One of the best and worst things about the middle of summer is the intense sunshine and heat. Some people absolutely love it while others hide inside, behind hats and under the shade until the year moves on and fall is on the way. But is hiding from the sun really worth it when there’s so much fun to be had? We think not! And that’s where you see a lot of people reaching for their favorite sunscreen product. If you are someone with a lighter skin tone who burns more easily, or if you just like to be mindful about your sun exposure regardless of your skin color and burn capacity, then you have probably gone the sun block route. The question is, have you ever tried making and using your own?

It’s actually really easy to do, and the benefits outweigh the small amount of time it takes to make. While most sunscreens contain unnatural ingredients and preservatives, homemade shea butter based sunscreen is completely natural and actually good for your skin. The tradeoff is that it’s not a standardized and tested product and thus an SPF rating is not possible or allowed. But that doesn’t need to stop you from trying it out!

For your very own DIY sunscreen you will need:

  • ¾ cup raw shea butter
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa butter
  • 2 Tbsp non-nano uncoated zinc oxide powder
  • Essential oil(s) of choice (optional)
  • Double boiler
  • Jar or container for storing

 In your double boiler place the shea butter and cocoa butter and let melt over low to medium heat. It will take a minute, but you want to keep the heat on the lower side so none of the beneficial properties in the oil get damaged. Once melted, add the zinc oxide powder and mix until well combined. If you want to use a whisk, do so now. You can also add a couple drops of whatever essential oil you like if you so choose. When everything is thoroughly incorporated, transfer to your jar or container of choice and let set on the countertop or in the fridge.

This recipe is great for getting the sun protection you desire without exposing your skin to the potentially harmful or irritating chemicals and unnatural ingredients found in commercial sun block products. Feel free to experiment with other oils as you like, but be sure to keep the shea butter in there for its great texture, stable make up and protective qualities.