Hey there, sunshine seekers! With the warm embrace of summer upon us, it’s time to bask in the glory of nature. And what better way to do that than by creating your very own natural sunscreen? We’re talking about harnessing the power of herbs and oils that not only nourish your skin but also provide a natural SPF boost. And guess what? We’ve got the scoop on some amazing herb-infused concoctions that will keep you glowing and protected. Plus, did you know that beautiful Lake Tahoe is closer to the sun’s rays due to its altitude? So, let’s dive into the world of Grass Roots Natural Foods and whip up some sun-loving magic!

Herbal Heroes for Natural SPF

  1. Lavender Love (SPF 6-8): Lavender isn’t just a pretty scent; it’s also a natural sun warrior. Mix lavender essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba for a calming, protective blend.
  2. Carrot Seed Confidence (SPF 25): Carrot seed oil is a superstar in the natural SPF world. It’s packed with antioxidants and offers impressive sun defense. Combine it with shea butter for a velvety texture.
  3. Ravishing Raspberry (SPF 15): Red raspberry seed oil is a gem, providing both moisturization and sun protection. Mix it with aloe vera gel for a soothing and hydrating sunscreen.
  4. Mighty Mint (SPF 10): Minty freshness isn’t just for toothpaste; it can also shield your skin from the sun. Add peppermint essential oil to your base blend for a revitalizing touch.

Creating Your Natural Sunscreen

Now that you have your herb-infused heroes ready, let’s get crafting:


  • Carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, or olive oil)
  • Shea butter or cocoa butter
  • Beeswax pellets
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Essential oils (lavender, carrot seed, peppermint)
  • Red raspberry seed oil


  1. Prepare a Double Boiler: Create a makeshift double boiler by placing a heat-resistant bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  2. Melt the Ingredients: Add about 1/4 cup of carrier oil, 2 tablespoons of shea or cocoa butter, and 1 tablespoon of beeswax pellets to the bowl. Let them melt together, stirring gently.
  3. Infuse the Magic: Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oils – lavender, carrot seed, or peppermint – according to your preference.
  4. Integrate the SPF Heroes: Mix in around 10 drops of red raspberry seed oil for that extra boost of natural sun protection. Its innate SPF properties will amp up your sunscreen’s defense.
  5. Cool and Store: Let your mixture cool for a bit before adding 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. This step ensures a soothing and hydrating finish. Pour the mixture into a clean, airtight container, and pop it in the fridge for quicker solidification.

Remember, Grass Roots Sun Wisdom

  • Always do a patch test to ensure your skin loves the ingredients.
  • Reapply your natural sunscreen every 2 hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Pair your homemade sunscreen with protective clothing and shades for holistic sun defense.

Fun Fact: Tahoe’s Sunlight Connection

When it comes to Lake Tahoe, it’s not just the stunning views that captivate us – it’s also its unique proximity to the sun. Thanks to its high elevation, Lake Tahoe is closer to those sunbeams, making sunscreen an absolute must for any Tahoe adventure.

So there you have it, sun worshippers and nature enthusiasts! With a little love from grass roots natural foods and the power of herbs and oils, you’re all set to craft your own natural sunscreens. Embrace the sun’s warmth while taking care of your skin with these delightful, DIY creations. And if you find yourself in Tahoe, don’t forget that its stunning vistas come with a side of potent sunlight, so lather up and soak in the beauty safely. Happy sun-soaking, everyone! 🌞🌿