2015 NOTE: I can no longer source the beet powder (made by a small spice company), used to make this powder, which I was purchasing from my local health food store. The powder was very fine and worked perfectly in this blush. Since trying other beet products, I’ve experienced issues with the blush not sticking to my skin as many readers have voiced in the comments. At this time, I can’t recommend this powder anymore.
Mondays are usually when I love to share a delicious food recipe with you. Weekends bring out all sorts of goodness in my kitchen with the result being perfect recipes ready to share. We do lots of eating on the weekends, celebrating good food.
“Wait! Don’t eat that! Mommy, has to take a picture of it.”
Of course, it’s never just one picture.
I cooked this weekend. Trust me, I did lots of cooking. I can’t wait to share some delicious recipes with you. But today, I am breaking away from food. Well, sorta. Today, I am sharing a recipe that doesn’t belong in kitchen, but as all good things do, starts in the kitchen.
Blush is one of the last things I imagined making in the kitchen. At least that was until this year. See, this year I decided to go on a purge, a cleansing. A cleansing of all chemicals which come in contact with my skin. Deodorant, shampoo, lotion, body wash, toothpaste, and make-up have all been under careful scrutiny. My goal has been to be as chemical-free as possible when it comes to what is placed on my skin.
This task has been far from easy, but I am slowly making progress.
While I desire to ditch the chemicals, I still have a couple important criteria:
- I must smell good
- I must look good (you know, not in a vain way, but half-way presentable. In other words, no greasy hair, big underarm sweat marks, bad breath, or off-colored, pore-clogging make-up.) Presentable enough for two kiddos and a husband.
So far, I have been able to successfully switch over from chemical-ridden commercial products to more natural, even homemade versions of deodorant, toothpaste, face wash and moisturizer, body lotion, body wash, and foundation powder.
Not a bad start.
Since making my own homemade foundation powder and loving it, (what woman wouldn’t love smelling like chocolate and lavender all day?) I decided to move on to the next offender in my make-up bag, blush.
Take a look at the ingredients in my store-bought blush. The blush I have bought for a good 10 years and used nearly daily,
Talc, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Diisostearyl Malate, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol,Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate, CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake]
Scary isn’t it?
My homemade blush, which I proudly wear daily, knowing it is good for my skin and safe for my bloodstream is composed of 3-4 ingredients max! All ingredients I could eat if I desired. Ingredients found in my kitchen. No artificial dyes, foreign chemicals, or scientific experiments. I would really prefer my skin to not be a scientific experiment.
I’ll stop chatting and share…
I know you eager to make your own homemade blush.
What you will need:
- Beet Powder (ground very fine)
- Arrowroot Powder (where to buy)
- nutmeg, ground
- ginger, ground
- Essential oil (I use Lavender)
Start with the beet powder as the base. I use around 2 tablespoons of beet powder. Add in the arrowroot powder (I use around 1 tablespoon) depending on how dark or light you desire your blush. Add in a bit of shimmer by adding nutmeg and/or ginger. I usually add nutmeg if I want a darker blush (as pictured) and ginger for a lighter blush. Mix all the dry ingredients until well blended then add in the essential oil (I use 3-5 drops) to give it a bit of “stick”.
I find this powder wears best when applied with a blush brush.
A blush that looks as good as it is for you!
Note: Some readers have expressed issues with this blush not sticking to their skin. The trick to this blush is super fine powder. I recommend running the powder through a coffee grinder or spice grinder and removing all “large” chunks. The powder should be ultra-fine.
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