Winter over here has settled for good, which means my lips get dry not matter how much chapstick I use. That’s the time when lip scrubs come in handy. However, instead of buying them, I prefer to make them myself. It’s super easy, cheap and customizable. And you can make sure they’re made out of natural ingredients! If you’ve never tried it – time to give it a go!
I’ve always wanted to make my own beauty and skincare products. Not because I have much against buying them, but I like the idea of crafting them – crafting is always fun, after all! The top of my to-do list is occupied by soaps and bath bombs – I’ve been meaning to make them for ages, but I’m still yet to get round to that. However, one thing I’ve been frequently making – especially in winter – are lip scrubs. Unlike bath bombs and soaps, they only require simple ingredients, which I always have at home. If you’d like to start making your products, lip scrubs will make a great starting project – I’m sure you’ll find the necessary ingredients in your kitchen, so you can start today!
The overall idea is simple and goes like this:
Wet ingredients (choose as many as you wish):
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Lip balm you don’t use / Vaseline (your lip scrubs won’t be natural if you use these, but it’s a good way to use up leftover products you already have and don’t use)
Dry ingredients (choose as many as you wish):
- Dried desiccated coconut
- Ground coffee
- Ground cinnamon
Mix the wet ingredients of your choice with the dry. Don’t go too crazy and only prepare a small portion at once, I’d say at most 4 teaspoons in total. If the consistency is too liquid and would drip when applied, add more of the dry ingredients (and vice versa). I usually start with one teaspoon of dry and one teaspoon of wet ingredients and then adjust the consistency by adding whatever is needed.
Additionally you can add:
- A few drops of lemon or lime juice
- Natural essential oils
- A few drops of pink/red lip tint (non-natural version)*
*It’ll make your scrub look nice and also give a subtle tint to your lips – don’t use other colours unless you want to end up with, for example, blue lips. 🙂 I don’t recommend using food colouring, it’s much stronger than lip tints and it can stain the skin around your lips – you’ll have trouble washing it off.
Some of my suggestions:
Sweet coconut lip scrub:
- 1 teaspoon of desiccated coconut
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Honey & coffee lip scrub:
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of ground coffee
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- a few drops of lemon juice
You don’t have to use all of the scrub at once, just keep the rest in a closed container in a cool, dark place. It’s usually best to use it in 2 weeks, although that time depends on ingredients used.