Finding Natural SPF and Making Your Own Sunscreen

SunscreenA lot of talk has come up over  the toxicity of sunscreen. I stopped using sunscreen about 5 years ago. I’m not one to burn so I’ve lucked out but I also religiously use coconut oil in my diet and on my body. Beyond coconut oil I wanted to share other natural oils that contain a SPF.

  • Raspberry seed oil-SPF 28-50
  • Carrot seed oil-SPF 38-40
  • Wheat germ oil-SPF 20
  • Macadamia Oil – SPF 6
  • Non-GMO Soybean Oil – SPF 10
  • Avocado Oil – SPF 4 – 10 (can get as high as 15)
  • Olive Oil -SPF 2-8
  • Shea Butter –SPF 3 – 6
  • Almond Oil – SPF 5
  • Sesame Seed Oil – SPF 4
  • Hemp Seed Oil – SPF 6
  • Jojoba Oil – SPF 4
  • Coconut Oil – SPF 2 – 8


  • 1/2 Cup of Infused Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Beeswax
  • 2 TBSP Zinc Oxide
  • Optional: Essential Oils (Vanilla, Tea Tree, Lavender, etc), Shea Butter, Vitamin E Oil

I first infused dandelion flowers in olive oil for a month and strained.

*Dandelions are high in antioxidants, such as vitamin-C and Luteolin, which reduce the free radicals (major cancer-causing agents) in the body, thereby reducing the risk of cancer.  As well a cancer fighter dandelions are a detoxifier, which is a perfect ingredient for the healthy skin.

Combine all ingredients except Zinc Oxide into a jar to double boil in a sauce pan filled with water.  Continue to stir and add zinc only when all ingredients are mixed and smooth.  Stir until all zinc oxide is thoroughly incorporated.  Let cool and apply!

Basil Kale Pesto-Vegan

For my birthday the other day I wanted to make myself something special. So I went to the garden and harvested kale and basil.

Olive Oil
Flax Flour
Pink Sea Salt
Pinch of Ginger
Red Pepper Flakes
Lime or lemon juice
(Garam Masala) opt.
(Cashews) opt

Use your own discretion on measurements and blend. Add other spices and create a refreshing dip for a summer afternoon.

Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free Macaroons

So after making my macaroons and selling them at my family’s restaurant, I had requests for a healthier version. And considering I don’t even eat my own sweets, these I can’t go a day without now!!

2 {heaping} Cup Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
12 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
4 Tbsp. Maple Syrup* {the real stuff!!}
1 tsp Vanilla
3 Tbsp of sweetened or unsweetened (depending on your sweet tooth) cocoa powder

Combine ingredients.
Roll into balls and lightly roll in cocoa powder in a small shallow dish.
Place on a plate and refrigerate.

These are by far my favorite snack/treat. So easy to make and healthy!!