DIY Lip Scrub (Mint Cacao)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Looking for a sweet way to get soft, kissable lips? Try this delicious diy sugar scrub recipe for a flake free pout. Made with ultra fine cane sugar, organic raw cacao, organic jojoba oil, pure vanilla extract, pure vitamin E and peppermint essential oil. If you like; chocolate chip mint ice cream, Andes mints or York peppermint patties, you will love this lip scrub!

If a mint-chocolate lip scrub sounds familiar, you're right! Lush sells a very popular Mint Julips lip scrub, which I also found it to be delightful. But being a diy'er, I was positive I already had all of the ingredients necessary to concoct a similar lip treat. So I promptly went to work experimenting and was thrilled with the final result. When you have to restrain yourself from eating it... well, that's when you know you've reached the perfect recipe.

What You'll Need...

Mixing Bowl
Measuring Spoons
Small Jar
1 Tbsp Ultra Fine Sugar (known as Caster or Baker's Sugar)
1/2 Tsp Cacao Powder (or pure Cocoa)
1 Tsp Jojoba Oil
1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Pump Vitamin E (or Gel Capsule)
1-2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Mint Cacao Lip Scrub Recipe

In Your Mixing Bowl...

 Add 1 Tbsp Sugar

1/2 Tsp Cacao Powder (or pure cocoa)

Blend Well

Add 1 Tsp Jojoba Oil

1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Pump Vitamin E (or gel capsule)

1-2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil, Mix Well.

 Transfer To Jar

Leave plain... Or

 Decorate and enjoy or gift it!

Keeping Your Lip Scrub Fresh
This recipe makes a very small batch and I recommend using it up within a few days, no longer than 1 week. If you want to refrigerate you can, although I haven't found that to be necessary when it's used up quickly. I usually exfoliate every other day, so I have a high turn over rate, which is fine by me since I love trying new recipes all the time anyway. Besides high turnover is a good thing, isn't that part of why we love diy projects, we want it fresh!

You can also make a half batch, or even a 1 time use to keep your lip treat super fresh!

If you do plan on gifting lip scrubs, it should have a preservative. In the video, I referred to my vitamin e oil as a preservative, but it's actually an antioxidant, meaning it extends the freshness of the oils but does not kill bacteria. Please keep this in mind when making lip scrubs.

Another tip, use a clean utensil and scoop out the amount you need for each use. I never dip in with my hands or fingers (even if they're clean!) because you can still transfer bacteria into the scrub. We love lip scrubs! ...But a petri dish? No thank you!

Step-By-Step Instruction Video

Where I buy my ingredients:

Ultra Fine Baker's Sugar from Safeway. for Oils, Cacao, Vanilla, Vitamin E,
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Another great source for ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs

Glass Jar I purchased from my local health food store.

Do you make your own lip scrub? Share your recipes or favorite ingredients in the comments!

Enjoy and happy lip scrub making!!
xoxo Christine

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  1. christine, your lip scrub recipe is fantastic! certainly I try to make it, I also love lush products. I want tell you my secret recipe for my smooth and soft lips
    (but unfortunately it's in grams) 2 grams of cocoa butter-1,8 grams of beeswax- 5,2 grams of jojoba oil - 3 drops of orange essential oil- 2 drops of lemon essential oil- 1 abundant teaspoon of sugar-1 little teaspoon brown sugar -1 pinch of cinnamon. put butter, beeswax and jojoba oil in a double boiler, when the butter and beeswax are liquefied, remove from double boiler and add the remaining ingredients. mix very well, cool a little and pour in a large stick (I use a empity elf "all over cover stick", it's the perfect container because it's a little bit more large that a simply stick), it's more hygienic that put the finger in the jar.

  2. I forgot, I put the cinnamon in the recipe because it smells good, promotes blood circulation and has properties plumping lip

  3. Awesome Agnese! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! It sounds wonderful! xoxo Christine

  4. Made this today and love it!! Going to make more to share with friends and family! I'll make sure to tell them it's only good for about a week or so. Is there another preservative I can use to extend the life of the scrub since I will be gifting them?? Thanks so much for sharing!!! Love your videos!!! ��

  5. Hi Christine! Thanks so much for the recipe!!! I made it this morning and LOVE it. I have super dry and flaky lips so I hope this will help me! Do you have a recipe for a super hydrating lip treatment?

  6. Hi Christine! I was wondering if you had any substitution ingredients for the cacao powder? I noticed you used coco powder as a sub in another video and wondered if that worked for this one too!

  7. Just joined your blog and subscribed to your channel... thanks for sharing this recipe love it...

  8. Does anyone know if you can use something to make it last longer? The lush ones are good for around 6mons but im not sure of what ingredient it is

  9. Can I use a different carrier oil, for example, sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil?

  10. aviscardi

    Vitamin E Tocopherols T50 guards against oxidation and extends the shelf life naturally (6 months to a year)of oil based products.