I’m not even sure if I should call this a DIY but technically it still is. It’s just too simple! I’ve been out of my 100% Pure Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer for a long time. I haven’t bought any more since I ran out, although I still love it.
To be honest after trying this DIY Raw Cacao Bronzer I may not have to use any other bronzer again.
The other day when I was shopping at my favorite organic grocery store and picking up my usual lentils, brown rice, trail mix, etc. from the bulk section, I happened to notice that they also sold raw cacao in bulk as well. I’ve used raw cacao for DIY beauty products and of course the most unforgettable smoothies, yet this time I decided to try it for makeup. I was thinking that I would need to mix the raw cacao with other ingredients to make a good bronzer but I found that wasn’t true at all.
If you’re a chocolate lover, you know nothing is more luxurious than the rich smell of raw cacao.
Raw cacao is a bit bitter if eaten plain, but that’s another story. I no longer have my sun-kissed glow from summer and after going two weeks makeup-free I’ve decided that bronzer and/or blush with concealer and tinted lip balm is a good daily makeup look for me now. I’m not at that point where I desire to be completely makeup-free, yet taking time away from makeup freed me from wearing the full cosmetic “mask” that I used to.
After buying the raw cacao, I put it in a clean old spice container. Although it would look more chic to have picked up a new powder sifter from the beauty supply, I’m instead reusing glass containers to slowly rid myself of unnecessary plastic. I use my DIY bronzer by putting a bit in the lid of my “glamorous” spice jar and apply with my EcoTools blush brush. I sweep the color over my eye lids, cheeks, forehead, and chin to warm up my complexion. It is very subtle on me which I actually like, yet would be even stronger on those with a lighter complexion. It would also make a wonderful setting powder for those with a darker complexion. This bronzer is matte, yet I’m sure adding a bit of mica would give it the necessary sheen some desire. Because this bronzer is only raw cacao powder it adheres well to freshly moisturized skin, tinted moisturizer, natural foundation, and especially my new favorite Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector.
One of the main reasons to use raw cacao as your bronzer is the healthy beauty benefits. Here’s a quick recap from a previous article I wrote called Action Packed Beauty Food–Raw Cacao.
“Cacao is a beauty food for its rich source of sulfur which develops healthy skin, nails, and hair, also containing one of the highest levels of antioxidants on the planet, exceeding red wine and green tea. Research shows that its abundant source of sulfur may assist detoxifying the liver and supporting healthy pancreas functioning.”
If you can’t find raw cacao at your local organic grocery store, they also sell it at Mountain Rose Herbs. You can also see my Minimalist Beauty Cacao Facial Mask and Raw Cacao Smoothie here. I actually like finding ingredients that I can use in many various ways. I also love ingredients that benefit my body inside and out.
Raw cacao is one of those special simple green beauty ingredients!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)