Natural Oils with SPF + DIY Sunscreen Recipe

May 21, 2015By 5 Comments

vegan sunscreen

Even though my name is Sunny, I’m totally like a vampire when it comes to sunshiny rays. I love me some vitamin D (sourced from the sun), but I know that too much sun exposure can cause liver/sun spots, dilated blood vessels, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Noooooooooo no no thank you. Sunscreen with SPF is essential, people, but it’s gotta be natural!

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently reviewed over 2000 sunscreens and over 257 brands and found more than 75% of the sunscreens contained toxic chemicals that can actually increase your risk of cancer. INCREASE! Doesn’t that that defeat the purpose of sunscreen?!

Toxic Chemicals Found in Conventional Sunscreen

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octocrylene
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Parabens

Did you know that there are tons of nut, fruit, and veggie oils that have naturally occurring SPF? Check it!

Natural Oils with SPF

  • Red raspberry seed oil – SPF between 30-50 (protects agains UVA, UVB, and UVC rays!)
  • Carrot seed oil – SPF 35-40
  • Wheat germ oil – SPF 20
  • Avocado oil – SPF 15
  • Hazelnut oil – SPF 15
  • Coconut oil – SPF 8-10
  • Soybean oil – SPF 10
  • Olive oil – SPF 8
  • Macadamia oil – SPF 6
  • Almond oil – SPF 5
  • Jojoba oil – SPF 4
  • Rice bran oil – SPF 4

DIY All-Natural Sunscreen

diy sunscreen

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/8 avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp candelilla wax
  • 1 tsp. red raspberry seed oil
  • 1 tsp. carrot seed oil
  • Essential oils (optional)

Using a microwave or double boiler, melt your candelilla wax and shea butter. Once fully melted, add your coconut oil and avocado oil (while still heated in double broiler).

Remove from heat and place in fridge for 30 mins. Add in your red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil, and essential oil(s), and whip with a hand mixer until fluffy. Store your sunscreen in the fridge to extend its shelf life (6 months to a year).

What’s your favorite all-natural vegan sunscreen?

About Sunny ()

Longtime vegan, hardcore compassionate beauty junkie, serious cake aficionado, and lover of all things floofy and sparkly! If there's something in particular you'd like me to review, drop me a line at You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Google +.

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  1. Giulia says:

    Looking forward to making this for the first time. Is that 1/8 cup of avocado oil?


  2. Radha Dyal says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Have you ever used non-nano zinc oxide for sunscreen? If so, do you recommend it?

  3. Emmy L. says:

    What size container did you use for this? And can you list/link where you bought your ingredients?

  4. Chantale Foisy says:

    Hi Sunny,
    Love your book! I’ve been doing DIY for an extremely long time so it is exciting to see one that is finally vegan!!
    Are you planning on translating your book in French? I’m French-Canadian and work as a Natural Health Adviser at a natural health food store. Believe me, French copies would sell very well among French populations around the world!

    Keep up the inspiration!

    • Sunny says:

      Aw, thank you for the kind words. I’m not sure if they’ll be coming out with a French version, but I certainly hope so. Will keep you posted if I hear anything. Thanks so much for the support! xo

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