DIY Shea Butter Sunscreen Recipe with Zinc Oxide

I’ve been wanting to make my own homemade sunscreen for years, but was always weary of the so-called new and improved nano zinc oxide I found available the internet.  Nano means the particles are so small that it can be absorbed into your skin.  However the purpose of zinc oxide is that it actually sits on top of your skin to protect you from the sun.  

Fast forward to this year when the brand Better Shea Butter out of Austin, TX was kind enough to send me not only their non-nano uncoated zinc oxide powder, but also a batch of shea butter.  Finally I was able to make my own homemade sunscreen!  

The process is surprisingly simple.  Shea butter was the base and then I chose to add avocado, olive and coconut oil for their natural sun protection.  With the zinc oxide this sunscreen has an spf of about 15.  Reapply as needed.

You can add an essential oil of your choice to create a scent for your sunscreen.  However steer clear of any citrus essential oils as those can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.  Carrot seed or lavender are great choices.

DIY Shea Butter Sunscreen Recipe with Zinc Oxide. Love the idea of making my own homemade sunscreen this year. The idea of store bought sunscreen filled with chemicals scares me. Definitely going to try this recipe, seems super easy to make with only five ingredients! Plus it has zinc oxide for extra protection. So trying this!

How to Make Homemade Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide



  1. In a double broiler heat the shea butter, avocado oil, olive oil and coconut oil until melted.  
  2. After the oils are melted slowly stir in the zinc oxide powder until consistency is smooth.  
  3. Poor into a glass jar and let cool. (If warm outside, put in the fridge for a couple of hours to let it set).  

Note:  You can make your own makeshift double broiler like I did.  Take a small pot and fill about a third of it with water, turn on the heat.  Place a glass bowl on top of the pot where you will combine the oils and zinc oxide.

Zinc Oxide is safe to use on your skin, however be aware not to breath in the powder while you’re making your sunscreen.

I hope you have fun making your own sunscreen! Don't forget to reapply often and remember that although your skin is being protected, it's best not to bake in the sun all day long regardless if you're wearing sunscreen or not. Enjoy the sun in moderation.

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