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Eating Your Makeup

Updated on April 2, 2017

Edible Makeup

When will I learn? Once again, I thought I was making up something in my head. I was thinking of sweet sticky rainbow makeup. I was thinking of makeup that would be like candy. I was thinking of edible makeup. How silly, I thought. Then I looked it up. Someone actually created some edible makeup decades ago.

I thought there would be lawsuit problems due to the someone biting off someone’s ear—ala Mike Tyson. I was wrong. The lawsuits were over money. Celebrity Jessica Simpson associated herself with galaxy of delectable sounding cosmetics and was apparently not doing too badly when the lawsuits struck. Some of the names of companies and individuals involved in the various legal actions are quite colorful. Desert Beauty, Cosmojet, Mara Fox, Sephora, and Jessica Simpson. The lawsuits concerned the usual suspects: Accusations of non payment, non performance and goods not up to standard. You might think that cosmetics with names like love potion, creamy, juicy and luscious, the idea of edible makeup was a can’t miss. But in the case of the Jessica Simpson associated venture, it was not to be. Rumor has it that you can still find some of the products if you look hard enough. On Ebay I see something that looks like the icing you would put on top of a cake. However either the icing is shaped into objects that look like makeup and cosmetics or objects that look like the elements of a woman’s makeup kit are embedded in cake icing. I think you would have to be a teenager to love this.

As fascinating as Jessica Simpson’s fabulous edible toiletries were, there are still somethings in your kitchen cabinets and in your refrigerator we haven’t tried on your face yet. Thank God no has resorted to looking under the sink for cosmetics yet. Draino, Liquid Plumr and those aluminum scrubby thingies can’t be good for your complexion.

Wearing Food on Your Face

If you are going to consider putting something on your face, you need to do a lot of research and testing before doing so. Also, you have to go into it with a plan and a clear direction. Are you looking for moisturizers, exfoliants, astringents or some other product? What does your dermatologist say about putting whatever it is you are thinking about on your face? There are plenty of stories around about women who went to a third world country or to a friend of a friend of a friend down the street to get cheap cosmetic or even surgical improvements who spent the rest of their lives and all of their money trying to reverse the effects of something horrifying. Cheap isn’t always good. Fast and cheap does not work in many, many areas. Taking your time, asking a lot of questions, asking your doctor and testing on areas of skin that are not visible to others are generally prudent behaviors. A rule of thumb with experimenting with your own body is: If you are not sure don’t do it. And the old maxim that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.


Some women say that eating avocados is good for you. Other prefer to mash up avocados and put the goop on their faces. You can find yummy sounding recipes for avocado and oatmeal or avocado and honey or even avocado and extra virgin olive oil masques for your face all over the web.

I did run across the very useful advise that everyone should be aware that if it turns out you are allergic to putting food on your face you will likely not like the results of putting food on your face so be sure to test the masques out on a portion of your body that the whole world cannot see.

Apples on Your Face

Say what? Yes, there are some people who are recommending not only that you eat apples and even drink apple cider vinegar but also put in your face. I am not recommending this since vinegar contains a weak acid called acetic acid. If you aren’t particularly careful you could definitely have results that you don’t like. But while I cannot recommend it I have no problem talking about it!

People who recommend apple cider vinegar will often speak of diluting it and mixing with other substances such as honey or aloe.

I have seen at least one tasty looking face mask recipe that involved green apples, yogurt and honey. Not sure why you would put that on your face. I think I will eat it.


Some folks recommend smashing a ripe banana in your face. I think I prefer eating banana nut bread but to each his own. At least one website recommended that you not put a banana in your eyes. Oh and they also recommended mashing up the banana before you put it on your face but where’s the fun in that?

I have even seen where folks recommend you wear smashed bananas your head if you have a dry scalp and you want moisturize.

Depending on what you are trying to do to your scalp or skin, you may get recommendations to add lemon juice or eggs or honey. I think I would rather eat a lemon meringue pie.


Many of us have heard of pharmaceuticals that supposedly contain vitamin A. It should come as no surprise then that some grocery store face masques would contain rabbit food.

