Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yummy pear coconut lip scrub!

As we continue to spend all our freakin' time working on getting the links to the PDFs working on the blog, please enjoy this post on making a lip scrub! 

My best friend, Wanda, is in love with a certain company's lip scrub, which seems to consist of a few ingredients like jojoba oil, peppermint, and sugar. I thought I'd make my own version of this for her birthday!

If I were to make an ingredient list for the first version I did using the pear coconut sweetened lip balm flavouring from Windy Point*, the first ingredient would be sugar. The second, oil, and the third, flavouring. That's it. You could make this more complex - and I did, as you'll see - but this turned out so nice!

67.4% berry or finely ground sugar
31% fractionated coconut oil
1.6% pear coconut flavouring (pre-sweetened)

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 your fractionated coconut oil and pear coconut flavouring, 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 choose to use fractionated coconut oil in this recipe? Fractionated coconut oil is a very light feeling, flavourless, colourless oil, which created a very light feeling, colourless product that allowed the pear coconut flavour to shine!

Could you change the oil in this recipe? Of course you can! Make sure you choose something that isn't heavily flavoured, like olive oil or hemp seed oil. And think about how the colour and viscosity might change.

Also consider that you pretty much lick this off your lips when you're done with it, so you might want to avoid something like castor oil, which can act as a laxative in larger quantities. There's probably not enough to have that kind of effect, but it's always something I consider.

Could you change the flavouring in this recipe? Of course! I made another version for me with Windy Point's cupcake frosting flavoured lip balm oil* and I just love it! If you don't have access to a sweetened oil, try it without as the sugar can make it taste sweeter as you scrub it on your lips. You could use Lorann's flavouring oils for chocolate, but use the tiniest amount. When I've used it in the past, I dipped a toothpick into the container then mixed it with the oil, and a little goes such a long way.

Join me tomorrow as we try another version of this scrub with jojoba oil!

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! 


Unknown said...

Can you provide suggestions if you wanted to make a thicker scrub (ones that is more like a balm)? Thank you - Alisa

Jammy Smith said...

I've never tried lip scrub. It could be interesting to try. I wonder if I can use icing sugar. Is it too powdered?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Jammy. It is too powdered. You want something a little more coarse than that.

Hi Alisa! You'd want to add something to thicken it, like beeswax or a butter. I have written loads of posts on making balms, so I'll suggest this starting point - Back to Basics: Balms - and see if you get what you want through experimentation.