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Homemade Lip Scrub 3 Ways

Spring has sprung, on the calendar anyway—perhaps not in reality! It’s still pretty chilly here in Toronto but I’ve been feeling a spring in my step knowing that warm weather is just around the corner. And since we are all stuck at home to stay safe from COVID-19, you might be wanting to get in some DIY action and spruce up your lips with my invigorating lip scrub recipes.

lip  scrub

Not only does it give you silky smooth lips but it works amazingly on hands as well to slough off dead skin cells!!

Hand Scrub

I’ve kept the first recipe super simple so that you don’t have to go anywhere to buy anything, and hopefully, you have all the ingredients in your home already. If you don’t, you can likely get these online. I have posted the links below to brands I like for these ingredients. 

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The basic instructions are in my video and the printable recipe cards are below. 

My first recipe is the basic one. All you need is sugar, coconut oil and essential oil. 

Citrus Lip Scrub

citrus body scrub

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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2-3 drops citrus essential oil like grapefruit, orange or lime
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a small bowl. Use right away or store in a glass jar with a lid and store in a cool dry place for 2-3 weeks.
  2. To use: Place some scrub on your finger and rub gently on your lips. Feel the magic of the exfoliation! Remove with a towel and feel how silky smooth your lips are!

Next up, I’ve added honey for all its skin hydrating benefits to this Peppermint Lip Scrub. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture. Olive oil is rich in skin-nourishing fatty acids and antioxidants—even Cleopatra was a huge fan!

Peppermint Lip Scrub 

Peppermint lip scrub

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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp raw honey*
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
  • 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine sugar, honey, evoo and peppermint essential oil.
  2. Use right away or store in a cool, dry place in a covered container for 2-3 weeks.
  3. To use: Place some scrub on your finger and rub gently on your lips. Feel the magic of the exfoliation! Remove with a towel and feel how silky smooth your lips are!

Notes

*If the honey has crystallized, just warm it on the stove in a small pot because it should be liquid for mixing into the ingredients.

My final recipe has the benefits of chocolate from raw cacao powder. It’s darn tasty, so it’s a challenge not to lick it off your lips. I doubled this recipe so I can use it on my hands. In fact, all 3 of these scrubs are incredible for softening your hands. 

Chocolate Lip Scrub

cacao lip  scrub

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a small bowl. Once full combined transfer to a jar and cover with a lid. Store for 2 to 3 weeks.
  2. To use: Place some scrub on your finger and rub gently on your lips. Feel the magic of the exfoliation! Remove with a towel and feel how silky smooth your lips are!

Notes

I made a larger amount of this because you could use this as a foot or hand scrub as well as a lip scrub.

How to use it 

On clean dry lips, place a pea-size amount of scrub on your finger and gently rub your lips for a minute. Wipe clean with a cloth and moisturize with your favourite natural lip balm or body butter.

For your hands or feet: With clean hands, use a quarter size of scrub and gently rub your hands or feet. Wash off with water and moisturize with body butter. 

lip scrub

Here are links to some of the brands I love 

Acropolis Extra-Virgin Olive oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Organic Cane Sugar

Beekeeper's Honey

I hope you try out any of these scrubs either on your lips or hands, even on your feet! 

Joy xo

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4 Comments
Sandra Wong   •   April 11, 2020

Hi Joy. These look amazing. Is it possible to use a lemon or peppermint extract instead of oil? I don’t have any oil.

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 12, 2020

Sarah   •   April 14, 2020

Are you able to use regular sugar if you don't have organic cane?

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 14, 2020

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