Sugar may not be good for you, but when it comes to summertime exfoliating it’s a must—especially for your lips. Starting a lip care regime will keep your pout fresh and kissable as you enter the cooler months, and the good news is that it’s as easy (and sweet) as pie to do.
- Brown Sugar = Exfoliator
- Organic Honey = Natural Healing Properties (Antiseptic)
- Organic Coconut Oil = Nourishing/Moisturizing
By exfoliating with a natural scrub, you’ll slough off that top layer of skin often left dry from the sun, exposing a new soft lip that allows for better penetration of hydrating products (like lip balm) and makes your favorite lipsticks go on smoother and last longer.
Homemade Natural Lip Scrub
Materials / Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey
- Small glass container with lid (try an old pot of lip gloss or baby food jar)
- Bowl & spoon to mix ingredients
Step 1: Making The Base
Coconut oil’s consistency changes depending on the temperature—it liquefies when warmed and tends to separate and solidify at room temperature. Scoop out and use the solid portion of the coconut oil.
In your bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until you are left with a rich, thick, and SMOOTH consistency.
Bonus: Coconut oil contains fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish your skin, while honey contains natural healing properties.
Step 2: Creating The Sugar Scrub
Add two firmly packed tablespoons of brown sugar to your base and mix until it is completely integrated and coated, forming a paste. Adjust the sugar-to-base ratio to achieve your desired scrub consistency. If you prefer a really silky scrub, add 1 teaspoon of Honest Body Oil to the mix. This will smooth out the scrub and make it extra moisturizing.
Bonus: Brown sugar is a great natural exfoliant and is much gentler than some of nature’s other exfoliants, like salt.
Step 3: Storing Your Natural Lip Scrub
Transfer your delicious lip scrub into your glass container with lid. Make sure to label the jar and add the date so you can keep track of how long you’ve had it. And consider making it in small batches because homemade cosmetics lack the preservatives and don’t last as long. This lip scrub should last for approximately two weeks if you keep it refrigerated.
Step 4: Using the Lip Scrub
Before each use, let the scrub sit out and adjust to room temperature to soften up before applying to your pout. Using a generous amount, apply the scrub to your lips in a circular motion. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then remove with a warm washcloth. Apply Honest Organic Lip Balm or your favorite moisturizing lip treatment after each use to maximize the results of your freshly scrubbed lips.
Need to revive your lips on the run?
Make an on-the-go lip scrub!
- Honest Healing Balm
- Pinch of brown sugar (or other granular sugar from restaurant packet)
- Honest Wipes
How To: Mix together some Honest Healing Balm and a pinch of organic brown sugar, then rub it on your lips in a circular motion. Let it sit for 1 minute (or as long as you have) then remove the scrub with an Honest Wipe. Apply Honest Organic Lip Balm in Lavender Mint, Tangerine Vanilla, or Pure & Free. And keep on running!
Not in the mood to make it yourself?
No problem! Use a soft bristle toothbrush on your lips. Wet the toothbrush then gently brush your lips in a circular motion.
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