Cocoa-Cinnamon Bronzer

A Wee Nest hosts a monthly challenge where participants are to pick a project on Pinterest and give it a go. I chose a project that was more of an experiment than anything.

I’m always open to a natural alternative to anything, but when I saw this idea, I admit I was a little hesitant.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared her project of a DIY blusher made of hibiscus powder, corn starch, and a little cinnamon.

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I figured it was worth a try. I really didn’t want to run around trying to find hibiscus powder though so I changed it a bit to use what I had on hand.

My version is a bronzer and it is made with corn starch, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.

make your own bronzer

I did a little research and there have been some reports of cinnamon irritating sensitive skin. I didn’t find any issues with cocoa. If you choose to try this, please do so at your own risk.

I just put a little corn starch in a bowl and added cocoa until it was about the color I wanted. Then I sprinkled a little cinnamon in and stirred it all together.

make your own bronzer

On a clean face, I applied foundation and then the mixture just like any powdered bronzer.

I have to say it wasn’t too bad. It can look cake-y in spots, so you have to blend well. The smell is so heavenly, I wanted to eat my face. For that reason alone, this might not be the best bronzer for me.

All in all, I would say it is actually a pretty decent alternative. So, if you only want natural makeup for medical or personal reasons or if you want a very inexpensive bronzer, this little formula might be worth a try.

Thanks A Wee Nest for the push to try something new!

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New Use for Honey Jar (Hand Scrub Holder)

honey jar maggie may's gifts

When I came across this honey jar, I immediately had images of visiting a local bee farm, filling it with raw, organic honey, and enjoying it at breakfast. Then I remembered I rarely eat honey, breakfast is usually served in the car, and I’m scared of bees and would never visit their farm.

But the little jar was so cute.

My Aunt Ginny was telling me about a homemade hand scrub she’s been using and I thought this jar would be perfect for that.

There are many different recipes for hand scrubs but I wanted to use what I had on hand. It doesn’t matter exactly what you use as long as you have the two main components: an exfoliant and a moisturizer.

ingredients for honey jar scrub maggie mays

I used salt and olive oil. You can use brown or regular sugar as your exfoliant. Coconut oil would work but it changes consistency depending on the temperature of the room which is why olive oil is nice. Just use what you have on hand.

Mix the ingredients together in your container. I used half salt and half oil. You’ll notice that the oil rises to the top and all the granules are at the bottom. This honey jar is so great because the little dipper stick is always right there to stir it before using. Otherwise, you’ll want to have a stirrer nearby at all times to stir before each use. Just put about a tablespoon in your hand, massage for a minute and rinse. The olive oil may feel a little greasy afterwards so rinse well. I still usually follow with a little lotion.

Place it on your sink for easy access and use everyday.

sink with hand scrub honey jar

I didn’t notice until posting this picture that I put the honey jar next to a Burt’s Bees lotion. It must be fate. 🙂

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sink with hand scrub honey jar