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Homemade Perfumed Body Powder

Updated on August 24, 2013
Homemade Perfumed Body Powder With Orange Blossom
Homemade Perfumed Body Powder With Orange Blossom | Source

Childhood Memories ~

There was always something so luxurious and the ultimate in skin pampering about a dusting powder. My grandmother adored her fragrant powder but was not a follower of cosmetics by today’s standards. In fact she was not materialistic on any level and this seemed like her one indulgence.

Her body powder was always there on her antique dressing table contained in a special vintage looking but elegant square jar beckoning you to open but knowing it was something precious full of mystery.

It was a special treat for her to open it for me, remove the soft powder puff by its ribbon and first run it over my face and hands. It felt so soft and silky.

Then she would pick up a small amount of the powder, tap off the excess into the container and lightly brush it over my arms. The light sheer velvety powder just glided along my young arms leaving the most wonderful light floral scent in its wake.

Years later after she had passed away, I found myself selling such powders and would apply them to clients in similar fashion.

This recipe has an old fashioned feel about it which I made with my grandmother Sylvia in mind.

Violet Powder from 1900

my grandmother's favorite scent was violets
my grandmother's favorite scent was violets | Source

Layering Fragrance

have a matching perfume, shower gel, body cream and body powder all made at home
have a matching perfume, shower gel, body cream and body powder all made at home | Source

An Oldie But a Goodie ~

Body powder is a product that has many benefits for using in daily beauty regimes. They come in many forms from unscented to perfumed and may have deodorizing benefits. How many of us use them after a session at the gym or for our feet?

All top cosmetic brands will feature a body powder or dusting powder in their bath ranges. With many top fragrance companies they too will feature these sentimental powders in their range of scents.

Dusting the body after a shower or bath can help during hot weather by keeping the skin dry, absorb excess oils or sebum and help reduce the likelihood of any heat rashes on arms and legs often associated with humid weather.

Making your own homemade body powder could not be easier and more cost effective. It makes the most amazing gift as it may be made well in advance and you can even make your own gorgeous powder puff. It is so easy and you do not have to be an expert with a needle.

Check out the link I have included for how to make it or check out the video tutorial.

Finding the right container is fun. You can choose a plain mason jar, a recycled jar from home or look to antique style ones.

Craft shops, vintage shops, dollar stores, the choices are unlimited and if you are creative you can make the most basic container look amazing with some added bling, ribbon, paint, shells, colored paper and so much more.

How to Make a Creative Powder Puff

Kitchen Cupboard Classics

baking soda, arrowroot and cornflour are ideal in body powder recipes
baking soda, arrowroot and cornflour are ideal in body powder recipes | Source

Ingredients ~

Believe it or not, there are a number of ingredient choices from doing research. I decided to keep it really simple by using cornstarch and essential oil. These are also used:

Rice Powder – fine white powder commonly used in Indian and Japanese beauty products such as gentle exfoliants or face and body powders. May be blended into homemade face or body scrubs for mild skin exfoliation. Has a long shelf life of 1-2 years.

Arrowroot Powder – a great substitute for talc it works well with kaolin clay or cornstarch in body powders but may be used alone. Very fine silky texture one of the best to use in body powders. Provides thickening to water based skin care treatments. Has a shelf life of 2 years.

Oat Starch – A wonderfully useful ingredient, it has the powder qualities of talc and the soothing anti-inflammatory properties of oats. Rich in protein it works well with cornstarch for an absorbing soothing powder. Oat starch holds fragrance exceptionally well and has a shelf life of 1- 2 years.

White Kaolin Clay - known as white or china clay, it is the mildest clay used in cosmetics and perfect for sensitive skin. Use in small doses as an additional ingredient to body powder. As it does not draw oils from the skin it is good to use on dry skins. Cleansing, exfoliating and stimulating when used in face masks or scrubs. It will last indefinitely.

Baking Soda – An extremely versatile ingredient it has deodorizing properties when used in body powders. Always used in smaller quantities, it is soothing and cleansing and may be used in homemade bath bombs, mouthwash and even carpet cleaner.

Cinnamon – Great deodorizing ingredient in powders and has the benefit of being fragrant too. Another one to use in small quantities, treat as a ground herb for quantity guide.

Ground Herbs and Flowers – These add a wonderful fragrant element to powders and may compliment essential oils. They must be ground really tiny so you will need a coffee grinder, food processor or good spice grinder. Always pass through a sieve and even cheesecloth for a super fine texture. Great ones to try are:

Lavender flowers/buds, Jasmine flowers/buds, Rose flowers/buds, Chamomile, Peppermint, Spearmint, Yarrow, Cocoa Powder, Neem Powder, Nutmeg and Vanilla Beans.

