Tinted Mineral Sunscreen – All Natural


  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Beeswax beads
  • Mango butter
  • Shea butter
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Zinc oxide/iron oxides mix*

I source most ingredients from New Directions (Australia). But any butters sold in a wide mouth container would suffice. MCT oil or liquid coconut oil (supermarket cooking oil section) can be substituted for fractionated coconut oil. Be sure Zinc is cosmetic grade to ensure low levels of cadmium contamination. Titanium oxide can be substituted.

Tint Mix

  • 1/2tsp yellow iron oxide
  • 1/4 tsp brown iron oxide
  • 1/8 tsp red iron oxide
  • 9 TBS zinc oxide

This is my personal mix, providing an adequate match to my “warm ivory” skin. Experiment with a small sample to find your own shade. Mix iron oxides vigorously into zinc oxide until well dispersed then test a dab of pigment on flexor side of wrist.


  • Sturdy metal spoon for the butters.
  • Cardboard push up tube ~80mm x 20mm,
  •  1oz, 30ml (AliExpress or Etsy)
  • Tube holder
  • Double boiler
  • Tin foil
  • Cold packs

Prep Container

  • Melt 1 rounded tsp beeswax pellets per tube in the double boiler for 4 tubes.
  • Make sure the paper disc inside the tube is pushed down snugly against the bottom with the waxed side up.
  • Plastic wrap tube bottom – place in rack – pour ~1 tsp beeswax plug


Melt in the double boiler and mix:

1 tube        4 tubes       8 tubes

  • Fractionated coconut oil           2 tsp           2 TBS           4 TBLS
  • Beeswax beads                            2 tsp           2 TBS           4 TBLS
  • Mango butter                               2 tsp           2 TBS           4 TBLS
  • Shea butter                                   1 tsp           1 TBS           1 TBLS
  • Vitamin E oil                                10 drops     1/4 tsp         1/2 tsp
  • Zinc oxide/iron oxides mix*      4 tsp           1/4 cup        1/2 cup

Fill container:

  • Place cardboard tube in foam holder
  • Pour sunscreen into cardboard tubes, whisking while pouring.
  • Divide thicker solution at the end of the pour between tubes.

  • Cover top with tin foil and cap.

  • Place two soft cold packs in a plastic bag.

  • Tuck tubes in between cold packs.

  • Hold ends and shake constantly while wrapping cold pack around tubes.
  • When tubes are cool, remove foil. Clean tube and cap.
  • Pack in zip-lock bag. Store in freezer.
  • Wipe down all pots and utensils with paper napkins and discard to remove excess oils before washing.

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