Rhubarb & Rubber Plants

Rhubarb & Rubber Plants

My Zero-Waste Journey

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Zero-waste diy blusher

I thought I’d try making some blusher just for a bit of fun and because I’ve been struggling to find makeup with ecofriendly packaging! I used beetroot (I had half a bunch of beetroot that needed using up), arrowroot powder and a tiny amount of cocoa powder. Here’s how I made it…

  • First I peeled the beetroot, then sliced it very finely. Then I placed it on a grill tray and put it in a 55C oven for 6 hours to dry out completely.
  • Next, I tried to turn the beetroot into a powder using a pestle and mortar. I have seen online that you can use a coffee grinder - I didn’t want to use mine in case it flavoured all my coffee!
  • Finally I experimented making different blusher colours by mixing the beetroot powder with arrowroot and cocoa powder and popped the finished products in two small jars.

I made two different colours - a deep pink consisting of beetroot mainly, and a softer, paler pink which has more arrowroot powder in and a tiny amount of cocoa powder.

The dark pink:

  • Roughly 1 tsp of beetroot powder
  • Roughly 1/8 tsp of arrowroot

The pale pink:

  • 1/2 tsp of arrowroot
  • 1 1/2 tsp beetroot powder.

It surprisingly doesn’t come out that strong despite the look of the blusher! I wonder if this is because I couldn’t manage to grind the beetroot into a very fine powder.

I had a lot of fun making this and I’m quite please with the results even though I think there is room for improvement. If you fancy trying it out, it might be easier just to buy some beetroot powder from a shop although I’m not sure how pricey it is or where you can get it from. However it will save a lot of time! I got the arrowroot powder from waitrose for 69p and a bunch of reduced beetroot cost me £1.50 which I used half of. So overall I reckon the blusher cost me under a pound (if you don’t count the energy used drying out the beetroot).