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  1. Natalie says

    I love this! My problem with powder foundations though is my large pores. Would you happen to have a home remedy for shrinking pores?

    • Joanne says

      Hi ladies,

      I use a mixture of ACV (raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the mother – I use “Bragg” brand) mixed with 2 parts distilled water as a toner. I apply after cleansing and before moisturizing morning and night. It is a great toner and really reduces the pores.


    • Julia says

      Hey I know this is a little late, but rubbing an ice cube briskly over your face before applying powder reduces redness and pores. (:

    • C says

      My girlfriend (a hair dresser) when back to cosmetology school to learn facials ect. She hated her large pores. She also had greasy skin. It ends up her skin was greasy because she never used moisturizer. Sounds weird I know, but once she started using one her skin became beautiful. No large pores & not greasy. She looks fabulous. It’s a simple fix to an age old problem, it doesn’t hurt to try & I’m positive it will work for you. Get it a 3 months try.

    • Mavis Salgado says

      I’m sorry to say, facial pores only get larger with age, I am not 66. I have them on my nose and the rest of my face is of an orange peel texture. The pores are per-manent scars, they don’t shrink with any cosmetic or age. I hear that laser treatments are the only way to remove them and smooth out the skin. I just try to keep mine clean by using with peroxide on a cotton pad, then immediately apply L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur to conceal them.

  2. Nicole says

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m definitely going to try it! I currently buy an organic powder but need a change in color for summer and winter. Now I can just whip up a new batch!

  3. Bonny says

    Thanks a million! love to make my own . . . .but have not tried a powder yet! will definitely be doing this!!!

  4. Kristen says

    Wow, I’m glad you mentioned not using bentonite clay because of metal. I had no idea those two don’t like each other. I had the thought to sub in the clay, until you said No! It would’ve been terrible since I wear glasses and you can’t tell the metal frames to never come in contact with your face!

    • Tiffany says

      LOL – that would be an interesting conversation ;) Clay definitely has some awesome benefits for skin, but it is important to know the possibility of the reactions being present. Maybe if contacts/lasik/plastic glasses are in your future, you can add it! =)

  5. Dawn says

    I have never used the clay for anything (except I did just buy my first tube of earthpaste!). Do you know the color of the clay? I am planning on trying your recipe, since I also have fair skin, but wondered if the shade would be off if I substituted the clay.

    • Tiffany says

      In the jar, the clay is a very, very light grey – almost white. You could add 1/4 tsp to the mixture without changing the initial color much, but you might have to add more of the colors to darken it a hair. Go easy though, maybe just 1/8 tsp of cocoa and nutmeg on top of the original recipe to start. It’s easy to add more, not so easy to take away. ;)

  6. Laura says

    Wonderful! Wonderful! I am definitely doing this…one question…How do I store the powder to keep the oils (not only added oils, but also the oils that naturally occur in the spices) from turning rancid? Or can I add something to act as a preservative? Thank you :)

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Laura! Spices with a high oil content (mustard seed, cinnamon, poppy, sesame, lemon pepper) should be stored in a cool place to avoid going rancid, but that mostly affects the flavor. The spices called for in this recipe (except for oregano, which is higher in oil) are relatively low, so if your pantry is filled with fresh herbs, the powder will be too. Something else to consider is most people consider TASTE in terms of spices going bad, not COLOR. For makeup, we don’t want to use “bad” ingredients, but using a spice that isn’t at 100% of its potential isn’t as noticeable on your face as it would be in your dinner. :)

  7. says

    What an amazing idea! At risk of stating the obvious, you don’t want to use PEPPER-based spices, either. Cayenne would be even worse in foundation than cinnamon! ;)

    I know you already know that; I’m sure it was so obvious to you, that’s why it’s not in the post. But just in case someone really new to spices were to come along and read this…

    • Tiffany says

      Smart thinking Rachel – I appreciate you thinking of this and including the tip for other readers!!

  8. says

    I want to try your recipe, but I will have to buy all the ingredients. I like a powder from Aubrey that uses silk and cinnamon. I have a very light toned skin with a little pink. Have you tried cinnamon in a mix for your face?

    • Tiffany says

      I did. My first batch had cinnamon and it irritated my skin just enough for me to not want to use it. It was really bad, but just a bit itchier than normal. I’ve read reports though of people having full blown rashes! I thought the nutmeg/clove/paprika combo was a better fit for me anyway. You might try paprika for the red tone instead of cinnamon. :)

  9. Karen says

    Please, please, please put some COLOR in your text. I am an eye patient, and even with high “ZOOM” I cannot read your posts from my Inbox.

