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DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Homemade Lip Scrub Tutorial

Posted by ChickAdvisor Team | Wednesday December 14, 201141 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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on December 14, 2011  LadyChick234234  3,701 said:


While I do think this is ADORABLE....I'm too lazy to do this....LOL.

on December 14, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

Can I also say how much I love the doodling on the lids? Alexandra, you're invited to my house to do the doodling for me. I'm a math geek, not so much an artiste :)

on December 14, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

@curlysue, @AlexJC: I'm sure you could easily get around the freshness issue by storing in the fridge! I have also heard that EVOO is more fragile than regular OO (though I don't know if that's true), so if you're using the latter the issue may be moot.

on December 14, 2011  curlysue10  7,086 said:

Could we apply the fridge logic and store the scrubs in the fridge if we use EVOO? I would like to use that as well because in that case I have all the ingredients at home. Plus I use olive oil and granulated sugar weekly as a scrub for my hands before I do my nails. It's amazing!

on December 14, 2011  AlexJC  50 said:

I did a bit of research online before hand and they did suggest using oilve oil so I think you'd be ok- but again, I'm not sure how long it would last.

Also, Lush makes very popular lip scrubs and they mostly use jojoba oil for them, the only problem is that they are a bit on the pricier side.

on December 14, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

The only thing I'd say about olive oil is that it gets rancid quickly, so if you don't use it up in say 6-8 weeks, I'd chuck it. Not because it's bad for you, but rather because it will start to seem a bit "off". Canola is probably a better bet for longer term. I know a lot of massage therapists use Canola as their massage oil base mixed with some essential oils (or not).

In fact, did you know that for the sake of cooking, you should be storing your EVOO in the fridge? It's irritating because it solidifies when you do, but let it sit on the counter for 10-15 mins before using and it liquifies up nicely again.

p.s. I heard this refrigeration tip on TV, so I don't know if it's 100% true. Interesting thought though!

on December 14, 2011  Ali de Bold  STAFF said:

Just had a thought. I wonder if you could substitute the castor oil for olive oil?

on December 14, 2011  Becky  13,068 said:

my lips could use some of this special kinda love... so dry and chapped and gross looking this time of year! :( I can find almost all the items at home (well, substitutes like olive oil instead of castor, and almond instead of peppermint) so this should be easy enough to make :-)

on December 14, 2011  Ali de Bold  STAFF said:

I love this idea!

on December 14, 2011  takoda  28,627 said:


Thanks ladies, now I know what I'll be give each of my sister in-laws and my mom as a little something extra.

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