DIY Zero Waste Face Powder Foundation With Pressed Option

Makeup can be expensive, wasteful, an enabler and crutch of insecurities, toxic, and time-consuming. But it can also be easy, fresh, natural, balancing and healthy.

The past 6 or so months I’ve been using this DIY face powder. It’s not my original idea, much smarter people figured this out way before me. But the goal of this blog to be an encyclopedia of environmentally friendly, DIY, low consumerism insights, ideas and inspiration. This face powder is perfect to use solo for light coverage, or in junction with liquid foundation for heavier coverage. I feel that it balances natural fluctuations of skin tone on the face instead of just covering up everything. I am a firm believer in less is more. This doubles as my bronzer (not shimmery kind). I strive for zero waste. I have goals of demolishing societal beauty and rewriting my definition of beauty starting with Beauty vs Makeup, trust me theres a difference. So to conclude, I am an eco-freak  (I seriously want to coin that term<—-I don’t even know what that means), which makes this DIY perfect for my fellow frugals.

DIY All Natural Face Foundation Powder Makeup with Pressed Option Made From Common Household Items.


(bought them all in bulk stored in mason jars)

1/4 cup Arrowroot powder

1-4+ tablespoons cocoa powder (1.5-2 tablespoons for light/medium)

Optional Ingredients (these are estimates)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

To press half the recipe 10-20 drops Other Oils (oil you like for your face) Jojoba, grape seed, fractioned coconut, almond, argon oil etc.

1-3 drops essential oils (optional)

Rubbing alcohol or vodka in a spray bottle


Start with a base of 1/4 cup arrowroot powder. Mix/sift/whisk in cocoa powder 1/2-1 tablespoon at a time until desired shade (aka test it on your face to see if color matches). Add ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for added warmth and yellow tones. This all depends on your skin tone and shade and so therefore optional. Best to start with a little and add more if needed. But if you add too much of something slowly stir in more arrowroot powder, no biggie.

For pressed method

Drops other oil and essentials oil in and stir. Pack down. Spritz powder with 1-3 sprays with rubbing alcohol or vodka press down with a spoon, fingers or lid of some sort until packed down. It might take a couple rounds of oil and spray and packing since the powder is dry. It gets a little messy but you don’t want it too wet so slow and steady. Have patience. Eventually it packs down (about 1/3 as much as the powder). It may look darker and uneven color in some spots, that’s okay! Let it harden/evaporate overnight with the lid off and use as normal the next day.

How to use

Skip pressing if you like loose powder. Dip brush and tap off excess. Brush it on your face gently before and after liquid foundation. Or after DIY Tinted Daily Sunscreen to soak up the oils for a natural SPF-kind of day- look. Store in a sealed container in a dry, cool place. I.E a make up bag in a drawer in the bathroom.


  • I like the press method, it’s not as messy as powder to apply. Mine broke apart and clumped up a bit towards the end but still works fine when I rub my brush on it to get the powder (I guess I could sift it..too much effort). See photo below
  • I use little mason jars or a cardboard container that was the packaging for the blush I use. check out Zero Waste Makeup vs Beauty I give some reviews of products.
  • Other liquids for spritzing could be witch hazel, vinegar, aloe juice, rose water etc but I’ve only used rubbing alcohol- worth a try though, let me know how it goes!
  • This supply lasted me about 6 months, so frugal? um yes
  • Test on a small patch of skin to make sure your not sensitive to any ingredients
  • No I don’t smell like chocolate during the day but yes you may smell the ingredients when applying it
  • My skin felt happier and healthier once I ditched my store crap and switched to this, my wallet loved me and I think the earth loved me a tad. Traditional powder foundations can contain harmful chemicals/plastic as well as the cultivation of the minerals to produce them can harm the environment. See resource link. and The Dirty Dozen, cosmetics to avoid
  • Don’t throw away your old stuff, use it all if you like and properly dispose of containers. Posts coming in June on disposal, alternatives and reasoning about makeup during my Month of Zero Makeup Challenge, contact me to join.
  • Yes this isn’t literally zero waste, rubbing alcohol usually only comes in recyclable plastic and some oils are hard to find in bulk, but we do what we can right?
  • Shout out to all my sisters, God’s daughters are meant for greatness now go have a great week & weekend!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional aesthetician, dermatologist, shade artist, herbalist or cosmetologist and have zero responsibility when it comes to your face or life. It’s nice that way for both of us.

