DIY: Homemade Natural Lip Scrubs

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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I'm back with more lip scrub recipes for smooth, kissable lips this Valentine's Day. Ooh la la. (If you missed my last post on "winter"-flavored lip scrubs, here it is.) The basic recipe for lip scrubs is one part sugar and one part (edible) oil, but in the recipes below I utilize other ingredients, such as shea butter and honey. White sugar tends to be a little more exfoliating than brown sugar, but either can be used in the scrubs. You can use olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, coconut oil ... whatever you've got -- just make sure it's food grade since it'll be on your lips and might end up inside your mouth (did I forget to mention that all of these lip scrubs are edible?). You can substitute honey in place of the oil, but you'll want to mix two parts sugar to one part honey instead. (Honey is smoothing and generally has great restorative health and beauty benefits.)

Below, I share 3 different flavors of lip scrubs utilizing fresh herbs, peppermint essential oil and lime juice. I also share the basic lip scrub recipe for those who wish to experiment with their own mixture of essential oils or spices. If you choose to use essential oils, be sure to add one drop at a time and test it on your skin to ensure that it isn't too strong or caustic. The skin on your lips is especially sensitive, so bear that in mind when adding essential oils to your recipe.

Lastly, since these are all natural recipes, refrigerate leftovers and use them up within two weeks, preferably one week.

Basic Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

Ingredients
1 part white or brown sugar
1 part olive or avocado oil

or

Ingredients
2 parts white or brown sugar
1 part honey

Lemon Sage Lip Scrub Recipe

Ingredients
2 parts white or brown sugar
1 part oil
a squeeze of lemon juice
a few sprigs of crushed fresh sage or a sprinkle of dry rubbed sage

Hydrating Shea Butter and Honey Lip Scrub Recipe

Ingredients
4 parts white or brown sugar
2 parts honey
1 part oil
1 part shea butter (best if melted via double boiler)

Mint Mojito Lip Scrub Recipe

Ingredients
2 parts white or brown sugar
1 part oil
a squeeze of lime juice
1 drop of peppermint or spearmint essential oil

Happy scrubbing!

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