Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Recipe for a Sun Kissed Summer Look
Learn how to make a body highlighting bronzer for your summer beauty regimen with this homemade mineral bronzing body butter recipe. With as few as 4-ingredients you can add a sun kissed look to your summer skin. Experiment with mica pigment powders, coffee oil and bacuri butter for a beautiful summer beauty product that’s easy to customize. (I swear, you are going to LOVE this beauty DIY!)
Get A Sun Kissed Glow with a Body Highlighting Bronzer
I grew up in the 80’s. So during summers, from around age fourteen through much of high school, I tried hopelessly to tan. Whether I was drowning myself in Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil while laying out, or hitting the tanning bed, I did everything I could to try to achieve the perfect tan.
This was of course, in addition to a futile attempt to go blonde. I was all about using Sun In to try to get that bleached blonde look without actually having to buy hair color. (Being fourteen at the time, I obviously didn’t have money of my own.) Of course, the use of Sun In turned my hair orange, seeing as how I have red undertones from my mother’s side. Somehow that didn’t seem to stop me though.
Unfortunately, my mostly Irish and English ancestors ensured I never reached my tanning goals. So I piled chemical based sunless tanners on top of my often sunburned skin. This ultimately left my skin matching my hair. It gave my skin an unnatural orange tint that was common among my other pale skinned comrades trying to look like magazine cover models.
Since then I’ve learned to love my
translucent see through pale skin. However, adding a touch of natural looking, non-permanent color is a easy way to give your skin a sun kissed look when the seasons change. It’s also great for covering up a farmer’s tan.
Greg, as he often works outside, never actually got rid of his farmer’s tan this winter. So I actually tested my mineral bronzing body butter recipe his skin in addition to my own. It worked like a charm at disguising the change in skin tone so his “guns” – which is wear he told me to put it (I swear.) – matched the color of the rest of his arms. He was EXTRA happy, however, that my bronzing body butter washed off, rather than fading into a blotchy mess like the sunless tanner I used on him last year.
Mineral Bronzing Body Butter
There a few things that I really love about my natural bronzing body butter recipe. The first is that it’s so easy to make. Therefore it won’t matter if you’re just a beginner dabbling in making your own homemade beauty products. This recipe would be really hard to mess up. (Just keep in mind that substitutions can impact the final outcome of this product, much like any other natural skin care recipe. For example using unrefined shea butter when the recipe calls for refined shea butter does matter as unrefined shea butter has a lower melting point than the refined version.)
Secondly, it blends well with all skin tones. It’s also easily customized by adding more (or less) mica or by mixing up the mica colors in the recipe. However, if you want a completely natural product (or zero shimmer) you don’t even have to use mica powder in my bronzing body butter recipe at all.
Third, as I used bacuri butter in my body highlighting bronzer for color in addition to the coffee oil, it’s easier to achieve a deeper color brown as the base. This also means it absorbs more quickly than many other body butter recipes. Additionally, there’s no greasy after feel and it’s suitable for all skin types – even if you’re prone to body acne.
Learn how to make a body highlighting bronzer with my mineral bronzing body butter recipe below, to get natural and temporary sun-kissed color for your skin.
Coffee Bronzing Body Butter Recipe
Get that summer kissed look this spring with this homemade coffee bronzing body butter recipe.
You will need the following ingredients to make this body highlighting bronzer:
- 2 oz. unrefined bacuri butter
- 1 oz. coffee seed oil
- .8 oz. polawax emulsifying wax
- 1/4 teaspoon copper sparkle mica
- 1 teaspoon (.05 oz.) copper lip safe mica
Coffee Bronzing Body Butter Recipe Notes:
Need to make substitutions or want to customize your coffee bronzer? Here are some notes on my coffee bronzer recipe to help you make changes as desired:
- In order to ensure you can exactly duplicate my mineral bronzing body butter recipe, I’ve linked the ingredient list to the very same products I used. Unfortunately the copper lip safe mica is no longer available. (Which I wasn’t aware of until I after I created my bronzing body butter recipe.) However you can substitute this mica was another regular copper mica of your choice. Alternately, using 1 1/2 teaspoons of copper sparkle mica (and omitting the regular copper mica) will give this product extra highlighting power. Or experiment a bit of brown oxide pigment powder for a deeper matte color.
