Simple Homemade Face Powder

This is my go-to weekend face powder. I like to let my skin breathe on the weekends and for running errands I only need light coverage. It helps me to conserve my other face powder for during the work week when I need more coverage (I use Ava Anderson Nontoxic).

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The Bentonite Clay draws out impurities, metals, and toxins from your pores. It’s gentle enough to use directly on your skin. My husband and I both use the clay weekly (mixed equally with apple cider vinegar and a few drops essential oil, usually Tea Tree or Lavender) as a facial mask.

“Thanks to the clay’s special ability to act as an antibiotic treatment when applied topically to the skin, the clay can help to calm skin infections” [2]

The Arrowroot powder absorbs oil and the white coloring will counteract redness. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties: “Due to its tremendous circulation-increasing qualities, ginger is thought to improve the complexion.” [3]

Cinnamon boosts blood flow to your skin for a healthy glow (avoid eye areas). [1]

I’m not a big fan of the smell of ginger but I only smell the cinnamon in this powder.  You can add a dash of nutmeg for some shimmer. I’ve tried this recipe with cocoa powder and I found it made me develop small break outs, so I avoid it now. I have read other recipes online that use cocoa powder and no mention of breakouts. So it must work for some women.

The Bentonite Clay can be a little drying, so make sure you moisturize well first. I use my hemp oil serum first and let it absorb into my skin for 10 minutes. I then apply this powder with a high quality brush.

Since this is a facial product, I would definitely go organic on your spices.

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP Bentonite Calcium Clay (grey colored)
  • 1 TBSP Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional) or Cocoa Powder (optional)

Mix well (non metal spoon) and break up any clumps thoroughly. Store in a dry place in a clean glass container. (Bentonite clay should not be kept in metal containers).

Experiment until you find a coloring that works for you, but this is a great base recipe!

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Easy Makeup Brush Cleaner:

Mix 1 cup warm water with 1 drop Lemon essential oil plus 1-2 drops Tea Tree essential oil, and 1 tiny drop unscented Castile soap. Soak for 5 minutes and  rinse well. Allow to air dry overnight. If your brush bristles needs extra moisture, nix the lemon and replace with 1 drop of lavender essential oil.

To order high quality therapeutic grade essential oils, click here.  I am an Independent Distributor for Young Living. There are other high quality therapeutic oils available for purchase, but I use Young Living for their quality Seed to Seal promise.

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Sources:

  1. Monahan,  Erin. “Benefits of Ground Cinnamon.” Livestrong.com
  2. DrAxe. “10 Proven Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses.” Draxe.com
  3. HerbalWisdom.com “Ginger Root Benefits.” www.herbalwisdom.com

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