Mirinda Buxton

Easily Save Your Chapped Winter Lips!

I don’t know about you, but my lips often have some dry skin hanging off this time of year. I love my Beautycounter Polish & Protect Lip Duo, but it is only available at Holiday Time, and I used and gave as gifts all the ones I purchased. So, I looked at the ingredients of the lip scrub in the duo and thought I could make my own!! I realized all you need is a base and an exfoliant, and both are easy to find in your kitchen cabinets!

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Being low maintenance and as frugal as I am, I can honestly say I had never exfoliated my lips. That is, not until I tried the polish from Beautycounter and fell in love with the way my lips felt afterward!

I discovered that once my lips were exfoliated and conditioned with my lip conditioner, I had a much smoother canvas when applying lipstick!  Safe, non-toxic lipstick will go on smoother and last longer when applied to soft, smooth lips!

See Safe Lipsticks that are also conditioning: here.

Choose Your Ingredients

The first thing you are going to do is choose one base and one exfoliant to create your scrub with and mix the two together. Some examples are listed below: 


Use 1 Tablespoon of one of the following:

Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil: contains antioxidants and fatty acids, as well as a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

Organic Olive Oil
rich in antioxidants and hydrating squalene

Organic or Manuka Honey 
contains natural healing properties for irritated or sensitive skin. You can also use to leave on overnight for extra healing.

Organic Avocado Oil
loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins


Add any of the following to your base:

Organic sugar 1Tbsp gentle, natural exfoliant

Fine Coffee Grounds – ½ Tbsp caffeine content rejuvenates skin, making your lips flush with color

Cinnamon – 1 tsp  acts as a natural lip plumper and exfoliator; use alongside sugar

Lemon juice – 2 tsp  rich in vitamin C and a natural antibacterial

Kiwi – 1/4 fruit smashed with a fork in a glass dish so juice and fruit mix with base  soothes sore, dry lips, rich in vitamin C and vitamin E

Papaya – 2 small cubes smashed with a fork in a glass dish so fruit and juice mix with base  a great source of natural enzymes that help break down buildup on lips, leaving them soft and moisturized.

How to Exfoliate your Lips

Wash your hands. Use your finger to rub the scrub on your lips in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes. Afterward, let the mixture sit on your lips for 2-3 minutes before wiping off with a warm, damp washcloth.

Repeat the process about once a week. Over exfoliating may result in irritation and can cause more harm than good – so make sure you give your lips a break between exfoliations. Observe how your lips respond to each treatment, as well as to different ingredients.

Do not make large batches. You can keep the non-fruit scrubs for about 1-2 weeks, so share with a family member if you have a lot leftover!

If you keep leftovers, put any unused scrub in an airtight glass container and store it in a refrigerator. Before use, let the scrub come to room temperature.   

Remember to follow up with a safe lip conditioner that does not contain any toxic ingredients. And always use safe lip products to keep your lips smoother, to begin with, and your health safe.  

Today, my 11 year old Grace and I did Organic Olive Oil + Organic Sugar. She says her favorite is Honey with Sugar.

Lip Scrub Recipe

1. Choose one base and one exfoliant. Mix together.

2. Using your finger rub the scrub on your lips in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes. Afterward, let the mixture sit on your lips for 2-3 minutes

3. Wipe off with a warm damp washcloth.

4. Coat with a safe lip conditioner.

I use Beautycounter’s lip conditioner every night before bed and use Beyond Gloss and Jellies every day for a nourishing pop of color and shine.

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