½ cup sweet almond or olive oil
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup beeswax
2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide (this is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be very careful not to inhale the powder. Wear a mask if necessary. 2 Tbsp will make the sunscreen 20 SPF. More can be added.)
Optional: 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
Optional: 2 Tbsp Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
Optional: Essential Oils or Vanilla Extract
- Combine all ingredients except essential oils in a pint sized glass jar. I decided to use a canning jar that I have designated just for making lotions. You could also re-use tomato sauce jars, pickle jars, olive jars… be creative!
- Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium flame.
- Place glass jar in pan.
- As the water heats up, the ingredients in the jar will begin to melt. Stir or swirl occasionally to incorporate. Be careful, the jar will get hot, too!
- When all ingredients are completely melted, add essential oils a few drops at a time until you are satisfied with the scent.
- Add Zinc Oxide and stir well. Then, simply pour the liquid into whatever glass jar you will use to store it. Small, wide-mouthed mason jars are great for this. Stir a few times as the lotion cools to ensure the Zinc Oxide is mixed throughout. As it solidifies, it will not pump in a lotion pump.
- Use as you would regular lotion. It has a shelf life of about 6 months. This lotion is wonderfully luxurious and a little goes a long way. Enjoy!
Note: This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof. Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.