Buying make-up with food and chemical allergies can be daunting, to say the least. While there are websites out there to warn consumers of dangerous ingredients, “safe” ingredients like coconut oil and aloe can be dangerous to those with salicylate sensitivity/intolerance.
Fortunately, some cosmetics are really simple to make with just a few ingredients and tools. Blush was one of the first make-ups I made and is quite simple to make. Before I realized I was salicylate sensitive, I made natural blush with ingredients like beetroot powder and hibiscus powder! No wonder I had a reaction since these are very high in sals!
Salicylate-Free Natural Blush
- 1 teaspoon Zinc Oxide
- 2 teaspoons starch – Arrowroot or Tapioca Flour/Starch (from Cassava)
- Mica colors – I used hot pink, orange, brown and red
- ½ teaspoon rose/kaolin clay (optional)
- Measuring spoons
- Mortar & Pestle – I prefer stainless steel
- Small spatula for scooping
- Small reusable containers (get ones you can easily sanitize)
Mix the zinc oxide, starch, and clay well with pestle until there are no clumps. SLOWLY add your colors, blend and check color. Add more color until it’s the shade you like. I like to pour out 1/3 of the mix while it’s light, add more color and make a medium shade. Then I’ll add more color and try to go for a dark or vibrant shade for my third color.
Enjoy and use like normal blush you paid $30 USD for, but with less guilt!
Powder cosmetics are at a low risk for growing bacteria, so you don’t need to add anything to keep if from spoiling. Please remember to start with clean mortar and pestle, container, and wash your cosmetic brushes on a regular basis. I like to keep my cosmetics for no more than a half year, so I usually make blush every 6 months, even if it’s not out yet.
Mica Colors – I’ll do a more thorough blog on this later, but just know there are natural and lab-made micas out there. Make sure you buy cosmetic grade; I look for “safe for eyes” when I buy them. There are usually other pigments added, which are most often other minerals that are safe for use. Avoid dyes and coloring which may have salicylates.
- Mica Powder mix of 29 colors: https://amzn.to/3cWtmJV
- Orange Stardust Mica: https://amzn.to/3e9WI7I
- Pink Watermelon Stardust Mica: https://amzn.to/2zclZ2B
- Zinc Oxide: https://amzn.to/2zd8qQq
- Tapioca flour/starch: https://amzn.to/2WQOZpi
- Rose clay: https://amzn.to/2ASCYaz
- Round clear empty containers (BPA free): https://amzn.to/2TqBhHx
- Stainless steel mortar and pestle: https://amzn.to/3bXIvJv
I also ordered from Bulk Apothecary (not affiliate links)
- American red mica: https://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/make-it/soap-making/soap-colors/matte-american-red-oxide-pigment-powder
- Brown mica: https://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/make-it/soap-making/soap-colors/matte-brown-oxide-pigment-powder
- Zinc Oxide: https://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/raw-ingredients/other-ingredients-and-chemicals/zinc-oxide
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