DIY Beauty: My 5 Go-To Homemade Lip Scrubs

We’re all about DIYing when it comes to our beauty, because it means you can:

  • Cater to your own personal skin needs and sensitivities.
  • Control what you’re putting onto your skin. (Goodbye chemicals!)

We’ve put a list together of our favourite no-nasties lip scrubs. Each of these recipes contain two vital components for vanquishing chapped lips forever: a nourishing agent and an exfoliator. But we’re warning you… They’re so delicious you’ll want to eat them!

Tip: Chapped lips can often be a sign of dehydration. The general rule of thumb is you should drink about half an ounce of fluid for every pound of your body weight, per day.

recipe

Peppermint Mocha Lip Scrub

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp castor oil
  • 1/2 tsp dark cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp coffee grounds
  • 3 drops of peppermint extract/essential oils (or to preference)

Step 1. Put the sugar into a bowl and mix well with the peppermint.
Step 2. Add the dark cocoa and coffee grounds. Mix well.
Step 3. Add the castor oil and give the mixture a final good stir.

Minty Vanilla Lip Scrub

  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 3 tsp organic coarse sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 drops of peppermint extract/essential oils (or to preference)

Step 1. Put the sugar into a bowl and mix well with the peppermint.
Step 2. Add the honey and stir well.
Step 3. Add the almond oil and give the mixture a final good stir.

Honey Cinnamon Lip Scrub 

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder (or for an extra scrub – try cinnamon sugar)

Step 1. Put the sugar into a bowl and mix well with the cinnamon.
Step 2. Add the honey and stir well.
Step 3. Add the coconut oil and give the mixture a final good stir.

Pumpkin Pie Lip Scrub

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 tsp all spice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Step 1. Mix the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all spice in a bowl. This is the pumpkin pie spice mix. Set aside.
Step 2. In another bowl, mix a teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice mix and the brown sugar.
Step 3. Add the honey and blend well.
Step 4. To finish it off, add the coconut oil and give the mixture a final good stir.

Berry Smooth Lip Scrub

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • BOC – Berry of Choice

There are a number of methods. We like to keep it simple by only using the juice of the berry but you can use the entire berry too.

Step 1. In a bowl, crush a pea sized amount of BOC. You can heat the BOC up for a short while in the microwave if you wish to get more juices out. Set aside to cool.
Step 2. When the BOC is at room temperature, mix the olive oil and honey in another bowl.
Step 3. Add the sugar, mix well.
Step 4. Mix in the lemon, a few drops at a time.
Step 5. Mix in the BOC juice, a few drops at a time, to your preferred consistency then give the entire mixture a final good stir.

Missing ingredients or feeling creative? Make Your Own

Play around with ingredients and combinations yourself and let us know what concoctions you come up with! Just remember… You will need:

    • An Exfoliator – Something with granules: sugar, salt, baking soda, coffee, etc
    • A Nourishing Agent that’s liquiform (resembling a liquid): To bind the granules and provide moisture to the lips – oils, honey, etc.

 


FAQ

How do I use lip scrubs? Simple! Use small circular motions with your finger. If your lips need more moisture, you can let it sit for a minute then simply wipe it off with a wet cloth! Always follow with a moisturising lip balm. Stay away from petroleum based lip balms which will cause your makeup to smear. We recommend the Aussie wonder product: Pure Paw Paw Papaya Ointment with Calendula by Phytocare.

How often should I exfoliate my lips? Once a week or every two weeks.

How should I store my lip scrub? We recommend putting lip scrubs in a jar, in the fridge, to extend the shelf life.

What’s the shelf life of homemade lip scrubs? The shelf life will depend on the ingredients you use. Ingredients that are fresher (like berries) will go off quicker. Mixtures with honey in it will last a little longer as honey is a natural preservative. Simply give the mixture a sniff beforehand if it smells rancid, discard.

I’m vegan. Which lip scrubs can I use? Most of our lip scrubs can be made vegan. For non-vegan recipes, simply substitute the honey for agave.

How can I make these lip scrubs diabetic friendly? Many of our ingredients have honey and sugar. If you are diabetic, switch out the honey for extra oil. As for sugar, easy! Use Xylitol. We love Xylosweet All-Natural Xylitol Sweetener by Xlear. 

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