Lavender Lip Essentials | DIY Year-Round Lip Care: Make your own lavender lip exfoliator and lavender lip balm using basic ingredients & lavender essential oil.
No matter what the season, the elements wreak havoc on our skin and especially on our lips. Hot weather and the sun can cause lips to burn and peel. Cold weather causes chapped lips that crack and sometimes even bleed. In this post, I’m sharing my arsenal of lavender lip essentials. Two DIY products that, when used regularly, can keep your lips in lovely shape. The first is a lavender lip exfoliator that harnesses the healing power of lavender essential oil. This exfoliator removes dead skin from your lips so they are smooth. The second product is lavender lip balm. When used together, these products will give you healthy, moisturized, and super soft lips!
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DIY Lavender Lip Exfoliator
3 tablespoons petroleum jelly
2 tablespoons lavender sugar
4 drops lavender essential oil
Many homemade lip exfoliators use coconut oil or olive oil for the base. The problem with those products is that the sugar can dissolve if the mixture is over-stirred. Sugar does not dissolve in petroleum jelly so it’s the perfect base for this exfoliator.
TO MAKE THE EXFOLIATOR:
Put the petroleum jelly in a small bowl. The measurements don’t have to be exact. Just use the recommended amounts as a guide.
Stir the petroleum jelly with a spoon until it’s loosened up a bit. Add the lavender sugar, one tablespoon at a time, stirring well between additions.
Drop in the essential oil and stir again. Put mixture into one 4 oz. mason jar or several smaller containers. Seal containers tightly.
The first step is to wet your lips. Using your finger, scoop out a small amount of exfoliator and apply to your lips. Gently rub it around in a circular motion for a few seconds. Make sure to exfoliate the skin surrounding your lips as well. If you have any dry patches, a little extra exfoliator plus a few extra seconds will eliminate any peeling or cracked skin.
Rinse your lips with cool water until all the sugar is removed. Gently pat dry and apply homemade lip balm.
Use this exfoliator at night, two to three times per week.
TO MAKE LAVENDER SUGAR:
Some homemade exfoliator recipes call for caster sugar, which is simply granulated sugar that has been ground very fine. It’s easy to make your own:
Use leftover lavender sugar in baking, to make simple syrup or as a topping on buttered toast.
This DIY lavender lip exfoliator pairs beautifully with homemade lavender lip balm. Use both products to keep your lips soft, healthy and moisturized.
DIY Lavender Lip Balm
In a small double boiler over medium heat, melt the beeswax pellets. When they are almost completely melted, add the coconut oil. Stir constantly and when completely dissolved, immediately remove from heat.
Add vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil.
(Vitamin E gel capsules can also be used. Just snip the end of a capsule and squeeze the oil into the beeswax/coconut oil mixture. One capsule equals approximately 4 drops of vitamin E oil.)
Stir until combined.
Pour into small metal or glass containers. (This recipe makes enough to fill five containers that measure 1.5 inches in diameter and .5 inches high.) Balm will harden within a few minutes. Cap your containers when the balm is cool.
This lip balm is quite solid. To apply, swirl your finger around a few times on the balm. The body heat from your finger will melt the balm just enough to make it easy to spread on your lips.
This lip balm should be in your arsenal year-round. Unlike manufactured lip balms, this lip balm does not contain alcohol, camphor or menthol, helping to keep your lips smooth and soft.
This recipe can be halved or doubled, depending on your needs.
In addition to enjoying this lip balm yourself, small pots can be used for:
Bridal or baby shower favors.
Christmas stocking stuffers.
Teacher appreciation gifts.
Put two or three pots in a fabric pouch and use it as a gift tie-on.
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