Sep 30, 2011

DIY Beauty Fridays: Homemade Face and Body Bronzers

I am so very blessed to have as many talented friends as I do.  For example, my friend, Ariella, who guest posted here and here was absolutely awesome to share with me a homemade bronzer recipe AND come over on Sunday afternoon to make it for me while I went crazy with the camera.

Before I get to the fun stuff, I should probably mention that not only is Ariella a make-up artist (yes, she's worked on many film sets here in Vancouver) but she is also a certified nutritionist.  She's the girl I call up if I need someone to help me change my eating habits or assist me with creating a workout plan.  However, on Sunday, she showed me her mad skills when it came to creating edible beauty products...

Edible Face: DIY Bronzer

Cocoa and ground cinnamon (yes, you will need both for sure!)
Baby powder
A makeup jar OR compact
Coconut oil (for a liquid bronzer)
One bowl and two little dessert cups 
2 spoons

Step 1 - Add baby powder to little bowls.  Doesn't matter how much you put in as this is going to be the base of the bronzer.  (We choose to use separate bowls as we thought we'd make a bronzer with cinnamon and one of cocoa.  It turns out that we used both cinnamon and cocoa to make one bronzer.)
Step 2 - Start adding your colors aka cinnamon and cocoa.  Again, it doesn't matter how much you add, as you're going to continually check the color on your skin.

Step 3 - Continue adding both your cinnamon and cocoa until the mixture has reached your desired color level.  Quick tip, ensure you are mixing everything well.  Cocoa is known to be lumpy and the last thing you want it little lumps on your face...ha.

Step 4 - Test out your finished product.  See how much darker it looks when it hasn't been rubbed in?  Either way, for a bronzer, this color is absolutely perfect for me.  The greatest thing about this little recipe is how cheap it is.....sure beats buying an expensive bronzing powder from a shop.

Recipe #2 - Liquid Bronzer

Step 1 - Add some coconut oil to a bowl.  Again, doesn't matter how much THOUGH you'll want add a lot more than this scoop if you're wanting to use this on your body.

Step 2 - Add cocoa.  This recipe, because it's liquidy, you do not want to use cinnamon.  As we learned, cinnamon will stay gritty on your skin whereas the cocoa doesn't.  Again, add as much cocoa as you like but ensure you keep testing it on your skin to get the exact color you want.

 Step 3 - You're all done!  Test out your finished product on your hand to ensure you have the shade you want.  Then, you can spread your lovely bronzer anywhere you want!  The great thing about this recipe is the coconut oil.  It's a fantastic moisturizer and doesn't contain the preservatives and gross additives that other creams do.

Thanks again, Ariella, for giving me this recipe.  Hope you all enjoy it ladies!!

XO Christina


  1. This is such a fantastic post!! Who knew you could make homemade bronzer!! xo

  2. how does the liquid bronzer feel afterwards? not too greasy?
    cool post!

  3. Thanks so much Bronwen!! Ang, the liquid bronzer is slightly greasy when you first put it on BUT as the coconut oil soaks into your skin, it's not that bad.


  4. This is a fun post, I might try the liquid bronzer soon.:D

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  5. Nice post! An added benefit of the dry bronzer is that cinnamon is GREAT for your skin. Even ancient civilizations used it in their beauty regimens. It's antibacterial properties draw impurities from the skin, giving you a clearer complexion and soothing breakouts.

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  6. How long does this stay on??-like dancing, sunshine, or nightlife?

    1. Hey, thanks for the comment! It stayed on me for most of the day however, if you get really sweaty, it will not stay on through that. Give it a try and come back to tell me how long you found it lasted. xo

  7. can i change the coconut oil with baby oil?

    1. Hi Nathania. I definitely would not change the coconut oil with baby oil. I personally find baby oil very greasy and you would be missing all the goodness of the coconut oil. However, it's definitely personal preference.


Thanks for the love!...XO Christina

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