Secondblonde’s Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub

IMG_8970.PNGAs a matte lipstick fan my lips tend to dry out and get all yucky and flaky, not a good look! I don’t normally invest in lip scrubs and usually gently wipe my lips with a wet flannel or brush with a soft toothbrush when I remember to.

With a kitchen full of skin care worthy ingredients I decide to make a quick lip scrub. Manuka Honey for it’s natural humectant properties drawing moisture to the skin and of course healing properties. Sweet Almond Oil to create a protective barrier and sugar as an abrasive exfoliant.

Method:
# Get a ramekin or small dish and add 1 teaspoon of honey, I use Manuka Honey 12+.

# Stir in 1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil (you can use olive oil if that’s all you have)

# Add 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar, I used white as it’s more refined and gentle on your lips.

# Combine together to make a thick paste.

# Add in 2 drops of edible flavoured oil, I used almond oil you can choose mango, lemon or lime if preferred.

# Decant into a small pot with a lid, the scrub will fill a 7.5g pot perfectly, I used an old eye gel pot washed out.

Ta dah! It’s ready to use!

The texture is satisfyingly thick and the sugar granules perfect for the level of exfoliating my lips need. The colour is rich and the smell is so yummy I just wanna eat it!!! Seriously it’s taken me ages to write this post as I keep opening the lid and taking a whiff every few minutes.

IMG_8971.PNGWhen applied to damp lips it’s gloppy enough to stay put but easy to move around and massage in circular movements.

Technically this is completely edible with a pleasant sweet taste so feel free to lick some off! Personally I like to rinse off with warm water and pat my lips dry and finish with a layer of balm.

I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out and will start using it a couple of times a week to keep my lips soft and smooth.

Have you got any homemade kitchen beauty product recipes that really work?

Secondblonde x

Winter Superfood’s – Immune Boosting Ingredients

It’s that time of year when our immune system is at it lowest, perhaps eating a different diet consisting of comfort foods and not seeing as much daylight traveling to and from work in the dark.

Instead of reaching for a big bowl of carbs to keep up energy levels opt to add these ingredients to your meals to keep you warm, boost energy and immune system and enhance your mood and memory!

Raw Cocoa

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Contains vitamins and essential fats to keep you warm, completely natural antioxidants perfect for the sweet tooth.
Health Benefits:
Health boosting flavonoids, antihistamine, antibacterial, mood enhancing and memory enhancing.

Goji Berries

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An antioxidant that keeps nasty bugs at bay.
Health Benefits:
Immune boosting antioxidants and minerals: iron Vitamins: A B1 B2 B6 and Vitamin C and E.

Coconut Oil

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A jar of organic solid which can be melted or softened to cook with or add as a dressing to salads.
Health Benefits:
Weight loss boost, an aid to digestion, immune system boost, plus a potent mix of fatty acids.

Manuka Honey

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Mānuka honey is a monofloral honey produced in New Zealand and Australia from the nectar of the mānuka tree.
Health Benefits:
Boost immune system, antibacterial properties, energy booster and a skin soother.