Try as I might, with an arsenal of lip balms in every purse and desk drawer, winter always manages to dry out my lips in the most uncomfortable ways. Even with frequent applications of my best beeswax lip balm, I need more. I need exfoliation. This scrub does the trick beautifully.

The exfoliation mixture I use (salt, sugar, and olive oil) is great, but I doubt it would taste very nice. Also, it’s usually pretty runny, which is fine for all-over body use, but for an area as small as the lips, something a little more solid is better; that way you can make sure you’re getting all the ingredients in one little scoop.

I chose gingerbread as the theme because I knew I wanted to use brown sugar and cinnamon. Brown sugar is a great exfoliant, and cinnamon is not only a nice exfoliant, but it also helps draw blood to the surface of the skin. And they both taste awesome. Combined with some coconut oil, molasses, and a few other tasty treats, you’ve got yourself an awesome, moisturizing lip scrub.

Gingerbread Lip Scrub

1 tbsp coconut oil
10 drops kukuinut oil (optional)
5 drops vitamin E oil (optional)

1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
1 tsp blackstrap molasses
A few drops of vanilla
Pinch of each nutmeg, allspice, and cloves
½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp dark brown sugar, more as needed

Melt together the coconut oil, kukuinut oil, and vitamin E oil. Whisk in the glycerin, molasses, and vanilla. Stir in the spices, and then the brown sugar. Add enough brown sugar to absorb the moisture. It should clump up and not ooze very much oil.

To use, take about half a teaspoon of the mixture on your fingertip and rub it into your lips over your sink. Rinse off the residue with some water, and enjoy the smoothness!

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