Non-Toxic Plant-Based Makeup for Women of Color

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Hey loves! I’ve been slowly swapping out my makeup for toxin free plant-based makeup. I can’t lie, it hasn’t been an easy process. I’ve been wanting to make the change beucause I value my health more than anything. Many of these chemicals have been linked to hormone disruption, cancer and even harmful to reproductive health and baby’s development. Unfortunately, most companies either aren’t inclusive of shades for women of color or completely miss the mark with shades available. I’ve finally found a brand that not only can account for my unique hues, undertones and complexion as a whole, but is inclusive of ALL shades and tones!

Back Story..There’s Levels To This

I originally decided to stick with NARS for my face and cheeks until I could find a brand that was right for my skin tone with clean ingredients that I could trust. I had pretty much given up on trying anything new because of my terrible experiences with other brands and color matching. I’ve literally dropped $100+ on other brands that would claim to match my skin tone, only to find out their shades did the exact opposite. I’ve even gone back and purchased additional products in hopes that mixing shades would give me the perfect color and coverage with no success. Sound like you?

 

The Brand & How I Found Them

Au Naturale is a plant-based non-toxic cosmetic line that I found through my Back To Basics Box last month. NARS Creamy Concealer Dupe, NARS All Day Weightless Luminous All Day Foundation Dupe, non toxic vegan makeup, vegan makeup for African American skin, vegan makeup for black women, beauty, non toxic makeup, non toxic beauty, plant based makeup, healthyhairtotoe
I reviewed their lip stain and fell in love! I didn’t realize that in my box came a swatch card for their face makeup. The shades available were abundant!
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I contacted Back To Basics Box on their official IG page. I told them what brand/shade of products I used & and they were able to color match me in less than 5 minutes! I was excited but nervous at the same time. I kept asking myself, did I just shell out $83 to be disappointed again? Well, judgement day came. I got my package and cracked that baby open right away!

What I Bought & How It Held Up

Au Naturale Completely Covered Creme Concealer

This concealer comes in stick form. I’ve only used liquid concealers so I was a bit worried. I wasn’t sure if it would have the same coverage effect as well as match my complexion. Au Naturale’s Completely Covered Concealer in Baja was an exact dupe to my previous NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium Dark 4 (Hazlenut).IMG_0658 I found that I didn’t need as much concealer as I did in the past. It did go on a smidgen lighter than my previous concealer from NARS at 1st which did scared me..lol. Then I remembered, I am probably darker than usual during the summer months…lol. Once I applied the foundation it all blended well together and very smooth!

Au Naturale’s Completely Covered Concealer is formulated without animal bi-products, synthetic preservatives, nano particles, gluten, parabens, fillers, dyes or toxins, 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan.

Ingredients: Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Organic Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Oil), Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca Root Starch), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Micas, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Copernica Cerifera (Carnuba Wax). May Contain: Ultramarine Blue, Chromium Oxide Green.

Au Naturale Semi-Matte Powder Foundation

This Semi-Matte Powder Foundation in Cali is an exact dupe to my NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Macao.  Y’all, this foundation was mind-blowing. It’s a powder in a pump bottle that covers like a liquid foundation. I’m no makeup guru but I’ve never seen a product like this before. It’s much less messier than liquid! I hate when I apply liquid foundation and a drop gets on my clothes..especially when I’m heading out somewhere! Also, The coverage was FLAWLESS!!!! It was as if an airbrush had been applied to my face to remove any imperfections. The plus side was that I still looked like myself…just a glowing version!

Au Naturale Semi-Matte Powder Foundation is formulated without gluten, parabens, fillers, animal by-products, synthetic preservatives or toxins. It’s also 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan.

Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Micas, Silica, Copernica Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax May Contain: Ultramarine Blue, Chromium Oxide Green

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BEFORE MAKEUP (left) & AFTER MAKEUP (right)

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Au Naturale Pure Powder Bronzer

Au Naturale Pure Powder Bronzer in Kissed gave me the perfect final touch! The bronzer comes packaged the same way as the Semi-Matte Powder Foundation. I just applied to my cheekbones and was good to go! It gave me an airbrushed sunkissed glow which I love! I have NEVER gotten this effect from any bronzer I’ve ever worn. Hands down, one of my favorite plant-based makeup products!

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Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Micas.

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Price Point

Normally I would spend  close to $130 on conealer, foundation and bronzer. I figured that wasn’t bad since I don’t wear makeup everyday and my look is very minimal. Au Naturale through Back To Basics cost me $83 even.

Final Thoughts

Normally I would have this heavy (slightly itchy) feeling on my face after wearing makeup for a few hours. Au Naturale left my skin feeling so fresh and natural that I kept forgetting I was wearing makeup! Removal was also easy and quick. No breakouts occurred after use as well. Winning all over the damn place!

I will be sticking with this brand but I’m open to trying other non-toxic plant-based makeup brands as long as they’re inclusive of all shades!

