How-to: DIY Body Glitter from Healthy Ingredients

DIY Body Glitter

DIY body glitter

Need some sparkle? DIY body glitter takes just seconds to make, is perfectly customizable, and works even better than expensive, store-bought body glitter with freaky ingredients.

And, by using the secret ingredient that you probably already have in your cupboard as the base agent, your body glitter not only won’t be freaky, but will actually be healthy for your skin.

Here’s how to make it:

ingredients for DIY body glitter
To make body glitter, you need glitter, small upcycled containers, and aloe vera gel.

To make your DIY body glitter, you will need:

  • small upcycled containers: Empty lip balm jars are a good size, as are these empty mineral pigment jars that I’m using. Small pump bottles will also work for this project.
  • aloe vera gel: Pure aloe vera gel is the perfect base for body glitter–it stays just a teensy bit tacky even after it’s applied, so the glitter will stay on for a LONG time! Plus, aloe vera gel is good for you, so I’m happy to see my girls rub it into their skin when they apply their body glitter. I know the gel looks green in the bottle, but it won’t be green on your skin.
  • glitter: Here’s where your project is really going to sparkle! DIY body glitter is so much better than store-bought, because you have so many more options for glitter in your homemade product. Course glitter? Fine glitter? White glitter? Rainbow glitter? It’s up to you!

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.


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  1. This is really exciting! We bought some glitter body powder a while ago from a tiny little herbal shop, but one can never have enough ways to spread glitter all over the body.


    • I’ve also found a place where you can buy “cosmetics grade glitter”––although I haven’t yet figured out how my Joann’s brand assorted glitter set specifically differs from something labelled “cosmetics grade.” Glitter isn’t absorbed by the skin, and shouldn’t be contaminated with heavy metals regardless of what it’s for, but craft glitter probably isn’t hypoallergenic?

      • From what I can tell, it’s more about the shape of the glitter flake. Craft glitter tends to be cut in shapes like hexagons or squares, which tessellate, meaning you don’t waste much (or any) of your material. Cosmetics grade glitter is always cut round, which is less likely to scratch your cornea if any accidentally gets in your eyes. It is often made from higher-quality plastics as well, but the difference is mostly in the cut. Careful when applying craft glitter-based body glitter near the eye area!

  2. I Don’t Have any glitter mum won’t take me shopping so how can i get some glitter.i know how to make glitter but my mum won’t let me use the oven.can you help me if you can.

  3. How well would this hold up for adding to face painting? Im a face painter for kiddos and want to make sure it will last.

    Thanks so much,
    Bling It On FaceFX

  4. This is not a healthy recipe , the glitters you have in the pictures are not cosmetic grade. Craft glitters shouldn’t be applied to the skin.
    Do your research craft glitters vs cosmetic grade glitters.

  5. Not really natural because your sending tons of micro plastic right down the drain when you wash it off. The glitter part is the problem, not the gel. Currently searching for diy natural glitter recipe.

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