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

Supplies/Ingredients

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?

xo,

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!

Comments 68

  1. Hello ma’am! I’m from India. Do you ship products here? Also, would cocoa powder work like cacao does? I have no idea what the difference is since I don’t use it much.

    1. Hello in India! Yes, I ship worldwide. International shipping is flat rate $11 USD per item. You’ll see shipping rates populate during the checkout process. And yes, you can use cacao and cocoa interchangeably.

  2. Hi there, I was wondering whether coconut flour could be substituted for arrowroot powder for the facial powder recipe? Both are fine white powders… so I’m curious if they could be used interchangeably. I welcome your feedback.

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      Hi Marina. Unfortunately, I don’t think so. :/ Arrowroot powder has much more ‘slip’ to it than coconut flour and is much, much more fine. The only other substitution I could recommend with this similar slip is cornstarch (but I don’t really recommend that, either). I hope this helps. Happy DIYing!

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  3. I’ve enjoyed using arrowroot as a face powder. It gives a nice finish and keeps me shine free better than any other powder I’ve used. Though I’m curious, has anyone tried bamboo or rice powder?

  4. I just want to say THANK YOU!!! I’ve been looking for simple DIY chemical free make up and this is just beautiful. I’ve made my first batch and its perfect!! Not only does it look great, my face smells like amazing!!!

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  5. I just finished making this properly last night and i have to say it’s pretty good. I initially tried it without a proper spice grinder to mix and the “stick” wasn’t very good. The powder seems to cling together much better now and i’m less worried about flying particles etc.
    Investing in a cheap spice/coffee grinder helped a lot.
    It took a while to get it to the right colour for my skin but i think i’ve nailed it now.
    Pleased to not have to buy commercial products 🙂

  6. I’m about to make this powder, but everything I’ve read states that through extensive research, zinc is toxic to inhale- either non-nano (which is misleading) or nano particles.

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      Feel free to wear a mask, if you like (or simply cover your face with your shirt). You certainly do not want to inhale a lot of zinc, so take care when transferring it from the bag to your new creation. And yes, always source non-nano zinc!

  7. Hi! I was wondering if it possible to make the foundation & powder with out sunscreen (zinc)? Would I have to modify the recipe? Or would it be better to buy it made already from you?! Thank you!!

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      Hi Gretchen. Thanks for stopping by! Honestly, I have not made it without the non-nano zinc, so I can’t say for sure. I do know that I have tried other DIY recipes with only arrowroot (no zinc) and they don’t have the ‘stick’ that mine does. The combination in the recipes I share here is pretty spot on. That said, you could totally give it a try! Let me know if you do. Otherwise, I do sell both my organic facial powder in the shop, as well as my organic facial foundation (…and I recently added my Total Face System…which I’m sure you’d love, too)! Thanks again for stopping by. 🙂

  8. This powder is even better than any commercial brand I have ever tried, even the most expensive ones. And it’s so easy to customize. I ommited the zinc powder and used less arrowroot to make it darker. I also added a bit of uncolored mica for a subtle glow. I tweeked the color a few times so I don’t have the exact quantities and I also used a little nutmeg and ginger not only for the color but scent as well. I am really grateful I found your site. When I first read about diy makeup I thought it must be so hard to create the right color (especially since I am not artistically inclined) but it was actually much easier than I expected. And it’s so inexpensive I plan to mix a bronzer as well tonight. I can’t thank you enough for sharing all these recipes!!!

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  9. I just made this powder without the zinc oxide (substituting extra arrowroot powder, as directed) and it is perfect! I don’t usually use powder because it makes my face look so dry and just accentuates my wrinkles but in my DIY quest for natural products, I’ve been using oil as moisturizer and I always use WAY too much, leaving my face quite oily for several hours, if not all day. I don’t wear foundation for the same reason (besides pure laziness), it always makes my face look so dry, even if I buy the creamy ones for dry/mature skin. I have a pretty bad case of rosacea, too, so saying that I look better without foundation than with is a big deal! I just made Scratchmommy’s foundation recipe, too, I’m waiting for it to set! It looks so moisturizing I’m going to start using it instead of my oils, two birds!

    Anywho, I had no intention of making this powder for the reasons I mentioned but as oily as my face has been, I needed to do something. (I honestly don’t care how oily my face is/looks but I have to put my hair up for a few hours after applying my oils or it gets oily, too! Just the strands around my face and neck, which is not particularly attractive, considering I’m an overweight woman with thin hair.) I thought, “So what if I hate it? I’m only wasting a little arrowroot powder!” I’m SO glad I did! It does NOT make me look like I’m wearing pancake makeup, and it honestly does not look like I’m wearing powder at all, it just absorbs the oils, leaving a smooth finish while adding a bit of coverage. I love it!