  10. lena says

    Hi there! First, thank you for reading my mind (and pocket book) as you seem to always post about my current conundrum without me saying a word. It’s amazing how you do that! This may be a silly question, but in the place of ground ginger could I use ground mustard as a yellow to hide blueish under eye circles, or ewould that be bad for my skin? This new mom needs a good concealer to look alert and awake when I’m most obviously not. Haha. Thank you!!

    • Tiffany says

      Well, I can’t take much credit for reading your mind, but you’re welcome anyway! :) Mustard… maybe. I’d test it on your cheek first (for a couple days), to see if you react to it. If not, I’d give it a go. Be careful to not get it IN your eye though, that wouldn’t be good. :) I’m using the tinted moisturizer all over, then concealer under my eyes, topped with the powdered foundation and that works well. I’d be interested to see if the mustard works – let me know please!

    • says

      As a former esthetician, I would warn you about using anything under your eyes that is a known irritant. Mustard is very much like cinnamon, stronger in some senses. The skin around your eyes is some of the thinnest on your body and appears to have the ability to absorb/transfer more things into your eye area than other parts of your body. Please, please read up on mustard and its effects on the skin- it can BURN. If you are looking for an alternative to blue, and need a yellow tone, tumeric may be a better option- though I have not researched its safety on skin either. However it does not stand out as a red flag as much as mustard and cinnamon! Either way, if you want to counteract blue, you are looking for an orange tone. Yellow may not be strong enough to do what you are intending.

  11. Julie says

    What a great idea! Thank you for this post. Where do you buy your essential oils for making this powder foundation? It seems there is a wide variety in pricing for what seems to be the same pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.

    • Tiffany says

      Yes, there IS a wide variety in pricing. I buy my EO’s from Amazon at the moment. Going forward, I’m keeping just lavender, lemon and peppermint on hand and those will cover my needs. If I expand to more EO’s, I’ll definitely need to look into the quality a bit more.

  12. jenny says

    I’ve just done this using your quantities as a natural red head it is perfect. i rarely wear makeup & hate using liquids as my skin feels horrible all day, this feel lovely & smooth on my skin & has evened out my skin tone without looking like i have caked my face in make up thank you

  13. says

    I was ready for bed when I read this post and had to run to my kitchen to try this~ I had to make mine darker and ‘greener’ because of my rosy cheeks, but wow am I impressed! I have been looking for an alternative to the expensive, yet natural, mineral powders out there and I am so glad you posted this. I love how it made my large pores disappear and my skin feels super smooth (I used arrowroot, since I use it to make deodorant in my small line of natural home and body products). I will try mixing it with my face balm in the morning to see how it works for my ‘church’ makeup ;) Thanks again for posting- I was one of those people who tried cocoa powder as a natural bronzer and ran for the hills in terror after that experiment.

  14. Marsha says

    Ok. I have problem skin….I have cystic acne…I never get a lot at one time, but always seem to have a least one. I would welcome a regular white head or black head. Anyway, I have done almost everything trying to clear it up. Antibiotics, birth control pill, proactive, acnefree, Clearasil, benzoyl peroxide. Nothing…well except for super red, dry flaky skin. So I just covered it with make up for the longest time.
    Lately though, I have been on a detox diet…except for my actual diet :) I have gone to all natural cleaners and lotions, but was still using make up….bare minerals. It is pretty good, natural, but CO$TLY!! So when I saw this and knowing I had everything to make it I did.
    My assessment….it doesn’t cover as good as bare minerals, but it is fewer steps for me and way cheaper. I also made the tinted moisturizer using coconut oil and shea butter mixed instead of all coconut oil. I am impressed. I don’t feel like I am wearing ANYTHING!!! Well clothes, but my skin isn’t dry, it isn’t itchy, it isn’t shiny or blotchy. It feels like nice clean skin. AHHHHHH!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS BRILLIANCE!!!!
    I do have red scars from old acne as well….taking a page out of your book errr blog, I made concealer…just mixing the necessary spices to get the coverage I wanted. :) It worked!

    Oh and I couldn’t find small containers….so looking around the house I found plastic eggs…worked for the moisturizer and for the concealer PERFECTLY!

