Chapped, Flaky Lips? Make A DIY Lip Scrub With Kitchen Ingredients

All you need
All you need

I love winter for many reasons – skiing, football playoffs, crisp mornings, and of course, hot toddies. But I hate how chapped my lips get, even when I am diligent with constant lip balm application. Lips, just like the rest of your skin, require occasional exfoliation. As a huge fan of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, I’ve been eyeing their equally popular Fresh Sugar Lip Polish for a while. Sephora even almost tricked me into another purchase just so I could get a free sample of it. But I resisted (working on my discipline in 2013), so I decided I should just try to make it myself. And guess what – it’s insanely easy, and you probably already have all the products you need in your kitchen.

Yep, that's a Stanford shot glass.
Yep, that’s a Stanford shot glass. Party with dignity.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Brown sugar (can’t make a Brown Sugar Lip Polish dupe without it)
  2. White sugar (it’s coarser so better for exfoliation)
  3. Any edible oil
  4. A container

I chose my beloved coconut oil, because I love the flavor, but olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, or whatever you have on hand. Just not motor oil. If you want to be precise with your duplication, you could use meadowfoam seed oil, jojoba seed oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter, which are handily described in the Fresh Lip Polish ingredients list. You can probably skip the “Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol” also listed.

For a container, I used a sample jar I got from Nordstroms. If you go into the beauty counter areas, they have little jars full of these sample containers. Confession time … the last time I was in Nordstroms I grabbed them by the handful. They are the perfect size for traveling (a little bit of face wash, moisturizer, serum, foundation, etc). But they have these just containers laying out! And I don’t feel so bad considering the 80% markup on the Armani foundation I was trying out. If you don’t feel like nabbing them from Nordstrom, you can use an empty jar.

To make the lip scrub, simply mix 1 part brown sugar, 1 part white sugar, and 1 part oil. That’s it! If you’re using a solid oil like coconut, you’ll want to microwave it a bit to facilitate the mixing. I used a fork and did it while watching Reality Bites. Winona always makes me want to cut my hair short. But instead of a short bob, I’ve got another haircut I’ll be unveiling shortly … try to contain your excitement.

To use the scrub, rub a little bit around in circles on your lips. Then wipe the remaining sugar off with a tissue (read: scrap of toiler paper), and follow up with your favorite lip balm. Here’s the trickest part of this whole project – don’t lick your lips! Well, of course you’re going to, but at least follow it up with some chapstick. Otherwise you’ll be exposing your sensitive, exfoliated lips to evil, drying saliva, and you could very well end up with the terrifying sounding Lip Licker’s Dermatitis. Wouldn’t that be ironic?


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