DIY Cream Bronzer

Creme Bronzer in Glas

Bronzer is generally available in two formulations, as cream or powder. The powder has a very light feel and slightly mattifies oily skin. A cream lasts longer on the skin and is also very suitable for dry skin. Because it penetrates the skin, it lasts hours after application and can care for the skin at the same time. But even with dry skin, you do not necessarily want too much oily shine or that the cream lies heavy on the skin. This homemade Cream Bronzer has a rather light texture and does not lie heavy on the skin.

Used Raw Materials

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Water phase
60 ml rose water
2 ml glycerin
Rose water

Rose water soothes the skin, strengthens its protective shield and reduces redness. It also refreshes and smells wonderful. Of course other hydrosols such as thyme or witch hazel hydrosol can also be used for the water phase.


Distilled or demineralized water
Normal tap water usually has a too high lime content and the ions in the water can negatively influence the properties of the preparations. You could also use boiled mineral water, but for cosmetic purposes you also want to avoid minerals and bacteria.

Here you can find other hydrosols.


Glycerine has a very moisturizing effect on the skin and increases its elasticity. Thanks to its ability to bind water, glycerine has a stabilizing effect on an emulsion and improves its consistency.

Oil phase
15 ml argan oil
4 gr coconut oil
Argan oil

The oil has anti-inflammatory effects, heals, and nourishes stressed skin. The antibacterial and disinfecting effects also make argan oil a suitable oil for blemished skin and skin prone to acne. At the same time, argan oil prevents the skin from drying out and thus ensures smooth and supple skin.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is used in this recipe as a consistency-giving additive, which generally does not penetrate deeply into the skin. This protects the skin and makes the bronzer last on the skin for a long time.

3-4 gr Monatanov 68
Montanov 68

Montano 68 is an excellent emulsifier for rich yet light creams that leave skin feeling moisturized, soft and noticeably nourished. Montanov 68 requires no co-emulsifier and no further stabilizers.

1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1 knife tip mica powder
2 ml vitamin E oil
1 gr Rokonsal (preservative)
Cocoa powder

The cocoa powder is used to give the cream a darker tint. It is best to gradually add some cocoa powder to make the cream a shade darker than your own skin.

Mica Powder

Mica pigment powder is a natural and organic product of vivid colors. They are available in countless different shades of color.

For this recipe we added mica powder  in Bordeaux and gold.

Since mica is very shiny and glittery even in small quantities, it is best to handle it with care. It is good to start with a small amount and check it little by little to see if the desired shine effect is already achieved.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals. These aggressive molecules are constantly created during the natural metabolic processes in the body. In addition, vitamin E also stabilizes the durability of oily substances by slowing down their oxidation and rancidity.


The preservative Rokonsal is suitable for emulsions but also for shampoos and shower gels. It is able to act against bacteria and at the same time inhibits the growth of yeast and mould.

Application and shelf life

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  • The homemade Cream Bronzer is best applied to the skin with your fingers.
  • Apply it to the areas of the face that first take on color in the sun. So for example nose, forehead and temples.
  • Although the cream is very light, it should still be slightly blended to avoid streaks.

This home made Cream Bronzer has a maximum shelf life of 3 months.

Creme Bronzer in Glas

DIY Cream Bronzer recipe

Ingredients for 100 gr
  • 60 ml rose water
  • 2 gr glycerin
  • 15 ml argan oil
  • 3-4 gr Montanov L
  • 4 gr coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 knife tip mica powder
  • 2 ml vitamin E oil
  • 1 gr Rokonsal
  • 2 bowls for a water bath
  • thermometer
  • milk frother/mixer/hand mixer
  • cream jar
  1. Heat the ingredients of the oil phase and the water phase in a water bath. The temperature of both phases should be 75 – 85 °C degrees and all ingredients should be completely melted.
  2. Now remove both phases from the stove and add the water phase to the oil phase in a thin stream.
  3. Mix the two phases at high speed until the consistency of the product is creamy and the color turns white. This can take a few minutes.
  4. When the cream has cooled down to hand warmth, add the additives (cocoa and mica powder, vitamin E, Rokonsal) and mixed well again.
  5. If necessary, the pH value can be adjusted. For the emulsifier Montanov L the optimum pH value is 5.5 – 6.5.
  6. Finally, all air bubbles that have formed should be stirred out of the cream by hand.

Tip: If at any time the emulsion should break or become liquid, simply mix again at high speed.

Liability: All stated effects are for information purposes only and do not replace a visit to the doctor. There is no guarantee for stated effects and skin compatibility of the raw materials and the end product. The production and application is at your own risk and responsibility.

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