DIY Organic Facial Powder Recipe

Hey friend! It’s Jess, here to share another DIY recipe that has had loads of reader requests – DIY Organic Facial Powder. This DIY facial powder recipe has been a long time coming. If only there were more hours in the day (are you saying that with me)!? After publishing the DIY recipe and selling my Organic Foundation (sunscreen, moisturizer, & foundation base – all-in-one) I have been asked almost daily when I’ll come out with the powder recipe (and the product for sale). Finally, the DIY powder recipe is here.

This powder provides a perfect finish for my DIY organic foundation recipe!

So, WHY is it important to consider the facial powder you apply?

You know that I have to go here. We HAVE to be aware of what we put inside of AND ON our bodies. So, what had I been using back in the day?

Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Pearl Powder, Avena Sative (Oat) Kernal Flour, Silver, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Copper Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)1

Ouch! That ‘natural‘ mineral facial powder contains some nasty stuff, huh!? I thought I was being nice to my face by using this powder! AND at $34.00 for .42oz? Double Ouch!

Another very popular brand advertising their line as a way to, “…nourish, energize, and renew…” skin is falling short (and charging A LOT). Check out the ingredient list below and keep in mind that this product will set you back about $21.00 for .21 oz.

Once again, Ouch!!!

Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate.2

Nothing is organic, so you know that first ingredient corn starch is genetically engineered… Oh wait, the second ingredient is ‘Corn Starch Modified‘!? Umm, yeah. Let’s stick with organic, healthy, easily obtainable ingredients, shall we? #RunAway #SaveYourMoney #SaveYourFace

This is one of the easiest DIY recipes that I have posted. You need only 5 ingredients. Yeah, only five!

DIY Organic Facial Powder Recipe


Make It

  • This powder could not be more easy to create!
  • Carefully combine all ingredients into your spice grinder and pulse until evenly combined.
  • Be careful not to inhale powders, especially the zinc. Use a face mask (or hold your shirt over your face).
  • Use an application puff (or paper towel) to test as you create. Once happy with your shade, carefully pour into your container(s) and secure lid.
  • Below are the ratios I use to create light, medium, and dark powders, BUT here’s the beauty of this recipe…you can play with the ratios until you find your perfect match! Just keep notes as you go.
    Light Powder
    1. 2 T Arrowroot
    2. 1 t Zinc
    3. ¼ t Cacao
    4. 1/16 t Cinnamon
    Medium Powder
    1. 3 T Arrowroot Powder
    2. 1.5 T Cacao Powder
    3. 1 T Zinc
    4. ¼ t Cinnamon
    Dark Powder
    1. 2 T Arrowroot Powder
    2. 2.5 T Cacao Powder
    3. 1 T Zinc
    4. ¼ t Cinnamon
  • Add 4-5 drops of Vitamin E to your spice grinder while mixing to help your healthy new powder stay fresh longer!

*C = Cup, T = Tablespoon, t = Teaspoon; 4 T = ¼ C

Easy Peasy,

Possible Q&As

If you want this recipe to come out silky smooth with no little chunks of any one ingredient standing out, then the answer is yes. Or, if you don’t mind smashing the ingredients together with a spoon or fork for a LONG time (trust me on this one, I’ve tried it) then you don’t have to have a grinder, but you’ll never get the totally combined, silky smooth DIY organic facial powder for which you are hoping. I’m telling you… a quality spice grinder is a fantabulous piece of equipment to keep on hand for DIYs and in cooking, too.
If you aren’t concerned with the sun protection factor (perhaps you are already using my DIY sunscreen and/or DIY foundation recipes), then yes, you can. But, you will want to add arrowroot in it’s place to keep the same ratios for creating the perfect shade for your skin tone.

Remember you can purchase small amounts of the best quality zinc oxide (much more affordably) in my online skincare shop. The zinc I use is non-nano, uncoated, and not micronized. The zinc can be used in my DIY smooth finish foundation and in my DIY sunscreen, so you’ll have plenty of uses for it. When working with raw zinc just be sure to not breathe it in. Wear a mask, hold your shirt over your face, or simply be careful and don’t put your face right in it. When the zinc mixes with the other ingredients they bind together so you don’t have to worry about breathing it in then. Also, it sticks to your face, so you’re good!

The recipes as written here contain approximately 20% zinc oxide. This gives you approximately a 20 SPF.

Speaking of… did you know that a higher SPF number does not really mean better coverage? Really, it’s true! Do a quick (scholarly) Google search! I have learned that SPF protection does not increase proportionally to an increase in SPF. For example, an SPF of 2 absorbs 50% of UV rays, SPF 15 absorbs 93%, and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97% of UV rays. Interesting, huh?3

Here is a good guide if you wish to change up the level of protection in this recipe (but remember, adding more or less zinc oxide will change the color of your creation, so make sure you are testing as you go):

  • SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
  • SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
  • SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
  • SPF 20+: Use 20% zinc oxide (which is what I use in this recipe)

You can purchase zinc HERE.

Possibly. If you have a cornstarch that is organic and GMO-free, you could use it in place of arrowroot… but, I strongly prefer the feel of the silky smooth arrowroot over corn starch any day. It is not an expensive ingredient and it can be very versatile in your kitchen, too. I say go ahead and pick some up at the health food store or you can have organic arrowroot delivered to your door at a very reasonable price.
The answer to this one is more simple… sure! Yes, you can replace it OR leave it out. I add it for two reasons; it adds a bit of depth to the DIY facial powder (and other layer of color) and I like the slight added hint of cinnamon in the smell.

You could leave it out (and add extra cacao powder in its place) or you could sub in something else (like ground organic nutmeg) for an added element of depth of color.

I have never had a batch go bad and I make very large batches. That said, as with any organic, natural, no preservative personal care products, use common sense.

Do not leave the lid off for extended periods of time (which could allow bacteria to enter).

Do not use dirty fingers in your container at any time (again, bacteria risk).

Always create these products with proper sanitation in mind; clean hands, clean tools, water-free-zone, a clean work area, etc.

Alright, so who’s ready?

Will you make this DIY facial powder first, perhaps the DIY sunscreen, or maybe the DIY foundation?


Would you love to try this product,

but you aren’t always a DIY-ish person? Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell this powder and foundation.

While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!

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