DIY: How To Make An Exfoliating Lip Scrub

When I was kid, probably around the 5th grade, one of my mom’s friends sold makeup and skincare from one of those multi-level direct sales companies called BeautiControl. She would come over to our house loaded with makeup samples, and I would watch her and my mom swatch different colors and gab about makeup. One of the items my mom purchased from her was a lip exfoliating treatment. As a 12 year old, I simply could not fathom why anyone would need to scrub their lips. I even tried the product on myself, but my baby lips didn’t need it at the time. I remember looking in the mirror and deciding it was just a quack product. Flash-forward to 2015 — I totally get the appeal now.

Lipsticks. I simply can’t get enough of them. The natural options available now put those conventional lippies full of lead and other toxins to shame. Richly pigmented and full of nutrient-dense botanical ingredients, there is so much to love! I’ve come full-circle from that moment as a kid, because I’ve found that my lipstick application looks better when I keep my lips well exfoliated. It’s easy to make your own lip exfoliator, too! The best part? It’s edible and delicious. Here’s how to do it…

DIY Exfoliating Lip Scrub

Combine equal parts of the following ingredients, starting with about 1 teaspoon of each.

  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Granulated Sugar

Mix ingredients together to form a paste. Add more sugar if needed. Apply to lips and massage in a circular motion until the sugar dissolves or your lips feel smooth. Wipe (or lick) off the excess.

Ta-da! Now your lips are primed and moisturized for a smooth lipstick application. Sugar gently buffs the lips, and honey and olive oil condition and hydrate, too. Could there be a more simple and effective treatment? Doubt it.

Next week Integrity Botanicals launches a gorgeous natural lipstick line called Nudus. Have you heard of it?

2 thoughts on “DIY: How To Make An Exfoliating Lip Scrub

  1. Hi Susannah! My mom sold BeautiControl products back in the day and I was convinced she was the only one! haha! I don’t remember a lip scrub then, but I was talked into a lip scrub from Mary Kay in my early college years and it was terrible! My lips were in this constant cycle of being fragile and peely to an overly-gloopy Vaseline mess! I’ll have to try this DIY recipe. I’ve recently become obsessed with lipsticks but I hate when they stick to flaky pieces on my lips. How often do you use this exfoliating treatment? Oh and I googled Nudus and they look gorgeous, can’t wait!

    1. Hi Michelle! That is so funny! I wasn’t sure anyone would have heard of or remembered BeautiControl. I find this treatment is gentle enough to use a few times per week, and since you control the pressure you could use it more often if you don’t have sensitive lips. It’s really hydrating! I also hate when lipstick grab on to flaky dry patches on my lips, so I usually use this before applying really bold shades. If you have a little pot of it ready to go, it just takes a few seconds to use and makes lipstick application flawless!

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.