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
- Airtight jar(s) for storage – A simple mason jar will work or this 17.5 oz fido square clear jar is adorable. Any airtight container would be great.
- Coffee / Spice Grinder – Crucial for this recipe, this is a fantastic spice grinder that I have given quite a workout
- Arrowroot Powder – Organic arrowroot like this is easy to source online and in many health food stores
- Cacao Powder – Organic cacao powder like this, NOT cocoa, is great for both DIYs and for cooking
- Cinnamon – Organic ceylon cinnamon is what I keep around my shop for DIYs and in my kitchen for cooking
- Zinc Oxide – I sell small amounts of non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide HERE in my online skincare shop
- Vitamin E – Make sure you are using non-GMO sourced Vitamin E
- 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.
- 2 T Arrowroot
- 1 t Zinc
- ¼ t Cacao
- 1/16 t Cinnamon
- 3 T Arrowroot Powder
- 1.5 T Cacao Powder
- 1 T Zinc
- ¼ t Cinnamon
- 2 T Arrowroot Powder
- 2.5 T Cacao Powder
- 1 T Zinc
- 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
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!
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.
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.
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.