Non-Toxic DIY Waterproof Sunscreen

Memorial DayHappy Memorial Day!  This day is the special day on which we honor and remember the brave men and women who have made so many sacrifices for us and our freedoms in this country and for that I am SO grateful!

And it’s also the day that officially kicks off summer.  YAY!

Most people who read this blog either have kids or work with kids and most people ALSO will be playing in the sun to some degree this summer so I wanted to share something that I hope will keep you safe from harmful sun damage as well as chemical toxins…




waterproof sunscreenAnyone who knows me knows that I CARE about my own health and the health of those for whom I care!  Kids included!   I’ve recently changed brands for so many of the products I use due to the toxic ingredients contained in so many beauty/cosmetic and daily toiletry items…I’m serious about getting the chemicals out of my house and off of my body and my nieces and nephew’s bodies! It seems that most everything store-bought these days is like some form of chemical soup concoction, sunscreens included!

Just look at the labels, the list of chemicals is SO looooong!  If you’re not familiar with EWG (Environmental Working Group) check it out.  Their Skin Deep page allows you to type in and search almost any popular cosmetic, skin care product, etc. to check the levels of cancer causing ingredients in the item.  AMAZING resource!  They even have a sunscreen section as well, with plenty of options for purchasing safe sunscreens for you and your family but if you’re like me and want to be creative and make your own, I’m posting a DIY for a safe and natural, as well as waterproof, sunscreen recipe that’s EASY, cost effective, and completely non-toxic – plus this recipe is actually GOOD for your skin and best of all it’s WATERPROOF!:

Note: If you don’t want to make your own sunscreen, there’s a great one you can buy that is rated a 1 (green) by the EWG! You can find it HERE. I also love their sun stick that you can toss in your purse and beach bag!

DIY Waterproof Sunscreen


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil — contains a natural SPF of 10 — where to find
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil — great for skin elasticity — where to find
  • 1/4 cup beeswax — where to find
  • 2 Tbsp Shea Butter — I love this brand, they even send you a free recipe book for more DIY recipes.
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E — keeps your lotion from going rancid and is good for your skin — where to find
  • 2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide powder  — contains a natural SPF of 20 —where to find
  • Optional: I always add lavender essential oil to mine because it smells SO GOOD and is extremely beneficial to the skin. I typically add about 30 drops after it’s all mixed up and has cooled down a bit. Most of you know that I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, so that the quality is to my high standards (especially for use on kids!). Here is the brand we use in my family.

Extra tip: Zinc Oxide powder can be added to your foundation to add extra sun protection and when mixed with aloe vera gel and applied at night, it can help to treat acne symptoms!

Directions:  In a double boiler (or glass or porcelain container in a pan of water) combine everything except the zinc powder:

DIY Watreproof Sunscreen | Real Food RN

  • Warm SLOWLY over medium heat until everything is melted… don’t be tempted to rush the melting process.
  • Pour into a glass jar and add in the zinc powder.

DIY Watreproof Sunscreen | Real Food RN

  • Put a tight lid on the jar and shake really well (you want to avoid breathing in the zinc powder). Be careful, it can be hot. Try wrapping a towel around the jar before shaking it.

DIY Watreproof Sunscreen | Real Food RN

  • Pour into desired containers. I love these cute jelly jars like these from Amazon but you’ll also find them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. And for at the beach these refillable silicon tubes are great (find here).
  • Allow to cool completely before using.
  • Use when out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, reapply as necessary. This stuff really lasts, even in the water! Gotta love DIY waterproof sunscreen!
  • It makes about 1 cup and lasts for a long time — It will not go bad but be sure to store it in the fridge in the winter to keep the oils from going rancid.

DIY Watreproof Sunscreen | Real Food RN


I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL summer and I look forward to seeing some of you over the next few months!

Let me know if you have any questions about making this awesome sunscreen 😉


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