Lets own up to it... We all know that feeling, when you enter your local 'Lush' shop, and see their Lip Scrubs staring you in the face. They look gorgeous, smell yummy, and are compact enough to throw in a travel bag... so what's the problem? Well, personally, I find them slightly overpriced. On the grand scheme of things, £5.50 isn't a lot, but considering you can make it yourself at home, using ingredients you can find in your kitchen, I think it's a bit of a waste of money!
So before diving straight into the DIY, I'm guessing some of you will want to know what a 'lip scrub' actually is. Well, as the name suggests, it is a scrub for your lips... It helps exfoliate by removing all dead cells on the surface of your lips, and causes a temporary 'plumping effect' as it increases the blood flow in the lips, making them appear more red and plump. That's enough waiting around, lets jump straight into the tutorial...
It will work best if you use:
Caster sugar (but I didn't have that, so I used a regular/ brown sugar)
Food colouring or an old lipstick/ balm (optional)
A small container
Firstly, add about 1 and a half tablespoons of sugar, and put it into a bowl. (I added it straight into my tub, but this meant that the process was made a lot more time consuming and it was difficult to accomplish the final product). This ingredient is vital as it's what causes the dead cells to be removed, and causes the increase in blood flow.
You then add around half a tablespoon of olive oil. Although oil seems like an unlikely product to use on yourself, it's a very popular, beneficial and natural ingredient in lip, hair, nail and even skin products. This is also a very important part of the process, as it will moisturise and hydrate your lips, and prevent them from drying out.
If you would like, you can do the additional step of adding honey to the mixture. I personally prefer my lip scrub without this ingredient, but some people add it to add 'gloopiness' and to help stick the mixture together.
Go ahead and give the ingredients a good mix, allowing your scrub to have the perfect consistency. You should now have the perfect amount of mixture, but add more or less of any given ingredient if needed.
To finish off the product, you can add any of the 'enhancement features' like colouring and flavouring. I'd like to recommend not adding any flavouring, as the mixture will already be very sweet and sugary from the sugar (and honey). With regards to the colouring, I would have melted the lipstick/ balm first so that it was in a liquid form, (or leave it how it is if it's already a liquid food colouring) and go ahead and add that to the mixture. Mix, mix, mix, put it into your small container/ tub, and BAM, you have your very own lip scrub.. trust me, it works wonders!
I'm personally a big fan of this DIY project and I know it's very popular. Let me know if you have already made one (or will be), as I'd love to see your re/creations. Who needs to dish out the dosh when you can have a bash at it yourself?
Well, that's it for this post! I am honestly super sorry that I haven't posted in ages. I'm very busy at the moment, and am finding it difficult to find spare time to blog... Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I'll see you all very soon!