You know the saying…”you learn something new every day?” Well today I learned that making your own bath and body powder could not be easier or faster! 3 ingredients…less than 5 minutes…and you have your own customized powder for personal use or gift-giving! I decided to make mine “unscented”…but you can certainly use your favorite essential oil in this recipe. Lavender, of course, would be divine! As would rosemary, jasmine, geranium, etc.
You could also add a few drops of your favorite perfume to turn it into a fragrant dusting powder!
So many possibilities!
Here is all you need: (and I bet you have it all “on-hand” right now!)
- 2 cups cornstarch
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 10 to 15 drops essential oil of choice (I used Lavender, but Rosemary, Geranium or Sweet Orange would be terrific too!)
The baking soda and cinnamon are natural deodorizers while the cornstarch is very absorbent.
Just mix the 3 ingredients together in a bowl and transfer to the container of your choice. I fashioned a paper funnel out of a piece of printer paper to make the transfer a little easier. My container was a mason jar (big surprise there!) with a couple of holes punched in the lid. You could also repurpose an old baby powder container or even a parmesan cheese shaker. Store the extra in another container to refill as needed.
If you live in a humid climate, add about ¼ cup of uncooked rice to the powder to keep it from clumping. The rice won’t shake out but will keep the powder flowing smoothly.
As you can see, this made a nice, big batch of powder! You could cut the recipe in half if you didn’t want to make that much…or you could double it for making gifts!
And who wouldn’t want to get something like this as a gift!?!? I love the way it feels on my skin…smooth and soothing…not to mention the way it makes me feel overall….fresh and confident! :-)