Even though I live in Southern California and we have no idea what a true “winter” looks like, we still have our share of skin-drying weather. Ever heard of the Santa Ana winds? They are an extremely hot and dry wind that tends to whip around our hot state in fall and winter. They have also been called the “Santana” winds, which means “devil winds” and if you’ve ever experienced them, you’ll think the name is appropriate. All that being said, the winter months for most of us result in dry and chapped skin. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of those scaly, chapped lips than you’re in luck! Check out our delicious DIY lip scrub recipe below!
What You’ll Need:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tsp honey
3.5 tsp cane (or other course) sugar
container to store finished product
Scoop out Coconut oil and add to mixing bowl. If your house is cold enough, the oil will actually be a solid and can be difficult to combine with other ingredients. Microwave for 10 seconds only! If you heat for too long, it will become a liquid and will separate out from your future ingredients.
Add honey to coconut oil. Tip: spray your measuring spoon with Pam or other cooking spray before measuring honey. The honey will slide right out and not leave a sticky mess behind!
Next add your sugar. I actually only added 3 tsp of sugar and wish I had added a little more, so I changed the recipe above to 3.5 tsp. It also didn’t help that I liquified my coconut oil and the mixture was runny.
Once you’ve combined your solids, its time to add your essential oil! I personally selected peppermint because I like the refreshing aroma and the tingling sensation on my lips after. I tend to like Burts Bees chapstick so that’s probably also why. You can add whatever scent you’d like, just only add about 2-5 drops as essential oils are very strong and a little goes a long way.
Combine everything well and transfer to your containers. I found some cute, glittery containers at a local $1.50 Japanese store by my house, but I’m sure they also sell them at your dollar store. I checked my favorite online retailer, Amazon and they also sell them here for $10 for 50 count!
Now, here’s a little note. Remember when I said not to heat your coconut oil too much? Well this is what happens if you do:
I mixed my ingredients VERY well, but once the oil solidified, everything floated to the top. Not to worry, it wasn’t ruined! I just had to mix it up again and now it’s as good as new. Once it’s mixed together when the coconut oil is a solid, it won’t separate again.
You can choose to store this mixture in your shower, refrigerator or bathroom drawer. I’m assuming it lasts longer in the fridge, but with these measurements, you’ve only made a very small amount. In case you haven’t noticed already, you’ve also made your lip scrub with edible ingredients, so don’t worry if you you get a little taste while applying!
Making your own lip scrub is safe and economical, not to mention it would be a great gift.
I hope you enjoy!