DIY Blush and Bronzer

With all of the chemicals, preservatives, and additives in cosmetics today, it’s horrifying to think about all of those toxins being applied to our bodies and our faces each day. Aside from all the chemicals, how much we spend on finding the “right shade” or blush and bronzer can be truly ridiculous. I have an entire bin of blush and bronzer “fails” that have either been to bright or too dull, too dark or too shimmery. It’s just a waste of money! After making my own mascara last month, I decided to move on to making my own powder bronzer.


DIY Blush and Bronzer


  • ¼ tsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1-3 tsp. of cinnamon, cocoa, or cacao powder
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. nutmeg or ginger (for shimmer)
  • 3-5 drops lavender essential oil (helps it “stick” to skin and serves as a preservative)


Simply place all the arrowroot or cornstarch into a bowl and begin blending. Add a little bit of the cinnamon/cocoa/cacao at a time, until you get the color you like. (If you want to make blush, just replace the cinnamon with either hibiscus or beet powder, available at Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon, and use that to make a rose/pink color for the blush). If you would like a little shimmer effect to your bronzer or blush, simply add in a smidge of nutmeg or ginger until you get the shimmer you are looking for. Lastly, add in the lavender essential oil and mix it all together. You can store this in a small, lidded container for 3-6 months. I used a 4 oz. mason jar.

It truly is that easy! The color lasted all day and looked great, especially in sunlight, as it is a very natural color personalized to just your skin tone. I guess that makes sense, since all the ingredients are, indeed, from nature. So, chemical-free, non-toxic bronzer and blush can easily be made at home, for mere pennies! It’s so exciting, how can you keep from blushing?



About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.

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