Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Scrub

Yes, you read that right. Chocolate mint lip scrub that you can make at home out of things you probably already own. Why pay big bucks for something when you can make it for pennies on the dollar? And the best thing about homemade is you can customize it anyway you like! And this is so simple my 3 year old helped me make it, plus it took more time to gather the supplies than to actually make the scrub. So let's get started!

To make homemade chocolate mint lip scrub you will need-

  • white sugar
  • oil (I used almond oil, but you can use olive, avocado, jojoba, pretty much any oil you want)
  • cocoa powder
  • mint extract
  • a spoon, a fork, and a small bowl for mixing
  • a container to put the finished product in (I used an Altoids tin, but a small glass jar or Tupperware container would work just fine.)

Fill your container about halfway up with the white sugar, you don't want to make more than your container can handle. Once you have the correct amount dump it into the bowl and add about a teaspoon and a half of cocoa powder. I eyeballed it, the proportions aren't super important for this recipe.

Give everything a good mix with the fork, you want it blended evenly so there aren't any clumps of cocoa powder once you add the oil.

Add a few drops of the mint extract to the mix, being careful not to overdo it. Give it a quick mix then slowly drizzle on the oil. You want the mix wet but you shouldn't have a pool of oil sitting there once combined. I recommend you add the oil a little at a time, the amount will depend on the size of your container and personal preference. 

See how mine is nice and wet but you can't really see any of the oil? That's what your goal is. Once you reach the right consistency transfer it to your container and voila! You have chocolate mint lip scrub!

To use it, just scoop a little bit out and rub your lips with it till they're smooth and soft. The best part is you can just lick up the extra scrub from your lips, no nasty chemicals to make you sick! Now this won't keep forever, but so long as you store it in a cool, dark place you should get at least a month out of it, maybe two. Just keep an eyeball on it and if it starts to turn funky toss it out and make a new batch.

Want to customize it to your tastes? Use a different flavor extract (I'm going to do orange next time), increase or omit the cocoa powder completely, or even use brown sugar instead of white. The possibilities are endless! Look in the candy making aisle of your local craft store for unique flavors (root beer, bubble gum, or even watermelon) to use instead of extract. Add a little food dye to give it a pop of color. Like I said, the possibilities are endless!


  1. Awesome idea and so simple to do! Love this thank you for this great idea!

  2. This looks so goood! Great idea and recipe! I love how you used an Altoids tin. It seems like a good size. Do you find yourself making it through the whole tin before it gets bad? (Just trying to get an estimate of how long it typically lasts/ stays fresh)

    1. So far I haven't have any lip scrub go bad before I finish it, but I think that depends on the oil you use. Certain oils go rancid faster or easier, like walnut oil. I will probably have to toss the rest of the scrub by the end of this month if I haven't finished it yet, but as of right now it's holding up pretty good. Making a drier scrub also helps extend the shelf life for sure.