Homemade Bronzer: All natural and so easy.

Homemade Bronzer: All natural and so easy.

Ready for a super simple and awesome homemade bronzer? This one of the easiest recipes that you will find in my book, Toxic Free, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not cool. Using only natural ingredients that you probably already have on hand, you can create your own homemade bronzer that’s the perfect shade for you.

Why homemade bronzer?

Well, like so many other commercial beauty products, store-bought bronzer is usually full of stuff that I don’t want to put on my skin. I mean, check out this ingredient list of one brand:

Mica, Talc, synthetic fluorphlogopite, dimethicone, caprylic/capric triglyceride, magnesium stearate, phenocyethanol, coconut oil, caprylyl clycol, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Iron oxides, titanium dioxide…

Um… gross.

All natural bronzer. You'll be amazed how easy this is to make!

Minus the coconut oil and the aloe there’s a whole lot of stuff I DON’T want on my face.

And homemade bronzer is SO EASY!!!

Sorry, didn’t mean to yell… but seriously. There’s no need for all this toxic stuff. Not when you can have a sun-kissed glow in a couple of minutes.

Ready?

Oh yeah… and it makes your face smell awesome!

All natural bronzer. You'll be amazed how easy this is to make!

Want more great all natural recipes? Check out my book Toxic Free for 70 recipes for home and personal care. 

What do you think? Want to give it a try?

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102 comments

  1. Samantha Stiles

    Awesome,

    I never buy make up as I cant stand the feel of it on my skin.
    However, one day I needed a bit of colour and went straight to my pantry and took out the cornstarch and cocoa…
    The rest of your ingredients sound sublime-cant wait to give it a try! :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’m the same. I rarely use makeup… but every now and then I will use some bronzer. I love the way it feels and smells. :)

  2. xana

    @ Samantha Stiles .. I had the same problem until i decovered ARBONNE make-up, it’s so light I don’t feel it. doesn’t cornstarch clogh the pores? would maca be any better?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’m not aware of cornstarch clogging pores… but I’m not 100% sure. You could also switch it out for arrowroot powder.

      1. Meena

        What about usin baking soda? I mean you use it for everything else anyways, and its age to brush your teeth why wouldn’t it work here?


        1. Post author
          robin

          I probably wouldn’t use baking soda. It’s great for deodorizing and cleaning… and it probably too rough to keep on your skin as a makeup. I’d use cornstarch (GMO free) or arrowroot powder.

        2. Jolene

          Baking soda is a salt, salt’s will take moisture out of your skin and leave it dry and itchy.

    2. Shannon

      Arbonne does not have a good rating from the EWG Skin Deep database. If you’re concerned about chemicals in your makeup, I wouldn’t use it.

  3. Katie

    Amazing! I love this and cannot wait to try it, I have been trying to move more and more closer to all-natural make-up and skin care so this recipe will come in quite handy!

    - Katie

  4. jamie

    Do you have a recipe for mascara and eyeliner!?! Those are what I wear most! I still use the toxic stuff, but I am almost out and was thinking I would buy some good stuff. I would much rather make it if I can!

  5. Charlotte

    Shut the front door!! I’ve tried to figure out a way to go make-up free, but I always end up getting discouraged by the list of ingredients needed. I am so astounded right now! Thank you!

  6. Brandy

    WOW!!! I have been wanting to get rid of chemical makeup and saw this. I make it (doubling the cornstarch cause I have pale skin), I took my old makeup to the bathroom with me to try it, thinking the new wouldn’t cover like I needed, I get some red checks sometimes and like to get it covered…I used this new one and IT WORKED AWESOME!!!!!!!It smeels good, works great, got rid of something else I use with chemicals….Keep up the great tips!!!

    1. ellie

      use annato powder with cornstash. you will find it at the spices isle. Go easy as its very red.

  7. Linda

    Hi! I really like this Bronzer, but I was wondering if there was something else I could replace for the cornstarch? Any ideas? Arrowroot? Thanks, Linda

  8. christina

    I love this !!! I’m going to share this with our Teenage clients. will you be creating Blush & Eyeshadow ? ..you know how girls love their eyeshadow.. thank you christina


    1. Post author
      robin

      It seemed to stay on as long as another bronzer. Although, I’m a bad judge because makeup in general has never stayed on me for more than an hour. :)

  9. Michelle

    Oh, and what is cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa powder? Different than what’s in my spice rack, or is that what you mean?

