March 18, 2014
DIY Lip Scrub Four Ways
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I don't know what it is, but I've been nutty for beauty DIY's recently. Especially since I discovered LUSH Cosmetics, which is mostly a 'natural' brand. After years of using their products, I've found that a lot of natural alternatives (especially oils and moisturizers) work better than mass-produced ones, IMO.
So my reasoning is- why pay for the expensive products when I can make them myself for 1/4 of the cost? Lip scrubs are all the rage these days, and LUSH does have a popular one. So I decided to whip up a few of my own!
And let me tell you, after experimenting with recipes for the last few days, my lips are suuuper exfoliated and moisturized.
Making these scrubs is pretty simple, and there are endless ingredients to can mix n' match- many of which can be found in your kitchen already. You can choose them according to allergies, preferences, or whatever you have on hand! My perennial favorite is coconut oil, but there are endless other options. Here's a handy dandy list:
Coarse or fine salt
I made four scrubs of various combinations, using baby food jars as storage pots (so cute!!) As always, my favorite part is making the cute little labels. I just made a document in Word with a cute font, printed, cut, and adhered with Mod Podge :)
Important detail- the scrubs made with foodstuffs should be stored in the refrigerator.
Wake Me Up
2Tbs coconut oil
1Tbs fresh coffee grounds
Notes- Coffee grounds exfoliate more gently :)
3Tbs brown sugar
2Tbs olive oil
A few drops mint extract (it's what I had on hand)
Dried or fresh mint leaves
Notes- Mint and brown sugar make for a very interesting smell combo! I like it, but it may not be for everyone. Brown sugar is what's used in a Mint Julep, though, so I wanted to be accurate...
1Tsp pureed strawberry
1 Tsp pureed banana
3 Tbp sugar
1 1/2 Tsb coconut oil
Notes- This one was my hands-down favorite! The smell is addicting, though you may be tempted to eat it (not kidding...) The color just brightens my mood.
2 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 Tbs shae butter
1 Tsp orange zest
1 Tsp lemon zest
Notes- The scent of this one is mild (add more zest if you want it stronger) And because of the shae butter, it was the most moisturizing of the bunch! It stayed on my lips for quite some time... might be best to use right before bedtime.
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