Only use in smaller quantities than main ingredients, 2-4 tbsp is adequate for 2-3 cups of body powder.

Dried Lavender Buds

combine dried buds with essential oil
combine dried buds with essential oil | Source

Old Fashioned Dusting Powder Recipe ~

2 cups cornstarch

50 drops Neroli (orange blossom) Essential Oil or your favourite bottle of perfume

1 large glass jar or container

1 cotton ball or 5-7 Q-tips


  • Start by adding your drops of essential oil onto your cotton ball over the sink in the kitchen or bathroom and open a window.
  • If using perfume spray the cotton ball in the same way.
  • Drop the cotton ball into your jar.
  • Add in the cornstarch filling approximately 3/4 of the jar.
  • Take care not to breath in any powder dust.
  • Screw on lid tightly and give it a vigorous shake for a few minutes.
  • Leave it in a dark cool place for 2-3 days and give it a vigorous shake twice a day.
  • You now have your own custom made scented body powder which you can decant into a nicer container if you wish.

Lavender Body Powder

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Tips and Suggestions ~

Use arrowroot or rice flour instead of cornstarch. You could have a mix of two or three of them.

Use 1/4cup of either kaolin clay or baking soda.

Use no more than 4 tbsp of finely ground herbs or flowers.

Add essential oils directly to the powder by whisking as you add the drops to prevent clumping. Break up any clumps afterwards by hand.

Some other great essential oils to try are:

Lavender, ylang-ylang, rose, patchouli, vanilla, rose geranium, rose otto, frankincense, sweet basil, bergamot, sandalwood and cardamom.

Food for Thought . . . .

Apart from dusting over the body for a light all over scent they can serve a very important and useful purpose in personal hygiene. Whether you shake a little into your shoes to help with odors that need refreshing or as an aid to keeping the skin dry, powders have a role to play. Nostalgic, sentimental and old fashioned, body powders can be brought bang up to date and be easily made using everyday inexpensive ingredients. No need to worry about the synthetic fragrances and unknown ingredients when you are in control.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

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Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to sharkye11 ~

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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    • Amy Lynn Hess profile image

      Amy Lynn Hess 

      5 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thank you so much for sharing this information. I just came in from the yard, took a shower, and NEEDED to make a body powder. :-)

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      Kiran Usman 

      6 years ago from Dubai,United Arab Emirates

      Very informative article.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bobby,

      How lovely to see you. Thank you most sincerely for your lovely compliment, so glad you enjoyed this recipe and idea. I love when certain ideas bring me back to my youth and my wonderful grandparents and parents. Your grandmother sounds so similar to mine. I loved the way these products were given such respect in their use and their containers, deemed as antiques probably now but so much nicer than the commercial ones today for mass production.

      Appreciate your interest and comment, cheers for spreading the word on!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Paula,

      Welcome back, hope you had a wonderful break with your family! Thanks so much for checking this out. Delighted to hear you are a fan of body powder and keen to give this one a go. You can be creative with fragrance too and include your favorite essential oil! Appreciate your interest and support as always, cheers for the thumbs up and lovely words!

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      6 years ago from Florida


      This hub deserves an award of being one of the best hubs on making a beautiful and useful item.

      My Grandmother Knight's power was in a blue round dish with a clear lid with blue stars. I will never forget it. Like your Grandmother, she always put her special power on me when she gave me a bath. I was two or three at the time. However, I do not think she made hers.

      I enjoyed this hub very much and I will spread the word so my girlfriends will read it.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      6 years ago from Carson City

      Suz......I especially love this hub....will print it up and definitely create my own body powder. Thank you for your wonderful talents and explicit directions. You make it easy...and of course, fragrant! UP+++

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Great to have your interest on the story of my grandmother. I remember her so well and am thankful I got to spend so much time with her and indeed all my grandparents. I love oldies but goodies be it recipes, music, art or vintage! Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I enjoyed the story about your grandmother. Sometimes the classic recipes are the best!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Lastheart,

      So nice to have you stop by! Thank you for commenting and so good to hear it brought back some good memories for you, love hearing things like that. Cheers!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Oh, you brought my grandmother to my memory, but her powder was from the "Maja" brand. You have written a wonderful article.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, great to see you are a fan of body powder. Hold on to your current container and use it for next time, it sounds divine with lavender! Your jasmine and ylang-ylang will be gorgeous, i love those fragrances. I included a link to your gorgeous paraffin wax hub in my cuticle cream hub by the way, hope that was okay! Cheers for the votes and pin, hope you love trying it out!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yay! I love perfumed body powder. It reminds me of my younger years in the Phil. using them. I recently use (again) perfumed body powder because of the heat rashes that I get from so warm weather. I have not thought that it is easy to make. What I have now is a German luxurious lavender body powder and it´s expensive but I love the smell.

