Every winter, no matter how much herbal tea I down, I always end up with dry lips. Sometimes, a good lip balm just isn’t enough and you need some exfoliation to get the job done. This DIY rose-infused lip scrub with its comfrey and rose is just what you need to soothe and soften lips.
I actually put off making a lip scrub for the longest time. I thought it would be just one more skincare item cluttering up my shelf that I wouldn’t really use. There are certain things I don’t have time for most days, like cuticle cream or sometimes.. ahem …taking a shower.
However, lip scrub is now firmly on my “absolutely must have” list. Even after several applications of my homemade lip balm, I still had that gummy, weird feeling on my lips due to peeling skin. Giving the area a little exfoliation first before applying the lip balm makes such a HUGE difference!
I seem to have a dozen different kinds of lip balm laying around the house, but Jess’s Lip Lotion is one of my favorites, which you can find here.
The IngredientsA skincare product is only as good as its ingredients, and this lip scrub has some great ones. I use lavender and calendula in almost every single skincare item I make, so I wanted to give you a fresh take on skin soothing with some different herbs.
Comfrey: I chose comfrey for its phenomenal skin regeneration properties. It’s been nicknamed “bone-knit” because of its amazing ability to help broken bones heal lightning fast. I use it in my homemade healing salve along with a few other herbs for general skin conditions. Comfrey does make the lip scrub a bright green, but I can deal with that.
Rose: Like many others in the floral family, rose flowers have calming and soothing properties. I love how rose smells, but I find the scent to be very subtle when infused in oil. Rose essential oil has much of the same properties and a much more potent scent, but a good rose essential oil isn’t cheap. Making your own rose-infused oil is a very inexpensive way to enjoy the soothing benefits of the plant.
- 1 Tbsp comfrey leaf (wild-harvested or organic comfrey leaf)
- 2 Tbsps rose petals, any variety (organic, sustainably sourced rose petals)
- ⅓ cup sweet almond oil (organic, unrefined sweet almond oil)
- 6 drops vitamin E oil (GMO-free vitamin E)
- 6 Tbsps sugar (organic sugar)
- 1 tsp mango butter (organic mango butter)
- 4 drops sweet orange essential oil (organic sweet orange essential oil)
- Option 1- Cold Infusion - In a small glass jar combine the oil, rose petals, and comfrey. Seal the jar, giving it a liberal shake to disperse the herbs. Allow the oil to infuse in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks. Shake your oil every day or so to help the process along.
- Option 2- Heat Infusion – Combine the herbs and oil in a small glass bowl. Make sure the herbs are completely covered in oil. Fill a saucepan partially with water and place the bowl onto the pan and bring the water to a gentle boil. You want the oil in the bowl to get very hot and just the faintest bit bubbly. Too hot though and you’ll burn your herbs! Make sure to add water to the pan as it evaporates. After 2 hours, turn off the heat and remove the bowl.
- After the oil has infused and its cool, strain the herbs out and dispose of them. Cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or an old but clean t-shirt all work well for this. Be sure to really squeeze the oil from the herbs, since this is really the most potent.
- In a glass bowl combine your strained oil, mango butter, orange essential oil, and vitamin E oil. Mash it all together until well mixed.
- Using a fork or rubber spatula, mash the sugar into the mixture.
- Spoon your lip balm into a small glass jar.
- To use, gently scrub across lips while leaning over a sink and then rinse off with water.
More Skincare Goodness
As good as this scrub smells, I really really like the gingerbread lip scrub I came up with for my new e-book! If you’re anything like me, you love crafting homemade bodycare items. So what better way to say “I care about you” to everyone on your list than with some homemade goodies?
If you’re not the DIY type, you can always find plenty of good options in the handcrafted Pronounce Skincare shop. There are also TONS of great DIY body care recipes right here on the Scratch Mommy website. Sometimes though, you just want it all in one place. Some fresh inspiration.
That’s where Body & Skin – DIY Bodycare Gifts comes in. I spent weeks upon weeks testing the recipes for this, making sure they not only worked, but that they looked gift worthy and safely used essential oils.
I also cover how to package your gift, and where to find containers and labels. Why use expensive gift wrap that’s just going to clutter the landfill when you can have beautiful, eco-friendly, and reusable options?
There are a total of 18 recipes including:
- Gingerbread lip scrub (Careful, don’t eat your lips, it tastes THAT good)
- Floral bath bomb fizzies (Bath bombs can be tricky to make, but I’ll show you how to master them)
- Orange white chocolate whipped body butter (That doesn’t leave you feeling greasy)
- Sleepytime bath soak (Perfect for wound up kiddos or adults)
- Orange Creamsicle® body scrub (Who doesn’t want to smell like a Creamsicle®!?)
- Invigorating peppermint foot scrub (Freshen those tootsies)
- Three different flavors of lip balm (That don’t leave a waxy feel)
- Woodsy beard oil (No more brillo pad beards)
- Solid perfume and cologne (Lasting scents, plus how to make them extra elegant)
- Moisturizing lotion bars (Portable bars for when regular lotion is just too inconvenient)
- Citrus detox bath soak (Soak away stress and toxins in one go)
- Coconut lime body wash (Smells like the tropics and leaves your skin super soft and moisturized)
- Shine boost lip gloss (No toxic colorants or chemicals, just shiny, nourished, colorful lips)
- Citrus floral cleansing grains (Great for any skin type to exfoliate and nourish while making you smell awesome)
Christmas is coming up soon and this is the perfect way to make sure you have something for everyone on your list!
If you’d like to snag a copy of Body & Skin – DIY Bodycare Gifts for yourself (or as a gift) you can get it here.