How To Make Scented Shimmering Body Dust

Friday, March 15, 2013

This may be one of my favorite DIY beauty recipes ever! Could it be because I love anything that resembles sparkling fairy dust? Or is it the aroma of melting marshmallows with a hint of warm vanilla and chocolatey goodness?  Either way, this recipe embodies the brilliance of two decadent worlds colliding into one delicious body treat! ...And it's remarkably easy to make!


 Pink So Foxy's Toasted Marshmallow Body Dust

  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot Starch/Flour
  • 1/8 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp Cacao Powder
  • Dash of Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Mica Pigment (I use Mirage Gold from Coastal Scents)
  • 5 to 10 drops Vanilla Oil (or fragrance oil of your choice)

In a mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and whisk together. Add fragrance oil or essential oils of your choice and whisk well, make sure to blend and disperse the fragrance oil throughout the powder, you don't want any clumping. You're done! Now add your new scented shimmering body dust to a decorative jar or powder box and store on your vanity with a pretty powder puff or kabuki body brush.

Easy Step-by-Step Shimmering Body Dust Tutorial


List Of Ingredient Options & Purpose
The ingredient options are endless, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

Arrowroot starch/flour
Tapioca starch/flour
Oat Flour (though it's sometimes grainier)
Rice Flour (though it's sometimes grainier)

Deodorizers/Moisture Wicker
Baking Soda
Kaolin Clay

Cacao (Cocoa) Powder
Cinnamon Powder
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Finely Ground Dried Herbs or Other Spices
Vanilla Bean
Vanilla Oil
Cinnamon sticks
Jasmine Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Rose Essential Oil
Natural Flavor Oils
*Or any other fragrance oil or essential oil you enjoy!

If you have a deeper skin tone and find that the light color starches/flours aren't blending in enough, try adding a little brown iron oxide. Cacao powder also adds a hint of tan to the mix.

If you're like me and love the look of subtle sparkling flecks on the body, a 1/4 tsp of mica is plenty for this recipe. You could use a cosmetic grade fine glitter instead (particle size: 0.004 works well) but I prefer the ultra fine reflects of mica. If you're not a fan of sparkle, you can omit it entirely or add an 1/8 tsp or less.

This body dust should last a few months, no refrigeration required. Simply store in a decorative jar or powder box and keep dry. For ideas on how to make your own powder accessories, checkout my powder box and powder puff video tutorials.

Where I buy my ingredients:
My Local Health Food Stores and Online at
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The Mica is from Coastal Scents 

Another great source for ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs

Enjoy and I wish you many sparkling fairy dust days ahead!!
xoxo Christine

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  1. Gonna go buy ingredients now...thanks Christine!

  2. going to go get ingredients now...thanks Christine!

  3. I am so excited to try this!! I don't have cocoa powder or arrowroot starch, so I will try your alternatives. Thanks so much!! This is the best DIY video ever (I really liked the homemade powder puff and box tutorials as well).

  4. Thanks girls! Have fun! xoxo Christine

  5. I just love your website and your youtube channel. You have totally reinspired me to go back to natural. I know that you do a lot of research and reading and was wondering if there are any books, articles or websites that you could reccomend!

    PS - It is very cold in Toronto this week. Totally jealous of anyone in a southern state right now! Ha,

    (MissDeeCanada on youtube)

  6. I love that outfit!!
    Much love,

  7. Can I get any of these ingredients at whole foods? Can't wait to try!

  8. Is it the sparkle gold or the inter gold sparks

  9. could you use vanilla powder to help sent the powder?

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    1. Why would my comment be removed I didn't say anything bad did i!? :(