Coconut Oil Sunscreen 1/2 Cup 1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil 2 Tablespoons Non Nana Zinc Oxide 1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil Optional: 10 Drops Essential Oils

Coconut Oil Sunscreen – Easy 3 Ingredient Recipe!

This coconut oil sunscreen recipes is made with 3 all natural ingredients. No harmful chemicals needed!

sunscreenI don’t wear sunscreen..

I’ve actually never needed to wear sunscreen since I was blessed with skin that doesn’t burn… ever. BUT some of my babies inherited their daddy’s skin so sun protection lotion has been needed for my family occasionally. I avoid body care products for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I can’t pronounce the name of half the ingredients listed. A simple search online or looking at the ingredient list of sunscreen lotion in your home will show a concerning amount of hard to pronounce chemicals that my little ones don’t need…at all.


Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful radiation from the sun. Natural sunscreen! Obviously that low amount of SPF isn’t sufficient for a long day in the sun, so we add red raspberry seed oil and essential oils. Red raspberry seed oil has an SPF of roughly 25. Zinc oxide (we use non-synthetic) is also known for it’s ability to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Coconut Oil Sunscreen

Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe



  1. Whip coconut oil up in a mixer or food processor.
  2. Carefully add the zinc oxide (you don’t want to inhale it!), red raspberry seed oil and essential oils.
  3. Once the oils and zinc oxide are mixed well pour them into a small container.

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Coconut Oil Sunscreen - Easy 3 Ingredient Recipe!
  • ½ Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Non Nana Zinc Oxide
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Optional: 10 Drops Essential Oils (I used Carrot Seed & Lavender)
  1. Whip coconut oil up in a mixer or food processor.
  2. Carefully add the zinc oxide (you don't want to inhale it!), red raspberry seed oil and essential oils.
  3. Once the oils and zinc oxide are mixed well pour them into a small container.



There is no way to know exactly how much SPF is in the lotion since there are varying sources of information about how much SPF is in carrier oils and essential oils. If you have fair skin that burns easily you may need to add more zinc oxide. This recipes is intended for educational purposes only. Please test out the recipes and change it up to suit the needs of your skin.


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About the author: Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!
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  • Carol Simpson May 1, 2017, 11:38 am

    I’ve got coconut oil, the zinc oxide and some carrot oil which has a high SPF. What I want to do is whether or not this is white on the skin like the stuff lifeguards used to put on their noses?

  • Lynette bangert April 26, 2017, 9:30 am

    Hi Tiffany I just tried your recipe and I have a question for you how do I store it since it’s coconut oil and I live in the desert and it’s pretty warm here and I think it might melt so do I put it in the fridge raider is it OK to do that thank you for answering and thank you for the recipe sounds amazing can’t wait to use it

  • Sheila April 11, 2017, 2:37 pm

    does this go on white?

  • Heather April 11, 2017, 9:15 am

    Is this safe to use on a child under 2 years old? Are raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil essential oils?

  • Jenn April 5, 2017, 7:11 pm

    Can’t wait to try but why aren’t we supposed to breathe in the zinc?

  • Michelle April 1, 2017, 1:24 pm

    How long will this keep and do I need to store it in any special way (refrigerator or ?) I am made it and am using it today and LOVE it!

  • Jill Freedman January 4, 2017, 1:05 pm

    I was wondering if the zinc is white and if so, does that make it difficult to rub into the skin? Do you know where to find clear zinc?

  • Lil November 26, 2016, 4:25 pm

    This is awesome, thank you for the recipe!

  • Heyo October 11, 2016, 8:24 pm

    Make sure you dont use a citrus essential oil as they are phototoxic as in the cause burns in direct sunlight. Carrotseed oil and lavender probably the best to use like it says in the example.

  • Marie-Louise September 12, 2016, 6:40 pm

    Hi, can I use zink oxide cream in in stead of powder?

  • AL July 16, 2016, 3:33 pm

    I was so excited to make this, so I made it today and I doubled the Zinc because I burn so easily. I was hoping to use this as an everyday sunscreen for the whole exposed body, but it leaves a mild white film on the skin. Not sure, if it’s because of the extra Zinc or if this is for swimming only. I haven’t been outside to try it out yet and I most likely won’t. I also have had it on my skin for about 15 minutes and it is not absorbing. I have a white film all over, including my palms. However, there is a plus side, after washing my hands it didn’t seem to come off, so definitely for swimming!

  • Kim Hinkel July 10, 2016, 6:09 pm

    Could this be used on infants under 6 months?

