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« on: May 26, 2010 03:14:42 PM »

Alright, so I wasn't all that interested in lip scrubs until I had a conversation with my sister. As usual, we were discussing Lush products (we both used to work there at different stores in different cities!) and the topic of lip scrubs came up. They sell these: http://www.lush.ca/shop/products/face/lip-balms-and-scrubs/mint-julip


I wouldn't pay $9 for them, but I'm cheap like that. Not to mention the idea of scrubbing my lips isn't that high on my priority list!

But after talking about it with my sister so much, I thought I'd give it a try. It turned out pretty well!



If you want to try your hand at it, here's what I did:

Ingredients:
white sugar
honey
apricot kernel oil
pure vanilla extract
peppermint essential oil

You could always make substitutions, this is just what I did.  If you'd rather use olive oil, try it.  If you don't have peppermint oil, try another essential oil.  Use what you have.  That's what I did. Smiley

Alright, now here are my extremely precise measurements and directions (har har har):

1. Put about 1/8 - 1/4 of a cup of sugar in a small bowl

2. Add a "squirt" or "drizzle" of honey

3. Add ~3 drops of peppermint oil

4. Pour in some oil... I probably used about 2 tsp.

5. Splash a little bit of vanilla in6. Mix it up really well!!

To use:Wet lips with water and rub a pea sized amount on lip. Rub rub rub!! (gently!) The longer you scrub the smoother your lips will be. Don't press too hard though.

I like to finish up with my Rocky Mountain Soap Company peppermint lip butter!

And because I know you're probably curious, it didn't taste half bad either!!



If you find that the sugar is too rough for your lips, there's two things you can do.

 1) with some water, rub your scrub between your fingers before putting in your lips. This will dissolve the sugar a bit and smooth out the edges. This works for commercial scrubs (salt and sugar) too.

2) Next time you make the scrub, through your sugar in the blender or food processor first to make it finer.

I'll have to see how well this keeps, honey is a natural preservative, so we'll see how it goes!!

I think next time I'm going to try cinnamon and clove with maybe a hint of orange! Or maybe a citrus blend of lime, lemon, and orange... oh the possibilities!!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010 03:31:01 PM »

Wow! This looks great! I might actually have to do that tonight.  Wink

Another thing you could do for finer sugar is to get baker's sugar...I have some, and it's sooo much finer than regular sugar. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2010 03:37:17 PM »

Looks yummy - I think I need to eat.  Love your precise measurements - I'm the same way! 
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2010 04:18:38 PM »

i just made this and used it, and I love it!!!!!
My lips almost feel tingly, and soooo smooth Smiley
I didnt have any essential oils so i just didnt use them, and it turned out great still, i just had to add a couple drops more of oil.
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010 09:32:45 PM »

I'm gonna have to try this... and maybe share. Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010 04:15:42 AM »

I did something similar when I saw them in the Lush catalog! It works with lip balm flavor oils. Mine was sugar (ran it through my coffee grinder to make it finer), jojoba oil, and unsweetened lip balm flavor oil.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2010 09:50:47 AM »

Thanks!!! I read about that in the Lush times. THANKS FOR THE TUTORIAL!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2010 10:36:05 AM »

Ooh, awesome!  Thanks for the tute!  Definitely whipping this up this weekend.  You're a DIY B&B superhero!
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2010 04:49:12 PM »

so do you leave it on?? or do you rinse?? sounds yummy that I may eat it Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2010 11:50:34 PM »

Looks good! I love lip scrubs!
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2010 10:42:30 AM »

wow, I can't believe I left that out of the directions... you rinse it off.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2010 08:33:13 PM »

Nice!! I was just in Lush the other day and thought about buying this but $8 was a lot for me too.
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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010 12:47:52 PM »

I will def have to try this.  I tried a lip scrub at a Mary Kay party and loved it - but you are right I couldn't bring myself to pay $9 for lip scrub.

