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Lips really take a beating this time of year with the cold, dry winter air, and mine especially have been dry since returning home from Colorado.  In the past I’ve bought pricey lip scrubs, but did you know that it’s incredibly simple to make your own lip scrub at home?  I have 2 teenage daughters that I’m trying to wean off of expensive Lush lotions and potions, I’m always shocked what my girls can spend in that store!  So we’ve all agreed to start experimenting more and creating our own products when we can.

When it comes to DIY beauty recipes I love to keep things simple, and with just 3 ingredients this little scrub does the trick!  It’s amazing how just basic brown sugar, jojoba oil, and a little honey can create such a powerful little scrub.  You can use any small, clean container you like, I picked up this little jar for a few dollars at Hobby Lobby.

Jojoba oil has been a long time beauty favorite of mine, you can pick it up at any natural foods store.  I’ve had good success with Dessert Essence.  You can also buy other brands from Amazon, just make sure it’s 100% jojoba oil.  Those who aren’t familiar with jojoba oil, it’s one of the superior oils for moisturizing because it’s very similar to sebum, the natural oil that lubricates our hair and skin.  You can substitute other oils, such as olive oil or coconut oil… I just find jojoba to be the best on my lips!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 tablespoons jojoba oil

1 tablespoon honey

Small storage container with a lid

Feel free to reduce this recipe by half if you would prefer a smaller portion.  2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, and 1/2 a tablespoon (or 1 1/2 teaspoons) of honey.  At the same time feel to double the recipe if you want.

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small bowl combine brown sugar and jojoba oil until evenly mixed by using your fingers or a spoon.  Stir in honey and store in a clean container.

Because lip scrubs can be messy it’s best to use this over a sink or in the shower.  If you’re using this in the shower make sure water doesn’t enter the container, nothing breaks down a sugar scrub faster than water.  I like to use a clean stick or spoon each time I’m using it for easy removal and to keep the scrub sanitary.

I take a small amount and rub it over my dry lips for about 30 seconds.  I scrub gently but thoroughly, then I remove the scrub with a damp paper towel or wash cloth.  Now blot your lips dry and apply a good quality lip balm.  I recommend Aquaphor, it’s the best!  Don’t skip the lip balm step, you need to seal in the moisture on your freshly exfoliated lips.  In the winter we all like to use the scrub about 3 times a week.

You may need to occasionally stir the scrub a little if it settles in the jar.  Be sure to use your scrub within 3-4 weeks, but I doubt it will last that long anyway!  So say bye bye to dry winter chapped lips and hello to kissable soft lips!