Has anybody ever tried making a bronzer at home? I think I might try this tea stain/tanner & cocoa lotion.
Here's a few recipes that I found:
A sweet, homemade concoction to look tan is to add cocoa powder to body lotion. It is also a cost-effective and natural solution. Add 3 tbsp. pure cocoa powder to a creamy body lotion. The amount may vary depending on the desired tan. The color in the bottle is darker than what appears on your skin. Those with sensitive skin may want to try the lotion on a small area of skin in case the skin reacts.
Tea Bag Stain + Cocoa Powder Lotion
About 30-40 minutes
- 4 black tea bags
- 2 cups boiling water
- Sponge or spray bottle Optional: Body lotion & pure cocoa powder
- When water has boiled, add the tea bags to steep.
- Leave in for 10-15 minutes, or until tea is dark and cool enough to touch.
- In the meantime, take a shower to ensure your skin is oil and sweat-free.
- Afterwards, make sure skin is completely dry.
- Stand on something you don’t mind getting dirty.
- If using a sponge, drench it in the tea and wipe all over your body.
- If using a spray bottle, fill it with tea and spray evenly.
- Let skin air-dry and apply another coat for a deeper shade.
- Tea will stain clothes if wet, so make sure you’re all dry before dressing.
- The “tan” should last 3-4 days.
Optional: For bonus color, mix cocoa powder into body lotion until you reach desired color and apply for an all-over bronzing boost.
DIY Beauty Fridays: Homemade Face and Body Bronzers
Edible Face: DIY Bronzer
- Cocoa and ground cinnamon (yes, you will need both for sure!)
- Baby powder
- A makeup jar OR compact
- Coconut oil (for a liquid bronzer)
- One bowl and two little dessert cups
- 2 spoons
Step 1 - Add baby powder to little bowls. Doesn't matter how much you put in as this is going to be the base of the bronzer. (We choose to use separate bowls as we thought we'd make a bronzer with cinnamon and one of cocoa. It turns out that we used both cinnamon and cocoa to make one bronzer.)
Step 2 - Start adding your colors aka cinnamon and cocoa. Again, it doesn't matter how much you add, as you're going to continually check the color on your skin.
Step 3 - Continue adding both your cinnamon and cocoa until the mixture has reached your desired color level. Quick tip, ensure you are mixing everything well. Cocoa is known to be lumpy and the last thing you want it little lumps on your face...ha.
Step 4 - Test out your finished product. See how much darker it looks when it hasn't been rubbed in? Either way, for a bronzer, this color is absolutely perfect for me. The greatest thing about this little recipe is how cheap it is.....sure beats buying an expensive bronzing powder from a shop.
Recipe #2 - Liquid Bronzer
Step 1 - Add some coconut oil to a bowl. Again, doesn't matter how much THOUGH you'll want add a lot more than this scoop if you're wanting to use this on your body.
Step 2 - Add cocoa. This recipe, because it's liquidy, you do not want to use cinnamon. As we learned, cinnamon will stay gritty on your skin whereas the cocoa doesn't. Again, add as much cocoa as you like but ensure you keep testing it on your skin to get the exact color you want.
Step 3 - You're all done! Test out your finished product on your hand to ensure you have the shade you want. Then, you can spread your lovely bronzer anywhere you want! The great thing about this recipe is the coconut oil. It's a fantastic moisturizer and doesn't contain the preservatives and gross additives that other creams do.
Cocoa is commonly used in tanning lotions so I doubt the reaction from insects will be any different than any other bronzer or self tanner. The tea stains the skin so it won't drip. I don't know if the cocoa lotion will drip when you sweat tho. I'll have to google that one.
I'll try it out let you bishes know if I get attacked by bugs.