Sunday, April 28, 2013

DIY sunblock recipe, make your own Sunscreen oil - natural skin care product

I love making natural skin care products and most of beauty products in my home are made by me. So off course now when the spring is finally here and vacation season is approaching it is time to make my own homemade natural sunscreen oil. The basic rule for sunscreen oil is carrier oil that has its own natural SPF properties + sunblocking agent (zinc oxide or titanium oxide) and then some extras of your choice. I usually use whatever oils I have at home for the moment but I prefer combination of Sesame oil, Jojoba oil and Avocado oil (70%, 20% and 10%).

Here are some good carrier oils for the recipe: Sesame oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba oil, Hemp oil, Avocado oil, Soybean, and Peanut Oil. All contain SPF levels between 4-10.

135 ml (~ 4,5 oz) Oil blend (use any combination of the oils listed above)
15 ml (~ 0,5 oz) Zinc oxide (non-nanoparticle)
3 ml (~1/2 tsp) Vitamin E
10-20 drops of Lavender essential oil (or your own choice)

I prefer to mix a small part of my oil mix and oxides before mixing the sunscreen. If you wish to do as me, wearing your gloves and mask, carefully measure zinc oxide or titanium oxide into your blending container. Add approximately ¼ of the oil blend and mixture to the powder, blend well. Continue blending until the powder is thoroughly mixed with oil. Transfer the oil/oxide mix into the new container. Add the rest of the oil mix, Vitamin E, essential oil for scent and shake your container/bottle until everything is thoroughly mixed together. You can also combine everything in your blender from the start, and blend until well mixed.

Transfer the finished sunscreen into the smaller containers of your choice. Recipe yields approximately 150 ml (~ 5 oz) of product.


* This recipe contains zinc oxide at 10% which gives it a SPF of around 6-11. See the chart below to reduce or increase the amount of zinc oxide/titanium oxide based on your family’s needs. Make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide/titanium oxide, use a mask if necessary!

* Beneficial, sun protecting essential oils include lavender, myrrh, carrot seed oil, and peppermint.

* Avoid using citrus essential oils, such as bergamot, orange, lemon or lime. They may cause unpleasant skin reactions when exposed to the sun. They also reduce a sunscreen's effectiveness.

* When using this oil you will get a soft white tint on your skin from zinc/titanium oxide. If you wish to make it less visible, add some iron oxides or cacao powder.

* Be aware of the shelf life of products made without preservatives. The beauty (and simplicity) of making your own product is that you don't have to adhere to the stringent industry guidelines of manufacturing to lengthen the shelf life. Simply make enough to be used within a short period of time.

* This is the recipe that I have used for my family for years with great results. However, I cannot guarantee that yours will be the same experience because it has not been tested in an FDA/ EMA approved lab. In other words, by sharing this recipe with you, I hope you understand that I will not be held responsible for any adverse reactions, sunburns, or skin cancers.


Natalka Pavlysh said...

Thank you for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

this summer is very hot by the forecast, so your recipe is definitely useful!

Eviltwin said...

cool! Thank you so much!

Katrinshine said...

Great recipe! Thanks!

SocksAndMittens said...

I love the idea of using natural products and always do if I can. Where would you get a Zinc oxide, by the way? I am almost ready to make one for myself :)

Arctida said...

Thank you ladies :)

The easiest way to buy Zinc oxide is probably ordering it from or Ebay.

2nd Funniest Thing said...

Really beautiful idea and blog! lovely! Thanks for sharing :)
I'm an enthusiastic DIYer from Barcelona, would you like to follow each other?
Big kisses

Unknown said...

Thanks for such a useful information.
Your skin care recipe is very attractive . I will try this.

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