The skin is the biggest organ of the body, and anything you put on it will absorb right into your system. Because of that, it is important that you think about what you put on your body, as it will ultimately be absorbed and will, over time, either hurt or help/prevent.

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This face powder is made completely from ingredients that are safe to ingest, and are probably things you already have in your pantry. I am providing the base recipe, but over time you may want to tweak it or change it as your skin’s needs evolve over time or if you just want more or less coverage or more or less shine. I have never been one to wear foundation or face powder because I have always had great skin and no acne, but when I switched out my traditional store bought face cream for homemade organic versions of face moisturizing and age-defying treatments, the oils in the new homemade products made my face super shiny, which is not a good look unless you’re lying by the pool.

I use this powder because I use an herbal face oil on my face and neck after I shower, and the powder covers the shine from the oil and gives my skin a yummy smooth look. A little of this face powder goes a long way and one batch usually lasts me for about 6 months. This face powder provides light to medium coverage, and is perfect for using over any carrier oil or herbal face oil that you might use to moisturize your skin, or even after an oil cleansing if this is part of your routine in the morning. This powder will provide a matte finish with good coverage, and the Zinc Oxide will also provide a sun block.

Here is what you will need for the base Face Powder recipe:

  • 4 Tbsp Pharmaceutical Grade, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide (Zinc Oxide provides a sun block and reduces acne and rashes)
  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder (Optional)
  • 3-5 Tbsp good-quality organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 1-3 tsp Bentonite Clay
  • 10-15 Drops of Essential Oil, like Lemongrass (acts as an astringent and skin toner and enhances glow), Ylang Ylang (treats oily skin and acne and stimulates cell growth), Lavender (heals irritations and cleanses), Cypress (shrinks swollen blood vessels and acts as an astringent) or Chamomile (treats cracked skin, acne, eczema, sensitive skin and rosacea)


You can add any of the below ingredients to your face powder for added benefits.

  • 1 tsp or more of colored Mica Powders, like bronze or gold (for texture and radiant skin, and will help the powder stay on skin longer)
  • Up to 1 tsp Translucent Mica Powder (for oily skin)
  • Up to 1 tsp of Natural Clay Powders like Fullers’ Earth, White Cosmetic or French Green Clay (a combination of all would work, but only up to 1 tsp total)
  • 10 drops of Vitamin E Oil


The amounts listed above (except for the Zinc Oxide and Arrowroot Powder if using) will vary depending on the tone of your skin and the color that you want from the finished face powder. Mix the zinc oxide and arrowroot powder (if using) in a glass or non-metal bowl and then add the cocoa powder, cinnamon and bentonite clay until you get the desired color. BENENITE CLAY MUST NOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH METAL, SO BE SURE THAT YOU ARE NOT USING A METAL UTENSIL TO COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS WITH.

Add any of the other optional ingredients slowly, plus the essential oils and vitamin E Oil if using and stir until thoroughly mixed. Test the color again with your finger either on your face or on your arm and adjust the ingredients until you achieve the desired shade and coverage. Store in a glass jar with a tight lid, and apply with a high quality powder brush. This should last about 4-6 months on your counter or dressing table.