All Natural SPF Sun Oil

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I’m always on the hunt for natural alternatives to everyday beauty products. As the temperatures start to warm up, the only thing on my mind is long days spent in the sunshine. For me, I always feel healthier (and a little bit happier) when I have some color on my skin. Exposure to direct sunlight is a key way that your body absorbs Vitamin D. From building up the immune system to providing just the right amount of calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones, vitamin D is essential for proper growth. Spending a little time outdoors is the easiest way to take in Vitamin D, but it’s important to protect our skin while doing so.

There are hundreds of sun protectants out there, but most of them have unfamiliar chemicals and ingredients in them. When I read that there are some essential oils that naturally contain SPF, I was surprised by how powerful many of them in fact are. Oils from everyday ingredients, like carrots and avocado, can supply sun protection that is chemical free!

spf veggies

Below is a little chart that specifies some of the oils that naturally have an SPF.

spf chart

There are a ton of recipes out there for homemade sunscreen, so using those and knowledge of my skin type, I came up with a recipe for an all natural SPF sun oil that will help protect my skin while supplying ultimate moisture for my upcoming days spent at the beach.

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What you need:

1/4 cup Shea Butter (contains a SPF of about 6)

1/4 cup Coconut Oil (contains a SPF of about 10)

1 tbsp Avocado Oil

1 tbsp Almond Oil

1 tbsp Jojoba oil

30 drops Carrot Seed Oil

5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (this is to add in an aromatic scent – coconut, vanilla, or lavender essential oil would also work nicely!)

2 tbsp Zinc Oxide Powder – Adding in the Zinc Oxide Powder will automatically make this recipe contain an SPF of 30, along with the other amounts of SPF from the oils (most health food stores should have this in stock!)*

*Be sure to wear gloves when you are handling Zinc Oxide Powder!

oil in jar

Add all of the ingredients into a glass bowl.  Leave the zinc oxide powder out until the end. Boil some water in a pot, and place the glass bowl over it, creating a double broiler. Bring the water down to a simmer, and stir the ingredients until everything has melted together. Remove from the heat, and now add in the zinc oxide powder. Mix up your ingredients until everything has blended together. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or other container. I’d stay away from trying to use a pump bottle as the mixture is thick and may not pump out very easily. I stuck mine in the fridge to allow it to cool and set before using.

spf oil bottle

I sat out in the sun this past weekend and lathered the sun oil onto my body, avoiding my face. I sat out for about 2 hours, and when I came inside, my body retained some color without being burnt! I will definitely be taking this with me whenever I’m headed to the beach.

Enjoy!

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Comments

Juliette Laura -May 20, 2014, 9:33AM

Oh my goodness I have GOT to try this.

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Mandie -May 20, 2014, 11:35AM

You say that you avoided your face with your sunscreen, why is that? :)

fp jana -May 20, 2014, 11:49AM

Hi Mandie! I stayed clear of putting the oil on my face just to avoid breakouts!

Emily -May 20, 2014, 2:00PM

I have red hair and extremely fair skin. I’ll sunburn in 60 degree weather at 3pm if I’m not careful. I’d LOVE to try this but am apprehensive as I always thought oil was a tan accelerator. Are you SURE this works?? :) Id love to make the transition into natural products. Also do you know if it’s waterproof and/or approved for swimming?

Sarah -May 20, 2014, 3:36PM

Hi, I’m also worried about putting this on myself and my children. Are there any sort of studies or things that you could link me to that confirm that this is actually true and effective in preventing skin cell damage? Thank you!!

fp jana -May 20, 2014, 3:45PM

Hi Emily! This definitely worked for me…but again, I grew up in Florida and my skin is used to being in the sun. You should try adding in the Zinc Oxide powder to the recipe to be safe! And if you want to make it more water resistant…you can add in 1/4 cup of beeswax as you are melting all of the ingredients together.

Hope this helps!

julia -May 20, 2014, 4:59PM

this looks great! A natural sun protectant sounds great, but as some other readers have expressed, I am apprehensive. SPF number is a unit based on concentration or amount applied for effectiveness. How much of the above natural products has to be worn to achieve the SPF effectiveness you have listed with them? How much are you actually getting in the constitution of your oil recipe? As others said, this looks lovely! but I wouldn’t want to put myself or my skin at unknown risk and would feel better using and sharing this if there was more information available since sun protection is a matter of health. Thanks!