- You may also note that I used a polawax emulsifying wax in place of where beeswax would typically be called for in a recipe. While my bronzing body butter recipe does not contain water, the emulsifying wax helps with absorption rates and keeps the final product from feeling heavy. Things you really don’t want when the summer heat is on. If you prefer, however, you can substitute this wax with a basic emulsifying wax. (This is the one I typically use.)
- I recommend using the double boiler method for making my mineral highlighting bronzing body butter recipe. However, you can get away with using the microwave at 20% power. In addition, you’ll also need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients.
- This product has natural earthy coffee scent from a combination of the bacuri butter and coffee oil. If you find the fragrance of my bronzing body butter recipe is too earthy for your taste, you can add a bit of cocoa absolute or coffee absolute to the recipe. I mean, who doesn’t love the scent of coffee and chocolate, right?
How to Make Mineral Bronzing Body Butter
Here is how to make a body highlighting, mineral bronzing body butter using coffee oil:
- Begin by weighing out the bacuri butter, wax and coffee seed oil. Combine in a heat safe container and gently heat until all of the wax has melted. Remove from heat and stir to combine.
- Next, weigh (and/or measure) out the mica powder called for in my bronzing body butter recipe. Set aside. Allow the body butter mixture to cool slightly.
- When it just starts to cool and thicken, but is still fluid, mix in the mica powders. Mix thoroughly to combine, then pour into containers of your choice. I used two 1 oz. white polypropylene thick wall plastic jars.
- Allow to cool completely. Once solidified, screw on the jar lids.To use your homemade bronzing body butter, simply massage onto skin as desired.
Body Highlighting Coffee Body Bronzer Tips
Here are a few tips on how to use this body highlighting coffee body bronzer:
- As this product may stain light colored clothing, allow your body butter to absorb completely before getting dressed. You can also lightly apply a setting powder over the application using a soft brush if desired.
- This product is suitable for both your body and face. However, avoid applying your bronzing body butter to lips and/or eyes if not using a lip safe mica powder or pigment.
- It is important to note that, like mineral makeup bronzers, this is a temporary wash off product.
More Bacuri Butter Recipes
If you love my mineral highlighting bronzing body butter recipe as much as I do, then I encourage you to also try my other bacuri butter recipes. This natural Brazilian beauty butter is a delightful treat for skin and possesses both anti-acne and anti-aging properties when used in skin care applications. A rich moisturizer with a deep earthy scent, bacuri butter is one of my favorite body butters, right up there with shea and cocoa butter.
Here are my favorite bacuri butter recipes:
- DIY Chocolate Cleansing Balm with Bacuri Butter
- Amazon Black Salve Recipe with Bacuri Butter
- Bacuri Butter Solid Lotion Bar Recipe
- Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe
- Exotic Natural Bacuri Butter & Murumuru Soap Recipe
- Natural 3-Ingredient Bacuri Body Butter Recipe
- Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe
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April 16, 2019 at 12:57 pm
After what could be the longest winter ever, I definitely need a glow. I can’t wait to try this!
April 17, 2019 at 12:31 am
From one pale girl to another, thank you for this recipe, Rebecca. I love that you only need so little ingredients and I imagine the mica powder gives it a pretty shimmer.
May 13, 2020 at 8:29 pm
What a great idea for natural bronzer! I’m sure it’ll be so helpful for those looking for a natural glow.
June 13, 2020 at 9:49 am
How long does the colour last? And does the mixture has expiration date? Sounds fantastic!
Rebecca D. Dillon
June 13, 2020 at 4:56 pm
The color lasts until you wash it off. The shelf life is always that of the product with the shortest shelf life (which can vary based on when you purchased ingredients) unless antioxidants are added.
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