With thousands of recipes online and books about how to whip up face cream and dry shampoo in your kitchen, making homemade cosmetics is becoming more and more popular. It’s a fun hobby and it comes at a fraction of the price of regular cosmetics. But people aren’t making DIY products just for the kick of it or to save a few dollars (although your wallet might thank you). What you put on your skin has an impact on your health and the planet’s health. With this in mind, the DIY trend is also a way for people to control which ingredients are going into their beauty products. Homemade cosmetics are also a perfect zero waste option because you can use reusable containers to store them. Ready to try it out?
Your Kitchen Pantry Has Every Ingredient You Need
Just type DIY cosmetics in a search engine and you will see how many options are available out there. From super simple to very complicated, there’s something for everyone. Many recipes call for basic ingredients that can easily be found … in your kitchen cupboards or with a quick trip to your local grocery store. Yup. It’s almost as easy as pie! You’re not really a DIY fan? Don’t worry. Most recipes are quick, foolproof and simple! Here is one for beginners that will give your skin an instant glow!
Beet root powder
A small bowl
A clean, airtight container
A blush brush
A fine mesh strainer
Make sure you start with clean tools and containers. To sterilize your utensils or glass jar, put them in boiling water for at least ten minutes.
Start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Then, begin adding small amounts of cocoa. Do the same with the cinnamon and beetroot powder until you get the shade you are looking for. TA DA! That’s all. Done!
For a darker result, add more cocoa. For a pink touch, add beet root powder (you can find it in health food stores). Cinnamon adds bronze highlights to the blush. Your end result is way too dark? Add more cornstarch! *Please note that cinnamon can cause skin irritation in some people. Make sure you test it before. You don’t want to walk around the office trying to explain why you have a rash on your face after your failed science experiment. *
When your mix is ready, try this one last secret tip: sift your powder through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any lumps. Store your bronzer in a small glass jar or reuse a clean blush container. Voilà! You have a natural bronzer made with easy-to-find ingredients. When you are ready to use it, apply with a regular blush brush. Worried about smelling like chocolate cake from the cocoa? Although we are pretty sure no one would mind, don’t worry, the cornstarch does a really good job at neutralizing odours.
Now that you have completed your first DIY recipe, you know that making natural cosmetics is not rocket science. So why are such products difficult to find on the market? We don’t have an answer to that but as the famous quote says: If you want something done, do it yourself! If you are determined to try a few more DIY recipes but don’t have time to make every single one of your beauty essentials, we have a solution! Try Chanv products, which are pretty close to being homemade. Made with hemp oil, essential oils and other natural ingredients they are perfect alternative!