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DIY Bronzer Lotion

Made with simple kitchen ingredients, like cinnamon and cocoa, this natural DIY bronzer lotion is perfect for when you need a hint of color.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: DIY Beauty
Cuisine: Beauty
Keyword: bronzer, lotion
Yield: 4 ounces
Author: Stephanie Gerber
Cost: 6


  • Small bowl
  • Airtight glass jar with lid


  • Combine small amounts of cinnamon, cocoa powder and corn starch until you have a color that looks good on your skin. To start, it's a good idea to sift the powders together so that they're evenly mixed and giving you an accurate idea of how the color will look.
  • Test the color as you go by swiping a bit on your hand. Add more corn starch to lighten or cocoa powder to darken.
  • After mixing up the powders to your preferred shade, add the plain lotion and mix well. If it's too concentrated and obvious-looking, you can always dilute it with more body lotion. You want the texture to be easily spreadable on your skin, with no obvious lumps of powder.
  • Let the mixture sit for a bit so that everything has a chance to dissolve and blend together. Then stir again and put it into an empty bottle or jar. ( My tip for getting it into a tube is by using a ziplock bag—pour the mixture into a ziplock, then snip off a corner. Then, basically using it as a piping bag, you can squeeze it into any type of container you want to take with you on the go!)


Apply to cheeks, nose, shoulders, arms or wherever you need a hint of color.
Of course we kept some of the powder too. A small spice tin worked perfectly to store it. Doesn't that color look great? I've always been afraid of bronzer but this has made me a convert! It looks incredibly natural and is good enough to eat, so you know that it's completely safe for your skin.
Don't go overboard with the cinnamon, especially if you have super sensitive skin. It acts as a natural highlighter and also gives that nice tingly feeling. If you want more shine than cinnamon alone can offer you, a sprinkle of shimmery loose pigment will go a long way to adding a touch of glow to your skin.