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Enjoy making your own homemade Body Powder

Making your own homemade Body Powder allows you to choose ingredients for your own skin type.

Body powders are an important addition to your personal natural beauty regime. Making you feel clean and refreshed by providing your skin with disinfectant protection. It is applied after bathing and moisturizing to help absorb excess moisture. Ideally, a body powder should diminish odors while allowing your skin to breathe and perspire in a natural way. Many commercial powder block pores and perspiration. Making your own ensures you of pure products, and it enables you to choose ingredients for your own skin type, avoiding chemicals and potential allergens.

A body powder containing zinc oxide will help prevent excessive sweating and odor.

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Body Powder Recipe:

For rosy skin

1 oz. dried rose petals
3 oz. corn starch
5 drops rose otto (Rosa damascena) or rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

Grind the rose petals in a coffee mill. In a sealed jar, mix the petals well with the cornstarch and rose oil. Store in a dark place for about a week. Strain through a fine sieve to get rid of any lumps, and pour into a powder container. Use 2-3 times per week if you have normal or slightly dry skin.

For oily, blemished, sweaty skin

1/2 oz. dried lavender flowers
2 oz. cornstarch
1/3 oz. zinc-oxide powder
2 oz. white cosmetic clay

Grind the flowers in a coffee mill to a fine powder. Add the other ingredients; grind briefly. Strain through a fine sieve to get rid of any lumps. Pour into a powder container. Use daily for oily skin.

For refreshment

2 oz. cornstarch
2 oz. white cosmetic clay
10 drops peppermint essential oil

In a sealed jar, shake the cornstarch with the clay and peppermint oil. Set aside in a dark place for 1 week. Pass the powder through a fine sieve to remove any lumps. Pour the powder into a container.

For athlete's foot

4 oz. cornstarch
1/3 oz. zinc-oxide powder
10 drops tea-tree oil

Shake all the ingredients together in a jar. Set aside in a dark place for about 1 week. Pass through a sieve to remove lumps; pour into a container. Rub in the powder after washing your feet well.

Take Care!

Cornstarch, while usually well tolerated by sensitive skin, can cause an allergic reaction in people with hay fever or breathing difficulties. Be sure to test a small amount before using.


With a fluff brush or powder puff, dab your skin gently with the powder. Brush off any excess with your hands or a tissue. For normal or slightly oily skin, use a powder daily after bathing and moisturizing (let the lotion dry); for dry skin, use three times a week.

Ingredient Benefits:

Cornstarch for sensitive skin: Cornstarch is a very fine, starchy, white powder made from dried corn kernels. The powder not only absorbs perspiration but also is soothing to the skin. It is especially recommended for infants and, alone or in a body-powder recipe, for people with inflamed or very sensitive skin.

Peppermint oil for cooling: Essential oil of peppermint (Mentha piperita) is extremely refreshing and invigorating. When added to a body powder, it helps cool the body gently and continuously.

Tea-tree oil for disinfecting: A potent antibacterial and fungicidal agent, essential oil of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) makes an excellent plant remedy for athlete's foot. The oil has an earthy, fresh scent.

Lavender flowers for soothing fragrance: Lavender flowers are sweetly fragrant. They lend a refreshing and very calming note to powders. They also help keep the skin soft and smooth.


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