“Ditch that chap stick Ladies!”
Do you like making spa-like treatments for yourself that don’t cost a lot of money? I do. Kind of how I got into this business. I could not read the labels without using Google to identify ingredients. Since my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, I became even more diligent in reading and understanding labels. Not every synthetic substance is bad for you, but many are unnecessary. Hence, my desire to eliminate as much as possible from products I use, especially those I may ingest. This leads me to talking about lip care and lip butters and scrubs.
Having a lip care regimen is more than applying chap stick or lip stick. It is a good way to take care of yourself and make you feel great! Who doesn’t love that feeling! And making a lip butter lip scrub is so easy you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it! It gently exfoliates lips (dry, flaky lips in winter is not sexy!) while keeping them moist and hydrated. This allows any lip stain or lip sticks you apply to stay on longer and stay smoother.
Many lip scrub DIY’s suggest using coconut oil & brown sugar and a host of other things like honey. For a basic one time lip scrub, this is okay. But who wants to make a new scrub every single time.
Honey is good for you. It’s naturally antibacterial; its moisturizing because it is a natural humectant (draws in water) and soothing, and full of antioxidants. However, even though it is naturally antibacterial on its own, mixed into an oil based or a water based product, it is still not a preservative. By mixing in honey or other types of fruit ingredients you will shorten the shelf life and over time develop bacteria and mold that the naked eye can not always see. There are ways to add honey to a lip balm or scrub and keep it safe for use but most of us don’t have the necessary equipment for doing this. Overtime honey can also separate out from your lip butter or scrub. Besides, we want only good stuff going in our bodies and on them, right? Coconut oil is really good for you internally, though some find over time it can be drying to skin and in summer, it becomes very liquid due to the 76 degree melting point. You’ll find your scrub is a soggy mess and your sugar has likely melted. Ask me how I know!
My lip butter scrub duo is filled with hard butters that stay hard even in our Texas heat! Plus a few other ingredients that keep your lips plump, moist & hydrated without that sticky feeling.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- A glass container – a mason jar or Pyrex measuring cup
- a pan or double boiler
- a scale for measuring in grams/ounces
- a popsicle stick for mixing
- .3 oz Beeswax Pellets I buy from a honey farmer, which requires melting huge one pound blocks into smaller pieces. Don’t do that, buy pellets. So much easier for you. If your vegan, try rice bran wax.
- .8 oz Cocoa Butter wafers
- .3 oz Mango Butter Mango Butter comes from the seed of the pit of a mango, making it quite expensive but so worth it. You only need a small amount and it has many other uses.
- .1 oz Shea Butter
- .2 oz Jojoba Oil
- .1 oz Sunflower Oil – most grocery stores carry
- .1 oz Sweet Almond Oil – can be found at most vitamin shops or online.
- .1 oz Castor Oil (optional if you want shine) I was out of Castor so I substituted for Pumpkin Seed Oil. You can leave it out altogether or sub for a different lighter oil.
- 6-10 drops Flavoring buy here (optional) just a few drops. If using essential oils, be aware that some are not for ingesting or could cause a burning sensation
- 2-4 oz Sugar (I like all natural unbleached sugar, but you can use what you have available)
- Preservative – Optiphen is an oil based preservative that will keep you scrub free from nasties, etc due to saliva or dirty fingers being used to scoop out the lip scrub. It is optional, but if you don’t add it, use a spoon or have clean hands and don’t double dip!
Whether or not you choose flavorings or essential oils is up to you. A few of my favorites from Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe are kiwi/strawberry, cinnamon (1 drop)/coffee, grapefruit/vanilla, coconut/mango, and watermelon/mint. For essential oils, I like to use a combination of lavender/spearmint, lavender/peppermint (1 or 2 drops is all you need). Today I am combining watermelon flavor with spearmint essential oil.
Here’s the why?
- Beeswax – provides a protective barrier between your tender lips and the elements.
- Cocoa Butter, deodorized – heals chapped lips, prevents drying and peeling
- Mango Butter – high in fatty acids, and helps retain moisture; promotes cell regeneration
- Shea Butter – loaded with Vitamin F which keeps protects your lips from being chapped, high in fatty acids.
- Jojoba Oil – fast absorbing, light, high in Vitamin E & B
- Sunflower Oil – high linoleic acid content and vitamin E, high in fatty acids that help retain moisture
- Sweet Almond Oil – light and fast absorbing
- Castor Oil – adds shine
- Sugar – exfoliates dead skin cells from your lips gently
- Flavoring – Just because I like it
Let’s get started! Weigh everything on your scale into a Pyrex measuring cup or mason jar. Make sure you pay attention to the decimal here. Zero out your scale each time, so you have an accurate reading. Speaking of weight, we will weigh everything in ounces so check that on your scale. I have used a mason jar in this case because I will melt everything together and then store it until I need it.
Once everything is melted, let it cool until it started to turn opaque but is still slushy. If you don’t wait until it is cooled, you will melt your sugar. You will know it’s cooled when it begins solidifying around the edges.
At this point, you can add your optional flavorings here. Add only a few drops at a time, mix, test, add some more if you think you need it. You can test with a popsicle stick. A word of caution, flavoring is really just smell when using natural flavors or essential oils. It’s not a flavor you will actually taste. Your nose tricks your tongue into believing it tastes the flavor when it does not taste anything! Cool trick, huh? Now would be the time to add a preservative, if you are inclined to do so. If not, use a clean spoon to remove the scrub from the container to prevent nasties from growing.
Now, once you have stirred in flavoring where you want it, begin adding sugar a tablespoon at a time, until it is a nice thick consistency. Ideally, you want it to hold together like putty. Now, you can store in that small cool container you found (please be sure you have washed and dried your container).
To use this fun, delightful little pot of genius, pinch a piece together between your fingers and begin rubbing gently onto lips. Sugar should stick to lips and not fall off while you rub it in. Either lick off sugar or wipe away. If you choose to wipe away, I suggest waiting a few minutes. Let all of those delicious oils and butter soak in.
One other use for all of these lovely butters and oils you now have, is you can make your own lip butter balms. Flavor them with whatever you like. You could purchase a lip balm tray or turn an egg carton upside down and place the tubes into the crevice to fill.
You could also buy these little lip balm pots that I picture below and fill those. Use the same formula above, simply omit the sugar. Be creative, recycle small jars, even lip stick tubes. Be sure to always clean and sanitize whatever you use to store your lip butter scrub.
Don’t want to make it yourself?
Another way is to take a clean toothbrush and gently, using circular motions is rub at your lips. Rinse. Apply a lip butter or balm to lock in moisture.
But if your like me, and feel that’s no fun, then check out the flavors we have available for purchase ( Plainly Simply Lip Butter Scrub ) in my store.
That’s it. Experiment with different hard butters and soft oils to create the perfect lip scrub for you and for gift giving.
Here’s some other ideas for making as a gift! Aren’t these little contact lens cases just the cutest! The macaroons look good enough to eat!
Do you have some favorite beauty tips to share? Share in the comments below.