    I wasn’t sure about the shade (I used the medium recipe) so I put the arrowroot powder and cinnamon in a bowl and added the cocoa (I didn’t have cacao) by 1/2 Tablespoons, stirring with a fork in between, until I got to exactly 1 1/2 Tablespoons (the recommended amount). I thought it looked about right so I went to a mirror and tested it on my face, in case I needed a bit more cocoa. It looked good so I added the Vitamin E oil, 4 drops of Rosewood essential oil, and 4 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil before mixing again with the fork and putting it through the grinder. I know you don’t need essential oils but I just love the smell, and though the amount added probably won’t bear any benefits, I like to think they might! Either way, it looks and smells delightful! Not only do I love it, it’s so cheap and easy to make! Thanks, Scratch Mommy!

  10. Hi Jessica, I now have all my orders in and I can start making this. I made the sunscreen and have to say it made my skin look a bit white:) but it might have been from the bottom of the bowl. I’ll try it out more next week when we are going on vacation.
    I have a question about the zinc. You say to wear a face ask when making the sunscreen but how about when you apply the powder foundation to your face? Do I need to pinch my nose to no breathe it in?
    Thanks for your wonderful website! I love it!!

  11. Thank you, Jessica
    This is going to be a long post. Thank you for (what feels like) changing my life. In an hour I’m going to bring my DIY items to a get together with ten of my friends – I want everyone I know to have the experience I had today.

    I can’t believe I waited until today to try this stuff.
    My boyfriend and I have not used shampoo in a year (diluted baking soda works great) or conditioner (diluted apple cider vinegar is awesome, if not unexpectedly effective). We eat organic. We shop locally when we can. Our household and body cleaning products are either homemade or natural – and we do our best to check the ethics of the companies we support…………..
    And although I’ve gone without deodorant for six months and it was “okay,” there was NO WAY that my boyfriend could do this. He tried all kinds of products and had limited luck. We made your deodorant this morning. Omgomgomgomg where have you been?????

    With that in mind I looked at the rest of your website and realized that I’ve been putting off buying make up (I am nearly all out of my stash) because I hate the idea that I’m a hypocrite for doing so well with my diet and then putting #/@%×^€ onto my skin. I’ve researched and I found what I thought was good, but I’ve never felt great about the purchases or the effect of wearing those products.
    So after using your deodorant for a few hours, I figured I had nothing to lose and a lot gain: I forged ahead making your beauty items this afternoon.
    Again: Omgomgomgomg your foundation and this powder have me looking better than I did with any of the ridiculously expensive products I was considering or have EVER purchased in the past. I’m including those high price chemically unpronouncable ones when I say this.

    Seriously, Thank you for changing my perspective today. You may not know all the people you’re affecting – so I want you to know how grateful I am and how inspired I feel right now. Now imagine all the people who don’t bother posting – you’re having a huge impact on a lot of individuals.
    Thank you,
    Karen

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      <3 Reading your words totally brought tears to my eyes. This is some of the nicest feedback I've ever received. Changing lives is why I do what I do. You are appreciated and I'm so happy to hear that you are doing so well and making so many positive changes. Thank you for sharing. <3

  12. So happy you are sharing your wonderful DIY recipes!
    I have been using an “all natural” mineral make up containing mica. It claims this is harmless… now I wonder… What are your thoughts? I will try your recipe, can’t wait! Thanks!

  13. Hi Jessica, I love this recipe. I’m amazed at the quality of coverage and the soft matte look. One thing I’ve been concerned about in the weeks since I’ve started using it, though, is the amount of powder that billows into the air when I apply it, since supposedly it’s not good to inhale zinc oxide. I’m wondering if you’ve found any way of “taming” the powder so that it doesn’t billow as much? I’ve tried adding some essential oils – this seems to help somewhat, but not a lot. Thank you!

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      Hi Wendy! Yay…so glad you love it, too. And yes…you can tame the powder a bit! The zinc I use is a larger sized zinc (non-nano with a mesh size of 325 nm), and while inhaling it obviously isn’t good, since the zinc is binding with arrowroot, cacao powder, etc etc etc, you aren’t inhaling just straight zinc. So, that makes me feel better. Just use common sense when working with zinc (use a mask or cover your mouth with your shirt, add it carefully, etc etc etc)

      Yes, you can add some EOs to ‘tame’ the powder. You can also add more Vitamin E. I hope this helps.

    2. My massage therapist who is also an aromatherapist turned me on to making my own powder foundation. I have yet to make it as I learned of this exciting DIY last night but she did put a bit of hers on the back of my hand to see it. She adds a couple of drops of Jojoba oil to hers along with several drops of lavender and sweet orange oil. Surprisingly it is still powder in consistency but it applies easily without getting everywhere, I didn’t even notice powder as she applied it in natural lighting. Can’t wait for my ingredients to arrive Monday so I can make my first batch! Thanks Scratch Mommy for sharing, best recipe I’ve found with good base measurements to start off with while having the SPF property.

  14. Have a ? You mention being careful not to inhale the zinc oxide when making this powder… Shouldn’t I be concerned then when I am brushing this powder on my face that I might also inhale some in?

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  15. How well does this powder stick to your face? I tried to make a powder earlier and it didn’t stick at all. i am so worried this recipie will do the same.

