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My journey to simplicity started with food. Little did I know ditching the processed food and learning to use my oven would ignite a fire within my soul for getting back to simple living.
Now, I’m not talking about throwing out the washing machine and bathing in the creek (all power to you if you want to go that route), rather slowly making changes to take back the food we eat and products used with clean, real ingredients. Companies daily fill our heads with the idea that we need to buy lotion, granola bars, and make-up. Trust me friends, I used to buy into this mentality too, until my “aha” simplicity moment. The moment I realized I don’t need a company feeding my body toxins disguised as food or body products loaded with ingredients my skin (and body) can’t recognize.
One of my first DIYs was a simple foundation powder. With a bit of cocoa powder, healing clay, arrowroot starch, and a handful of spices, I whipped up a homemade foundation powder that quickly replaced my favorite store-bought powder. Over time as I switched out more products for homemade versions like: toothpaste, laundry soap, body wash, and lotion, I realized making my own products saves money.
Since publishing my first DIY (homemade foundation powder), I’ve received many questions: Does this actually work? How do you mix it? How does this look on your skin? I try my very best to answer each question, but without a visual, words can only explain so much.
I finally braved-up and faced the camera without any make-up to bring you a video tutorial on how to make this wonderful homemade version of foundation powder. This video is designed to demonstrate making foundation powder start to finish, including what the powder looks like when applied to the skin. You can find the original recipe (and lots of comments, questions, and answers) here. I’ve also provided the recipe (unaltered from the original) below.
Homemade Foundation Powder Video Tutorial:
Homemade Foundation Powder
- 1/4 cup arrowroot flour starch similar to corn starch (a thickening agent), but without the GMOs.
- 4 TB unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp bentonite clay
- 10 drops vitamin E oil optional
- 12 drops lavender essential oil optional
Gather your ingredients and a non-metallic bowl (Bentonite Clay should not come in contact with metal). The amount you use of each ingredient will greatly depend on your skin complexion.
I have fair skin (it’s the Swedish) so this combo works perfect for me: 1/4 cup arrowroot, 2-4 TB cocoa powder (depending on time of year and brand), 1/4 tsp EACH nutmeg and ginger (if you have more of an olive skin complexion you may need more), 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp Bentonite Clay, 10 drops of liquid vitamin E, 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil (or another favorite skin-safe essential oil).
Mix all your ingredients in the bowl, starting with the arrowroot as your base. Add each ingredient--adding the cocoa powder slowly, one tablespoon at a time until you reach the shade desired. Whisk together.
Test the color by placing a small amount on your face (or arm) with your finger or a brush. It may take a little tweaking the first time to make the perfect shade for your complexion.
Read more about the wonderful benefits of Bentonite Clay
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #LIVESIMPLYBLOG. I'd love to see what you make!