Homemade Sunscreen Recipe: SPF 40 and Non Toxic!

June 5, 2014 · 13 comments

by Jennie
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When I was younger I spent more than my fair share of time out in the sun and also ended up with quite a few sunburns. Since that time I've become a little more educated on the dangers of sun exposure and am now very diligent to apply sunscreen and limit my time in the sun...especially at our high altitude here in Denver which makes sunburns an all too frequent occurrence.

But that's not the end of the story...

Recently I stumbled upon an episode of  Dr. Oz during during which they discuss the dangers of some of the most common chemical ingredients in sunscreen. Some of these dangers include cancer (specifically breast cancer), endocrine system disruption and hormone issues. Yikes. Cancer from sunscreen....whhhhaaat? Well that's an issue...a big issue! Certainly though, we still need to have a way to protect our skin from the sun... 

This is why I've decided to start making my own Homemade Non-Toxic SPF40 Sunscreen using Young Living Essential Oils! Did you know that Coconut Oil ranges between 2-8 SPF, but Carrot Seed essential oil has an SPF of 38-40?!

SPF 40 Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

1/4 cup Coconut Oil
20 drops of Young Living Carrot Seed Essential Oil
8 drops of Young Living Lavender Oil

1. Whip Coconut Oil into a body butter consistency
2. Mix in Young Living Carrot Seed Essential Oil and Young Living Lavender Oil
3. Store inside a glass jar in a cool, dry place (your refrigerator is perfect) and apply to skin as needed

Optional: This sunscreen recipe is not waterproof, so  you will want to reapply after getting wet or sweating. If you would like to make it more waterproof you can mix in 1/2 cup melted beeswax and 2 Tbsp zinc oxide. Make sure to keep the zinc oxide away from children and do not inhale it. It is fine to use on the skin, just not to ingest.

Young Living's essential oils are therapeutic grade and therefore safe to apply to skin. Young Living is the only brand of essential oils that I use and recommend. If you would like to get started using essential oils, here are all the details:


If you do not have a Young Living Premium Kit yet, make sure to check out this July Premium Starter Kit promotion! It comes with everything you'll need to start using Essential Oils along with some awesome freebies!

Want to know more about Essential Oils? Check out these posts...

How I Got Started with Essential Oils: My Story

Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils

How to Get More Restful Sleep with Essential Oils

Essential Oil for Stress and More

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil from Young Living: Anxiety, Burns and More!

How I Used Essential Oils to Beat a Cold Quickly

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Janet Loves Great Skin July 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I’m kind of sensitive to sunscreen products and now it looks even more scary. It’s amazing that carrot seed essential oil has SPF 38-40. Would love to try this sunscreen recipe, but what is the shelf-life for this homemade sunscreen?


2 Susy June 19, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Do you have a suggestion other than lavender to make the lotion smell nice? Lavender gives me migraines.


3 Sarah r. June 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

How much is carrot seed oil and is it something I could buy individually? Also how long would it take to get?


4 Jennie June 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Hi Sarah~ If you wanted to purchase the carrot seed oil individually it is $27.30 (that’s the retail price). To do so, you can go here: http://bit.ly/Sxoa4U and just make sure to select “retail customer”. :)


5 Sarah r. June 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Thank you :)


6 Jennie June 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

You bet. ;)


7 A fan June 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I think you forgot your disclosure statement and your notice of affiliate links.


8 Jennie June 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Hi there “A Fan”. Our disclosure statement may be viewed here: http://www.bargainblessings.com/disclosure-policy/ and can always be accessed under the “About” tab located in the top menu bar. I hope you have a wonderful “waggles” of a day. ;)


9 Sarah R. June 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM

what do the carrot seed and lavender do?


10 Jennie June 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Sarah~ The Carrot Seed has 38-40 SPF, so that is really the biggest chunk of the sun protection. The Lavender is just to make it smell a little nicer…that is unless you don’t mind smelling like carrots. ;)


11 tambry June 6, 2014 at 5:14 AM

How does an oil protect your skin from burning? Seems counter productive.


12 Jennie June 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Hi Tambry~ Coconut Oil ranges between 2-8 SPF and Carrot Seed essential oil has an SPF of 38-40 – that is how it protects your skin. :)

You can read more about what SPF means here: http://dermatology.about.com/cs/skincareproducts/a/spf.htm


13 Rachel June 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I use carrot seed oil as well and it works great on me and my kids! I do have to apply a little more frequently, but I’m okay with that to keep away all of the harmful toxic chemicals in regular sunscreen.


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