Make Your Own DIY Natural Non-Toxic Mineral Foundation



Hey everyone! Today I want to share a special recipe with you… a recipe that you won’t be eating! (Gasp!)

Make your own DIY natural mineral loose powder foundation out of ingredients your probably already have at home. I used arrowroot powder, cacao, cinnamon, ground ginger, bentonite clay and lavender essential oiL! It's detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and 100% safe to put on your skin.

Yes, I will be sharing with you a recipe for your very own custom DIY homemade “mineral” foundation. Since my cancer scare last year, I’ve been very serious about eliminating toxins from my life as much as possible. And while I can’t really control what toxins I ingest through the air I breathe and the water I drink, I do have control over what I put on my skin.

The Problem with Makeup

I was terrified to learn that most makeup on the market is not regulated for carcinogenic ingredients. At all. Like, there are known carcinogens in your makeup right now and nobody is doing anything about it. Carcinogens aren’t the only offenders, either. There are ingredients that cause other type of toxicity, accumulate in your organ systems, cause endocrine disruption, irritation, and much more.

Don’t believe me? Look up your favorite makeup in EWG’s Skin Deep database to see how it ranks! But be forewarned… you might never want to put it on your face again.

Here’s the thing, ladies. We all (well, most of us) wear makeup every day, for many long hours. You can’t really blame us – it’s pretty much socially unacceptable not to wear makeup, and we are reminded of it every day. Magazines, commercials, billboards, and “concerned” co-workers who say “Wow you look tired today!” anytime you decide to go makeup-free – they all put us in a position where we kinda have to do it.

And I would have been fine with that, until I learned how much of a threat it is to my health.

Makeup is absorbed into your skin, and it’s effects are accumulated when you wear if for all of your adult life. There have been many studies that link hundreds of cosmetic ingredients to cancer, infertility, and asthma. No matter how “pretty” it makes you feel, it’s probably not worth it.

Isn’t it kinda twisted that women are made to feel “ugly” without it, and pressured by society to literally poison our bodies just to satisfy someone else’s unrealistic idea of what women should look like (/endrant)?

So anyways, after replacing most of my makeup with safer (but much more expensive) alternatives, I thought – maybe I should make my own makeup. With ingredients I know to be safe. Maybe I can save money that way. So lo and behold, I present to you my very first experiment in the DIY makeup world:

DIY All-Natural Mineral Foundation

Make your own DIY natural mineral loose powder foundation out of ingredients your probably already have at home. I used arrowroot powder, cacao, cinnamon, ground ginger, bentonite clay and lavender essential oiL! It's detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and 100% safe to put on your skin. #natural #makeup #DIY #nontoxic

This baby was easy to make. And the best part? I could make it match my skin tone exactly, which has been a problem with most store-bought products due to my weird pale-olive skin tone that few manufacturers cater to.

Most of the ingredients for this foundation can already be found in your home, and whatever you don’t have on hand, you can order on Amazon (affiliate links below). Here’s what you will need:

I already had everything except for the bentonite clay, so it turned out to be a very cheap DIY for me to make. Plus, I only needed a little bit of each ingredient, so I will be able to make dozens more batches without having to buy anything else.

This is already proving to be a much more budget-friendly solution than buying overpriced, “non-toxic” products (which can still come with questionable ingredients, BTW).

Directions

Make your own DIY natural mineral loose powder foundation out of ingredients your probably already have at home. I used arrowroot powder, cacao, cinnamon, ground ginger, bentonite clay and lavender essential oiL! It's detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and 100% safe to put on your skin. #natural #makeup #DIY #nontoxic

Start with the base

I suggest you start with 2 tbsp of the arrowroot powder. This is your base. It’s got the perfect texture for a loose powder foundation, and it happens to be completely safe for your skin. Place it in a non-metal bowl and make sure to have a non-metal spoon or whisk to mix all your ingredients.

Add color and tone

Arrowroot powder is snow-white, so you will need to add quite a bit of color to it (unless you are Snow White). This is where the cacao powder, cinnamon, and ginger come in.

Take out a notepad and record exactly how much of each ingredient you added. This way, you will have a much easier time mixing this next time & getting the right color when you make a new batch!

You can start by adding cacao 1/2 tsp at a time, until you get to the right tone. I used an old mineral foundation for color comparison.

When you’ve reached the right tone, start working on your sub-tones. Cacao powder on its own will give the powder a very flat, cool (pinkish) sub-tone. Most people will need to add a few more colors to get a realistic skin color. Try adding some ginger for yellower tones and some cinnamon for warmer tones. Again, go 1/2 tsp at a time.

