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DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Homemade Lip Scrub Tutorial

Posted by ChickAdvisor Team | Wednesday December 14, 201147 comments


Winter brings with it some of my favourite and wonderful things: the holidays, eggnog, limited edition beauty sets and special drinks at my local coffee shop. However, it also brings with it the bane of my existence: chapped lips. Yuck. 

Here's where we introduce you to a fabulous remedy, a lip scrub! Used on its own and applied with a finger it refreshes and rids your lips of those unsightly flakes. For extra care, try applying with a toothbrush and afterwards, using some lip balm to soothe that gorgeous pucker of yours. While you can purchase a lip scrub, it's actually very easy to make your own and this makes a great gift for the holidays. 

It's inexpensive, has only a few simple ingredients and you can customize it to suit your or a (very lucky!) BFF's! 

What you'll need:


2 tbsp sugar 
1 tbsp castor oil 
1/2 tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp coffee grounds
apx. 3 drops of peppermint oil extract 

Step 1: Gimme some sugar! 


For lip scrubs, granulated or castor sugar works best. If you want to try making a body scrub, you can use a heavier and thicker sugar like a brown sugar. 

Step 2: Slick like oil! 


This oil acts as the base for the scrub, it adds to the sugar to create that scrub texture you are used to. If you don't have castor oil on hand (which is regularly used in lip balms and glosses), olive oil or jojoba oil will work too. 

Step 3: Mmmmm... minty! 


This oil adds fragrance and some conditioning to your lip scrub. If peppermint isn't your thing then try lavender or almond oil. 

Step 4: Mix it up! 


Mix all the ingredients together. Hopefully this is the consistency you get! 

Step 5: Chocaholic, much?! 


We mixed the coffee grounds and cocoa in a separate cup beforehand then added this blend to the scrub. The cocoa and coffee gives a nice scent, colour and a bit of flavour to your scrub! 

Step 6: Presentation is everything! 


We found some small plastic containers at the dollar store for this step. If you have old glass jars, this would look super cute too!

The Final Look 


We're absolutely in love with our adorable little trio of lip scrubs! We decided to create some custom labels as well for the set using card stock and markers. Because we're just 'oh-so-adorable' like that, we also decided to add an ingredients list for our lip scrubs too. Of course, we made sure to list the most important ingredient for a DIY gift: love.  
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41 Comments

on July 22, 2017  Este said:

2 weeks shelf life, kept in a fridge

on April 17, 2016  zarasheikh  158 said:

Absolutely amazing! My lips feel soft and supple!

on March 06, 2016  Lolmaster said:

Cool trying this out ❄️

on July 03, 2015  Zoey said:

Gonna Try This :)

on May 03, 2015  June said:

How long we can use this?

please send the answer to my e-mail stefannyjunefer24@gmail.com

Thanks :)

on November 04, 2012  cutie_marlena  3,086 said:

I never find containers like that at the dollar store :( Anyone know where I can find them!?

on November 04, 2012  Erin O'Brien said:

Thank you for sharing this! I've been trying to find the perfect recipe for a few small gifts of lip scrub I'll give out - I think this one fits the bill!

on July 12, 2012  bubbles77  27,777 said:

I really like this for a gift idea, and I have the person in mind who will just love this . How neat and crafty you are, thank you , from the crafty challenged !!

on March 09, 2012  sixx  605 said:

I love this idea!!! ive made homemade lip scrubs before and i love it. It can be so expensive to buy retail but its just as effective homemade! It is the cutest gift idea and ppl always get so impressed by homemade beauty products as gifts. It adds a whole new wow factor to gift it and its so easy to do. Try it out chickies youll love it!!

on January 18, 2012  Gina L  181 said:


Love this idea! Will keep this in mind for next Christmas, birthday, goodie bag..... The possibilities are endless :)

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