Summer's drawing to a close, along with its long, sunny days and beach vacations. If all that sun and sea has left you with some seriously chapped lips, get ready for fall by following these four simple steps to create a DIY coconut-sea salt lip scrub scented with fresh lime zest! After a day outside, just slather on some of this simple, nontoxic scrub to exfoliate and moisturize your lips at the same time.
Step One: Gather your materials: Virgin coconut oil (refrigerate it in warm weather for easier mixing), fine-grained natural sea salt (real seal salt has bonus minerals, and larger crystals are too rough for lips), a small mixing bowl, a spoon, a washed organic lime, a grater or zester, and small containers to put the finished scrub in (re-usable cosmetics or creams containers are great for this, as are recycled glass jars).
Step Two: Measure out coconut oil and sea salt. Add 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part sea salt to your mixing bowl. For this version, we used 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of sea salt.
Step Three: Zest a lime (or use essential oil)
Step Four: Mix all the ingredients together. You can add more sea salt if the scrub seems too thin at this point.
Step Four: Spoon the lip scrub into a recycled cosmetic pot, travel toiletry container, or re-used glass jar. Keep refrigerated, especially in a warm climate, as this will keep the coconut oil hard and make it easier to apply. To use, rub a small amount into lips using a circular motion, then rinse away with warm water.