Thank you all so much for the love on my IG post and IG stories regarding this Au Naturale Cosmetics! I’m beyond excited to finally use plant-based makeup! What I love even more though is sharing my love for  clean beauty and holistic beauty tips with you all! As a black woman in the green beauty space, it’s important for me to find & highlight brands that are ethical & inclusive of all. I really hope this helps all of you!

You can follow Back To Basics Box on Instagram and check out this plant-based makeup line as well as other non-toxic products at www.backtobasicsbox.com. If you’re looking for more holistic & non-toxic skincare tips head on over to my YouTube channel .

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7 Easy Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

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This post is sponsored by Vanity Planet but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hey guys! Is it just me or have you also noticed Mother Nature has been teasing us with summer like temperatures this past week? It has me itching for 75+ degree temps, sandals and morning runs without 3 layers of clothing! When seasons change our skin can take a brutal hit. I’ve partnered with Vanity Planet to share 7 easy ways to prep your skin for a healthy problem free glow all summer long! Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic

Invest in a Mask

There’s nothing like a great mask treatment that really gets deep into your pores to give you a fresh start. Your pores are the gateway to healthy skin so you want to make sure you’re ridding them of bacteria and product build-up regularly. More on what products I use religiously to heal and maintain clear skin here and here!

  Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps to renew the skin by removing dead skin cells and speeding up the cell turnover rate. This essentially helps to heal the skin from dark spots quicker than time alone. Lately I’ve been exfoliating with my Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Cleansing Brush (say that fast 5 times!..lol).Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic Just like an effective scrub, Spin for Perfect Skin uses a universal, single-speed rotation system to effectively remove dead skin cells on face and body, a win win! Suitable for all skin types, this is a must have item for any budget! It also comes with a pumice stone to execute the perfect home pedicure! I apply my scrub to my feet and use the stone to whisk away any dry dull skin. It beats having to go to the nail salon (which I hate..lol).

Cleanse

I’ve become a HUGE fan of Raw African Black Soap as a cleanser for my hair (watch here), face and body. It’s a great remedy for acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, the list goes on.Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic

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Vanity Planet’s Spin for Perfect Skin Body Brush is EVERYTHING!

I’ve been using it with my Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Face & Body Cleansing Brush to lift dirt and oil trapped in my pores daily, head to toe!

There is nothing worse than a breakout during summer. Hot and humid temps plus sweaty oily skin are the PERFECT breeding ground for acne. These two items are a lethal pair against problem causing bacteria!

Just be sure to use raw and unrefined black soap to reap all of the natural benefits. You can purchase this spin brush from Vanity Planet for just $35 with code: SpinSpring70. That’s 70% off the retail price of $100! I thought this was a steal since most comparable brushes cost $100 or more. Vanity Planet has two other crazy good deals right now:

Tone & Moisturize

I know you’re wondering, “why did she put 4 & 5 together? That’s because during the summer months I moisturize and tone with one item.Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic I swear and live by pure aloe straight from the leaf! Raw aloe juice is multipurpose and has so many healing properties! Read more about how I use pure aloe here. If you’re looking for something a tad bit more dense than aloe but also lightweight then I recommend sweet almond oil. You can read more about the benefits of using sweet almond oil here.

Protect

Make sure you are using an effective sunscreen daily! I cannot stress enough as to how important this is in order to maintain healthy skin but also protect it from harmful UV rays. The amount of SPF varies by individual skin tone, age, etc. Just make sure you are protecting your skin properly.

Hydrate

Lastly but also the most important (and affordable) thing you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of water! Adequate hydration keeps our skin moisturized and increases elasticity (say “bye Felicia!” to premature wrinkles). Fruit-Infused-Waters-from-Green-BlenderWater also helps to flush out toxins from the body, giving us healthy glowing skin. If you have eczema or psoriasis staying hydrated is key to preventing painful flare ups. You’ll also keep bloat at a minimum! Bottoms up!

How do you prep your skin for summer? Have you tried Vanity Planet’s Spin For Perfect Skin brush? Comment below and let me know. 🙂

-Healthy Hair To Toe <3

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Vegan Beauty Must Haves With 100% Pure Cosmetics

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Hey loves! It’s no secret that I follow an extremely non-toxic & holistic lifestyle from hair to toe. When it comes to skincare & makeup, I only use non-toxic and/or plant-based products.

One of my favorite plant-based beauty brands is 100% Pure Cosmetics and Skincare. Their products are vegan, certified organic and use only good for you ingredients. I ordered their Coconut Oil Body Scrub during a holiday sale a few years ago and was blown away! I recently decided I’d give their facial skincare & makeup products a try to see how they hold up.