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  11. janelle

    I tried the recipe and it didnt seem to work…i mix a lotion in w it and it seemed like it “scrubbed” my skin a bit but didnt hold any color at all. im very pale too. i used the exact meadurements but added one more tsp of cornstarch since i am so pale. whered i go wrong?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Perhaps the lotion diluted the color? If you want more of a liquid bronzer I’d try a couple of drops of olive oil or another oil that’s good for the skin. And you probably don’t need the extra cornstarch. I’m about as pale as they get, and the color I use it much darker than my skin because it does go on lighter.

  12. Kristina Johnson

    I am so happy I ran across your little glorious page. I saw this post on pinterest and as this year is my “go all natural” (no more harsh chemicals/make my own shampoo/the works), I was so pumped to see an all natural bronzer! I NEVER wear bronzer, my guilty pleasure is eye shadow and mascara (already saw the post there too ;)) but my brother-in-law is graduating from pilot training and its this fancy occasion where I want something extra ya know? Anyways, so happy to have run across this site. So much wonderful information! In one day you convinced me to buy a squatty potty (they should give you some $$ from their sales lol). I believe God works in really cool unique ways and whats awesome about that is that Monday (after about a week of no core exercises) I did some crunches. Tuesday morning, back was KILLIN me..I think before I just got used to it or forgot about it. But then, I was reading your post on crunches (and then some investigative work to make sure) and I was like “woah, hold up”…. So yeah, no more crunches. For me, God works in mysterious ways and your post was that mysterious way…for all I know your post saved my back from more pain (cause you know I wouldve just kept going and calling it normal).

    Thank you!

  13. Christa

    Nice idea, but the stuff in the other powder isn’t toxic. It’s mostly minerals which are either inactive, like the mica which gives it shimmer, or beneficial (like the titanium dioxide, which protects your skin from sun damage). Triglycerides is a fancy word for oil and most of us know what aloe is. The cornstarch is cheaper and may be easier on sensitive skin, but the cinnamon and nutmeg could be irritating. And it won’t give you any sun protection.


    1. Post author
      robin

      I personally wouldn’t put titanium dioxide on my skin, although it’s safer than a lot of chemicals, for sure. Mica can also be a skin irritant for some. But you are also right that cinnamon can be irritating for some, too. I still like this homemade stuff better… suits my skin, standards, and budget better. But to each their own. :)

  14. auna

    Do you know who Crunchy Betty is? This is her *exact* recipe. She has a book and owns an extremely popular natural beauty shop as well. Here’s a link to her recipe from two years ago. Kind of insane that you’d both have the same recipe! Amazing how great minds think alike. I actually clicked this link on Pinterest to see if it was different than hers, as cornstarch and arrowroot aren’t my favorite ingredients for the face- they feed acne causing bacteria. Anyway, you’d love Cruncy Betty, I bet! http://www.crunchybetty.com/natural-makeup-hacks-homemade-bronzercontour-powder

  15. Hannah

    OH, I’m almost out of bronzer and was wondering what brand to buy next. I’m definitely going to try making my own. I love that it doesn’t have all of the toxic ingredients!

  16. Brandi

    This is BRILLIANT ! I am so happy that I stumbled on this blog. Do you have any receipts for liquid/powder foundation?


    1. Post author
      robin

      You could add this to your favorite facial lotion… but I haven’t perfected one I like that’s a diy all natural one yet.

  17. Catie @ Catie's Corner

    I just made this, wow it really works! Thanks soo much for sharing. I live in Canada where we spend a lot of time indoors and I use bronzer every single day of my life. It’s amazing I can make my own at home. And it sure does smell good. =)

    ~ Catie

    I’ll be sharing this post on facebook.

  18. Kay

    What about mixing it with some moisturizer for a creamy bronzer? I have lines that are often accentuated by powder.
    But, would the cinnamon burn if it were in a moisturizer base?


    1. Post author
      robin

      If you have a moisturizer that you trust you *should* be able to mix this… but I haven’t actually tried it so I would start with a small little bit and do a patch test.

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  24. Natasha

    Just wondering if you can substite anything for the essential oils?

    I would like it to stay together but do not have oils….


    1. Post author
      robin

      Try some jojoba, avocado, or olive oil. Just a few drops and keep adding until it’s a consistency you like.

      1. Kim

        Great idea! I used the lavendar oil to hold it together, but I’m just not a real fan of the smell (I know, I’m odd!). I’ll have to try some almond, coconut or olive oil next time! Thanks! Of course, this is going to last me for a long time since I don’t use that much of it. It’s just nice to have something when I need it that I recognize the ingredients! Thanks!

