Homemade Cinnamon Bronzer

Homemade Cinnamon Bronzer

I’m as white as white can be, in many senses of the word. But the one I’m talking about now is my literal skin tone. I’m pasty. Ghostly even. Right now, at the peak of my summer tan, I’m still significantly whiter than most people are in the depths of winter. It’s just how God made me.

When I was in high school and college I worked hard to remedy this “ailment” of whiteness. I would lay out in the summer and fake n’ bake (indoor tanning) in the winter. To no avail. The simple truth is, I don’t tan well. I’ve since resigned myself to this fact and have, for the

most part, embraced my porcelain skin tone. How I came by this skin, with an Italian father and a mother who was called “Cocoa” when she was younger is still a mystery to me, but we’ll move on.

All of this to say, that while I no longer feel it necessary to give myself skin cancer in the vain pursuit of skin tone, I also don’t wish to scare people when I walk into the room. So, I’ve been searching for creative ways to get a healthy glow. Enter Cinnamon Bronzer.

The pasty problem is an issue for my whole body, but especially for my face. Buying a makeup shade is particularly challenging. You see, if I go for the lightest shade possible, it technically matches my skin tone, but it also blends away any color I might have had resulting in a “white as a sheet” look. But if I go any shade darker my face looks visibly darker than my neck, making for an odd “wow, you’re wearing the wrong color makeup” look. So, I generally use the lightest shade and apply bronzer on the highlighting points to keep me from looking totally washed out. But, bronzer is pretty expensive and I have had a hard time finding one that works well. They are either way too dark, or have lots of glitter in them, or disappear way too fast. And at $10-$30 a pop, it’s just too expensive for me to experiment trying to find one I like.

So, I turned to the trusty internet to see if I could find a solution to this problem. Score.

I’m a big fan of homemade beauty products and have tried many. Some work well, other’s not so much, but it’s fun to play around anyway and I often find that my make at home products work just as well and are significantly less expensive than their store bought counterparts.

With just a little searching I found that you can make a bronzer with two simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets: cornstarch and cinnamon. Of course there are other recipes that call for more items like nutmeg, cocoa powder, and other dark spices, but I like to keep things simple and honestly, being as white as I am, those extra ingredients would probably be way too dark for me. So, I stuck with the basic two and LOVE the results.

Here’s the ratio/recipe:

2 Tbs. Cinnamon
3 tsp. Cornstarch

Mix together in a small bowl with a whisk. Then transfer into a sealable container. That’s it.

It’s so simply and I really like how it works. This ratio allows me to add just a little color to my contour spots and gives me a little glow without being too dark. Of course, if you’re looking for more color simply up the cinnamon. If less, just increase the cornstarch. It is totally customizable.

Safety Note: This recipe is on several sites, and one of them listed a safety concern. Cinnamon can be a strong spice and may be agitating to your skin. Personally, I haven’t had any adverse reaction and I have very sensitive skin, but everyone is different so please use caution. It would also be wise to indicate that you want to keep this powder away from your eyes – while that’s just common sense it probably is worth saying.

Not only do I really like how this looks, but it smells great and has the major bonus of being totally chemical free! Mine even happens to be organic because that’s what I had for my two ingredients. In total it probably cost about $.50 to make (or less), you just can’t beat that!



  1. Can't beat makeup that's also edible...

    1. I like products that multi-task :)

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