If you're anything like me, you too have spent too much time at LUSH, to the point where the all-clad-in-black salespeople already know you're only there for the samples (and maybe a lip scrub since its the only thing under $10 you wont feel bad about using up). Well I'm here to help stop the persecution of LUSH-addicted cheapies everywhere. I have scoured the internet, researched countless natural remedies and, yes, even fell down an essential oils rabbit hole. And now I have emerged like jasmine-scented, fully exfoliated and over moisturized Jack Skellington to tell you that this year, overpriced irresistible handmade cosmetics shall be ours! And, bonus, I also did not test on any animals, unless you count me as one.
Sugary Lip Scrub
The easiest of the recipes to duplicate was the lip scrub that I inevitably always purchase. The purpose of the lip scrub is to exfoliate your lips (duh), which then makes applying lipstick or gloss a dream. Have you ever gotten all dolled up and then noticed after a while your lipstick appears to be peeling? That's because it's being applied over dead skin! Gross, right? Don't worry, though. Exfoliating your lips fixes that in a snap.
2 tbsp fine granulated sugar
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together well and apply to lips up to twice a week. When your lips are fully exfoliated just lick the lip scrub off!
Peppermint Foot Scrub
This DIY is perfect for right now when everyone is trying to get those elusive 10,000 steps in a day. We use sea salt in this recipe since salt naturally has minerals that your body absorbs during this treatment. You may also use as a facial scrub, subbing a botanical oil such as jojoba or grapeseed for the coconut, but make sure you use extra fine salt and you have no open wounds. Enjoy!
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp extra fine sea salt
2-4 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together well and apply to feet as needed.
Moisturizing Lip Balm
While we are on lip care, I guarantee you this is the most moisturizing, non-sticky lip balm you will ever use. We poured ours into lip balm tubes we found on Amazon but you can pour into an empty Altoid tin or any other mini container your heart desires.
1 tbsp all-natural beeswax pellets
1 tbsp shea butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
4-6 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a double broiler. (if you do not have a double broiler you can melt in the microwave at 15-20 second intervals, stirring between increments.) Once the beeswax and coconut oil have completely melted and are thoroughly mixed together, add the shea butter and slowly melt into the mixture using the same heating technique you used above. After all items are thoroughly melted, stir in your essential oil then quickly pour into your desired container as the mixture will begin to set once it begins cooling. Let set for up to an hour before using. This recipe will fill 2 lip balm tubes.
4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. Epsom salt
2 oz. cornstarch
1 tsp water
1 tsp scented essential oil
1 tsp melted coconut oil
1-2 drops soap coloring (optional)
2 bath bomb molds (I found these at Hobby Lobby for about $1 each)
Thoroughly mix together all dry ingredients. In a separate container, mix together all wet ingredients. VERY SLOWLY and in small increments begin to stir in the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. You do not want it to over fizz. Once all the wet ingredients are well mixed with the dry, the mixture should have a slightly damp texture. Do not add more moisture to the mix. Begin filling the each half of the bath bomb mold, making sure the mixture is compressed within the mold. each half should be slight overfilled. Then simply press the mold together and closely tightly. Let set for at least 10 minutes, then gently remove the bath bomb from the mold.
Charcoal Face Mask
Technically this isn't a LUSH-inspired recipe, but more of a Glamglow-inspired one. I'm obsessed with Glamglow but one little jar costs $70! We can do better than that, right?
2 tbsp grapeseed oil (may also use jojoba or any other botanical oil)
1/4 cup Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
1 tbsp 99.9% aloe vera
4 oz green tea
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix all dry ingredients well (you will need to open the capsules to access the powder inside, this part can be messy). Add the aloe vera and grapeseed oil to the mixture. Slowly add in your green tea until the texture is creamy, but not watery. Chill in the fridge for an hour. Use up to twice a week. If the charcoal happens to remain on your skin after you wash off the mask, just use a facial cleanser after. Store in the refrigerator. Makes approximately 4 oz.