The first winter after I moved to Wisconsin for college, I suffered from embarrassingly dry lips. I guess it was all the walking around campus in below freezing temperatures. They weren’t just dry, the skin on them peeled and flaked off all day, no matter how much lip balm I applied. Not fun! And not pretty either. I spent a small fortune trying to heal them.
This peppermint lip scrub from The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty is the perfect remedy for those chapped lips that plague so many of us when the temperatures start to drop–and it’s just as effective as all those expensive store-bought remedies. Brown sugar gently removes dry skin, while jojoba oil moisturizes to prevent it from coming back. The addition of peppermint oil and vanilla make this scrub good enough to eat!
Pucker-Up Peppermint Lip Scrub
- In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, jojoba oil, vanilla extract and peppermint essential oil until sugar is moistened. Spoon into jar.
- Using index finger or toothbrush, apply scrub to lips. Gently scrub, in circles, for 10 seconds.
- Rinse lips with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Follow with Luscious Lip Balm or another favorite vegan lip balm.
- Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight for up to 6 months.
There are a lot of reasons to make your own skincare and makeup–you know what’s in them, it’s more affordable, it’s fun. And if you’re vegan or avoiding products tested on animals, DIYing it is the best way to make sure the products you’re using are ethical. The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty contains 125 recipes for vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free makeup, skin, and hair products. If you love making your own products–for whatever reason–this book will get a lot of use in your home.5