Late Summer Beach Days Call for DIY Sunscreen


In the late summer there is both quite as wonderful as a long hot day at the beach. My daughter might love it even more than I do. She, however has just about the palest skin I have ever seen. There is only so much that umbrellas, hats, rash guards and swimsuits can do to protect her skin, so sunscreen is a must. Being the natural gals that we are Ashely and I opted to skip all the toxic chemical stuff and make our own. It came out so great! It works better than anything else I have used (very water resistant). It is amazingly nourishing for the skin and has the added benefit of making you or your little one smell like chocolate. Here’s the basic recipe.

2 ounces beeswax
2 ounces cocoa butter
2 ounces coconut oil (or 1 ounce coconut and 1 ounce shea butter)
2 ounces liquid oil (I use a combination of Jojoba, argan and carrot seed which all have natural SPF properties)
2 ounces non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide
Kitchen scale
Double boiler (I use a glass bowl over a small pot of simmering water)
Squeeze tubes
You can get all these ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs except the Zinc which you can get here.

Homemade sunscreen method
Finely grate the beeswax and weight the grated bits to 2 ounces.
In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil until liquid. Remove from heat.
Slowing whisk in the zinc, stirring until all lumps are gone. When this mixture is slightly cooled, stir in the liquid oil until well combined.
Use a butter knife to scoop the sunscreen into the squeeze bottles. Or store in a glass jar with a lid.