With all the synthetic, and possibly toxic and carcinogenic, dyes and colorants in makeup and skincare products, it’s no wonder folks are revisiting natural dyes. Beets are not only healthy, but also great for DIY green beauty and green skincare. I use beet root powder for all sorts of projects, ranging from lip scrub to lip balm to blush. Let’s get right to it!
beet root powder
1 beet (1 beet makes approximately 1/8 cup of powder)
Wash and peel your beet.
Thinly slice your beet using a mandolin or your snazzy knife skills.
Dry beet slices in an oven, food dehydrator, or in the sun with a covered plate. (I used a convection oven because I don’t know a food dehydrator, and it’s winter where I live right now.)
Place beet slices in the oven at the lowest setting for a few hours or until dry. Flip beet slices every hour or so to ensure even drying. With difficulty, resist the temptation to eat the beet chips. 😉
Once completely dry, place beet “chips” in a coffee grinder or spice mill, and grind to an appropriate texture. A grittier texture is better suited for scrubs, whereas a finer texture works for lip balms and blushes. Store powder in an airtight container to retain freshness and color.
My favorite DIY project with beet root powder is a lip scrub. I mix equal parts powder, melted beeswax, and olive oil together, and it works like a dream! Have you or do you use beet root powder in your health or beauty routines? Comment below!