Simple and Nourishing Sunscreen and Sunburn Relief

Even though I make practically everything we use on our bodies, I generally take the easy way so I can fit everything into each day.  Yes, I could spend a lot of time making different sunscreens with lots of ingredients.  But I don’t.  I make it practical for my life and that means being simple and yet still nourishing for the skin.

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Sunscreen Recipe

3 TBS Coconut Oil

5 drops carrot seed oil

That’s it! Mix and apply! Make sure you keep in a air tight container.  I do small batches because the carrot seed oil like all essential oils is volatile. You could also add Myrrh Oil which I do sometimes if we have any dry skin going on.

carrot seed oilhas an SPF of between 38-40.   The ratio is approximately 5 drops for 3 TBS of oil mixture if you already have a favorite sunscreen recipe of your own.  Coconut Oil has an SPF of between 4-6. Myrrh Oil has an SPF of between 15-20.

(With young ones around we have opted not to use zinc oxide in our household sunscreen, even though we own some, because of the reactions it can have on sensitive skin.)

On the same note, some of the family doesn’t always remember that they need sunscreen until it’s too late.  For those instances I make a sunburn relief.  Again, it is simple and nourishing.

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Sunburn Relief

3 TBS Coconut Oil

5 drops Peppermint oil

5 drops Melaleuca Oil

That’s it! Mix and apply! Make sure you keep in a air tight container.  Depending on your preference you could also add Lavender Oil or Frankincense Oil which are also both great for the skin.  We have found that the Peppermint oil/Melaleuca Oil mix works best for us generally with no sunburn the next day unless its really bad then it can take two days.

These recipes are easy enough for anyone to make. It’s a great way to get away from the toxic conventional sunscreens without spending a ton of money on natural brands that still have questionable ingredients.

Do you make your own sunscreen? What do you use?

How do you treat sunburn in your house?


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20 thoughts on “Simple and Nourishing Sunscreen and Sunburn Relief”

  1. Wow! How awesomely simple! I am all for making life easier. I’m assuming this isn’t waterproof? I haven’t found a DIY that is, but thought I would ask. I will be making this asap! Thanks 🙂

    1. Thanks Brittany! Yes it is very simple! I would probably just reapply because it’s easier but you could probably melt and mix some beeswax with this recipe to make it waterproof. Let me know if you find anything out!

  2. Thank you for these recipes. I’m going to make some for my grand kids and for my bachelor brother. I have all these ingredients on hand. Wow, can’t wait to make these. Thanks again.

  3. Hi Lindsey,
    In view of all of the harmful chemicals and toxic ingredients in many conventional sunscreen products, it is so wonderful to see your simple, natural recipes for sunscreen and sunburn relief. I can’t wait to make them. I am so delighted that you shared these healthy natural remedies with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! They’re just in time for summer!

  4. I normally buy commercial sunscreen. I’m soooo happy to discover your blog and learn great recipes for homemade sunscreen and sunburn relief. Coconut oil and peppermint oil are essential for my homemade toothpaste. Now I can expand their usage this summer. Thanks for sharing this great post! 😀

    1. Thanks Jackie! I’m SO glad that you won’t have to use commercial sunscreen anymore! It is very liberating! We love our homemade toothpaste too! Glad you can find more uses for your essential oils! Thanks for commenting and letting me know!! 😉

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