    • Janet says

      A department store make-up artist told me that my painful acne was due to milk products. I stopped having a glass of milk every night with dinner and switched to soy milk on my cereal. On occasion I still enjoy ice cream, and I still eat a fair bit of plain yoghurt, but my large, painful zits went away. I hope you find the issue for yours.

      • Tiffany says

        Thanks Janet! I actually did find the solution, and while eating helped, it was mostly the products I was using! I plan to share how I finally healed my acne later this month. :)

  15. says

    Oh, thank you God I found this site and this brilliant blog. Like everybody else I was looking for a natural solution for my powder and foundation needs since I am allergic to almost every make up on the market, no matter how expensive. Now I do have a herb garden and like to make my own natural teas and spices. Not long ago I was just preparing a face mask with green clay, italian I think, very, very fine. But instead of putting it on my faceI started adding to the clay some powdered cardamon(, pale green,), cumin powder (pale brown) and sage powder. in the end i mix them all with cooled boiled water and drank a liter through the day. In the back of my mind was to see if I can make a face powder. Only now, thanks to your site I realized the need for some oil to omogenize and blend them and provide the staying power. I will give it a try tomorow as it is night right now in Ireland. By the way, please stay away from well known irritants such as mustard, tumeric or cinnamon or even cayenne pepper. This spices are very good for body massage ( in cases of colds, rheumathic and arthritic pains) blended in coconut oil. I will let you know how it went. Wish me luck . Wow I can’t wait! Blessings.

  16. Caitlin says

    Is there something else I can use in place of arrowroot or cornstarch? I can’t find either from my local supermarket.


    • Tiffany says


      Not even cornstarch? It’ll be in the baking department, likely near the flours/sugars. If not, perhaps potato starch or tapioca flour, but those seem to be more “specialty” than both cornstarch and arrowroot. I’ll look into other “normal” options today for you.

  17. Cheryl says

    This reminded me of a story that I read (maybe heard in a tape) of a woman’s bie study author who mixed foundation colors to make her perfect shade. On went the very dark brown before she added the very pale shade. Well, there was an emergency with a child, I believe, and she ended up going to the emergency room before she’d added her light coat. She got a lot of strange looks and stares before she realized why! He-he. I haven’t thought of that story in years! Maybe Elizabeth George or Nancy Missler.

    • Tiffany says

      LOL, I can only imagine the horror felt by that women when she realized what had happened! Fortunately, all these are mixed in a jar BEFORE they go on your face. ;)

  18. Vicky says

    Have you tried adding zinc oxide for a little sun protection? I was trying to decide how much would be appropriate for this recipe.

    • Tiffany says

      I have not Vicky, and I’ve read that powdered zinc oxide should not be inhaled. I have not checked sources, but if that’s the case, DO NOT put it in this powder. It’s not compressed, and you could easily inhale it during application or even later in the day!

  19. Crystal says

    Hi! I just tried making this and I found that the powder just isn’t sticking to my face, even after adding extra oil. Has anyone else had this problem? I really want this to work! Basically the powder ends up all over my shirt and not on my face at all. :(

    • Tiffany says

      I’m sorry Crystal! I definitely get some on my shirt, but I haven’t run into the issue of not sticking to my face at all. Maybe try while your moisturizer hasn’t completely dried yet, or use a different application method. I use a big brush, but I have a feeling less would end up on my clothes if I used one of those special lids with holes and a cotton pouf.

  20. Claire Fischer says

    Absolutely adore your website! I have a similar website & FB page, as I’m a total believer in holistic health and making our own organic products! Have made my own BB cream etc in the past, and after spending 2 hours in Sephora today (finding their 50$ powders had the first ingredient being talc- same as my low-end $13 powder!), I was under no questions but to make my own at home! Thanks for the inspiration! Keep spreading your goodness to teaching others this amazing way of life! xo

    • Tiffany says

      You would have to add more oil and press it firmly into a compact, letting it air dry for 2-3 weeks. I haven’t tried this myself though.

    • Tiffany says

      I’m sorry Natalie, I do not! I don’t use blush, but I’ll likely try a DIY concealer when mine runs out!

  21. Amelia says

    I’m trying this tonight! I am also going to try to make a water-based liquid foundation. One concern- I don’t think you’re supposed to use lavender and tea tree oils together. When they are combined, they work like a concentrated estrogen and can cause cancer. Either is really good for acne, but use one or the other, not both! Thanks for this powder recipe!

    • Tiffany says

      I hadn’t heard this Amelia, but I admit to not being a pro at essential oils. Interesting though and definitely something to research. Thank you for sharing!

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