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In my last post here on Unedited, I wrote about my quest to clean up my makeup supply. I’ll build on that here by sharing this homemade bronzer that I came across over at Pinterest.

Seeing as we endured what seemed like an extra-cold, extra-long winter here in Minnesota, and my family was not lucky enough to escape to warmer climates in the midst, I’ve been feeling a bit paler than I like. It was time for a little shot of color, without hitting up a tanning bed (something I did all too often for many years). So when I came across this blend from Robin Konie of, I knew I had to give it a try:


  • 1 tbs. cinnamon powder — provides glow
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder — gives depth and darkness
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg powder — will give a sun-kissed glow
  • 2 tsp. arrowroot (you could probably sub with corn starch if that’s what you have on hand) — spreads it all out and lightens it
  • 15 drops lavender or rosemary essential oils (optional) — keeps it together and thickens it

Adjust the ingredient amounts to suit your skin tone and mix well in a small bowl; break up any clumps until it’s smooth. Store in a clean, empty compact, and pack it in firmly.

What’s not to love about about a bronzer made with common spices?

So far, I’m a fan of the concoction, though the one thing I would have done differently is grind the nutmeg more finely: Grating didn’t quite do the trick. Oh well. I’ve got an all-natural cosmetic that cost me next to nothing, plus a healthy glow that I can feel good about.

TELL US: What are your favorite DIY concoctions? Leave a comment below or tweet us @ExperienceLife. 

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