I just can’t help myself, I really enjoy making as much natural products as I can. I have spent my entire life with sensitive skin and have spent thousands over the years trying products to either get rid of it or at least manage it. So many ingredients in soaps, laundry detergents, household cleaners and even perfumes and cosmetics cause chaos on my skin. Over the past decade I have made my own cleaning products including laundry detergent, heavy duty hand cleaner, all-purpose house cleaner, room deodorizer and so forth. Over the past year I became brave enough to try my own personal products such as bath soap, shampoo, hand and body cream and skin care serums and creams.
I was recently asked if I had thought about my own cosmetics. I have only worked with lip balms similar to Chapstick and a lip plumper with a tint but that’s it. I only use two cosmetic brands for everything else on my face and they are quite pricey. It’s the only brands I have been able to use that don’t mess with my skin very often. Well, I ran out of my setting powder and decided to try something from the kitchen just to see if it would work and maybe I could save fifty dollars.
So here are two recipes that are worth a shot. I haven’t used them more than a few hours because I only need them while out shopping or at church. Now that I work from home I don’t have a need for long hours of cosmetics on my skin anymore. However, I will be testing it out for longer wear very soon.
I haven’t tried to make a liquid foundation yet so this one is a powder that can be used alone for light coverage or over your foundation, (which is what I did)
1/4 c. Arrowroot powder
2 t. Kaolin clay
2 T. Cacao powder
1/2 t. Cinnamon (ground)
1/4 t. Ginger (ground)
In a small bowl start with the Arrowroot powder and add each ingredient a little at a time until you reach your perfect shade. Stir with whisk or fork and mix well.
Test on your arm as you mix in order to reach the perfect shade for you.
If you use essential oils you can add a couple drops of lavender or even frankincense since they are both great for the skin.
I keep mine in a pretty glass jar with a lid and I use a dusting brush for each application.
Some people use bentonite clay but I have mature, sensitive skin so Kaolin works best for me.
If you thought that was easy, blush is even easier.
1 T. Arrowroot powder or Kaolin (arrowroot for shimmer or Kaolin for matte)
½ t. Hibiscus powder (red to pinkish)
Begin with arrowroot powder and add the hibiscus powder until you get the perfect shade for you.
For brown tones use cacao powder, cinnamon for gold tones, ginger will bring a glow to pink tones, turmeric is used for orange tones.
Next is a setting spray for your foundation.
Foundation Setting Spray
1 T. Aloe vera gel
1 T. Witch hazel
5 d. Lavender E.O. (Optional)
2½ T. Purified water
glass spray bottle
Place the aloe vera gel into a small dish or jar. Blend in witch hazel then add e.o. Add water and mix well. Pour into spray bottle.
After you have applied your makeup, hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the face with one or two pumps of your Foundation Setting Spray and allow to dry.
I use all organic ingredients and I am very happy with the results as well as the price. Have you tried something similar that you would like to share?