      Thank you Suzie for sharing this recipe. I´ll be doing this when my powder is gone. I´ll be able to make my own scented powder with jasmin and ylang ylang.Voted this up, useful and pinned for later use.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Monis Mas,

      Lovely to have read and comment, glad you enjoyed this. it is one easy way of making a useful powder!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Man thanks for stopping by and for your comment. i will check for best recipe for baby powder to make and come back to you. Thanks so much for the query and interest!

    • Monis Mas profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow, this is absolutely a fantastic idea. I had no clue that you could actually make it! Awesome, thank for sharing!

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      Janet Giessl 

      6 years ago from Georgia country

      This is an absolutely amazing beauty recipe I will definitely try out. How can I customize it to make a baby powder? I would like to make a homemade one for my 15 months old daughter. Thank you for sharing all these great homemade beauty solutions.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks for dropping on over, always delighted to see you! It is amazing how we remember the feel of the powder puff, the silky powder and the light scent that accompanied the powder. I used cheap and easy cornstarch (we call corn flour) but the rice powder and oat starch are definitely worth trying even in a combination with cornstarch and a little cinnamon especially scented with vanilla and nutmeg - lush! Making the powder puffs looks such fun and definitely something I will explore as a product possibly to sell.

      Glad you enjoyed this and hope your weekend went well!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Stephanie,

      WOW, congrats on getting your range ready to go into retail! I am so impressed and jealous! LOL Seriously, good on you, delighted to see you going this route. Will you have them online? Love to hear more! Really appreciate your support and hope it all goes well for you, over the moon! Thanks again :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Oh you are so sweet! I do feel powder has that old time classic nostalgic feel of bygone days. maybe its the association with my grandmother who passed away when I was only 12 but I have vivid memories of wonderful times with both my grandparents and was lucky to live quite close by. Do hope it inspires you to make your own up!

      Thanks so much for considering it your favorite, I am touched. Appreciate all your votes, sharing and pinning. It always brightens my day when you visit!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      I love the smell of orange blossom as always reminds me of holidays in the Mediterranean. it is a very refreshing way to keep cool and dry in the hot humid weather. Thanks for sharing your own experiences and don't know about Queen, more like a lady in waiting me thinks! LOL Cheers though, it brought a smile i can tell you :-)

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      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      This brings back memories from my childhood, although some of them are vague. I remember the sight of the scented powder, and the feel of the powder puff. I was charmed by their elegance, and the light floral scent.

      What a delightful idea! I tried making something similar before, but it was a little different, and the texture didn't quite feel right. But I want to try this version.

      I like the videos you have here. I haven't watched them yet, but they look very useful.

      Thanks for sharing this with us!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Very nicely written and developed hub. I have been making more and more of my own products. And now I am proud to say they are going to be available in retail locations starting in exactly a week. You provide a solid overview of choices and good reasons to make your own natural products. Kudos!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Everytime I read one of your hubs I think, "this is my favorite", but this IS my favorite for all the reasons you've listed; nostalgia, smell, drying properties, and just plain old comfort.

      Who would ever have thought of making my own? This is great Suzie, thanks so much.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned and shared.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I loved body powder when I was young. I used to use my mom's. She always wore Chantilly body powder. I love that smell to this day. And orange blossom - I'm glad I live in Florida. My neighbor has many citrus trees. I just love when they are in bloom Ah, I can smell it now......

      I use body powder under my armpits and along my upper chest when it's hot and sticky out. It cools the clamminess and makes you smell good.

      This recipe is so easy. Love it, Suzi! Another winner from the Queen of Homemade Beauty Products!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Many thanks for being first to comment, appreciate that! Good to hear you are a powder fan, hope you give a DIY version a try, it works beautifully! Cheers for your support :-)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Body powder is a wonderful thing. I don't consider it a luxury but a necessity. Not only does it make my skin feel nice but it is also psychologically uplifting. A well written and useful hub.


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