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The Travel Essential: D.I.Y. Homemade Sunscreen

We don't know about you, but come January, we have our eyes on sunny locales, near or far. Here, how to make the best homemade sunscreen we've found.

I’ve wanted to try to make my own sunscreen for awhile now, because there are active ingredients in most store-sold sunscreens that I would like to avoid. Some of them mess with your estrogen levels (for starters), and I do not have time for that. After looking at several “recipes” for homemade sunscreen online, I settled on this one from Wellness Mama; I appreciated how she outlined the natural SPF in each ingredient, and explained why getting a certain amount of sun exposure is necessary and good. The the texture and effectiveness of the final product is divine. And if I can do this, so can you.



  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2 tablespoon zinc oxide
  • 8-10 drops raspberry seed oil
  • 8-10 drops carrot seed oil
  • Optional: Essential oils for scent; we like lavender or frankincense because those both have incredible benefits for your skin, too


  • Fill a pot with two inches of water and set it on medium to medium-high heat.
  • Set a thick glass jar (like a mason jar) in the water, and add the olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter.
  • Wait about 5-10 minutes for it to melt, stirring occasionally to incorporate.
  • When it has completely melted, add the zinc oxide (do not inhale it, and use a spoon to place it in the jar, so it doesn’t get in the air) and stir well to combine.
  • After it has cooled a bit, add the raspberry seed and carrot seed oils.
  • You may also add additional oils to make it smell good and/or adding beauty benefits for your skin. There are some oils you’ll want to avoid, like citrus oils, so be aware of that.

If you are traveling to a warm locale, and planning on bringing a bit of this homemade sunscreen, remember to spoon some of the mixture into a smaller, 3-ounce-or-less vessel to get through security hassle-free. (Or plan on checking a bag.)

(Image via Unsplash.)


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