ZERO WASTE: Makeup vs Beauty. It Takes Years. Advice, Triumphs and Fails

img_8163.jpgBefore we dive in (warning: this is a long one), let’s clear this up. Lets change the way we look at Beauty. I just welcomed another baby girl to my extended family. I don’t want her or any little girl growing up unsettled about her looks, insecure about flaws, and worried about makeup. I do NOT like that the word Beauty has taken over in the makeup/skincare industry. The term ‘beauty products’ now means the same to almost everyone, me included, until I realized it. Literally, I just posted a week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: beauty edition. Ha! This is a societal or even a worldly NO-NO. The crap we smear on our face is NOT a ‘beauty product’. It’s a cosmetic, makeup, blemish hider, balancing product, foundation, mascara I really don’t care what it’s called, just as long as it’s not Beauty product. This stuff covers, uncovers (whatever you want to call it) only about 1/16th IF THAT of our actual beauty. I’m into women empowerment. So let’s start by changing our verbiage to do just that?

ZERO WASTE: Makeup vs Beauty. It Takes Years. Advice, Triumphs and Fails.

BONUS: 4 practical steps to reduce your waste and rethink beauty and 3 all natural product reviews below.

If you are like me, zero waste kind of hit you over the head, and you fell into it full on. I had a platinum membership plan with ULTA (really?) and was buried in half used, unopened, free samples. I was always searching for the best products, the prettiest, the easiest, the cheapest, but it was all an empty cover up and distraction of what really mattered to me. Inner beauty. Inner beauty that I was trying to portray outwardly in all the wrong ways.

Over a year and a half ago I started to become very interested in reducing my waste and plastic consumption as well as the health concerns about toxic chemicals used in every day consumer products. ESPECIALLY cosmetics. As well as my journey with animal cruelty! So whoever you are and wherever you are on the spectrum of zero waste and healthy home, mind, body and spirit, I urge you to take a look at your goals in life. To be freed from consumerism and poisonous self rituals. To be a part of the greater good for the environment, our children’s, children’s children and so on for physical and mental security and nourishment from this earth. Embracing the lighthearted adventure and pure beauty of nature. Most of all, make time for the things that really matter to you, things that are actually life; chasing your passions, volunteering, raising a family, creating art, making things, fixing things, nourishing relationships.

I’ve been wanting to BE zero waste at home and ideally out and about as well. I have learned many things but this one thing may be the most useful; You don’t just become zero waste. It’s not in an instant, I would even argue that to do so would be extremely wasteful. You don’t just BE zero waste. Not in a day, a week or even a year. You can’t, not really. You research and you take baby steps, and you try, and you fail, and you try again, and keep trying until you’ve reached your goals, then you make new ones, and you try all over again. It takes years. Beauty in creation and progress is outstanding. I pray we all strive to do that in all aspects of our life, but with most things, it takes time.

What are the practical steps I can take?

