Make Your Own Non-Toxic Face Paints

In a previous post, I recommended a couple of non-toxic face paints for your kids (and yourself, too, of course).

Some of you responded that you’d rather make your own face paints. Well, that can certainly be done!

Here’s a very simple recipe I saw on the the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website, with two main ingredients:

1. Non-toxic base, such as unscented lotion, cocoa butter, or fluoride-free toothpaste

2. Natural food coloring or actual food

Mix the two together until you get the color and consistency you want.

Choosing a Safe Base

Safe bases for your face paints could be lotion or moisturizer, organic cocoa butter, or toothpaste that’s free of fluoride, SLS, and other possible toxins. Don’t use mentholated or mint toothpaste, because that could sting the skin. Also, most toothpaste is already colored, so the toothpaste you have on hand may not work with the color you’re trying to achieve.

Non-toxic Colorants

For your colorants, you could look no farther than your own kitchen. Mash up some blueberries to make purple. Use beet juice to make red, cocoa powder for brown, and turmeric for yellow.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recommends spirulina or chlorophyll to make green, and squid ink to make black.

Now, I don’t know about you but I just don’t happen to have spirulina, chlorophyll, or squid ink lying around in my kitchen, lol!

So if you want something easier, you could always buy food-based, natural colorings. Here’s one I found on

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The reviews are mixed, though. Chocolate Craft Kits is another source of natural food colorings I’ve heard of. You can order a kit or the colors individually. I haven’t tried them myself, though, and haven’t come across reviews. If you have or plan to try them, please come back and let us know how you like their products. I see enough interesting stuff on their site that I’d love to try one of these days.

One word of caution, though, if you’re making your own face paints: Always do a patch test on your child’s inner arm. Foods and other so-called natural ingredients can and do cause allergic reactions in some people, so it’s better to be absolutely safe before you apply this homemade concoction all over your child’s face.

You’ll also want to do a test to make sure you like the consistency, and know how the homemade face paints hold up over time. You don’t want your child’s makeup to melt or fade away before they’re done trick or treating.

I hope you liked this post. If you have any questions, or would like to share your own experiences in making your own face paints, do submit a comment below.

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