Healthy alternatives


Brand nameProduct description
Alima PureSatin Finishing Powder
bareMineralsMineral Veil
Coastal Classic CreationsLoose powders
Pure AnadaGlow finishing powder, Translucent
Rejuva MineralsMulti Purpose Pressed Powder for Face

With essential oil

Brand nameProduct description
Lauren BrookeSilk Veil
Sappho CosmeticsSilky Setting Powder


Making your own translucent face powder is as simple as 1, 2, 3! All you need is 3 ingredients:

  • organic arrowroot powder
  • organic cornstarch
  • organic cocoa powder

Combine 1/2 cup of arrowroot powder and 1/4 cup of cornstarch in a mixing bowl. Add in the cocoa powder one tablespoon at a time until it reaches a shade similar to your own natural skin tone (use between 1 and 3 tablespoons). Mix thoroughly, breaking up any large pieces with the back of a spoon. You may keep your powder for up to 6 months in sealable containers.

Another recipe without cornstarch is available here.

Ingredients to avoid in products you choose

  • BHA: possible carcinogen, endocrine disruptor, possibly toxic to reproduction
  • BHT: possible carcinogen, endocrine disruptor
  • Dimethicone: irritant to eyes
  • Ethylhexylglycerin: irritant to eyes and skin
  • Mineral oil: possible carcinogen, depending on the degree of purification, allergenic
  • Parabens: endocrine disruptors
  • Perfumes: allergens
  • Phenoxyethanol: irritant, allergen
  • Silica: possible carcinogen, irritant to eyes and respiratory tract
  • Talc: possible carcinogen, irritant to skin, eyes and respiratory tract