boating, and just generally sun worshiping.


As much as we all love summer, sunscreen has to be part of the daily routine. Skin cancer is on the rise, including the deadly melanoma. Unfortunately, many store bought sunscreens are also full of ingredients that you probably don’t want on your skin because at least 60% of the products you put on your skin are absorbed into your skin.

The good news is that it’s easy to make sunscreen yourself.

How to Make Sunscreen with Essential Oils - Jenna Drew

There are three essential components to an effective homemade sunscreen:

1. Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is a compound that is insoluble in water. This means that your sweat and moisture in the environment won’t break it down. It protects the skin it’s applied to by creating a protective barrier. When added to other sunscreen ingredients, it makes an effective sunscreen.

When buying zinc oxide for your homemade sunscreen you’ll want to make sure it’s “non-nano” and uncoated. The benefit of this type is that it won’t block your pores. You can choose different SPF (sun protection factor) percentages. For SPF greater than 20, use 20 percent zinc oxide. You’ll use about three teaspoons of zinc oxide for your homemade sunscreen.

2. The Carrier Oil

A carrier oil is essentially the foundation for your sunscreen. It’s what you will mix with your zinc oxide and your essential oil. Your carrier oil should be top quality materials, organic if possible. This is going on your skin and will be absorbed by your skin so you want it to be the best.

Good carriers to consider include:

  • Coconut
  • Jojoba
  • Avocado
  • Wheat Germ
  • Shea butter
  • Vitamin E oil

You can also use sesame oil, though many people don’t enjoy the scent. You’ll want to use about a ½ cup of oil and place it in a bottle. Clear bottles aren’t a great idea because the sun will degrade the oil. If you can use an opaque or brown glass bottle, then that will work best to protect the materials.

3. Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that are known to protect and heal the skin. Some good ones for sunscreen include:

  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus

Many people prefer the scent of lavender, which makes it a popular choice. Whichever oil you choose, again make sure that it is pure quality and cosmetic grade. You want it to be safe for your skin. You’ll add the essential oils to your sunscreen to add both scent and sun protection. The amount you add depends on your preferences. However, generally speaking you may use up to and beyond 20 drops of oil. You can combine oils to create a custom-scented sunscreen.

Like any sunscreen, you’ll want to apply liberally before you go out into the sun. With the zinc oxide, it shouldn’t leave your skin tinted white. It should feel like a nice lotion that has the added benefit of providing sun protection. Always use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to ensure quality and safety.

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