Add the goodies

Once you’ve reached the right color, add 1/4 tsp of bentonite clay to the mixture. It should not affect the color, but it adds some great healing properties to your foundation, making it actually beneficial for your skin!

Add a few drops of lavender. Lavender will make your face smell great, and it also helps reduce redness and heal blemishes.

Application

Apply this natural foundation like you would any loose powder. I use a kabuki brush, dip it into the mixture and shake the excess off. Then I apply it over moisturizer (and a bit of concealer) using circular motions.

Coverage

This natural foundation is definitely on the lighter side, but it does build up pretty well. I typically prefer medium coverage, so I will do several “layers” on my face. It doesn’t feel or look cakey, so that’s a plus. It has pretty good staying power and doesn’t disappear after a whole workday.

My skin is noticeably healthier after wearing this for a few weeks. What I mean by that is, I am no longer breaking out every day and there isn’t any redness. The lavender, cinnamon and bentonite clay have anti-inflammatory properties that probably have something to do with it. Or maybe it’s just the lack of toxic chemicals. Either way, I am very happy with the way this turned out!

Have you tried making your own foundation? What was your experience like? Share your tips below!

Make your own DIY natural mineral loose powder foundation out of ingredients your probably already have at home. I used arrowroot powder, cacao, cinnamon, ground ginger, bentonite clay and lavender essential oiL! It's detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and 100% safe to put on your skin. #natural #makeup #DIY #nontoxic

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15 thoughts on “Make Your Own DIY Natural Non-Toxic Mineral Foundation

  1. This sounds great! Don’t you have to use a carrier oil with lavender oil? Is the powdered bentonite clay the kind you can also ingest? Do you recommend certain brands? Will I smell like cocoa? Can I substitute corn starch for the arrow root powder?
    Thank you,
    Nancy DiGiovanni

    1. Hi Nancy! I did not have to use any carrier oil with the lavender EO since I only added a few drops of it to the powder, keeping the concentration is so low it didn’t need a carrier oil. The bentonite clay I used is the “Aztec Healing” brand I found on Amazon (I believe it’s also the ingestable kind but I’m not sure). The powder has just a *hint* of cocoa smell, but the lavender oil tends to cover it up pretty well. I do believe you can use corn starch instead of the arrowroot, I but I’ve read somewhere that if your skin is on the dryer side, the corn starch doesn’t stick very well. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. How long does it wear during the day? For Summer and cooler months for example? Whats your experience? Its all Vegan too right? Thanks xx

    1. Hi Natasha!
      During the summer it wears for about 8 hours – I usually need to re-apply when I get home from work (if I want to). I have oily skin, so after a full day of work, some of it rubs off.
      Still haven’t tried it in the colder weather, but it will probably last longer. I noticed that putting it over moisturizer makes it last longer, too.
      Yes, it’s vegan! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Misty!
      I’ve had it for about 6 months now, and it’s still fine. The presence of essential oils helps it last longer because they have antibacterial qualities (so does the cinnamon). I would replace it after about a year.

  3. Hi Ladies! Have you tried making your own blush using this base recipe? So easy and gorgeous! Instead of using cacao or cinnamon, try a little beet root powder, hibiscus powder (available on Amazon or Jet) or strawberry or peach powder. If you purchase freeze dried fruits, give them a whirl in a clean coffee grinder or use a mortar and pestle to create a fine powder. Smells amazing, is 100% edible vegan and matches skin beautifully. I haven’t purchased mineral makeup for about 18 months now. I use cleaned & sanitized glass spice jars to store it in. A few drops of lovely lavender oil acts as an antibacterial. Give it a try, you will be so happy you did. And more beautiful! XO Janet

    1. Hi Janet! What a wonderful idea! I am guessing the same goes for eyeshadows too (use charcoal, indigo, other natural colors)
      Definitely worth a try, maybe (if I am successful at making it) I’ll write my next post about it 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Love this recipe!! I have most on hand except arrowroot! I am ordering today! Cannot wait to make my own! Thank you for sharing! I assume this is great for mature skin? Got a recipe for concealer? I would love an affordable organic one. Thanks

  5. Could I use the cocoa powder that is found in my kitchen instead of the 100% raw cocao powder? Also, is the essential oil necessary or could I add something else?

    1. Hi Emma! I don’t know if the cocoa powder will work as well, because it usually contains sugar, which will affect the texture and could be bad for your skin. I would check the ingredient list to be sure!
      As for the oils – they are not necessary at all, I just like to include them for the scent and antimicrobal properties – helps keep my skin clear!

    1. Oh I wish I could remember, but I never remember where I wrote it down and have to improvise every time I make it. I do recall that I used a lot of cacao and ginger (and only a little bit of the cinnamon), which keeps it on the “olive” side.

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