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.

DIY Lush Lip Scrub

DIY Lip Scrub Lush

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:


White sugar
Brown sugar
Superfine sugar
Coffee grounds
Ground Almonds
Coarse or fine salt


Shae butter
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Almond oil


Essential Oils

Lip Scrub

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 sugar
2Tbs coconut oil
1Tbs fresh coffee grounds

Notes- Coffee grounds exfoliate more gently :)

Mint Julep
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...

Beauty DIYS

Strawberry Banana
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.

Citrus Blast
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.

Lush DIY

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  1. i need to find some little containers like that!!!! where can a sister get those?!

    1. They're just baby food jars that I got at the supermarket! And I made the labels in Microsoft Word :)

    2. also if you want really small scrubs they have packs of 100 on amazon for only about $4.

  2. Yum! I may have to try this. I was at the mall this weekend and couldn't get into the Lush store it was crowded with .. people! .. :-(


  3. Oh such a good idea !!!
    Thank You !

    Les SELFIES de Pauline

  4. These all look amazing!! I really want to try and make a lip scrub soon, they seem so simple!


  5. This is so funny, because I was actually thinking about trying to make some " LUSH" products of my own. I love LUSH, but it's always so much fun to make your own stuff anyways! Thanks for the post! I'm inspired to go try making some of these now.

  6. I need to try this! I seriously have perpetually dry lips and am a total lip balm junkie. I've been using the oil cleaning method on my face for years and love it- I'm with ya on all natural alternatives!

  7. What creative recipes! They all sound great, omg. I like how you listed all the many options depending on what you have on hand, too - thrifty! :)

    <3 Megan

  8. awesome! i'm gonna put making lip scrub on my summer to do list :)

  9. I'm making the strawberry banana now.
    Pinned and sent to everyone I could think of

  10. I'm making the strawberry banana now.
    Pinned and sent to everyone I could think of


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