This homemade lip scrub that uses essential oils is so amazing for dry, chapped lips, especially during the winter months. Before using this lip scrub, my lips had both dry skin and were chapped all the time. After using this lip scrub, my lips are no longer chapped or constantly reapplying lip balm and instead, feel smooth and soft all winter long. I hope you have the same results when taking care of your lips with your new lip scrub.
benefits of lip scrubs
There are plenty of lip scrub benefits, especially if you have dry lips, flaky skin, or are concerned about the health of your lips. The sugar lip scrub is a natural exfoliator, which helps remove old and dead skin cells. This is especially important for areas of the body that tend to dry out, including your lips, elbows, knees, hands, and feet.
After exfoliating, you must add a layer of moisture back to your lips in order to see results. With this lip scrub, you are gently removing those dead skin cells while also re-moisturizing at the same time. The best part is that you will have both smoother lips, and healthy-looking lips.
natural ingredients in the lip scrub recipe
Coconut oil plays a key role in this recipe as it is a great ingredient that is the right consitentancy. Plus, it’s a great moisturizer for our skin. This recipe uses the traditional coconut oil which is a solid that can be slightly melted down to create a smooth whipped coconut oil. If you cannot use or don’t have coconut oil, you can use shea butter or cocoa butter as they will keep the lip scrub together. Other carrier oils like jojoba oil, almond oil, or avocado oil could work in combination with coconut oil.
Sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliator and works so well with coconut oil. The small sugar granules work really well for the smaller surface area of the lips. This recipe uses granulated white sugar, but you could also use coconut sugar, raw sugar, a combination of sugar, or even poppy seeds for a unique twist.
If you aren’t sure which type of sugar to use, consider that the larger the sugar granules are more gentle exfoliators compared to other finer sugars.
Essential oils add a wonderful scent and skin-soothing combination to the recipe. There are many essential oils that soothe and enhance the skin, as well as smell amazing. Some of my favorite essential oils blends are included below so you can choose the one(s) you enjoy!
lip scrub essential oil combinations
A lip scrub benefits from adding essential oils to the recipe. There are several great essential oils for the skin, and one of my favorites is lavender. Here are some great combinations for you to gain inspiration when making your homemade lip scrub.
- 3 drops vanilla
- 3 drops peppermint
- 3 drops lavender
- 3 drops grapefruit
- 3 drops orange
- 3 drops lavender
- 4 drops lavender
- 2 drops lime
- 2 drops lemon
- 3 drops lavender
- 3 drops frankincense
- 3 drops peppermint
- 3 drops lemon
- 3 drops lime
- 3 drops orange
DIY lip scrub recipe
Have I mentioned that making your own natural lip scrub is super easy? It calls for 3 main ingredients (coconut oil, sugar, and essential oils) that come together in minutes. I make this exact recipe every winter as soon as the temperature starts to drop, and again in the spring when the weather starts to warm back up. After using it for a few days, your lips start to feel better and really start to see a difference in the appearance of your lips.
First step, measure out 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and whisk for 1-2 minutes. If your coconut oil is too hard, then you can slightly soften it in your microwave for 3-5 second increments. If your coconut oil is too soft, then you can put it in your refrigerator for 5 minutes at a time until it hardens back up. After whisking the coconut oil, it should be smooth and slightly fluffy.
Next step, add 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar to the coconut oil. Gently stir the two ingredients together.
Then, add 6-9 drops of essential oils to the coconut oil and sugar combination. For my personal recipe, I use 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of vanilla, and 3 drops of peppermint. Stir to combine.
Last step, add the mixture to a glass container to store for up to 6 months.
homemade lip scrub
- 1 glass bowl
- 1 glass storage container
- 1 whisk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (slightly melted)
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 6-9 drops essential oils (see combinations above)
- First step, measure out 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and whisk for 1-2 minutes. After whisking the coconut oil, it should be smooth and slightly fluffy. SEE NOTES FOR TIPS.
- Next step, add 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar to the coconut oil. Gently stir the two ingredients together.
- Then, add 6-9 drops of essential oils to the coconut oil and sugar combination. For my personal recipe, I use 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of vanilla, and 3 drops of peppermint. Stir to combine.
- Last step, add the mixture to a glass container to store for up to 6 months.
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how to use the lip scrub
When using your own lip scrub, you will want to apply a small amount to the top and bottom skin of your lips. Make sure to rub the lip scrub around for 30 seconds in a circular motion very gently, as your lips have delicate skin. Then you will need to rinse off the sugar with some water.
If that’s too long, the best way to get used to the lip scrub is to start with 10 seconds and slowly work your way up to 30 seconds. This way you will allow your lips to slowly get used to your new lip exfoliation routine.
how often can i use my homemade lip scrub?
You can use this homemade lip scrub daily since it provides gentle exfoliation. In fact, some experts say that you should exfoliate your lips 2-3 times a week, especially in cold weather. If your lips are in extra need of moisturizing and care, then you can start off small and work your way up to more times per week. Make sure to follow the guidelines above for best results, in addition to using a good hydrating lip balm during the day and a lip mask at night if needed.
what kind of lip balm should i use to avoid dry, chapped lips?
My favorite lip balm is free of harsh, synthetic ingredients and uses natural ingredients like beeswax and coconut oil. Personally, I like this grapefruit lip balm, as well as these peppermint and valencia orange lip balm options from Erin’s Faces. One day, I will get around to making my own lip balm or lip mask recipe to share with you too!
what should i use to store my homemade lip scrub?
Since you are using essential oils in this recipe, it’s a good idea to use a glass storage container. My personal favorites are reusing small old glass jars that I saved for a later purpose. Other options are these cosmetic glass jars or small mason jars from Amazon. I have also found some great finds at home goods.
This lip scrub is a great gift idea for a birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day, wedding shower, teacher or any other special occasion. A homemade gift is a great way to show them that you care and appreciate them. I love giving these to so many people in my life, especially those who tend to have dry lips or enjoy a homemade beauty gift!
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