Natural Sunscreen – DIY

I love the summertime and the opportunity to be outside a lot! Having spent most of my life in Southern California with over 25 years within 2 miles of the beach, my skin has absorbed a good amount of rays. Over the years I have tried a whole lot of sunscreen products. With my ever increasing desire to reduce the toxic load to my body, I have turned to natural ways to help protect myself from too many rays. This means I aim for my outdoor time to be early mornings and late afternoons and evenings. If you see me out and about I will be wearing a hat and sunglasses. And I use my Natural Sunscreen that I quickly and easily whip up at home for just a fraction of the cost of the store bought varieties and no toxins!

sunburnConventional sunscreens may help prevent sunburn, but they often contain ingredients that may do long term harm. Even the mainstream media has started to mention some these issues associated with Oxybenzone, retinyl palminate, and nanoparticles.

Several oils can be helpful on the skin. Check out this study.  It lists the SPF of many common cooking and essential oils.

The article said Virgin Coconut oil has an SPF of about 8 and sandalwood essential oil has an SPF of 30.  The quality of the essential oil will make a big difference in the SPF, which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils.



My vintage non-electronic scale still works!

What you need:

  • 40 drops sandalwood essential oil (Buy)
  • 4 ounces Virgin coconut oil (Buy)
  • a scale (Buy)
  • Glass Jar (Buy)


  • Weight out the Virgin Coconut oil on scale
  • 0701161619Combine oils and store in a glass jar.
  • Apply before exposure to sun.
  • Reapply as needed and after being in the water.

For greater protection, increase the sandalwood to 80 drops.

Here is another recipe for a single use:

3 drops Sandalwood or Helichrysum for each teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut oil.

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