DIY: Ultra Moisturizing Natural Sunscreen

Summer is here which means a lot of time in the sun. Protect your skin this summer with this all natural DIY sunscreen made with essential oils.

This recipe is roughly around SPF 20* with the help of Helichrysum essential oil and zinc oxide. Zinc oxide can absorb ultraviolet radiation of sun and protect the skin from sunburn and other damaging effects of UV radiation. Because it absorbs the broadest spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, the FDA has approved its use in sunscreen, lotions, creams, makeup, deodorant, soaps, and more.

*Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.

What you need:

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1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

1/4 cup beeswax

2 tablespoons zinc oxide (you can purchase zinc oxide here as well as at some pharmacies)

1 teaspoon vitamin E

2 tablespoons shea butter

12 drops dōTERRA Helichrysum essential oil

Note: You can purchase beeswax and shea butter at most health food stores.


Add everything except zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil in a medium sized glass mixing bowl.

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Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan so that the saucepan is cradling the bowl.

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As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.

TIP: Use a popsicle stick to help stir for an easier cleanup.

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Once all ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 3 minutes.

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Add the zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil and stir well to mix.

Note: Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor.

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Pour into a pint-sized tin or mason jar and store in a cool place (like a refrigerator). Use within six months.

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If you are in a rush to head to the beach or pool, you can still make an effective sunscreen with fewer ingredients.

What you need:sunscreen

1 tube dōTERRA Spa Hand and Body Lotion

12 drops of dōTERRA Helichrysum essential oil

2 tablespoons of zinc oxide


Add ingredients to a 8-10 ounce empty lotion bottle and mix well by either stirring the mixture with a straw or shaking vigorously. Apply before sun exposure and reapply every couple of hours.

Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.

These recipes were originally featured in dōTERRA’s Spring/Summer 2013 Summer Living Magazine.

dōTERRA Helichrysum essential oil can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. If you would like to locate a Product Consultant in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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