Over the years, I've gotten into making my own makeup (that's when you know you've gone full-on eco-conscious blogging hippy BTW). The more I learned about the junk that goes into cosmetics--even the supposedly organic kind--the more I've tried to figure out ways to make my own for better quality control. I started with my Thank Goodness It Ain't Maybelline Mascara and it's clear off-shoot that's ideal for hot summer days. They made me a DIY makeup convert. The recipes are quick and economical, costing me mere cents rather than the twenty or so dollars I would shell out for a good quality organic mascara! Plus I know that my ingredients are all natural and safe to use.
I took it to the next level with this homemade bronzer. It's great for sensitive skin like mine and for people who don't like a ton of heavy makeup on their face. An added bonus for me is that I get to choose just the right color and saturation. Seriously, who hasn't bought makeup that turned out to be the wrong shade for your complexion or much too heavy for your taste? With my own blend, I take out the guess work. While it might cost a little up front to purchase your bulk ingredients, they go a long way and never spoil. You end up spending only about a dollar for an ounce or two of bronzer. Amazing!
I adapted my recipe from Wellness Mama, my go-to guru for everything DIY natural. I even used Wellness Mama approved Gold Mica Powder and Bronze Mica Powder for my blend. Technically these mineral powders can't be called organic because they come from the earth and might have other trace minerals or substances in them; it's similar to how you can never call fish organic, only wild caught. That said, if using these natural mineral powders still bother you, I've seen some recipes successfully use cocoa powder and other spices for their bronzers. I went ahead and used the mica powders because I wanted a little sparkle in mine (natch).
Feel free to play with the quantity and ratios of the powders here to get your desired look. I just listed the blend that worked for me. I like to store my bronzer in old lip balm tins and tubes for an added touch of beauty. You can use this on your lips, cheeks, and even eyes. This summer, it has become my go-to beauty product.
So why do I include this in my year of Radical Self-Care? Because sometimes we need to feel pretty. Sparkly even. I think this bronzer does the trick.
Clean tin can
2 TBS shea butter
1 TBS coconut oil
1/2 TBS beeswax
1/2 - 1 tsp of bronze mica powder
1/2 - 1 tsp of gold mica powder
1. Place the saucepan on low heat and fill halfway with water. Then place the clean tin can in the center of the saucepan. Put the beeswax in the tin can and let melt slowly. When beeswax is melted, remove from heat.
2. When beeswax is melted, add the shea butter and coconut oil. Don't be surprised if beeswax partially hardens. It will melt again as the oil liquefies. Let oils melt and blend with beeswax (it takes around five minutes). Stir to mix fully.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in desired amounts of powder to oil and wax mixture. (FYI: I like to keep a separate tin can that I use strictly for blushes and bronzers because the pigment will stick to the can.) Stir until combined.
4. Pour liquid into a container of choice, either a reused lip balm jar or chapstick tube. Let sit until cooled and solidified (about an hour).
Makes one large pot of bronzer or two to three smaller tubes. To use, simply apply to lips and cheeks as desired. Enjoy!
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