  • Nanner July 2, 2016, 1:21 pm

    I live in a warm climate, so my coconut oil is always liquid in the summer. Is the whipping step necessary, or is that just to soften it enough to mix the other ingredients? Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Amy June 28, 2016, 2:31 pm

    I have been experience a burning sensation around my eyes and on my cheeks from my current sunscreen. I am a really fair redhead who loves the outdoors, but I want to protect myself at the same time. I am going to give this a try and see how it works for protection. Any other thoughts or suggestions of sunscreens that I can use?
    Thanks for the recipe Coconut mama

  • Julie June 19, 2016, 5:46 am

    Thank you, very much for this all natural recipe. As you noted, it is difficult to know what level of sunscreen is in the finished product because of varying reports; this is noted for OTC products as well, no matter what the label says. Manufacturers fudge on ingredient labels (shock! not really?), poor quality control messes with purity and strength (just think of all the processes ingredients go through until they make it into a product and the product gets to the shelf, and then… gets to your skin!). All that being said, before my concerns arose about the ingredients in all OTC products, I was in the habit of reapplying, often, to my kids and my skin, keeping all of us from burning. I would consider that step (reapplication) a wise decision for this product as well. Also, with the lovely pure and natural ingredients, my skin will be so soft! Thanks, again. Nice, simple, easy natural recipe!

  • Anna June 6, 2016, 2:38 pm

    I am just curious, why carrot seed oil? I don’t know anything about carrot seed oil, that’s the main reason for my asking.

    • Heyo October 11, 2016, 8:25 pm

      It has a high SPF on its own

  • Ceilidh June 5, 2016, 8:06 am

    I love the idea of the coconut sun cream!

  • Lisa May 9, 2016, 1:24 pm

    Any idea of the shelf life?
    Will it last 1 summer? 2 summers?
    Wondering if I make large batches, will it “go bad”, before it gets used?

  • Brenda May 8, 2016, 3:44 am

    Do you know if the Beauty Counter sunscreen will melt in the car? I am looking for a sunscreen that I can leave in my car on days I forget and I take the top off.

    I am definitely making the other for days I am sure I am going to be in the sun.

  • Grace March 16, 2016, 5:53 pm

    What age can use this ? How young ..thanks !

  • Tonia March 16, 2016, 7:29 am

    I am a very fair skinned freckled person. Sunburns are the story of my life.. Until I started supplementing with Vit D and also using coconut oil on my skin. Anymore when I go out I usually use my face oil mix and I haven’t had a major burn in several years. We farm so I am outside a lot. It works for my kids too. 🙂

    • Amy June 28, 2016, 2:34 pm

      HI Tonia,
      I am also a fair skinned person. Curious what are you using on your face for your face oil mix?
      Cheers Amy 🙂

  • Olga February 1, 2016, 11:46 am

    Hi Tiffany, I am thinking about making this sunscreen for my 6 month old. Is it safe for babies this young? It has essential oils as ingredients, that makes me wonder.

  • ann November 9, 2015, 10:32 am

    I was with a dermatologist recently who kept INSISTING that because coconut oil smells like coconut it contains fragrance and is therefore not natural and has chemicals in it. Ugh! {shaking my head}

  • Karyn October 11, 2015, 8:27 pm

    Hi, thanks for this recipe, it looks great! I’ve often worried as the spa in commercial sunscreens increases, if we might be trading skin cancer for a worse health horror.
    My question is regarding my son who has some sensory issues, do you think I would maintain the spf properties if I was to add beeswax… Like your lotion bars? He’s quite happy to use the stick-style sunscreen… What sort of quantity should I try to start with? Cheers 🙂

  • Bovinelover September 9, 2015, 9:30 am

    Currently on holiday in Ialy, temps in the 30s, hot and sunny. I have a typical European fair skin. Have only used this sunscreen for the last six days and not a single burn. Love it. Will NEVER used commercially prepped sunscreen ever again.

  • Shiela August 26, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Hi, I assume this is safe for babies.

  • fabby August 20, 2015, 5:53 pm

    What store do we get each ingredient from?

  • Barbara August 10, 2015, 5:50 am

    Ty. ..where can I buy carrot seed oil? I haven’t been able to find it. .

    • Carol Simpson May 1, 2017, 11:41 am

      I bought some organic carrot oil via Amazon.

  • Kaydensmum August 10, 2015, 5:15 am

    Hi coconut mama!
    I read most of your posts but I am especially excited about this one, my almost two year old seems to be allergic to sunscreen and has very very pale pasty skin.
    I would love to make this recipe but I have no idea where to buy zinc or the essential oils; where do you buy yours?
    Thank you!

    • Terri August 15, 2015, 1:35 pm

      Amazon.com is where I bought my ingredients

  • Ali July 16, 2015, 2:03 pm

    Hi could I use cocoa butter instead of the coconut oil?!

  • Gen July 16, 2015, 9:13 am

    Thanks for the recipe! Just one question: once it is made how long is it good for?
    I mean, would it turn bad after a while?

  • Kerri July 9, 2015, 1:59 pm

    My son had eczema & I’m worried the raspberry seed oil will irritate his skin. Would just coconut oil & zinc oxide work?

    • The Coconut Mama July 9, 2015, 7:49 pm

      Yes! You could also use sweet almond oil in place of the raspberry seed oil.

