Making your own personal care products is one of the best ways for you to keep toxins out of your body. Some of my favorite homemade personal care items are alcohol-free hair spray, eye makeup remover, foaming soap, and healthy hair rinse. And–this nourishing homemade lip scrub.
If you ever get dry or peeling lips, you'll love this.
Awhile ago I shared with you my recipe for a Homemade Sugar Scrub.
It works wonders for dry hands, feet, elbows, knees. Anywhere your skin needs a little renewing.
But today I am going to share a recipe for a DIY Lip Scrub.
I've had this recipe for quite awhile but had completely forgotten about it for some reason.
The Need for a Homemade Lip Scrub
Until the other day.
My lips were having a bad day — Make that a bad week.
They had been peeling for awhile and it was getting really annoying.
I am not sure what all causes this but dry lips have plagued me my whole life.
(And yes, I drink a lot of water. I have noticed that if I am struggling with candida, then my lips tend to suffer afterwards, but regardless, my lips are typically dry.)
I suddenly remembered that I had some of this scrub stashed in my cabinet so I went and grabbed it and rubbed some of it on my suffering lips.
A few minutes later — and — ta da! All the peeling was gone. And what was left was soft lips that felt as smooth as a baby's skin. Really!
And one very happy momma. It may sound silly, but I feel a little self-conscious when my lips are peeling. Anyone else feel that way?
Anyway, while I am sure my Homemade Sugar Scrub would work on your lips, this nourishing recipe is something special.
I got this idea from a blog of a former friend–but her blog is defunct now, so I had to remover her link from this post.
Anyhow, back to the scrub…..
Here is the super simple recipe.
The sugar provides the exfoliating, while the oil and honey hold everything together while providing moisture and nourishment to your lips.
I photographed mine in a re-used lip balm container. Anything smallish like that would work great.
I tried to find the exact container that I used, but it was pretty hard to find. Here is the lip gloss on Amazon so if you really want the same thing you can get it.
Alternatively, these containers would work fabulously.
Compare to Store Bought Lip Scrubs
First of all, the ingredients in this DIY Lip Scrub are pure.
In other lip scrubs on the market, I saw ingredients like:
- Lycasin (a kind of altered corn syrup)
- Flavor (of course that could be almost anything)
- Cornstarch (likely GMO)
- Aluminum Lake Colors (no thanks – I don't want any more aluminum in my body)
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone – rated a 5 on EWG's Skin Deep, this is basically an artificial fragrance, which I have many concerns about.
Second, the cost.
You can make this homemade lip scrub for next to nothing, compared with prices like $10 for .8 oz.
You're welcome :).
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The Sugar Question
I wondered about this, and after doing an internet search, found that many others are too.
The question is — if I am using a sugar scrub on my lips, what if I am sensitive to sugar?
This would apply to those with diabetes, candida, or other health issues.
My thoughts after reading the commentary online, and thinking about it is that it is probably a non issue since:
- You are only leaving the scrub on for a short amount of time
- Sugar most likely is not absorbed through the skin
However, contrary to my Homemade Sugar Scrub which is meant for use on your body (i.e. feet, hands, elbows, knees, legs, etc.), since you are applying this scrub directly to your lips, there is a good chance that some of it will go into your mouth, either because you didn't wipe it all off, or because you licked some of it off in the process.
It's great that this homemade lip scrub uses only edible ingredients, so eating it isn't a concern.
Homemade Lip Scrub
1 Part Each of the Following:
Honey (or other liquid sweetener. Vegetable glycerine is great for those with candida, if you are concerned about eating some of it.)
Granulated sweetener (See notes.)
Olive oil (other great oils would be jojoba, almond, or even coconut oil)
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Apply a small amount to lips.
3. Rub gently into lips for a few seconds or up to two minutes.
4. If time allows, let the mixture remain on lips for a minute or two.
5. Wipe off gently with a warm, damp cloth (or you can just lick it all off, right :-)?)
6. Store the excess in a closed container.
7. Enjoy your smooth, soft, healthier lips :-)!
– Store in fridge to lengthen shelf life. The shelf life will depend on the type of oil you use. Just give it a sniff before you use it and if it smells rancid, discard.
Once you've got your lips all smooth and lovely, you can top them off with some non toxic lip gloss and lip sticks. I love this company's cosmetics. They carry the only lip stick that I can wear – it's very sheer and light. And they smell so good!
Interested in other Natural Personal Care Items? How about:
Do you suffer from rough lips too? (Please tell me I'm not the only one!)