DIY SPF 30 Sunscreen

Goji Cream

Here is what you’ll need!

Makes: 8 ounces

2 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoon shea butter
2 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
2 tablespoon vitamin E oil
5 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon non-nano zinc oxide
1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon titanium dioxide
2½ tablespoon aloe vera

In a medium pot, add 2 cups of water and let it come to a boil.
In a medium bowl, add the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and beeswax, and place it on top of the boiling water. The water should not touch the bowl. If it is, discard some of the excess water.
Let the everything melt, then carefully take it off the pot.
In the melted solution, add the zinc oxide, titanium oxide, and aloe vera, and mix until smooth. Keep mixing until the lotion’s consistency turns into a whipped butter.
Transfer lotion into any container and leave in a cool place.

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  1. How would you know that the final product truly has an SPF of 30 unless you have product testing and a lab? The lotion allegedly has an SPF but what about PA? I think this post is dangerous because this is not a tested and standardized sun screen and people will think this will give them adequate protection. Photodamage is serious stuff which can lead to skin cancer, burns and premature aging. I'll stick with my professionally formulated and tested sunscreen, thanks (like the VMV Hypoallergenics Armada SPF 70 Sunscreen, tested by a dermatologist specializing in photodamage, proven in her lab to block UVA and UVB. It also has high PA).


  2. This is an extremely irresponsible DIY. Commercial sunscreens are regulated by the FDA and held to strict testing standards to determine SPF. There is no way Buzzfeed Nifty can guarantee this recipe provides SPF 30. There's no reason to leave something as important as sun protection to guesswork, especially when the consequence can be skin cancer.

  3. no thank you unless I want to be hospitalized for sever sun poison, I rather buy it from the store then make it bc I need a very high spf to not even burn

  4. This is so ironic. People want to avoid chemicals that they think cause cancer, so they DIY a sunscreen will probably end up causing skin cancer due to a lack of adequate UV protection. A simple google search will tell you why it's absolutely insane to make your own sunscreen. Most people are clueless when it comes to chemistry and toxicology. It's not as simple as saying a chemical is toxic.

  5. Please, please be careful which essential oil you put in! Certain essential oils (particularly lemon) can cause you to burn severely if they're on your skin while you're in the sun.