One recipe contains carrots, olive oil and honey. That reminds me, I love carrot cake!

Again the recipes vary widely according to what you are trying to do. The usual suspects put in an appearance. Yogurt, lemon juice, etc. You know, I think yogurt sprinkled with carrot shavings would not taste half bad. I kind of like the recipe that called for cooked carrots, oatmeal and honey. Sounds like breakfast!


Eggs come up a lot in recipes for food facials. Some folks recommend that you smear raw eggs all over your face.

Eggs go with just about everything else you will see in this hub depending on what you are trying to do. I think I saw one article that said use egg with oatmeal as an exfoliant.

One of the more exotic recipes spoke of using corn or wheat flour with an egg. Sounds more like bread to me.


Naturally some folks want you to eat grapes and use grape seed oil in cooking. So of course, somebody wants you to rub that stuff on your face as well.

Mint comes up now and then as a food facial ingredient. Some grape recipes mention mint with grape juice.

Given that we are using the grape juice, lemon juice comes along for the ride. Olive oil, milk and honey make an appearance in some recipes. Have you heard of grape pie? Sounds like we might be getting there. Not sure I would want raw grape pie on my face though. Sounds like a comedy sketch or, to some on the left, a political statement.

In the resource below the article entitled in part “ 30 benefits of grapes…” combines, in different combinations, at different times, almost any fruit you can think of with grapes.

As for grape seed oil, some recommend applying it directly to the skin as a moisturizer. Check with your dermatologist before trying this.


As though you weren’t sweet enough everybody wants to put honey on your face. I saw one recipe with honey and cinnamon. You can never get a good oatmeal when you need one!

Please use caution when you even think about using lemon juice on your face but there are some who claim to make a honey mask out of honey, sugar and lemon juice.

Some rub honey on the skin directly. You can find people recommending honey as a treatment for some skin problems because raw honey is reputed to have some antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fugal and antibacterial powers.



Some say the seed of the jackfruit can be used on the skin. Preparation is required however. Apparently you are supposed to soak them in milk and honey and then grind the concoction before putting the paste on your face. Sounds a little adventurous to me. I won’t be eating this and I cannot seriously recommend that you put it on your face. Do a lot of research because this sounds exotic to me.


Apparently you may use kiwi fruit in facial of scrubs. Given the amount of vitamin C it contains the juice may be mildly acidic. As per usual recipes contain yogurt as well. As you peruse the kiwi recipes you will see all the usual suspects taken one by one depending on what it is you are trying to accomplish. Lemon juice, egg, avocado, banana, honey and olive oil.


Given the acidic nature of lemons it will surprise no one that some recommend lemon juice as an ingredient in facial scrubs and cleansers.

If you want to get a little sweet and sour action going on your face then some recommend a honey and lemon masque.

By the way, I saw at least one website that said you should run screaming in terror if anyone suggests you put lemon on your skin. As a male I don’t run around putting exotic stuff on my skin. However, given how acidic things like lemon juice and vinegar are I would not use them even if I did do kitchen facials. But to each his own. It’s easy to find tons of websites that rave about the many uses of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. But then there are folks who do lots of stuff I would never do. Like running from the bulls in Pamplona for instance


I think mangoes are tasty and there is at least one hubster who wants to tell you how to put it on your face. Listed in the resources below.

Almond oil comes up pretty frequently in food facials and you can take a step without tripping over honey. And so it should surprise none that there are mango facials that include both. Sounds tasty!

It’s breakfast time again because I just saw various mango facials that involved milk and oatmeal.


People all over the internet are just dying to push your face down deep into the oatmeal. But don’t panic. It’s not a whole bowl full of oatmeal.

Applesauce, honey and oatmeal. Breakfast! No? Put in on your face?

At various times you are going to see yogurt, honey, lemon juice and even baking soda. Some of these exfoliants seem a little rough to me.

And again you will see the egg, almond and banana, depending on what part of breakfast you are trying to put on your face.



If you bring a papaya to the land of milk and honey you can get a facial out of it!

