The color of fresh, organic beets is unmatched. After making Raw Veggie Bacon, I would often look at my stained hands and wonder if beets could be made into chemical-free cosmetics. Then this summer, I read a super article in ReadyMade magazine about the book No More Dirty Looks, and it shared a simple recipe using beets for lips and cheeks as well as a tip for easy lip stain—slice a beet, kiss and go!
So, I conducted some research that turned up many blush and lip gloss possibilities using a variety of oils and combinations, even including strawberries. In the end, I whipped up my own simple mixtures with 3 simple ingredients that I already had in the house.
The result was a powder blush and a super moisturizing lip gloss that doubles as a cheek stain made in under 10 minutes, if you don’t include dehydrating time. You can keep your creation to 10 minutes though, if you just want to buy organic beet root powder instead of making your own with the dehydrator like I did.
Beets give a natural, healthy glow to pretty much all shades of skin without the creepy dangers of chemical-laden makeup. Give it a try!
Small glass lip gloss container(s) (recycle if you can, I use old Burt’s Bees containers.)
Glass measuring cup or something similar
and coffee grinder (optional, only needed for making your own beet powder)
Fine mesh piece of fabric like muslin
(you can easily make your own with a dehydrator and a coffee grinder. Read below.)
1 tsp 100% Pure Lanolin (shea butter works well, too)
Make your own beet powder
If you have a , and you would like to make your own beet root powder, it is incredibly easy to do. Using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife, slice your beet into very thin strips and lay on the dehydrator screen. Place in a dehydrator set to a temp of about 100°F and dehydrate for 8-10 hours. Overnight is perfect.
Once thoroughly dried, crunch up beet chips with your hands and place in the coffee grinder. Pulse until beets are a fine powder with no bits (see bottom, right).
This beet powder is a natural blush! So easy. Just put some of this ground powder in a glass jar and use as you would any loose powder blush. Store in a dark, cool place.
Making your lip gloss/cheek stain
Fill a small saucepan with about 1 cup of water and place a glass measuring cup inside it. Turn your range on to low heat. Place your lanolin and almond oil inside the measuring cup and stir until melted. Once melted, add your beet root powder and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Now just pour your mixture through the fabric to strain out any gritty particles. Twist the fabric to squeeze/wring it out. If you still see tiny beet root particles, run the mixture through again. Now, place into a tiny glass jar and allow to cool. Use on your lips and or rub into cheeks for a truly healthy glow.
Here it is in powder form too…pretty!
1. Dehydrate strawberries, grind up (for fragrance and color) and mix with beet root powder and oils, or keep as a powder.
2. Add some mica powder to your mix for a bit of shimmer.
3. Can’t find lanolin? Warm and mix 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp beeswax pellets and 1-1/2 tsp beet root powder for a lip and cheek stain.