2015-2016 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.
What about using mica powder instead of beet powder?
I haven’t tried it, but it should work.
I made this and then I read your statement about it not staying. So I did a little experimenting to see if I could get it to stick. Keeping in mind that beets stain, all I did was add a dab of my beauty balm to the back of my hand and added a little bit of the blush to it it until it looked like my BB was tinted. And voila! IT took!
That’s awesome, Staci! Thanks for sharing.
How to make the powder ultrafine so that it sticks to my face?
Hey Sushmita, I’m not sure if you were able to catch the note above the post, but I’ve been having a difficult time achieving “the stick” using the current beetroot powders on the market.
I love this idea! Tried it last night and can’t get it to stick 🙁 I tried more oil, grinding it. Nothing worked. Any thoughts? I would love a whipped lotion version. Maybe that would work better for sticking? Buying natural makeup is so expensive so I would rather not buy blush if I didn’t have to! Thanks for your website!
Hey Elizabeth, The sticking issue is usually caused by the beetroot being too coarse. I recommend straining it through a cheesecloth a few times. 🙂
Amazing! I have been wanting to do this for a while, and will give it a go tomorrow hopefully. Thanks for posting 🙂
I will show my results on my blog:
Hey Emalyse, I’ve done some tweaking and playing around to this recipe since it was originally shared two years ago (lots of people had issues with sticking). You’re welcome to try it, but I”m also working on an improved version :).
Hi, what a fantastic DIY, thank you very much for sharing with us! I’m just a rookie in the ‘natural kinda life’ and I’m adventuring in homemade cosmetics now, hope I can do it!
Is there a way to make this a compact blush instead of powdery?
Hey Hadassa, Thank you. I’ve thought of experimenting with infusing the beet powder in a nourishing oil and possibly some shea butter (placing the beet powder in a small cheesecloth) and heating the ingredients, then whipping to a “lotion” liquid blush. I have not tried this method, but I’ve been playing with the idea.
I made my own makeup with beet root, arrowroot, cacao powder and cinnamon, but these ingredients triggered a candida attack in me. I am very, very sensitive to candida, and my health is not goodI am looking to replace the beet root powder with something non sweet, but I have no idea what to use. Also, I am looking for a replacement for the cacao powder, since the cacao irritates my skin, but I dont know what to replace it with. Ideally the ingredient is healthier than cacao, and does not irritate.
The make up I made looked good, but I so very much wish to find make up that works for me, without making me ill. All help is very much appreciated.
Hey Lila, I would just encourage you to go makeup free while you heal and seek treatment for the candida. I wish you the best during your healing.
This didn’t work for me! My powders were fine, but there was no sticking to skin, it fell on my blouse and sink. Any tips?
Hey Fatima, If you have a spice grinder, I highly recommend pulsing the blush for about a minute, then pouring the powder through a very fine mesh or cheesecloth. This will help filter out any of the coarse, yet fine pieces that can prevent sticking.
Hi Kristin, can I substitute the essential oil for rosehip oil? Thanks!