Even in the midst of a crazy-busy schedule, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give in to much-needed pampering. Whether you’re riding solo or have a special date planned, giving yourself some well-deserved TLC can go a long way in making self-care a priority in the new year. The best part is that you don’t have to break the bank to do it with these DIY lip scrub recipes that you can make with ingredients found around the house. So scroll on and get ready to unveil your smoothest pout yet!
Zesty Sugar Honey Scrub
It’s easy to see why this lip scrub recipe is a classic. With a simple but effective combination of brown sugar and lemon, it’s a breeze to make at home. Thanks to brown sugar’s exfoliating properties, your lips don’t have to succumb to dry patches that come around during the winter.
3 t brown sugar
- ½ t olive or jojoba oil
- ½ t honey
- ½ t lemon juice
Start by pouring the brown sugar into a bowl, then layer on the oil, honey and lemon juice until the mix reaches an even consistency.
For an even deeper exfoliating effect, rub the scrub onto lips in circular motions using a damp washcloth to rub away any flakes.
Coconut Rose Lip Scrub
Smoothing over cracked lips has never been easier with this nourishing recipe. With rose-infused beauty products popping up left and right, this scrub is the perfect way to dive into the trend without having to spend a ton. Not only does rose essential oil have an amazing and luxe scent, but it can also help moisturize chapped and overworked lips in the winter. Plus, the extra rose petals give it the perfect touch for a Valentine’s Day at-home spa session.
1 t rosehip oil
- 3 t raw sugar
- 5 drops rose essential oil
- Chopped rose petals
Start by pouring the sugar into a bowl, then layer in the oils until the mix reaches an even consistency.
- Garnish with the rose petals.
Soothing Lavender Scrub
Lavender is a go-to ingredient for its calming aromatherapy effect, while also being a rich lip scrub that doesn't overpower with flavor. Try adding this scrub to your nighttime routine to help unwind from a hectic Valentine’s Day.
3 t cane sugar
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 T dried lavender buds
- 3 T almond oil
Combine cane sugar, lavender essential oil and almond oil drops. Note: The amount of drops depends on how fragrant you’re looking for the scrub to be, so experiment until you find the right amount for you. Just be sure to always use a carrier oil while working with any essential oil that is applied to the skin to avoid any irritation.
To make it extra indulgent, sprinkle on a few lavender buds on top.
Strawberry Sugar Scrub
If you’re craving something sweet and decadent like strawberries this Valentine’s Day, why not treat your lips to this unexpectedly tasty combination? The antioxidant properties in vitamin E oil can offer protection from environmental damage. In addition, you'll also breathe moisture back into parched lips to prevent potential dryness that can happen while exfoliating.
6 T brown sugar
- 3 T coconut oil
- 2 drops strawberry extract
- 2 drops vitamin E oil
Mix brown sugar, coconut oil and strawberry extract into a bowl.
Then drizzle on drops of vitamin E oil.
Tea Tree Oil
There’s nothing worse than finding a blemish that’s set up camp around your lips only a few days before your date night plans. To help stop a breakout in its tracks, consider this lip scrub. Both peppermint and tea tree oil have the right blend of antibacterial ingredients, while olive oil can be used as a carrier for these essential oils.
- 3 t cane sugar
- ½ t raw honey
- 4 drops tea tree oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 1 t olive oil
- 1 drop vanilla extract
- Combine until the mix reaches an even consistency.
- Add sugar for extra grit to exfoliate, and vanilla extract with honey for flavor.