Homemade Sunburn Lotion | homemadeforelle.com

I can’t believe we’re already creeping up to summer time!  Today was a gorgeous, bright and lightly breezy day, and I am anxious to spend more time outside with my kids! 

My family almost always wear sunscreen when we are outside, because we have fair skin and burn (and freckle) easily.  However, sometimes I have been known to get a sunburn through the sunscreen, and there have been other occasions where I frankly forgot.  Suffice it to say, I am no stranger to sunburns.

I have used quite a few commercial sunburn products over the years, but since I now make almost all of my own skin moisturizers, I figured I would make homemade sunburn lotion to keep on hand for this summer, should anyone in my family need it!

Homemade Sunburn Lotion

 Add 1″ of water to a small pot, and bring to a boil.  Place a heat-proof glass bowl on top, and add beeswax, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer until melted, about 10 – 15 minutes.  Add in aloe vera gel and lavender essential oil, stir, and remove from heat. 
Place in the freezer for 20 – 30 minutes, until almost solidified.  Transfer mixture to a blender and process until whipped and creamy, which takes 1 – 5 minutes, depending on your blender.


That’s it!  This homemade sunburn lotion is soothing, creamy and moisturizing and will feel heavenly on sunburned skin.  This lotion is great for an everyday moisturizer too, so don’t feel like you have to store it for a special occasion!  I also have a great recipe for a lavender body lotion, if you want to check it out!

Other Summer Fun

If you are in the mood to celebrate the season, I have a few other posts to share with you!  My friend Cynthia at Feeding Big shared a post on how to turn a grill into a herb garden.  Isn’t this so fun?!  I love upcycle projects, especially when they involves yummy herbs! 

How to Turn a Grill into an Herb Garden

If you’re planning on throwing a luau this summer, you can learn how to make a ribbon lei from my friend Susan at Organized31. These are so fun, and a perfect party gift to give!


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4 Responses to Homemade Sunburn Lotion

  1. Ali Gilbert says:

    Oh my goodness..I didn’t even know this existed. I live in Florida so I will definitely be using this, for sure! Thanks so much!

  2. Crystal says:

    We don’t often have enough sun and heat to burn here, but I’m pinning this with the hope that the weather will change and I’ll be prepared!

  3. Cynthia L says:

    I am like you, I burn easily, so having a lotion like this would be so great. I think it is so important to put natural lotions on our body and keep the chemicals that are in most store bought items away from our skin. Thanks for sharing how to do this – I feel confident that I can make it.

  4. Corinne says:

    I’m definitely going to make some of this for summer. Thanks for the video of the steps – will make it so much easier to follow.

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