Homemade Non-Toxic Kids Makeup
The best solution to controlling what your child is putting on his or her skin is to simply make your own makeup from common household ingredients. The following recipes can be made easily at home with your kid's participation. Have fun and use a little creativity to make almost any color your child desires.
Begin by choosing unscented lotion, pure cocoa butter or fluoride-free non-mint toothpaste as the base for your color palate. The colors are then created by adding a variety of fruit and vegetable juices, and herbs and spices to your base. Here are a few ideas to get started:
Red/Pink: beet/raspberry/blackberry juice
Yellow: turmeric/yellow onion/carrots
Green: avocado/spinach juice
Blue/Purple: blueberry juice
Brown: cocoa powder
Black: squid ink
White: powdered sugar
When making this type of makeup, you may need to boil and strain many of the fruits and vegetables to fully extract the juice. Once you are finished, store your makeup in containers with tight lids as some of these food colorings can stain. Before applying it to your children's skin, it is important to always do a patch test for allergic reactions.
This is a great time to discuss with your child about the dangers of cosmetics and the reasons why you feel it is important to use non-toxic, eco-friendly makeup to help keep them and the environment safe and healthy.