  1. Use what you have. Its definitely a personal battle of what you want to ditch right away and what you want to use till the end. Using what you have is most likely less overwhelming and more frugal, this I like. I had two eyebrow pencils when this all started. I decided to use them to the very nubbin. I still have one for VERY special occasions. Still trying to figure out a zero waste alternative (not all of them are this hard). Check out my DIY eyebrow/mascara fail. Another example is that I gave a friend my Q-tips, she uses them all the time and was grateful. I didn’t want to partake in that trash but I also recognized that wasn’t the perfect solution since she most likely will throw them away. Is anything really a perfect solution, except in math equations?
  2. Make better future choices/purchases. In my attempt of semi- minimalism, I take a month or two to buy something. I like to do research and narrow down if I really need it. In a perfect world all makeup would be; carbon neutral, zero waste, cruelty free, all natural, organic, fair trade, give back for charity, plant a tree, (you get the picture). This doesn’t exist, yet. In the meantime, you search and keep eyes and ears open. You try DIYs and email a lot of companies if you can’t find information on packaging, production, ingredients, shipping etc. That’s the useful part of the internet most Americans have access to. Try Think Dirty app. It rates products 0-10 by their toxicity.
  3. Less is more. Simplify your routine. Spend less money. Do less. Say no to subscription boxes that send you samples every month. Ask yourself; Do I really need 3 different face primers, eye highlighter, cheek highlighter, lip liner, lip stick, lip gloss, on top of lip exfoliating daily? No. Change your priorities and seek after the top ones. Everyone’s routine will be different and THAT’S OKAY. My old makeup face routine used to be WILD, 20 steps minimum. Now its my DIY’d powder, liquid foundation, powder again, blush, eyelash curler and mascara. Still looking and trying different eyebrow, mascara and lip color options. That’s the journey though!
  4. Oh Baby You Should Go And Love Yourself. With being more simple, sustainable and eco-friendly I advise to take time reflecting on your self perceptions of your appearance, I’m not going to pretend like they don’t matter at all because it all does (to a certain point). I’m also not a psychiatrist, but I do know that everyone could benefit from revealing what they think about themselves. And get the negative ones OUT, recognize them, acknowledge them, process through. Can you change it? Great, maybe start eating healthier, IDK? So you can’t change it without surgery? Well than embrace the heck out of it, come to terms with that amazingly long nose, that lopsided smile, that awkward seeming chin. You’re probably not a model for Vogue (sorry to break the news, but you probably wouldn’t want to anyway!) and to be honest most people probably don’t notice it at all or care, they love you and if they do seem to notice or care you say (mentally) screw you or BYE BYE BYE. You should strive to have positive influences and healthy relationships in your life. It builds an armor of confidence and self worth. Priceless things. Inner beauty and YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.

Eco-friendly, Natural Products I’ve used

(and I don’t even like to promote brands)

RMS Beauty “un” cover up. If you get it from their website directly and select no free sample than there won’t be any plastic. I’ve ordered from DermStore one time and they sent me free sample of other products in non-recyclable pouches, I was quite mad. So I will be going through RMS directly. It lasts from 1-3 months, depending on how much and how often you’re using the product. It comes in a glass pot with metal top. I re-use the empty ones for things like my DIY Lip Balm. I really love this product. My skin felt better using this than other icky chemical foundations like Born This Way. It’s not greasy and is long lasting. I have acne and it ‘un’ covers it very well. The “best seller” shade 22 is perfect for my skin color/tone and 33 for tanned-skin Kelly, welcome summer.

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pot Rouge Blush. I have a store locally in the mall. It was interesting going to the mall because it had been so long but I will only go to this store like once a year, their makeup lasts so long- a little goes a long way, at least the blush pot does. It comes in a glass little pot with plastic lid, within a circular cardboard container. They have a recycling program that you can return empty containers of their makeup or even other brands to recycle. After ten times of doing this you get a percentage off your next purchase. I also re-used the cardboard container for my DIY’d powder.

Zao Organic Makeup Organic Pencils: EYES, LIPS, EYEBROWS – dark brown. Downsides are it has a plastic BPA-free lid that’s recyclable and comes in a Kraft Paper Bubble Mailer (info about Recycling them here). Not the best, but better than most. The dark brown is too warm/redish tint for my eyebrows but I will use for eyeliner or what not and maybe get a different color. The good thing is its texture, goes on smooth and easy! And the nature of their company is wholesome and has great customer service with questions.

Eating this up and want more?

In June, I will be doing a month of ZERO Makeup Challenge. Like literally not wearing makeup for a month. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Stay tuned for more about DIYs, zero Waste tips, shopping, reviews, and more! Wanna join me or interested for more info? Contact me to dive into the challenge. Follow me via WordPress, Pinterest or email to join the community. Thanks!

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Sunday, Day 7: Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

Do It Yourself, DIY. I couldn’t think of a more perfect ending for A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge. Day 7, Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day. I think in todays American society, the Average Joe (just saw Dodgeball last night) wants everyone else to fix the world problems. In all reality they won’t be done unless you…


I could make an aesthetically pleasing and call to action list about the 10 best things to do for Earth day, but I’m not going to. I’m telling you to DIY. Do your part in enlightening yourself and others with worldly issues. One, particularly on this day; the environment. Don’t just plant a tree today and call it good. Start a practice, take action, switch out a routine, have continual growth of knowledge and awareness, especially for the environment. But also…Rest, Celebrate and Mourn.

