Saturday, April 30, 2011

Making Lip Scrubs with Sugar - Sugar Lips ©

Making Lip Scrubs with Sugar - Sugar Lips © by Mabel DIY

Making your own lip scrub is easy, you are basically making a paste using super fine sugar and oil or vegetable glycerin. Superfine sugar can be purchased in the bar tending section of your grocery store, to make your own lip scrub, as well as Safflower oil which is naturally high in vitamin e. You do not need a preservative when you are working with oil based products or vegetable glycerin. Vegetable Glycerin is water based, but is so high in natural alcohol, it also does not need a presevative when making a lip scrub with it. It will not mix with oil, so make your choice between the two. The only way lip scrub can go bad is just over time, oil based products can go rancid. That just means store your lip scrubs in a cool dark place and they should last a year or two. Because lip scrubs can "clump" after a few months, it is probably best to make them "fresh" as you need it. I have never figured out a way to stop clumping.

Why Not Salt?

If I ever said salt, and I did in my earlier work, I apologize. Salt will work in a jam, and again, you need no presevatives. But salt tastes yukky and dries out the lips. Sugar is so pleasing I call my formula "Sugar Lips." Neat flavor ideas include "Rose Petal," "Lemon Drops" or "Honey." You can get these oil based flavors at "sources" below in this article. Water based flavors will not work in oil based mediums, and extracts are water based, as well as not true professional flavor.

If you are going to use vegetable glycerin to make your paste, which is a great humectant, you will need a professional water based flavor for your formula. Oils will just float on top. You do not have to have flavor, you can make it plain. Professional Water based flavors can also be purchased through the vendors below. When making any body care product, even lotion or body butters, I just use professional flavors because they smell great and are safer than the standard fragrance oils-which have far less regulation as to what is in them.

After Scrub Healing Salve Recipe © Mabel DIY

When you are exfoliating your lips, you are not only sloughing away dead skins, cells, and increasing ciruclation, you are also making your lips raw. Because of that a healing type "after" scrub salve should be used. I love lanolin and emu oil, as they are the most healing oils I know, along with vitamin e. Vegans may not like lanolin or emu, and for vegans, castor oil and vitamin e would be acceptable and effective.
Makes 5 Ounces of Lip Healing Salve
2 Ounces Lanolin
1 Ounce of Emu Oil
1 ounce of Vitaim e Oil
1 ounce of beeswax
2 Drops of Flavor oil (optional)
Heat together in a small crock pot or ancor hocking measuring cup in the microwave. If using a microwave figure 4 minutes until everthing is metled. Keep an eye on it and wear mitts. Pour into heat resistent containers such as tins or jars.

Lip Plumping Recipe

I have something to say about lip plumping products and why I am indexing this "recipe." Just drink a lot of water and that is the best way to rehydrate your lips. Often we do not drink enough water. Your lips cannot plump anyway without water-even when using products for plumping. Plus, we tend to ingest our lip products, so really examine any ingredients you see listed when buying any lip plumping products. Teens are the biggest buyers and why I think drinking loads of good old fashioned water is good enough. Teens can get carried away with self perception and think they must have plumped lips to be beautiful. This is not true, and to spend upwards of $70 on something needless, well, it can be spent in better areas. If it is a special event, [I know] I may use a natural known "irritant" on my own lips, which is good oil cinnamon oil. Even cinnamon oil I will dilute times ten, with carrier oil because it will burn any skin if put straight on and eyes too. And no, I would never sell the preparation.

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1 comment:

  1. I did this over the Memorial Day weekend. My lips are so smooth!