DIY Bronzer with Rose Oil

DIY bronzer - Dr. Axe

A bronzer is often the makeup of choice over blush because it offers a natural sun-kissed glow to most skin tones. It can add dimension to the contours of your face and provide a little shimmer and glow. While you can easily purchase bronzer over the counter, the problem with conventional bronzers is that most contain a long list of chemical-based ingredients.

How do you choose the right bronzer for your natural skin care routine? Having a bronzer that is only two shades darker than your skin tone is key so that the bronzer gives the feeling of a natural glow. It’s important to make sure to even out the skin tone before applying your bronzer so that it doesn’t look blotchy.

By using my DIY foundation, you can smooth out the skin which will prepare it for a nice, evenly applied bronzer. If you want to apply both blush and bronzer, simply apply the bronzer lightly first, touching on the areas of the face where the sun would  naturally hit. Make sure you do not overdo it. Overdoing will defeat the natural, sun-kissed look you want to achieve.

Lightly brush the bronzer onto the forehead, the chin and jawline, and the tops of the cheeks or cheekbone area. Then, lightly brush on the DIY blush on the apples of cheeks, which is the rounded area you notice when you smile, and then brush it outward towards the temples from there.

How to Make a DIY Bronzer

Now, let’s make your personal DIY bronzer! Using just a few ingredients found in your kitchen, you will have a natural glow in no time. To understand how to mix the ingredients to your skin tone, keep this in mind: The cinnamon adds a glow, the cocoa adds some depth and darkness, while the nutmeg adds a sun-kissed brown color. The arrowroot or cornstarch helps to hold it all together as well as the essential oils.

In a small bowl, add the cocoa or cinnamon. You can start with a little less, adding a pinch or two more to help you achieve the desired color. Cocoa has some health enhancing properties that you skin will love. Great for healing wounds and blemishes on the skin, cocoa is packed with iron, magnesium and calcium that can be absorbed through the skin.

Alternatively, you can use cacao instead as it contains similar healing properties and has the same hue as the cocoa so your bronzer will be great either way. (1) Cinnamon is a favorite of mine and makes its way into a lot of my smoothies, but it can help externally too. Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and is an immune booster.

Next up, add the arrowroot powder and make sure to mix well until it is evenly blended. Arrowroot is a great choice because it is not as processed as cornstarch, leaving you with a much cleaner option. It, too, is an immune-booster and is very gentle on the skin — gentle enough for babies!

Nutmeg is a nice touch since it really offers a nice “bronze-like” color. It smells nice and can offer pain relief from inflammation and arthritis. It is commonly added into tonics to help detox the body. Add the nutmeg to the mixture and blend well. (2

Finally, let’s add the special touch of essential oils. While you can choose different oils such as lavender, frankincense or rosemary, my wife loves to add rose essential oil to this recipe. It contains special therapeutic compounds that make it a bonus ingredient for the skin.

Rose oil is known to help balance hormones and promote overall healing of the body. Research shows that it is very effective at fighting acne-causing bacteria. Once you have added the rose oil, blend again to complete your DIY bronzer. Place into a small container with a tight-fitting lid. Apply using a clean blush brush for that sun-kissed glow!

DIY Bronzer with Rose Oil

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2–3 ounces


  • 1 tablespoon cocoa or cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 10 drops rose essential oil
  • a makeup sifter jar or an old compact


  1. In a small bowl, mix all dry ingredients until well blended.
  2. Add the rose oil and mix until even blended.
  3. Place into a small container with a tight-fitting lid.
  4. Apply lightly using a clean blush brush.

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  1. Stephanie on

    I have used 1/2 cocoa and 1/2 cinnamon. I will try one or the other next time. Is there a reason why the recipe calls for either one or the other? Do I need to remake my bronzer?

      • Brittney Field on

        Replace the rose oil with vitamin E oil or jojoba oil. Rose oil can dry out/irritate sensitive skin. I would also go ahead and just use cacao powder. Cinnamon and nutmeg are both known to irritate the skin.

        A&J cosmetics

  2. Elizabeth Doherty on

    I Almost do the same thing, however, I use organic lotion(s) with the same ingredients.

    I’m older & powder sets in my wrinkles so I make a batch with my really good face cream and another batch with organic lotion for the rest of my body.

    Hope this helps us “more mature” women!


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