  • Abby July 9, 2015, 8:21 am

    Do you have a hard time rubbing this lotion into your kids’ skin? In other words, does it absorb or is it thick and pasty? That’s not a deal breaker for me; I just want to know what to expect!

    • The Coconut Mama July 9, 2015, 7:50 pm

      It’s pretty thick and pasty, but after a while the coconut oil absorbs into the skin and it’s not so pasty.

  • Will July 9, 2015, 7:15 am

    i hear myrrh is a good sun protectant too. You could add that EO to the mix. Be careful of zinc it can be harmful if the particle size is too small. Better to use the oils. Safer.

    • The Coconut Mama July 9, 2015, 7:51 pm

      Yes, Myrrh is wonderful for protection too! The zinc I linked to above is the kind that’s considered safe to use on the skin.

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Charlotte July 9, 2015, 6:51 am

    Amy tips for cleaning the zinc oxide out of equipment used to make it?

  • Kristen July 7, 2015, 9:09 pm

    Does this turn to liquid or get all runny in the heat because of the coconut oil?

  • Benita July 7, 2015, 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the sunscreen recipe. I really need it because I am allergic to any and all products that have sunscreen in them. I don’t know for sure what it is that’s in the sunscreen that I am allergic too, but I can’t use anything with sunscreen in it or touch things with sunscreen on it or ppl that may have sunscreen on. So you can imagine me at the beach or pool wiping down surfaces like a germiphobe and screaming at ppl to get away from me. lol

  • Lisa July 5, 2015, 11:23 am

    Could I skip the zinc and just use the coconut & raspberry oils? It seems like that might be enough spf, right?

    • The Coconut Mama July 6, 2015, 9:57 am

      You sure can! The zinc adds a lot more protection for those who need it.

  • Sarah July 3, 2015, 6:19 pm

    Do the carrot seed and lavender offer any spf or are they purely for fragrance?

    • The Coconut Mama July 6, 2015, 10:01 am

      Carrot seed and Lavender EO are optional but they are both very beneficial to the skin.

  • Sarah July 2, 2015, 12:21 pm

    Do you have a natural sunblock with out zinc?

  • Jenay Green July 2, 2015, 12:13 pm

    I , like you do not burn easily and the coconut oil has been great for me. I love it and use it every day for moisturizing as well as sunscreen. I have four boys and three of them tan easily, but my youngest is a red head and burns, so I needed this recipe! Thanks Tiffany looking forward to trying this!

    • PaytonB July 5, 2015, 11:21 pm

      Even allowing your children to tan is setting them up for skin cancer later. It isn’t just burns that cause skin cancer. Don’t doom your children.

      • The Coconut Mama July 6, 2015, 9:57 am

        1) My children don’t burn, they tan and 2) there’s a ton of research that suggests lack of sunlight and Vit D plays a huge role in skin cancer.


        • ChristyP June 17, 2016, 9:11 am

          This was taken from the website you listed… Your children still need protection from UVA rays…

          “There are two primary types of UV rays from sunlight, the vitamin-D-producing UVB rays and the skin-damaging UVA light. Both UVA and UVB can cause tanning and burning, although UVB does so far more rapidly. UVA, however, penetrates your skin more deeply than UVB, and may be a much more important factor in photoaging, wrinkles and skin cancers.”

          “A study in Medical Hypotheses suggested that indoor workers may have increased rates of melanoma because they’re exposed to sunlight through windows, and only UVA light, unlike UVB, can pass through window glass. At the same time, these indoor workers are missing out on exposure to the beneficial UVB rays, and have lower levels of vitamin D.”

  • Iris July 2, 2015, 10:29 am

    Love this as I only use sunscreen that has a zinc oxide base and would love to be able to make my own. I do have a question – what is the role of the Raspberry Seed Oil?

    Thanks for all you share and thanks in advance for your reply,

    • The Coconut Mama July 2, 2015, 4:05 pm

      Hi Iris! The red raspberry seed oil has a high SPF of 25 which is why I use it in this recipe. 🙂

      • Anonymouse July 2, 2015, 7:21 pm

        Actually, red raspberry seed oil, carrot oil, and coconut oil don’t have any SPF rating (source 1, source 2). The SPF for your sunscreen would come completely from the zinc oxide. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with any of the non-zinc ingredients (and the coconut oil is a good way to get the zinc on your body, imo), but they have never been shown to have much, if any, sun protective properties.

        • Old n Wise July 6, 2015, 11:25 pm

          Anony Mouse, I have used coconut oil on it’s own for sun protection on myself for years as well as on children. I know that there is a protective factor as when I’ve used it, I don’t burn. Proven many times. I don’t need ‘sourcery’ to tell me what I find out for myself. Try it Anony Mouse, you may be pleasantly surprised.

      • Monica August 10, 2015, 7:42 am

        I too use coconut oil, and it has kept me from burning for years. I am fair, and would burn easily otherwise.


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