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge. That’s awesome. That is something you can say you accomplished. I can say I accomplished. Give yourself a pat on the back for trying and moving towards a better way of life. Give your body, mind and soul a rest of the chaos of life and pursuit of perfection in your own eyes. Enjoy this earth, celebrate it, take it in, honor it’s beauty. Mourn what you need to for the sake of the earth: plastic littered, destroyed glaciers, deforestation, air pollution, TRASH. But know that Jesus will renew everything and there is hope in that. Enjoy the day, I’m going to.

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

Day 6-  DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned. Saturday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Hey my people. Lets get real and talk about the DIY life. We all know this is MUCH more than just doing it yourself. It’s caring, researching, contemplating, winging it, testing, succeeding and…..FAILING.

Day 6. A big fat fail. DIY eyebrows and eyelashes. A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition.

Aloe gel, beeswax, coco powder, 5 tries, 2 glasses of wine, black tears. DIY eyebrow tinted gel and DIY mascara DOESN’T work, at least not right now with the tools I have currently. Humidity done-zo. Sweating, No. Swimming, don’t even think about it. So cheers, to my go-green, frugal sisters (and brothers, but letzbehonest) out there. I have also given DIY mascara a fair shot, using it for 6+ months.

My first public fail. There will be more I promise you that. I learn and grow more with fails, unfortunately.

The lessons I’ve learned:

-humility is key

-be a tad bit more prepared

-don’t procrastinate (will always be learning)

-failing is good, it’s real, it’s life

-screw vanity, societal beauty, and fame

-nothing is THAT important, the world doesn’t revolve around me

-sometimes zero waste is the opposite

-laugh at yourself everyday

-dishes suck (already knew that)

Wow, I should do this more.


A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Monday DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask.

Tuesday DIY Lip Balm.

Wednesday DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask.

Thursday DIY Healing Lotion Bar.

Friday DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer.

Sunday- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer. Friday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

TGIF!! Day 5 of A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Summer is just around the river bend, which means the sun is out and I am outside. The past year I’ve been feeling a little guilty for my future self of not wearing sunscreen every day. Half of that I think is just myths we’ve been told, BUT it doesn’t hurt and yes the sun CAN damage your skin. I think everyone can attest to that. This DIY daily sunscreen is light enough to use under make up or just use the tinted version for a natural look.

DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

I’m really not going to get into the SPF debacle about “other oils” like carrot seed or coconut, uncoated, non-nano zinc oxide does work! My recipe is ~%20 in weight zinc oxide so about 20 Sun Protector Factor or SPF.

what you need (makes a small major jar amount, will seriously last for a long time because you really don’t need to use that much to apply)

.4 oz (~1 tablespoon) shea butter ( are you recognizing a theme to this DIY)

.4 oz (~1 tablespoon) coconut oil (non fractioned)

.2 (2 teaspoons) uncoated, non-nano Zinc Oxide Powder (see label in photo below)

.2 (1 teaspoon) Other Oils of your choosing for your skin properties (I used argon, carrot seed and vit E combo)

~ 1 tablespoon coco powder (option for tinted version)

Hand mixer

Food scale

Mason jar or tin or reusable container


Have ingredients room temperature. Put glass container on scale and tare it to 0. Add all ingredients except zinc oxide and coco powder (for tinted). Mix and whip it up with hand mixer for a minute. Use food scale to correct amount of zinc oxide. Mix again until incorporated. Add coco powder while mixing (or bronzer/powder foundation) slowly until desired color.

Use prior to make up application and multiple times if in direct sunlight. I brush on powder make up to soak up the oils. I’ve made other sunscreen like a SPF lotion bar and loved it but it’s sticky and waterproof to stay on. Will do that recipe another day!! Have fun in the sun. Like my kitty!!

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a skin expert, use caution with homemade stuff (but I’m proud of you)

DIY Healing Lotion Bar. Thursday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Thursday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. DAY 4 PEOPLE!! We can do this. You know those days where you are just exhausted to think. I think I’m there. Thank God for rest and Friday’s to come and sleep and snuggling with a book.

