DIY: Ultra Moisturizing Natural Sunscreen

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Summer is here which means a lot of time in the sun. Protect your skin this summer with this all natural DIY sunscreen made with essential oils.

This recipe is roughly around SPF 20* with the help of Helichrysum essential oil and zinc oxide. Zinc oxide can absorb ultraviolet radiation of sun and protect the skin from sunburn and other damaging effects of UV radiation. Because it absorbs the broadest spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, the FDA has approved its use in sunscreen, lotions, creams, makeup, deodorant, soaps, and more.

*Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.

What you need:

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1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

1/4 cup beeswax

2 tablespoons zinc oxide (you can purchase zinc oxide here as well as at some pharmacies)

1 teaspoon vitamin E

2 tablespoons shea butter

12 drops dōTERRA Helichrysum essential oil

Note: You can purchase beeswax and shea butter at most health food stores.


Add everything except zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil in a medium sized glass mixing bowl.

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Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan so that the saucepan is cradling the bowl.

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As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.

TIP: Use a popsicle stick to help stir for an easier cleanup.

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Once all ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 3 minutes.

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Add the zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil and stir well to mix.

Note:  Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor.

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Pour into a pint-sized tin or mason jar and store in a cool place (like a refrigerator). Use within six months.

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If you are in a rush to head to the beach or pool, you can still make an effective sunscreen with fewer ingredients.

What you need:sunscreen

1 tube dōTERRA Spa Hand and Body Lotion

12 drops of  dōTERRA Helichrysum essential oil

2 tablespoons of zinc oxide


Add ingredients to a 8-10 ounce empty lotion bottle and mix well by either stirring the mixture with a straw or shaking vigorously. Apply before sun exposure and reapply every couple of hours.

Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.

These recipes were originally featured in dōTERRA’s Spring/Summer 2013 Summer Living Magazine.

dōTERRA Helichrysum essential oil can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. If you would like to locate a Product Consultant in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. This is similar to a lotion I make for my family, but without the zinc oxide and helichrysum. If you’d like to make this sunscreen but are intimidated by finding the ingredients, you might like to purchase the kit mentioned at the end of this post: (I don’t sell any of it…just love to use it! Her hard lotion is the best, and you can add your own EO’s if you buy the DIY kit.)

  2. Using Grapeseed Oil instead of olive oil increases the Vit E content, which is a natural preserver (along with rosemary), but also has some SPF qualities.

  3. I’d like to know more about how Helichrysum offers sun protection. I know about the use of Zinc as protection from UV rays, but haven’t found any information on how Helichrysum works.

  4. I just made this with a friend. It is easy to do. I made mine without any oils because I have a family member who can’t tolerate them. My friend made this with just a couple drops of Helichrysum and a couple drops for sandlewood. We both have had success with it being an excellent sunblock and it is waterproof. We bought the Zinc Oxide on for $19.51 per pound. We also purchased the shea butter for $24.95 for 2 pounds on as well. I am very happy with the whole results! I store mine in snack bags in the frig. It does soften in the heat and turns to a mush, but still works. We just pull out one bag at a time to use.

  5. I am looking for a safe source of NON nano particle zinc oxide. Where do you get yours?
    Also, I am trying to enter contest! I would like to try any of the doterra oils in the contest. I use lavendar daily and have noticed a big difference in brand quality. I would like ot try the DoTerra oil so I can convince my husband that the difference in price is worth it!

  6. I would love to learn more about using essential oils more. I am definitely new to using them and love the results so far. My favorite is Lavender, Sage, and tangerine. I have found the last two very good combination for focus and attention in our homeschool room. Lavender is wonderful to induce peaceful falling asleep patterns.

  7. I don’t like the zink oxide. All you need is coconut oil or carrot seed oil & few drops of helichrysm & sandalwood. Carrot juice & some extra ASTAXANTHIN (without fillers obviously) will protect you from within. :)

  8. Hello,

    I know this is off topic. I’m trying to subscribe to your blog. However, when I go to the subsribe to feed the screen will display an error. Please advise me. Thanks.


  9. daisy, When you try to join, ignore the name I’d blocks. Fill out the form. When you submit, You will be given an I’d and password to use when ordering.

  10. I can not handle the smell of helichrysum… any thoughts of substitutes or additions to make it bearable?

  11. Why not formulate this product and introduce it to your skin care line? Having to make it myself is not convenient. Thank you!

  12. In reference to the SPF…the SFP, or Sun Protection Factor, is not “better” the higher it is. The manufacturers want you to think that the higher the SPF, the better protection you will have. The number only means that it multiplies your ” time it takes to burn” by this amount. For example, if you can be in the sun up to 10 minutes before you begin to burn, an SPF 10 sunscreen would protect up to 100 minutes before you begin to burn. So in theory, if you burn after 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, and SPF 50 sunscreen should last 500 minutes, which is a little over 8 hours! But if you notice, almost all sunscreens instruct you to reapply every 80 minutes. Things like sweat water, and absorption are the reasons for needing to reapply. And because so many people feel that because they are using a high SPF, they are covered for an extended period of time and don’t reapply as needed. Thus, still getting a sunburn and causing skin damage. (Not to mention adding all the toxins from the chemicals used in the product.)

    Sunscreen manufacturers feed the ” Sun Scare” epidemic by offering super high SPF sunscreens, making consumers think that they actually NEED it, while charging outrageous prices the higher the SPF factors go. This is the first time I have seen this recipe, but in the past, I have used Fractionated Coconut Oil alone for sunburn prevention…and it works.

    I hope this helps!

  13. Can I use Raspberry seed oil or cocnut oil instead of Zinc Oxide as I find the zinc burns even hours after- what SFP does coconut oil have ?- What would the best oil to ise instead of teh Zinc with the highest SFP ? Thanks so much!

  14. I think shea butter has SPF; thus, u can have a special sunscreen with Cactus Ext., wine.
    But I have no idea where to get Cactus Ext.
    I know that wine contains Resveratrol.

  15. I was getting ready to eMail a DIY recipe for Sunscreen, and looked up Helichrysm to see what SPF factor it would provide when added to another recipe I found.

    Thinking you and other readers might find this of import, below is some critical information you might want to consider when making homemade Sunscreen, and the referenced web address follows the text.

    Personally, I would follow this advice: Omit the zinc oxide due to its toxicity and possible side effects on the body, and use Avacado oil, instead–based on the portion noted in the recipe below. The recipe below makes about 1/4 C, so adjust helischysm accordingly–maybe 4-5 drops.

    • 2 tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil
    • 1 tablespoon Shea Butter
    • 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel

    NOTE: Please omit zinc oxide from the recipe to make a truly natural and toxic free version of this sunscreen, especially during preparation. Zinc oxide can affect the lungs and reproductive system if inhaled. Replace the zinc oxide with 1 tablespoon of avocado oil which helps increase the sun protection factor (SPF).

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  16. In response to Karen’s question about exchanging Sandalwood for Helichrysm… no, Sandalwood does not have the same sunscreen benefits that Helichrysm does, that is why Helichrysm is recommended for sunscreen solutions.

    Sandalwood is excellent for the skin and other body systems and well-being (it has antidepressant capabilities). But, unfortunately, being a natural sunscreen isn’t its forte.

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