Anonymous -May 22, 2014, 1:43PM

PLEASE NOBODY USE THIS AS A SUNSCREEN! This could not possibly block the harmful UVA, UVB, & UVC rays that cause sunburn, hyperpigmentation & skin cancer! Putting oil on your skin will only increase the intensity of the rays that hit you, much like frying an egg on the pavement. I know the people at FP mean well, & are trying to encourage the use of natural products, but there is no natural substitute for sunscreen aside from staying covered or in the shade. Buy a cute wide brimmed hat or parasol instead. Don’t use this stuff!

Anonymous -May 23, 2014, 8:56AM

I’m also apprehensive to this sunscreen, it looks nice, but I’m not sure it would work. To anybody who doesn’t want to use this style of sunscreen, Badger’s suncream is super minimalistic and all natural. It can be quite thick, but I find it to be the best organic sunscreen I’ve used so far. <3

Mar -May 24, 2014, 8:51PM

I have been reading up on natural alternatives, and these are the ingrediants in much of the natural products that are on the market, I don’t blame people for wanting natural alternatives, shoot much of the chemicals in sunscreen are proven to cause cancer in lab rats, enough said! When you add zinc the mixture is no longer a clear oil

Rak -May 27, 2014, 12:38AM

Many sun screens contain zinc oxide. I’m guessing that whatever acceleration the oil may cause would be easily counteracted by the zinc oxide. That is what makes sunscreens white. If its got enough zinc oxide, it should work fine.

Dee -May 28, 2014, 6:05PM

What are the other reasons to add Zinc Oxide to the Natural SPF, aside from it increasing the SPF to 30?

ecolicious mama -June 8, 2014, 5:24PM

WHERE do you live? what zone and what is the UV index?

I live in AZ and would never use this recipe, and SIT out in the sun. This recipe would be fine if you are using it as a secondary treatment, under clothing that shades from the sun, while active. I recommend a BLOCK like hat/long-sleeve,pants and zinc if SITTING under the sun. If actively moving under the sun, a maximum of 15mins of exposure, to allow skin to make Vit D and acquire its OWN protective base color. check with your local DAILY UV index for your minimum requirement to make Vit D. There are apps that help to determine this vit D activity.

Carrot Seed Oil contains a lot of vitamin A. No one should sit in the sun with vitamin A on their skin. vitamin A causes sun sensitivity.
EcoMama, holistic RN

Whitney -June 11, 2014, 9:11AM

I LOVE ESSENTIAL OILS!! It’s crazy to think of all the chemicals out there hidden in the every day products we use. It seems as if there is an oil for anything! If anyone would like ESSENTIAL OILS please feel free to check out my website (https://www.facebook.com/YoungLivingGoodness?ref=hl) , message or e-mail me (nwdion@gmail.com). I’d love to help you out!

Tiens -June 26, 2014, 10:45AM

I wonder where can I buy zinc oxide powder in Indonesia but I will find out. However thank you for sharing your homemade SPf oil :P

Kristina -June 28, 2014, 11:02PM

My sister uses a very similar recipe for a sunscreen. I as well use it. I have very fair skin and burn very easily. My sister and I also have red headed fair skinned babies and use it on them and it Works wonderful. and it will also nourish your skin.

catie -July 27, 2014, 1:53PM

To people concerned that this is “unsafe” or something similar, zinc oxide is the original sun protectant. It’s the active ingredient in LOTS of the sunscreens that you will find at your health food store, whole foods, etc. This recipe is very, very likely to work as a sun screen – as in, it pretty much IS a sun screen, equivalent to the things you would buy somewhere like whole foods.

However, contrary to what you will read in the post, this sun screen will NOT allow you to absorb vitamin D. You cannot use a sun protectant if you want to absorb vitamin D. And our society is very deficient in this vitamin. Many supplement with it, but the best source of vitamin D is always going to be from the sun itself, so DEFINITELY use this sun screen to keep yourself protected when necessary, but… don’t use ALL the time or you’ll never get any vitamin D

- Catie

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