Procrastination is what does THIS.
One minute you’re innocently sunning at the pool, and the next—BAM! You’re next to a lobster that kind of resembles your boyfriend.
All because you procrastinated making the sunscreen.
(And also because he didn’t warn you how fair he was and *technically* also because he didn’t wear a shirt at the pool.)
Too little, too late my friends.
So that is why you should make your 3-step, 4 ingredient, better-than-store-bought, waterproof sunblock RIGHT NOW! Before all you can do is tenderly rub aloe vera into your loved-one’s skin…
And I’m not lying when I say this is better than store-bought. It’s the same consistency, same color (easier transition for reluctant family members), did I mention waterproof?, and you can even add essential oils to make it smell nice? Not to mention it’s also good for wrinkles (anti-aging) and toning the skin?
Not bad. Not bad.
Oh, and it’s ridiculously fast, easy, and inexpensive to make.
Homemade Waterproof Sunscreen
(This makes 2 cups of sunblock. Cut the recipe in half to make a smaller batch.)
1 cup coconut oil (buy here OR on Amazon)
4 TBSP beeswax (buy here OR on Amazon)
1 cup herbal tea (buy here)
2 oz. by weight of non-nano zinc oxide (buy here)
20 drops carrot seed oil, opt. (buy here OR on Amazon)
20 drops lavender essential oil, opt. (buy here OR on Amazon)
10 drops myrrh essential oil, opt. (buy here OR on Amazon)
Squeeze tubs (buy here)
I use my double boiler to melt oils, butters, and wax for cosmetics, but if you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a pan with another pan on top OR a pan with a metal bowl on top OR a pan with a glass bowl on top.
So using your double boiler, melt the coconut oil and beeswax together. You should also steep your tea during this time. You can use regular warm water if you want, but I prefer tea. Anyway, when the oil and beeswax is melted, pour it into your food processor and turn it on. Then slowly add the warm tea to the mixture and continue to blend for 60 seconds or until it begins to look emulsified.
Stop the food processor and scrap down the sides. Some of the beeswax may be clumped together. That’s okay. We’re just going to blend it again. Keep scrapping and blending until the entire mixture is smooth.
Next, add the zinc oxide and essential oils. I have a food scale, so I was able to measure the zinc oxide by weight. If you don’t have a scale, my best estimate was 1/3 cup of zinc oxide. Sorry that it’s not more specific. Blend the zinc oxide until smooth. Voila! Done!
If you want, you can buy these cute little squeezy tubes and put your sunblock in them to carry to the pool or the beach. :)
Also, the essential oils aren’t necessary if you don’t have them, but they have their own naturally occurring SPF values that are beneficial. See photo below.
Join the newsletter
Subscribe to get our latest content by email.