Oh my goodness, my lips have been begging for some TLC lately and no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to keep them moisturized fast enough! The weather seemed to have gotten the better of my skin and my poor lips were the first thing to show it.
The truth of the matter is that lip balms are only helpful after exfoliating all of the dead skin off first, aka, a scrub! Unfortunately, lip scrubs can be incredibly expensive, and worse yet, full of toxins…yikes! Some of the awful culprits in lip scrubs can include:
- propylene glycol: a main component in antifreeze
- retinyl palmitate: this is a synthetic vitamin A that can cause organ and reproductive toxicity
- fragrance: this seemingly harmless ingredient is allowed to be listed as ONE word in the cosmetic industry but can contain over 3,000 chemicals just in that one “little” word
- flavors: like fragrances, these flavors can contain many undisclosed chemicals
- artificial dyes
- and the many more!
Somehow, expensive and toxic suddenly became the two words that were describing most premade scrubs on the market.
After playing around with several pantry items, this homemade lip scrub recipe is INCREDIBLE. It’s the perfect mixture of soft, thick, and a bit plumping with the help of peppermint oil. The mixture of coconut and jojoba oil keep your lips moist after application and help them to heal.
This recipe made me 3 small cosmetic pots. Be mindful not to allow water or moisture into the pot to keep the scrub consistency. I use it daily until my lips heal and then occasionally throughout the week as needed. So go on and pucker up, sweet friends…enjoy!
Easy Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe
- 2 tbsp sugar (I used coconut sugar, but you can also use brown or white in a pinch)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp jojoba oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
Place all ingredients into a small bowl. Mix with a fork until well combined. Press down into small cosmetic pot containers with a spoon. Seal well. Slightly wet lips before application, then apply a small amount of scrub with dry finger. Wipe away with a warm, damp cloth to leave skin smooth and exfoliated.