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      Hi Sarah! Hmmmm, I have had no issues with this powder not sticking, so I’m not entirely sure what you mean. I’m not sure how my recipe varies from the one you tried. But…I say give this a try and I think you’ll be pleased. Happy DIYing! 🙂

  16. I made this and LOVE it! I am never buying powder again, and I’m telling everyone i know about your site. But I’m concerned about breathing in the zinc oxide every day when I apply the powder. What are your thoughts on that? Any reassurances?

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  17. Hi, thank you so much for your inspiring DIY recipes! I use your site as a reference for my experiments all the time now! I was wondering if kaolin powder would work for this recipe instead of arrowroot? I’ve noticed that arrowroot dries my skin out some. Thank you for your time.

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  18. Thanks for posting your recipes!
    I have a sensitivity to cocoa/cacao, have you tried subbing carob powder? Or have any thoughts on that?
    Thank you!

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      Hello! No, I haven’t tried subbing carob in this recipe, but I do love carob! I think you’d have a pretty close 1-to-1 ratio from cacao to carob, honestly.

      If you are interested in more carob food recipes, we have a few here on this site. Happy DIYing!! 🙂

  19. Hi!

    I can’t believe I have paid so much for bottles and jars of well…crap to be honest all these years. Posts like yours are so inspiring to me as I have also started making my own lip balm and toothpaste. Now, I am so very excited to try out your recipe for foundation and powder!

    I have a question though; what is the difference btw arrow root powder, and arrow root flour? Thanks!

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      Hooray for the healthy DIY fire being lit within you!!! <3

      There is actually no difference, from what I know (someone might correct me, but I think that's correct). I use organic, sustainably-sourced arrowroot powder, but I do believe the flour really is the same thing.

      Happy and healthy DIYing to you!

  20. Finally got around to making a batch of this powder, and I have to say that I am impressed! I had to use cocoa instead of cacao but it seems to work just fine. I also used 7 drops of Vitamin E and 4 drops of jojoba (which is my favorite skin oil), and I think it came out to a perfect consistency. I chose not to include the zinc (even though I do have it in the house) because my skin is incredibly sensitive and I have to be really careful about it, and I was also a bit concerned about putting it in a powder – I don’t want to inhale it every day when I am putting on my powder. I will use the zinc in preparations that are more creamy instead. If anyone comes up with ideas for a red dye to use in the recipe (beet powder, maybe?) will you post those? Thanks a million for this recipe!

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      SO glad you love it, Kay!

      And yes…to anybody else who’s curious, you can definitely leave out the zinc! Just replace it with extra arrowroot and you’ll be good to go. 🙂

  21. Sooo excited to put NATURAL sunscreen!! I’m absolutely convinced that sunscreen is the key to autism. Think about it…it’s in EVERYTHING and they really started pushing it and putting it everywhere in the 50’s. Look at the autism statistics…you do the math. I try to stay away from sunscreen at every turn. Just a guess, but I’m betting on it. Wonderful product and recipe!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

  22. This looks awesome! I just can’t help but think of other possibilities, of having the medium or dark powders and amping up the cinnamon measurements to make the powder a little warmer in colour, and using it as a bronzer! And I wonder if there’s anything that could give it a more peachy colour to have a more subtle blush effect? Maybe taking out some of the cacao powder and putting in more cinnamon, or something else even. I just want to try everything!

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      yes, Yes, YES!!! Now THAT is the DIY inspiration I love to see. 🙂

      Of course, play around with different ideas. You could add some turmeric for a different effect…endless possibilities! Happy DIYing! 🙂

  23. Hi Jess! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe! I can’t wait to try it and replace all the “natural” makeup I’ve been using, but I do have a question. I’m Asian and have a more yellow undertone. Do you have any suggestions for the ratio between cacao powder and cinnamon to start with?

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  24. Hi! I just made a batch of this powder using all of the ingredients you listed. It wont to stick to my face, any ideas to help it stick?

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      Hi! Hmmmmm, won’t ‘stick’? I have had an issue with sticking, at all, so I’m not entirely sure what this really means. You mean you don’t see the powder? Does it need to be darker (more cacao, perhaps)? Did you follow the direction exactly and use the same ingredients?

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  25. This is really great. I am spending a fortune on Jane Iredale mineral foundation (its way more than $34). But unfortunately I am a bit older than you and have to use a liquid. Do you have a recipe for liquid foundation? Thanks.

  26. This sounds really interesting Jess. I have the WORST time finding the right powder shade for my very light complexion, and I have pink cheeks. I usually (honestly) stay away from DIY beauty products, but this one actually sounds easy. I actually have everything except the arrowroot powder. I may actually give this a try because it sounds like fun to create my perfect shade. Or, maybe I’ll just wait until you sell it 😉

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      Ha! Right? Yes, I feel that pain. I’m not sure it will ever be the same. 😉

      …but, good news is this powder recipe is so darn easy to make AND whip on your face in the AM. Hooray for small victories! Glad you like the recipe.

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