In the winter my lips get unbearably dry. Arrrgh. It’s infuriating. Calgary is practically a desert for most of the year, but in the winter I swear we tip into negative humidity. Things don’t mold here because it’s like living in a dehydrator. Good for line drying your clothes inside, not so good for my face. One of the few things that helps with my dry lips is a peppermint sugar lip scrub stick—a bit of quick exfoliation to polish off any dry skin and help get moisture where it needs to be.I’ve made sugar scrubs for my lips before, but they’re not portable in a 125mL mason jar. So, I decided to make a portable version in a tube. Something I could use at work or on the go as I’m really not all that patient when extra-dry lips are driving me insane.
It’s a super simple premise. It’s basically lip balm with a bunch of sugar in it. Sugar is not oil soluble, so it stays solid and scrubby. It also tastes nice, which is a definite bonus.
The mixture gets to be pretty tricky to pour as it cools. It needs to be cool enough that the sugar doesn’t settle out of the melted oils, but not so cool that it doesn’t pour. I ended up letting it cool most of the way, stirring as it cooled, before I re-melted it partially by placing it in a hot water bath. I had to work quickly and re-heat the mixture a few times, but it worked out in the end.
The final product is a lovely tube of sweet, scrubby, pepperminty delight. I use my fingers to give my lips a good, firm scrub, and then rinse or wipe off the sugar. The remaining lip balm leaves your lips buffed and moisturized.
Peppermint Sugar Lip Scrub Stick
6 drops peppermint essential oil
2 tbsp granulated white sugar