My oldest daughter is nearing three years old, and has recently discovered the joys of Mommy’s “make ups”. Yet even though I strive to buy natural, organic products, when I was looking at the ingredients there were still so many things I couldn’t recognize. Did I really want this stuff going into my daughter’s mouth and eyes? Heck, did I want it going into my own mouth and eyes? Not really. So I did some digging in the treasure trove that is Pinterest, and cobbled together an idea from other methods using conventional products like vaseline and corn starch. My method has TWO all-natural ingredients. And it’s so easy you can whip up a palette of colors in an afternoon for pennies! Here’s what I did (and I apologize for no process photos, this was an experiment that I haven’t repeated yet because it made so darn much that we won’t need more play makeup for 20 years!)
• organic coconut oil (the pasty semi-solid kind you buy in stores for around $10 or less)
• herbs or tea for colorants
Choose herbs depending on the colors you would like to use. *Please be aware that herbs, spices, or teas can cause reactions in different people, so make sure your child does not have a sensitivity to the colorant. Also, use common sense and don’t use reactive spices like cayenne, cinnamon, or chili powder. Test it on yourself first, then on a safe place on your child’s skin, like the forearm, to make sure there isn’t a reaction. * For my pink-loving daughter, I grabbed a small baggie of dried hibiscus petals in the loose tea section of my grocery store. It was 10 cents. This was enough to color over 4 oz of makeup. I also chose lavender, ignorantly assuming it would be purple, but of course turned out green. You could try ground mustard for yellow, or perhaps paprika for red, coffee beans for brown. Again, choose mellow spices or teas, or even try drying petals of edible flowers for this purpose.
Crush or grind your herbs into a fine powder. I used my Baby Bullet with the grinding attachment because of its small size. This could be done with a mortar and pestle just as easily.
Place a large spoonful of coconut oil in a microwave safe container and nuke until it’s a liquid, about 10-15 seconds. Pour your portions into individual jars, then use a spoon or toothpick to mix in your colors. Add more or less to get the color you desire.
Pour the mixture into small containers and allow to set back into the semi-solid state. You can place them in the refrigerator to speed it up if you have an impatient kid ready to play! I re-used some old washed out contacts cases to hold the colors so they’re easily portable and small in size. They have to look like the real thing, you know! I stored the excess in small jelly jars to refill these small ones once depleted.
You can make as many colors as you like, and it’s great for both girls and boys! All kinds of play face-painting can happen. The added bonus of coconut oil is that it’s great for the skin, and edible just in case they get some in the mouth. Plus it makes the makeup a bit translucent, we haven’t had problems with stained clothes or skin. Have fun!