Depending on what you are trying to do you can use lime juice and even something called sandalwood powder. I am used to sandalwood in incense. I am not sure about putting it on your face and I ain't eating sandalwood neither.

Come to think of it, I will probably pass on the papaya altogether

Egg Facial

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    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Victoria, I'm sorry for you loss!

      Be blessed!

    • Victoria Charles profile image

      Jess Domkowski 

      3 years ago from Las Vegas

      I loved Jessica Simpson's lipgloss line. I was so sad when they stopped making it. :( Cool hub!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by Mackenzie. I keep running into the notion that honey is good for your outside and your insides all over the internet. That does not make it so but it is interesting that so many think that it is true.

      Have a blessed day!

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Ah very interesting. I saw the title and was thinking there were like edible eyeshadow powders or lipstick out there somewhere. Eww. This, I guess I could deal with for a little organic beauty routine, and thanks for the tips.

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Jill, after that face eating incident in Floria, I would be very careful with that idea.

      Have a blessed day!

    • The Dirt Farmer profile image

      Jill Spencer 

      3 years ago from United States

      Whenever I put on a facial mask, I creep up on my husband and try to scare him. Maybe I'll try an edible one & see what happens. lol Thanks for the funny read. --Jill

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Sheila I tend to think that putting raw honey on your skin may not be a bad thing but the rest of the fruit salad goes in my tummy!

      Have a blessed day.

    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 

      3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      There may be some truth to a few of these, but I think I will leave the food off my face and reserve it for the table. It's funny that some people will try most anything to look better, sometimes with horrible consequences!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Rebecca, I am glad you found the hub tasty.

      Be blessed!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      True! And there are supposedly so many fruits in shampoos and stuff, sometimes I get hungry takin a shower. Cute Hub!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Cornelia, it's good to hear that some food based facials can work. Given the convenience of the store bought kind I think some folks no longer have patience with what needs to be done to make the natural methods work.

      Have a blessed day!

    • CorneliaMladenova profile image

      Korneliya Yonkova 

      3 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Really useful hub. I love natural cosmetics and prefer using fruits and vegetables than that artificial stuff for which they want lots of money in the drug stores and shops. Well, honey is sticky but if you are patioent and wash it properly, there are no traces :)

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Hello Nell. It's too bad about the honey. Honey is one of the few things I have read about that I would apply. But as you say, it is unaccountably sticky!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Sounds fun as well as very sticky! I used honey on my face a while back, and of course I forgot I had it on my hands, and wiped them on the towel and got stuck and well you get the point! LOL! I do tend to experiment with different stuff like this, but never honey ever again! fun hub, and great ideas too, nell

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Barbara I guess you could say that sooner or later, we all wind up wearing food on our faces. For some of us, it's intentional!

    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 

      3 years ago from USA

      My sister always did an oatmeal and honey scrub on her face way back when we were in high school. It must have worked, because she had beautiful skin. Some of these you mentioned, I just wouldn't try, like putting bananas on your face.

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      FlourishAnyway I don't know about putting lemon on the face but I guess ladies have found the safe way to deal with it.

      Have a blessed day!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      3 years ago from USA

      You have a virtual fruit salad here, poetryman6969. Beyond a sticky experiment or two, I've never really resorted to putting a bunch of food on my face -- cucumbers, tea bags, honey, lemon, sugar.

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Suzanne, I am glad you found the hub useful. If only to enumerate things you would not put on your face.

      Have blessed day!

    • Suzanne Day profile image

      Suzanne Day 

      3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      You made me laugh with the introduction on this hub! I imagine that edible toiletries would be too sticky for me to feel comfortable with and as for putting things on my face, yoghurt is one I will use forever. Voted useful ;)

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Deborah, after doing some Googling I see there was a Body on Tap shampoo that supposedly had beer in it.

      I also see that beer or alcohol facials still exist.

      Somehow I think of a gentleman who forgot to mind his manners getting a face full of beer at an inopportune moment.

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 

      3 years ago from Iowa

      Interesting. And how about beer? Didn't there used to be a shampoo that had beer in it? Body on Tap?