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  26. Jessica

    While this sounds like a great idea in theory, cornstarch on your face is just a bad idea in general. Cornstarch absorbs water, so to use this on your face will dry out your skin and accentuate fine lines. Your skin needs water on its surface to appear and be healthy. The cornstarch will also clump together with oil on the surface and create that beautiful clumpy makeup look we all desire. Cornstarch does not belong in face makeup products.
    - a ten year cosmetic industry vet.

  27. Monica Medina

    That is such a simple recipe. I almost have everything I already need. Thanks for posting this.

  28. Alessandra

    I don’t use bronzer, only blush, but I’ve recently been wanting to buy some bronzer and really hate all the chemicals in beauty products and don’t want to add more bad stuff to what I already have. I’m going to start switching over to all these natural/homemade stuff once I run out of what I’m using. I can’t wait to make this! I just need the arrowfoot powder and oil. I do have coconut oil in my pantry so could I use that instead of lavander/rosemary? Also, what exactly is the arrowfoot powder for in this recipe?

  29. Georgia

    I use this bronzer as a powder for contouring, here’s an old tip after applying powder or powder blush to your face, take a washcloth, wet it with cold water, wring it out, fold it and just blot[don't rub] your face, it will set the powder. And have a finished look, very nice, try it!

  30. Stephanie

    I love your recipes and want to try this (with a few adjustments)… I would just say to be careful with the cinnamon. Cinnamon is photosensitive and could cause damage (irritation, increased potential for burning, etc) if you’ll be outside quite a bit. For nighttime, though? This would be wonderful!

    1. Lil

      This recipe will smell great, but I wouldn’t apply this on my face.

      Cinnamon is classed as a stimulant in skincare and should only be used in minimal amounts for a short time like in a masque and only on certain skin types. It isn’t just its own colour that gives you a glow, it literally stimulates the blood and lymph in the skin! Get a little bit of this near or in the eyes as you dust on your bronzer and you’re in trouble! A lot of people are very sensitive to lavender oil especially near the eyes so a drop of jojoba, avocado or olive oil is much safer and better for the skin. Arrowroot or cornstarch are fine for an oily skin but otherwise too drying. While you’re better off without talc, synthetic fluorphlogopite, dimethicone, and phenocyethanol, those other ingredients are safe. Titanium gives a soothing natural sunscreen.
      Love the concept here, but the sifted cocoa is the only ingredient I’d apply.

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  32. Stephanie

    Hi, I was wondering if there are any other spices I could use in homemade makeup, like probably not cayenne pepper or paprika for red eyeshadow because they’re quite spicy, but maybe other ones like cloves or anything else? Thanks.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m sure there are… although I haven’t experimented with the ones you’ve mentioned. I’m sure a google search can help you with specific spices you may be interested in trying. :)

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    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      That probably depends on you. I don’t use a base, but I want a super subtle look. It will work either way. I use water to wash my face at the end of the day and it comes off just fine.

  34. Rendi

    Don’t forget colloidal oatmeal makes a great powder base for anyone that doesn’t like arrowroot or cornstarch. Plus, it conditions the skin. I use this in my aftershave powder recipe at the base to help prevent razor burn too. Aveeno sells 100% colloidal oatmeal as a soothing baby bath remedy for itchy skin. It also has a faint tint to it, so fair folks only need a smidgen of cocoa powder to color it.

  35. Lauren :D

    Thank you so much for posting this Robin! I was in a ‘twilight zone’ of trying to get into the no-makeup MAKE UP look and this has been a God send. It adds just the right amount of color. My husband loves the way it smells too :)

    Tiny tip for any fellow Latinas or anyone with olive undertones; might be a good idea to leave out the nutmeg (I only did cocoa/cinnamon/cornstarch).

  36. Maria

    But wait…. Mica is a natural stone, so it is not gross? Or am I wrong Robin?
    Mica is all natural and it gives it glow…

    What do you think?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m honestly not very familiar with mica. I’ve heard both good and questionable things about it… with that said, it’s still probably a whole lot better than other ingredients in commercial bronzer so if you feel okay using it, I say go for it!

  37. Catherine

    Hello, well I just mixed up a quick batch … I didn’t read the comments, but as I didn’t have arrowroot I used corn starch, and I also used lavender oil as well. It looks just fabulous – thank you so much. I am about to order some empty mascara tubes so I can make the mascara too … thanks to your generosity sharing this information, you are helping so many women achieve the type of life they want. We are all models to our daughters (if you have them), or friends daughters. Going natural is great .. I am certainly encouraging my daughter to go down the natural line, and she loves mixing up home made lip glass with coconut oil etc. Blessings all round ladies!!

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  39. Michelle

    If you took the recipe from the blush, added a variety of natural pigments and the essential oils from this recipe, you could have your own eye shadows.

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