If you’re a fan of our sister site, Ghastly Girl, then you read our post last week on the importance of self-care. We all know self-care is important but sometimes it can get expensive! Once you start buying things like makeup, body scrubs, and even warm socks the price can really start to add up. I think this is one of the main reason some moms choose to put self-care on the back burner. It is definitely a factor for me.
One great thing about making DIY self-care products is that you can keep the cost down. You can also make things that are free from chemicals and other things you may want to avoid. On top of that, you can make them completely suited to your needs and likes.
We decided to do a fun galaxy themed lip scrub to indulge in a little self-care. Both H and I love anything galaxy themed so this was right up our ally. When it comes to scents and flavors it just had to be fruity so we decided on strawberry and watermelon.
Sugar scrubs are great for the body but can also be the best way to exfoliate lips at home! Sugar tends to be a little softer and gentler, which lends it to be easier on the delicate skin of the lips.
Benefits of Using a Lip Scrub
Lip scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells from the lips. The fine sugar used in a lip scrub is gentle enough to remove dead skin cells without harming the lips in any way.
Many lip scrubs also include oils that help to soften or even plump the lips. This could be an olive oil, coconut oil, or even a few varieties of essential oils. ( It is important to use caution when using essential oils, though. Always be sure you are using ones that are safe for consumption as you are putting it on your lips.)
Choosing the Proper Sugar to Use in a Lip Scrub
While some body scrubs are made using salt it is best to stick to sugar when making a lip scrub. Sugars naturally contain glycolic acid, which is great for killing bacteria on the skin. In addition, sugar tends to be a smaller particle than most varieties of salt.
Choosing a sugar to use will generally be a matter of personal preference and the needs of your particular lip scrub. There are a few things to keep in mind though. For one, brown sugar tends to be a little softer and made of smaller particles than white sugar. Although we enjoy using turbinado sugar in our recipes it is generally not recommended for lip scrubs because it is more coarse.
Making a DIY Lip Scrub
It really couldn’t be any easier to make your own lip scrubs at home. They include less than five ingredients and take right around five minutes from start to finish. You can make a variety of flavors or stock up on your favorite in no time.
1 T organic coconut oil
2 T white sugar
1-2 drops of flavoring ( the one we use is super concentrated so just one drop goes a long way)
1-2 drops of coloring
Put 1T of organic coconut oil into a small mixing bowl. Gradually add your sugar to the bowl until the texture you want is reached. We found a 2:1 ratio of sugar to coconut oil was a good starting place. You can adjust there for a more or less grainy texture.
Mix in your flavoring oil and then your coloring. A little goes a long way for both of these so be sure to use them sparingly. You can gradually add more to get to the shade that you want. It is important to note that some coloring will stain your lips if too much is used. While the pink seemed ok we did have a slight issue with the blue.
For our galaxy themed lip scrub, we made two batches. The first was a batch of pink colored lip scrub with a strawberry flavor. The second was a blue colored one with watermelon flavor. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. We should have gone with blue raspberry. We will most likely try that one next, but we really liked the way that strawberry and watermelon flavor blended into a unique fruity blend.
We took a little of each of our colors and carefully folded them together to create the galaxy look. You want to use caution here to not mix too vigorously or you will just end up with purple.
We found that it works better to have a little more of the pink than the blue. By doing this we kept the blue from overpowering the color tones. It also seemed to have less purple mixing in the batches that had less blue (although this may be purely coincidence lol)
You can use the edge of a spoon or a toothpick to carefully make a marbling pattern in your lip scrub to give it a fun galaxy effect. In the end, it almost looked like a snow cone! ( YUM )
Add Your Own Twist
This is such an easy DIY to really run with and make your own. You can use your signature flavors and colors or come up with your own unique blends!
If you decide to give this DIY a try be sure to leave us a comment and let us know how it went! You can tag #dorkymamas on Instagram as well!
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