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Elena (Lady_E) I am happy to hear that the egg mask worked for you. I like hearing that a simple method that does not involve unpronounceable chemicals can work. But as you point out, sooner or later, we run out of times and find ourselves resorting to other means.

      Have a blessed day!

    • Lady_E profile image


      3 years ago from London, UK

      I enjoyed reading this and smiled at your comments in the middle. E.g how you prefer to eat banana's and a reminder that you like Carrot Cake. Me too!

      It's useful and educative to read. As you noted "each to their own." In my 20s, I did use the white of egg as face masks and it always gave a clear, improved complexion but I got tired of the (having to break an egg and separate the yolk). Now, I just use normal beauty masks.

      Thanks. :-) Sorry it took a while for me to pop by, I don't visit HP a lot.

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thank you Patricia. You are a welcome blessing.

      Some folks seem to think food can go anywhere. In the car when they are driving. In the bathroom. In the bedroom. I have even heard of something athletes eating and drinking at what others considered an inopportune moment.

      Be blessed!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Poetryman You certainly have laid out a smorgasbord for our skin. All of these luscious foods I would rather munch on and enjoy the internal effects rather than slather on my face. Now, that is not to say that I have not used some of these concoctions on my skins already.

      The edible cosmetics I have seen but have never purchased any....I am not one to use much in the way of cosmetics anyway.

      Enjoyed this from beginning to end.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

      Voted up +++ and shared ps

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed the hub Peggy. For a brief tenth of a second or so, I was going to wonder about the order of operations. Then I realized that it was obvious. First you wear the food on your face and then you eat it. If you try to eat it first...., that will not end well.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It did not take long in reading this before I was smiling ear to ear. Sounds like just about everything reminds you of food with the possible exception of avoiding running with the bulls in Pamplona. I would avoid that as well as bungee jumping and speaking of jumping...I will never voluntarily jump out of an airplane either even with a parachute. Ha ha! I have heard of lip balms that are flavored but Shyron's advice to her cousin certainly also made me chuckle. Funny hub! Will share this one to spread the humor!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Marlene, I am glad to hear that this is working for you. Honey is such good stuff that it is easy to understand why people use it. But I guess you have to be careful with the lemon juice. I cannot imagine that oatmeal could hurt anyone unless it was too hot.

      Have a blessed day!

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      This is really good and interesting information. Honey, lemon juice, and oatmeal are staples in my house. I use them as exfoliators. I haven't tried carrots, but I think I will now, just to see how it works.

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Shyron I have it on good authority that there is a mayonnaise facial as well.

      Did your cousin ever forgive you?

      I fear that I have been caught being less than cool in public. What does UFAI stand for? United Formosans in America for Independence? Oh. Useful Funny Awesome Interesting. DoH! Missed Beauty by that [] much!

      Thanks for the vote. Be blessed!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed the hub Laurel. If for some reason someone does want to know how to put honey and raw eggs on her face, I surely want to help her out!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      This is too funny, I have heard of putting Mayonnaise in the hair, but food on the face, the visual is too funny. The moment I first read this I thought of my cousin, when she first started dating, and I told her to rub hot peppers on her lips when her date was going to kiss her. Needless to say it did not turn out to well.

      Good hub, voted-up, UFAI and shared.

    • lollyj lm profile image

      Laurel Johnson 

      3 years ago from Washington KS

      Like you, I prefer eating most of these things in tasty foods. But I love how you presented this info with humor and backed it up with resources.

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Hello Alicia. I imagine there is the thought among some that generally speaking, something we can eat without poisoning ourselves can't be that bad on skin. Also, a number of writers on the subject of edible scrubs and cleanses seem to be under the impression that any benefit you can claim from food when it is digested can also be claimed if you put in on your skin. I am not sure that either of those things is strictly true but it is an interesting topic for discussion nonetheless.

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Rachel, I am sure you wear your food well. Blessings to you too!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for an entertaining hub. I've never thought about how many food products are used on skin before!

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I don't know about wearing my food on my face, but I have worn it on my tops. lol I'm known for that in my family. I really never heard of edible makeup either. I guess you learn something new every day. Voted up. Blessings to you


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