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Do-it-Yourself Sunscreen and Bug Repellent

Avoiding sunburn is easy when you make your own sunscreen that has the added benefit of being a bug repellent.

The sun is blazing and the temperatures are rising – two crucial elements that lead to sunburn. We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun, but with all of the chemicals and by-products in commercial sunscreen it is difficult to find protection that is safe. Here is an easy recipe for an SPF-30 sunscreen that has the added bonus of eucalyptus to help keep bugs away too.


  • ½ cup of Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup of Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Natural Beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide
  • 2 Tablespoons of Shea Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons of Eucalyptus oil

Using a double boiler (a glass or steel bowl over a saucepan with about an inch of simmering water, make sure the bowl does NOT touch the water) combine all ingredients except the Zinc Oxide into the bowl. Use a rubber spatula to keep everything moving until it gently melts to create one uniform mix. Once everything is completely melted and uniform add the Zinc Oxide. Mix well and pour the mixture into a glass jar such as a mason jar and allow the mixture to cool. Once it is cooled, use it as you would any sunscreen.

Making sunscreen yourself eliminates most of the harsh chemicals that are in commercial sunscreen. The level of Zinc Oxide can also be altered to provide more or less protection from the sun. Also, a combination of eucalyptus oil and citronella oil (essential oil, no lamp oil) can be added to have the added benefit of bug repellent without using harmful deet.

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