Making your own makeup may be a foreign concept for some of you, while others may be a professional DIYer on the verge of starting your own line of natural beauty products. Whether you are seasoned on just delving into the world of naturalness/frugality, this homemade bronzer recipe is simple, cheap, and works wonderfully. I can promise that you will be tickled with the results, and perhaps, feel a bit relieved that you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for your makeup products anymore.
The cosmetic industry is very loosely regulated by the FDA. This means that any of your cosmetics or personal care products can contain an array of harmful ingredients that you would never know was in there, due to the lack of testing, manufacturing requirements, package labeling, etc. Scary, huh?
While my love for things like makeup and other girly personal care products runs deep, I’m not going to risk my own health to wear or use them. This ultimately got me to search for more natural options, and trying my hand at some things I could make at home. Does this sound like you a bit?
Of course this isn’t your only option, you can definitely pay the high prices for “organic makeup” with “natural ingredients” if you choose. However, I will warn you that even those may still contain some harmful chemicals and their “all natural” labels are just as deceiving as the ones on our food.
Some of the harmful ingredients you should avoid in makeup (blush/bronzer in particular) include:
- Heavy metals such as iron, mercury, lead, aluminum, etc.
- Color dyes
- By-products of Ethylene Oxide
Of course this list could go on and on, but who has time for that? If you have questions about your makeup or want to do some more research, the Skin Deep Cosmetic’s Database on the Environmental Working Force’s website is a great place to look up ingredients in your cosmetics, and you can even look up specific cosmetic brands/products to see what they are rated and if they contain harmful ingredients.
Enough with the bad, and on to the good. There is a very simple and cheap way to make your own homemade bronzer that doesn’t consist of all of the unwanted chemicals, gets the job done, and you probably already have the ingredients in your very own kitchen.
Start with 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of arrowroot powder and add the cinnamon and cocoa powder. Since everyone has a different skin tone, I cannot give you exact measurements of how much cinnamon and cocoa powder to use, simply mix them until you find a color that suits you.
See, that was easy wasn’t it? I like to store mine in a 4 oz mason jar (like this) at room temperature. Since the ingredients are a dried powder, this stores for quite some time. I would take note of the expiration date on the food packages and use that as an expiration date for the homemade bronzer for the sake of formality. Chances are, you will love it so much and use it up before then anyway.