I have a few posts up on my site that generate a lot of email questions. It seems like everyone wants to get their hands on my secret recipe for sun protection! I guess my “I use this and this and this” isn't quite cutting it. You kind readers want and deserve specifics! Therefore, I am giving them to you TODAY!
Before I get to my secret recipe, you need to do a little catch up reading otherwise you might be confused about why I choose to use the ingredients that I do. So first up, please check out Coconut Oil For Sun Protection. That will give you the scoop on why I use coconut oil as my base in this recipe.
After you have digested that info, head over Natural Oils for Sun Protection. This is an important post. It gets down and dirty on the oils I'm about to include in the ingredient list. This is a must read. I'll wait until you are done.
I see you are back! Awesome. You speed reader you!
About this recipe…
I started making my own sun protection years ago. I was shocked to see that it actually worked. All those years of using toxic sunscreen in SPF 100 and I still burned. Hangs head in shame. If only I had known then…
But hindsight is 20/20 and I am thrilled to have found a combination of ingredients that works for my entire family! Everyone I know that has used this recipe has loved it. No burns. And for those individuals who do get a little pink, it never turned into anything beyond a bit of a flushed look for a few hours. I'm not promising any specific results for you or your family members so be sure to exercise caution when you first start using this. But I suspect you will be glad you tried this recipe! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for an alternative method to making a single use application.
*Another warning!* THIS recipe worked for ME and for many of my friends. However, skin tone, condition of skin, altitude, time spent in the sun, time of day, whether or not you are in the water, etc… can all factor into how well this recipe will work. Please experiment with this sunscreen before spending 8 hours at the beach using only this!*
Disclaimer – I am not making any health claims here. Please keep that in mind. Just sharing what I do for myself and my family. Also, links to products are affiliate links and help support this blog.
How To Make Sunscreen Using Coconut Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, and Raspberry Seed Oil
- 1 ounce coconut oil (I use this one)
- 1 ounce beeswax (adds waterproof properties but does not make it 100% waterproof) (I use this one)
- 1 ounce butter (i.e. shea butter, mango butter, or cocoa butter)
- 20 drops of carrot seed oil (I use this one)
- 1/2 ounce raspberry seed oil (I use this one)
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (I use this one)
- In a double boiler, over low heat, melt the coconut oil, beeswax, and butters.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly prior to adding the carrot seed, red raspberry, and vitamin E oila.
- Pour into a glass jar or BPA free plastic jar.
- Allow to cool and harden on the counter overnight and then you’re good to go! During times of heavy sun and swim exposure be sure to reapply often for the best coverage.
If you would like to make enough for a single use, you can just mix 4 drops carrot seed oil, 6 drops raspberry seed oil, and about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Just use that immediately, making enough for one use if you won’t need to reapply or take it with you. I usually just do this before going out to work in the garden or take a walk. Works wonderfully for me!
And there you have it. The secret, not-so-secret recipe for sun protection using coconut oil, carrot seed oil, and red raspberry seed oil. Be sure to check out my recipe for After Sun Body Lotion!