D.I.Y. Non-Toxic Sunscreen and Bug Repellent Cubes

Spring is springing here in Indiana, which means that summer isn’t far behind, so sunscreen and bug repellent are about to become regulars once again for the warmer seasons. Thus, I’m excited to share this recipe I have for balm cubes that can both act as a sunscreen and keep the creepy crawlies away. These cubes are non-toxic and completely homemade, so you know exactly what you are putting into them, and that also means you know exactly what you are applying to your body!

I’m not certain on the SPF of these. It depends on how much Zinc Oxide powder you use in the recipe, but the ingredients of coconut oil, zinc oxide powder, and carrot seed oil all have SPF properties. If I were to guess, I would say these bars are anywhere from 15SPF – 50SPF…yeah, that really narrows it down (sorry).

What I can tell you for sure is the following:

1.) It works!  I’ve used this over the years, and it has served me well to keep sunburn away and bugs at bay even while we were living in San Antonio, TX, where the sun can be brutal in the summer!

2.) It’s natural and non-toxic!  All of the ingredients are not harmful like some of the chemicals in store bought sunscreens and bug repellents.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold!  I love this stuff, and I bet you will too if you give it a try!

Quick note before we get started – cleanup after making this can be a bit cumbersome, because the oil and shea butter can be hard to get rid of (great for the actual cube, because it won’t just sweat off right away, but not so great for cleaning it off of pans, etc.).  My suggestion is using a paper towel to wipe everything down right after you get your mold filled.  Then use hot water with soap to wash completely.  Basically, clean it before it dries…except the mold that the bars need to harden in, of course. 🙂



  • 1/3 cup extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup beeswax pellets
  • 2 heaping Tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide powder
  • about 5 drops of each of the following essential oils: lavender, rose geranium, white thyme, carrot seed oil, and citronella


1.) In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pellets over medium heat until completely melted.

2.) Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide powder and the essential oils.  Stir until the powder is completely dissolved.

3.) Carefully spoon the mixture into a silicone mold.  My silicone mold is of 1 inch cubes, but  you could use any shape.  This recipe made 12 – 1 inch cubes.

4.) Allow to harden completely.  You can put it in the fridge to speed things up, but it will harden pretty quickly regardless.  Once hardened, push the bottom of each mold to remove each cube.

5.) Store in a cool place in a glass jar.  To apply, just rub onto skin and then massage in.

Yeah, double protection in just one step!  Enjoy! 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and any recipe for food, beauty products, cleaning products, or the like is not a means of diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure for any disease or condition, mental or physical. One should always consult a medical professional before making any major lifestyle changes.

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