Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jojoba & peppermint lip scrub

Yesterday we tried a pear coconut lip scrub; today, let's take a look at changing a few things!

The original lip scrub my best friend loves contains jojoba oil and peppermint essential oil as the flavouring, so I thought I'd try that. As per yesterday, I took my regular boring ol' white sugar for a spin in a clean coffee grinder to turn it into very small crystal berry-type sugar. (This is not the place for something like large crystalled plantation sugar!)

69.5% finely ground or berry sugar
21.4% golden jojoba oil
8.7% fractionated coconut oil
0.4% peppermint essential oil

If you don't have berry sugar, put your sugar into a coffee grinder and blend for maybe 10 seconds to produce a fine sugar. You don't want to grind it too long as you'll end up with powdered sugar, which won't scrub that well. (Ask me how I know this!)

Into a container, weigh the jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, and peppermint essential oil, and mix well. Add the sugar, mix until it is like wet sand, then spoon into your container.

Package this in a small container - I'm using 30 ml jars from Voyageur Soap & Candle* - and use a small spatula* or spoon to remove it from the container to put on your lips.

Why did I use jojoba oil? I used it because it was in the original recipe and I thought I'd try it. I added the fractionated coconut oil because I thought the product was getting too expensive and too thick with just the jojoba oil. The lovely yellow of the scrub comes from the jojoba, but you could try something else and see how you like it!

Could I leave out the fractionated coconut oil? Of course! Try it with all jojoba oil, if you wish.  Or try it with another oil entirely.

What about the peppermint essential oil? As a rule, you shouldn't ingest essential oils, but peppermint essential oil is one of those we can put in a lip product. Do not - I repeat - do not go over 0.4% in your product as it is very strong at even a titch over that. One of the reasons I ended up making 100 grams of this product was thanks to my heavy handed use of peppermint essential oil! You could go lower - I encourage you to start at 0.1% and see how you like it - but don't go higher.

Please note, clicking on a link with an * beside it takes you to another site. I am sharing these links as these were the things I used and I thought I'd do it rather than having someone ask me. These are not affiliate links, and I don't receive anything if you click on them and buy something. I'm just sharing because I'm big fans of these sites! 

Could we make this product more awesome by including an active ingredient? Of course we can! Join me tomorrow as we add a lip plumping ingredient to the mix!

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