DIY Healing Lotion Bar

I seriously love these things, any kind of any sort. My auntie gifted some to me for my birthday OVER 6 months ago and I just ran what do I do? I make it myself. These are my pointers: I only use them when I’m real dry and crusty, need extra moisturizing like after shaving, or have have any dry spots. I use them before bed or in the winter whenever because your going to bundle up in clothes anyway BECAUSE they can feel a little sticky (with beeswax) and greasy (without beeswax). BUT who cares they work and are SOOO easy to make AND use. You jut rub a dub dub and your skin does the melting and rubbing at the same time. mind blown.

What you need for BEESWAX ones (makes roughly 2 bars or 4 small ones) 

1/4 cup Shea butter

1/4 cup Coconut oil

1/4 cup Beeswax

Other oils- vit E, apricot kernel, grapeseed, argon, jojoba, safflower etc. -optional

10-15 drops Essential oils-I used lavender and frankincense- optional

molds or muffin tins

What you need for NON-BEESWAX ones (makes 1 bar or 2 small ones)

1 tablespoon Shea butter

2 tablespoons coco butter

1/2 teaspoon Other oils (see above for examples)- optional

5-10 drops Essential oils- I used Young Livings JOY blend- optional

molds or muffin tin


Melt all ingredients together except the essential oils via double broiler method (see my bootleg version below). Take off heat, add essential oils. Pour into molds (see photo for small and large) or muffin tin, or make a big batch by multiplying ingredients into bread pan and cut into bars (tell me how that goes I haven’t tried). Let sit out to harder or put in fridge/freezer and use when hardened. They should stay solid at room temp. Store extras in the fridge/freezer. Rub on designated area and enjoy the lather, smooth goodness of fresh -radiant-dewy skin.

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask. Monday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Welcome to A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Lets start with something super easy! Check out Tuesdays DIY Lip Balm.

DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

What I love about this, is that it is made from pretty common, natural-living household goods therefore quick, cheap and readily available to mix up a batch when I run out.

What you need

  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Clay
  • 1 teaspoon White Bentonite Clay
  • 3 capsules Activated Charcoal supplement
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda (optional, are bottom notes)
  • 1 teaspoon+ liquid- water, green tea, aloe juice, rose water ext.

Activated charcoal can be used for many different ailments because it soaks up toxins. Baking soda is the backbone of going all natural; being a key ingredient in DIY Deodorant, baking (DUH), cleaning and MORE! Bentonite clay is a little less common (I had to research and buy some after going all-natural, natural grocery store and amazon) but very useful, detoxing and nourishing! I still haven’t figured out exactly green, white, red Bentonite clay. The Indian Healing clay I have has a green tint and the Redmond Clay is more white. They have a little different properties/strengths I’ve noticed from experience. If I use only Indian healing clay my face is red afterwards. And If I only use the Redmond’s, my face doesn’t feel as detoxed. They come in recyclable plastic and will last my at LEAST a couple years, but I intend to find a zero waste alternative next time. On the bright side it’s better than using those pre-packaged masks- so much trash!


Mix together dry ingredients and store with a tight lid in dry place. To get activated charcoal out twist and pull apart veggie capsule to reveal the black powder. I keep the empty capsules to use to homemade essential oils tabs. When ready to use the mask, mix 2 parts dry to 1 part liquid into a paste(may have to add a couple more drops liquid) and shmear on face. Leave for 10-20 mins. It’ll get dry and cracky. Wash/rinse off. Use a nourishing facial oil and tonic afterwards (or whatever your face moisturizer routine is) you’ll feel brand new!!

The important thing is knowing your skin, I’ll just go right out and say it, I have acne, the bad cystic scarring grueling stuff. So I use this daily during breakouts and once a week for maintenance. For you it might be once a month when your feeling grimy, only spot treatment on those buggers we call zits, or twice a year during a girls night in with cucumber eyes and all. TIP: use before or in shower for less of a mess!

Notes: omit baking soda(or any component to that matter) if you are sensitive to it or don’t have mod-severe acne. Also, I just use water, anything else is a lot of effort.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical provider, just in case you didn’t know.

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Day 1- DIY Detox, Soothing Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer.

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day