Easy DIY Powder Foundation

It does not get much simpler than two ingredients.

The following recipe is fun to make, will save you money, and can help you avoid putting potentially harmful chemicals on your skin (check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database for more information).

This powder can be worn on top of your makeup or as a light powder foundation.

I personally like how it smells a bit sweet and do not add any essential oil but there is a lot of room for experimentation and customization.

DIY Face Powder

Face Powder

4 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder

1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (If your complexion is darker, start with 2-3 tablespoons)

5 drops essential oil of your choice for fragrance (optional)

Blend the ingredients together.

Test the mixture to see if it is right for your skin tone by rubbing a bit on the inside of your wrist.

If it is not dark enough, add a tablespoon more cocoa powder at a time and retest.

A Few Tips

  • Arrowroot powder can be substituted for cornstarch. Nutmeg or cinnamon can be substituted for cocoa powder.
  • You can apply this with your fingers or a makeup brush.
  • If you want to put this mixture in an old compact for extra portability you can add 5 drops of olive, almond, or jojoba oil. If you need more, add a few drops at a time until you get the texture you want.

Please feel free to share your experiences with the recipe below in the comments.

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Awesomely Easy 3 Ingredient Lotion Bars

I am really not exaggerating when I say I love these bars. I use them instead of a commercial facial moisturizer and lotion, to get rid of dry elbows and feet, and to moisturize the ends of my hair.

They are extremely easy to make and make great gifts. You can also play around with additives such as cocoa powder, vanilla, lavender buds, coffee beans, etc to customize the scent and add variety.

Awesome Bars

Equal parts:

-Beeswax pellets

-Coconut Oil, or any carrier oil (grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc. )

– Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter

-10 drops essential oil (Completely optional. I love the way they smell without any additional scents)

– Muffin Tin, Ice cube tray or soap mold

To determine how much of each ingredient you will need to fill your muffin tin or soap mold with water. Then pour that water into a measuring glass. Divide the amount you just measured by three and this will be the amount per ingredient.

Heat the beeswax in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a pan of boiling water with a mason jar set inside of it (place your ingredients in the mason jar and the lid under the jar).

Add the beeswax first. After your beeswax has melted, add the other ingredients. Heat until all oils are liquid. Then simply pour into your mold/muffin tin. Be careful with the hot oils! I did not use any sort of liner and was able to easily pry my lotion bars out with a spoon after they had cooled.

Let the bars sit overnight or put them in the refrigerator for a few hours. My bars looked like this:

You can store them in a plastic bag, tupperware, etc.

Enjoy!

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