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Homemade Perfumed Body Powder
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
How to Make a Powder Puff
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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
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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
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
Have you ever made a body powder?
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.
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