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DIY Elf Lip Exfoliator inspired Scrub

DIY Elf Lip Exfoliator inspired Scrub

The weirdest compliment I’ve ever gotten? That I look like Angelina Jolie.

Trust me, I know I look nothing like a Hollywood celebrity. But it was someting about my lips, my complimentor said.

I’m blessed with fairly plump lips. And I like to keep them soft and moisturized. When I first heard about a lip scrub shaped like a lipstick, I thought it was a genius idea. And they are so easy to make too.

ingredients lip scrub

I made my own just now and I am in awe with how good it works! I haven’t been able to stop touching my lips! I’m thinking about making a new version based on my favourite face scrub, with coffee and honey …to be continued! But first, let’s get cracking with this recipe, shall we!

This is my recipe with the exact same ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of Shea butter
  • 1,5 tsp. of wax (they use candelilla, palm & ceresin wax)
  • 1 tsp. of oil (they use avocado, grape seed & jojoba oil)
  • A few drops of vitamin E
  • A dash of aspartame (artificial sweetener)

Or my easier version (for one lipstick):

  • 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of Shea butter
  • 1 tsp. of jojoba oil
  • 1,5 tsp. of grated beeswax
  • Optional: a few drops of vitamin E and your favourite essential oil(s)

1. Melt the wax

Melt your wax in a double boiler until it’s completely liquid. You can use whatever wax you desire, as long as it’s cosmetic/food-grade.

double boiler beeswax

2. Add in your butter

Add your butter to the melted wax and wait for it to become liquidy. Here again you can use different butters if you like. Cocoa butter for a chocolatey flavour, mango butter for a mango-y flavor, avocado butter for … well, you get where I’m going with this.

diy shea butter bees wax

3. Add your oil(s)

Take your double boiler off the heat and add your oil(s) to the solution. And again, any oil goes. The only one I wouldn’t suggest, just this ones, is coconut oil. Because it solidifies at room temperature and the consistency could be different.

diy lip scrub

4. Give it some your sugar

Judging by the colour, I’m guessing that the Elf Lip  Exfoliator contains brown sugar. But you can use white sugar if you like. Not powdered sugar though, for its obvious not so scrubby characteristics.

diy lip scrub

5. Optional: A few drops of vitamin E and/or essential oils

Vitamin E is a natural preservative, so a drop or 2 will make your scrubby lipstick last longer.

Fun fact: Elf’s Lip Exfoliator contains tocopherol, a component of vitamin E. That’s why you won’t find it in the ingredients list on the box. Oh, the things a DIY’er finds interesting.

The Elf one also contains aspartame, an artificial sweetener. Don’t ask me why. I guess it gives it a sweeter taste. So if you want, you can always dunk a bag of Sweet’N Low in there.

Or, if you want to give it some flavour, why not add a little vanilla or chocolate essence? Or a few drops of your favourite essential oil? Pepermint, lavender, grapefruit, … Think of the possibilities!

lipsKeep stirring the mixture while it solidifies. Once the consistency gets thicker, pour it into your container. Let it solidify overnight, or for us lazy gals,  in the fridge for 20 minutes.


Enjoy your softer than butter lips!




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Are you going to make your own? Let me know!

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Monday 24th of September 2018

Hi, how long does these last?

Jainabah Sarr

Wednesday 28th of September 2016

The information from the American Cancer Society does speak on rumors around aspertame being linked to health effects ranging from mild problems such as headache, dizziness, digestive symptoms, and changes in mood, to more serious health issues such as Alzheimer disease, birth defects, diabetes, Gulf War syndrome, attention deficit disorders, Parkinson disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and seizures. The mention that studies done to date have not found any consistent evidence of harm, but it's alarming that so many citizens are even making the claim. Is there an alternative sweetner that I can use? I've always avoided products containing Aspertame.


Friday 6th of February 2015

I LOVE this lip scrub- and so does my family! I swapped the jojoba for almond oil and put peppermint eessential oil in to bring out a natural pout!

Thank you so much!

The Makeup Dummy

Friday 6th of February 2015

Sounds amazing ! I'm definitely trying that. Thanks for letting me know !


Wednesday 29th of October 2014

Hi there.

I have been looking for exactly this kind of recipe. I have an empty lipstick container and I thought fitting a lipscrub in it would be perfect.

My only problem is with beeswax. I have had a bad experience with it before, and beeswax is very expensive where I live =(

Any chance the recipe will hold sans beeswax? Or could another substitute help like vaseline, etc? I hope you can clarify - thank you =)

The Makeup Dummy

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Hi, good question! Vaseline will be too soft I think... I've experimented with the recipe these last few days and I came up with this: 2 tsp. cocoa butter, 1 tsp. Shea butter and 1 tsp. brown sugar. Let me know how it works out!

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