I don’t know about you, but anytime I have an opportunity to swap pricey beauty products for a cheaper*, healthier**, and just as effective*** DIY version, I jump on it! I’ve been making my own lip scrub about once a month for a year now, and below I’m sharing my 3-ingredient “recipe” that’s been tweaked to perfection, made with items you might already have at home!
I reckon a batch of this stuff costs about 50 cents…walk into Ulta or Sephora and let them know that’s your budget and let me know how it goes over 😉
Coconut oil has nourishing fatty acids that your lips love! Brown sugar is a much less harsh exfoliant than its nemesis often found in store-bought scrubs: salt. And honey is a nice touch for cracked lips as it has healing properties.
For sake of comparison, Sephora’s most popular sugar scrub is $24 with 18 ingredients. Seems excessive but whatever 😛
***Just as effective:
This is subjective but I have found virtually no difference in effectiveness between my homemade scrub and store-bought scrub.
What you’ll need:
- Brown sugar – 2 tablespoons
- Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon (I use this)
- Honey – 1 tablespoon (I use this)
- OPTIONAL – for an extra smooth exfoliant, a “splash” of olive oil
Ok, let’s get to the good stuff!
1) Mixing the base
In a small glass bowl, mix the coconut oil (1 TBSP) and honey (1 TBSP) together. Stir with a spoon until well blended and creamy in consistency.
2) Making the scrub
Add the brown sugar to the mix and stir. If when you’re done stirring the scrub seems a little too thick/rough for your liking, add your splash of olive oil, coconut oil, or any other body oil to make it smoother. I usually add the olive oil to make it nice and silky! It also seems to add some hydration to my lips as I’m exfoliating them.
It should look a little something like this!
Apply the scrub to your lips using your finger. Use a little more pressure than you would if you were applying a lip balm with your fingers. I pay extra attention to the center of my bottom lip as it tends to be the driest and most flaky when the weather starts getting colder.
Since there are no preservatives in this little concoction, it only keeps for about 2 weeks max in the fridge. Keep it in a small sealed glass container, you should be able to get several uses out of it before it runs out.