Updated: Apr 24, 2020
I love pure product! And I am going to do a little series on making your own skin care as it is an important part of your health.
Some ingredients in skin care are allergens, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, hormone disruptors, and neurotoxins. According to eco watch, there are 84, 000 chemicals in the beauty industry, and only one percent of these have been tested for their safety. When an ingredient is tested, it is generally tested by itself... but when have you seen an ingredient by itself in a beauty care product? One example of this is vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar is a clean ingredient and baking soda is a clean ingredient, but combined they create a reaction. Now this reaction can unclog drains and makes the product more effective in cleaning. So while some cosmetics and some ingredients are tested, all combinations of these ingredients have not been tested... scary, eh?
So think about the products you use in a day. How many ingredients and chemicals are in your shampoo? Conditioner? Skin cream? Make up? Nail polish? How many different ingredients and chemicals are you using each day?
Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. That being said, just like food, the purest products are the ones you make. They generally contain simple ingredients which you can even eat! If you cannot eat it why would you want to put it on your body?
Lip scrubs are absolutely amazing to exfoliate those dry lips. Best to follow with a moisturizing lip balm (Stay tuned next week for an amazing lip balm recipe by Chic and Unique.
Lavender Lip Scrub
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
3 Tbsp organic coconut oil
3-4 drops of lavender essential oil (make sure it is a grade of essential oil that is approved for ingestion as it is on your lips. If you're not a lavender fan you can always use another essential oil. Be cautious if you choose citrus oils as they are photosensitive, meaning they will make you more sensitive to UV rays.
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until well combined. I melted the coconut oil for ease of mixing.
Store in a small mason jar, or other air tight container. This will stay fresh for approximately 2-4 weeks. Store in a dark cool place.
* Please note that the lip scrub will be a little hard when stored for a while. As coconut oil solidifies at room temperature. It will warm up and soften as soon as it hits your hands. If you would prefer a softer scrub use fractionated coconut oil.
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