DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

If you, like me, don’t wear makeup often, or just leave the house with a swish of powder and a smear of lip gloss, you probably don’t have a counter filled with makeup. Maybe you buy a bottle of store bought stuff every few years for special occasions, or maybe you do use it everyday. But maybe you are just tired of smearing and dusting stuff on your face that clogs your pores and allows chemicals you can’t even pronounce to absorb into your skin. The best solution for this is of course to make your own~ DIY Mineral Powder Foundation is crazy easy to make and is mostly created from pantry ingredients. It is also simple to adjust the tone to your skin and the time of year, or just leave it light for a translucent finishing powder to even out your skin. This pairs nicely with our Homemade Charcoal Body Bar recipe!

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

 

You will need:

cornstarch or arrowroot powder

cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg

bentonite clay

lavender essential oil

Directions for DIY Mineral Powder Foundation: 

Start with cornstarch, how much you use will depend on how much powder foundation you want to make to start. This will be your base and make up most of the powder volume so use it as your basic measurement. 1/2 a cup is good for your first batch.

Mix in the bentonite clay and a couple drops of lavender essential oil  2 drops for every 1 cup is great) until  well combined.

Slowly add cocoa powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg a little at a time. Test often on the back of your hand (this is similar in color and texture to your face).  If you add too much simply add a bit more arrowroot powder to lighten (this is why its a great idea to start with 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of arrowroot). I like to use a whisk to blend everything.

Be sure to write down how much you use of each ingredient as you go, so you can make the perfect blend easily every time from your own formula!

Do you have a friend or family member who loves makeup? Treat them to a pretty jar of this DIY Mineral Powder Foundation for Christmas to add to their vanity, they may never go back to store bought!

And there you have it, homemade DIY Mineral Powder Foundation! If you loved this simple DIY Mineral Powder Foundation, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

The detoxifying power of activated charcoal combined with a creamy hydrating soap base work to make your skin healthy and glowing.  This Handmade Charcoal Body Soap Bar recipe is a simple base and can be customized with your favorite essential oils to make a detox charcoal body bar that is luxurious and effective for men or women. You can go as soft as lavender or go bold and use something like clove, mint, or cedar wood essential oil  to give it a rich profile. Make some for yourself but they are also great for holiday gifts, wrap a stack in bow or fill up a jar with them.

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

 

You will need:

1 cup soap base

1 T. activated charcoal

essential oil

2 tsp. argan/jojoba oil

 

You will also need: 

a small pan

silicone mold

Cut your pour and melt soap base into smaller chunks and place in a small pan. It’s a good idea to purchase a pan just for DIY recipes instead of sharing the one you use for your food. I like to use goats milk soap base because it is ultra moisturizing, contains alpha hydroxy acids, vitamins and minerals. However, you can use plain clear glycerin soap base if you prefer.

Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently until soap is completely liquid.

Remove from heat and carefully stir in argan oil, essential oil, and activated charcoal powder. The powder is very fine and easily spreads throughout the air, so be sure to go slowly and not breathe in any powder.

Quickly pour into desired mold and allow to cool for several hours before carefully removing from the mold. Store in a dry cool place to keep charcoal soap bars in good shape.

How many bars of soap you make will depend on the size of your molds. Start off with a small batch, like this recipe. Then perfect your favorite scent combinations and then increase your amounts.

There you have it! Homemade Charcoal Body Bar, simple and sweet! If you loved this simple DIY Charcoal Body bar, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash

Most of the beauty products we buy at the the store contain a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce and probably wouldn’t want to put on you body if you knew a little more about them. Lots of folks believe ingredients like surfactants and artificial scents/coloring can be harsh and drying on your skin. Crafting your own products at home is the perfect way to be sure that every ingredient is safe and tailor made to your skin’s needs. This DIY Homemade Green Tea & Honey Body Wash makes a great holiday gift on its own or as part of a bath basket. If you want to make a homemade gift basket, just include a loofah, Easy Fizzy Bath bombs, and a DIY Glitter Candle to gift a little of the spa experience. I love how this version foams up and leaves a silky moisturized feeling on your skin, without drying it out.

This post is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash

Homemade Green Tea & Honey Body Wash

Ingredients for Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash:

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup mild castile soap

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp. almond, coconut or jojoba oil

2 bags green tea

 

You will also need:

a plastic pump bottle

small pan

Directions for Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash:

Heat water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Drop in tea bags and remove from heat, allow to cool completely.

Transfer tea water to whatever container you are using, add castille soap (I used almond scent), honey, and almond oil. Gently swirl to mix ingredients well, use a funnel to make it easier to get in in the bottle. For my bottle, I used a hand soap bottle that I saved and rinsed out. I like using a pump for shower items; it just makes it so easy to dispense! Start saving up those empty soap containers for body wash Christmas gifts.

Now, if you like, you can add a little additional scent to your body wash- Lavender, mint, chamomile, orange, and bergamot will all work beautifully to compliment the green tea and honey.

If you loved this simple DIY Body Wash gift, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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