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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2010 06:04:29 PM »

I never actually heard of lip scrubs before but I did try once scrubbing my lips with a sugar scrub. Does these differ all that much from regular sugar scrubs?
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2010 06:08:56 PM »

Regular sugar scrubs probably have fragrance oils that are not lip safe. IE things you probably don't want to ingest. And the sugars might be a little harsher than you want to use on your lips, but it just depends.
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« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2010 09:26:19 AM »

excuse my ignorance ladies, but i have some Qs Smiley
first, I don't know how to use and when to use a lip scrub. is its use the same as body scrub? my lips are usually dry and cracked due to my allergies( I usually have a runny nose), is it OK for me?
second, can I store my home-made lip scrub? how? in fridge or at room temp?

thanks! i'll give it a try Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2010 04:20:44 AM »

thankyou! I'll try it out in a moment ^^
oh and I second the questions above!
and are the vanilla and the essential oil necessary? ('cause I don't have them right now Cheesy)

ETA: It works really well ^^ I didn't add any essential oil or vanilla though, but it tastes quite nice Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2010 02:45:11 PM »

The vanilla and peppermint are just for flavor, so it's fine to leave them out. The peppermint will also give you a bit of a tingling feeling, but totally optional.

I use a lip scrub whenever my lips are feeling scaly and flaky. Be gentle with it and rub it on with your finger, a washcloth, or your toothbrush. Rinse off and put on a nice lip balm. I don't need to use it more than once a week or so, but use as often as you feel necessary (but be gentle!). It should be fine for a few months to store at room temperature. You can extend the life of any product that contains oil by putting it in the fridge, but that's not totally needed.

ironik--it probably depends on how cracked your lips are. I can use it when they are a little cracked, but obviously not when super painful/bleeding. Try it gently when they aren't too bad and hopefully that will prevent it getting any worse.
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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2010 03:59:19 PM »

This looks awesome! I used to have a lip mask with scrubbies in it that I loved so I'll probably try this.
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2010 04:55:32 AM »

I am throwing in a quick question. Can you substitute Vitamin E oil instead of Apricot oil?
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« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2010 05:38:27 PM »

Yep, basically any kind of edible oil would work, Vitamin E would be extra awesome!
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2010 07:52:04 AM »

Thanks MareMare! I am going to make some this weekend.
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« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2010 10:41:02 AM »

Awesome scrub. I added some Grapefruit Seed Extract for antimicrobial effect. I don't know how much longer it will last than when I haven't. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2010 10:53:12 AM »

My lips so need this in the winter!  I'm definitely going to make some.  Thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2010 10:47:24 AM »

this is fantastic. My friend and I were at Lush last week talking about this some exact thing. I just made some and it's great Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2010 07:31:57 PM »

Thank you for this!

Ever since I got lip piercings, my lips get horrible during winter!
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« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2010 09:15:53 AM »

How do you store this and does it keep well??
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« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2010 02:29:01 PM »

I'm in love!
I just made some of this and even my fiance wanted to use it lol.
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« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2010 08:29:36 PM »

Thanks for all the kind words.

I think most of the questions have been answered (thanks for those of you MareMare and others who took the time, I haven't been around here much!) 

But just a recap because I've seen some common ones:

To use: wet lips with water, gently rub scrub on your lips with your fingers, rinse with water.  Apply a nice lip balm after if you like.

Ingredients:  You really don't have to add anything besides sugar and some sort of oil.  It's nice to have some flavor & scent though. General rule when choosing things to add: ask yourself "would I put this on my lips or would it be harmful/gross?"  If you'd put it on your lips in general, it's probably okay to go in your scrub! 

Storage: Unless you start adding crazy ingredients that would cause it to be perishable, it keeps well stored at room temperature in an air tight container.  Because it contains oil, storing it in the fridge would make it keep a little longer, but it's not necessary.  It will keep well like this for quite some time, but with all homemade B&B, the fresher it is when you use it the better! Smiley

Hope this helps!  I'm glad so many people have had so much success. 
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« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2011 10:28:40 AM »

Thanks for this!  I just made it (my first attempt at a bath product creation!)but with grape seed and almond and vitamin e oils mixed, and with magnolia essential oil.  My lips feel so good now.  I also got creative and tried to make it purple...but the blue food coloring went crazy and so now its black and a little scary looking, but neat nonetheless.
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« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2011 10:45:41 AM »

I just made this using olive oil (what was on hand), and it turned out fantastic--my first time ever making B&B products myself! I think that a bunch of the girls in my life will be getting this for Christmas.  Thanks for the tutorial!!
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I used the instructions you provided and I LOVE the results!! Thanks!
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« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2014 02:12:34 AM »

I really want to make this with my daughter who loves lip scrub, but like you I think it's a wee bit expensive! It looks easy to make though so thank you for the tutorial Smiley
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