DIY Sunscreen in a Pump: Safe & Cost-Effective

HealthfulMama_DIY Pumpable Sunscreen

Sunscreen is expensive, especially if you’re purchasing a brand that is natural and safe (see my picks for safe sunscreens that work). There’s no way around it: ounce-for-ounce, safer ingredients are priced higher. If you wear sunscreen on a daily basis, if you have active kids, or if you just like to save a buck, making your own sunscreen might be the cheapest, the safest, and the most effective method of blocking UV rays.

I had no idea that making sunscreen is so simple.

Four ingredients are all it takes, and you can get them all on Amazon (if you can’t find them locally):

Watch Renee from MadeOn Hard Lotion explain the process:

See? Simple, right? The ingredients, if bought on Amazon, amount to about $44, and you can make two batches (more if you purchase more almond oil or use olive oil). You’ll fill a 10-ounce container, making this recipe breakdown to $2.20/ounce. Seem expensive? Think about this: most natural sunscreens are well over $10 for a 2 or 3-ounce tube, ringing in at $4-5/ounce! I can see this being an easy way to have sunscreen on-hand for guests, for a kid’s outdoor party, or as a moisturizing companion to your beauty routine. One caveat: because it contains zinc oxide, the sunscreen will give a *slight* white veil on the skin. However, if you’re sick of worrying about ingredients, this is a sure-fire way to be sure your family is safe from toxins while enjoying the sun!


HealthfulMama_DIY Pump Sunscreen

You can learn about making more of your own skincare products, like lotion bars and baby care products, from the wealth of information, eBooks, and kits found at MadeOn Hard Lotion.

If you’re not into DIY, my Top Picks for Natural & Safe Sunscreens may interest you and while you’re at it, read up on the dangers of spray sunscreen HERE!

Have you ever made your own skincare products?
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2 Responses to DIY Sunscreen in a Pump: Safe & Cost-Effective

  1. hn May 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm #


    Is it possible to show all the steps via video for us?

    • HealthfulMama May 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

      Hi hn–
      The process of making the sunscreen belongs entirely to the folks at MadeOn Hard Lotion. You can check out their site, ebooks, kits, and info HERE.

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