1st up is 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream. vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairI don’t suffer from dark circles but I do have extremely puffy eyes with smile lines. I’ve been dealing with increased puffiness since giving birth to my second son back in September. I bought an eye cream a few months back but saw no improvement. vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairThe 1st ingredient in this Coffee Bean Eye Cream is aloe, which is known to increase skin’s elasticity naturally. 2nd ingredient is moisturizing rose-water then rose hip oil. The magic ingredient in this vegan eye cream is caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puffs and reduces swelling while increasing circulation to alleviate and brighten dark circles. After reading the reviews I knew I had to try it. All I can say is O..M..G! While it didn’t eliminate my puffiness off the bat, I did see a reduction almost instantly! I’m going to continue using over the next 30 days and I will give you another update then.

Next up is 100% Pure’s Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick in Sandstone.vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair I love matte lipsticks but they can be so over drying within minutes of applying. I usually end up adding a hint of Vaseline or Almond oil to my lips to prevent that dreaded dry, cracked look. This lipstick eliminated all that for me!vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairRemember, skincare & food ingredients are listed by order of concentration (highest to lowest). Check this out, the 1st ingredient is raw cocoa butter! 2nd is raw shea butter, 3rd is cherry, then plum..I can do this all day but I’ll let you see for yourself..lol. My lips were very moisturized and the color matched my skin tone perfectly! What I loved the most is that I didn’t have to reapply my lipstick since there was no dryness (double win!). There’s a total of 10 shades in this collection including Tempest, Blood Orange, Cactus Bloom and more!

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Last is 100% Pure’s Maracuja Mascara in Dark Chocolate.  This is the PERFECT mascara for those with sensitive eyes like myself.vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair I love that this vegan mascara is colored from black tea leaves! There are no harmful dyes in this mascara at all. 🙂 Some of the conditioning ingredients include aloe, cocoa seed butter and maracuja seed oil. I can’t stand when mascaras have that chemical-like scent and make my lashes dry and clumpy. This mascara had a faint chocolate scent that smells divine! The brush helped to lengthen, separate and create just the right amount of curl & volume I wanted while looking fairly natural. vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairIt’s also water and smudge resistant! Random fact: I always forget I’m not wearing my glasses when I wear eye makeup. I end up rubbing my eyes and smearing the eye makeup!..lol. Am I the only one that does that? Safe to say this mascara held up! This was my 1st time using any mascara from 100% Pure and I’m definitely a fan!

Final Look

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Note: The products mentioned above were provided to me for review by 100% Pure Cosmetics. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on these links and make a purchase, I receive a small commission. I use this commission to offset the costs of this blog. However, all thoughts and opinions are & always will be my own.

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How to Keep Your Winter Skin Healthy

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Temperatures are plummeting here in NY which is a sure-fire sign that old man winter is near. Dry itchy skin, redness, tightness, irritation, and even breakouts are common when winter weather sets in. Trying to get problem skin under control during winter can feel like the ultimate struggle. Here are the causes of dry winter skin and prevention tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated until spring.

What Causes Dry Winter Skin?

  • The first thing you need to keep in mind during winter is that the air is much drier. Think about it for a second. During 80 degree weather, water is able to vaporize into the air at an excessive rate causing humidity (moist air). However, during winter, water tends to remain in its liquid form, unable to vaporize, resulting in drier air.
  • Second, the heat we use to warm our homes, cars, offices, etc., can wreak havoc on our skin. This dry air continues to pull out natural moisture from our skin resulting in tight, dry itchy skin.
  • Hot beverages like tea and coffee may taste great but they are usually loaded with caffeine. Caffeine acts as a natural diuretic, drying out your skin from the inside.

How To Prevent It

  • One of the easiest and most effective things you can do to prevent problem skin in general is to wash your face every night. It’s absolutely essential to wash away your makeup, sweat and pollutants of the day before you go to bed.
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    When it comes to your morning routine, you can just do a quick rinse with water. There’s no need to go crazy with a deep cleansing routine unless you sweat excessively overnight.

  • Dress to protect your skin from winter weather (frigid temps & high winds) as much as possible.
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    Keep your hands and face covered when it’s extremely cold.

  • Try using a humidifier in your bedroom to keep the air moist.
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    Remember, moist air further hydrates the skin. This is especially helpful for those with eczema & psoriasis.

  • Take lukewarm showers/baths. Long hot showers/baths pull out natural oils that keep our skin hydrated.
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    You can indulge once weekly but be sure to moisturize a little extra afterwards. Tip: Moisturize while skin is soaking wet. I usually apply sweet almond oil immediately after showering. It’s super lightweight and has amazing benefits! Read more about the benefits of sweet almond oil here.

  • If you can’t ditch caffeinated hot drinks try limiting them to 1-2 per day. You can also try substituting both for herbal teas if you’re looking for something to warm you up on a frigid day.

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  • Keep stress levels at a minimum. The moment we are stressed out it tends to show up on our skin in the form of breakouts, rashes, etc. Try taking time to address what’s stressing you out. Once you do figure it out try practicing meditation or yoga for at least 15-30 minutes a day. It’s a great way to decompress and release tension.
  • Try eliminating synthetic fragrances in laundry, dish, and personal care products. Think of it this way, if it’s not an essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, etc) than it’s a synthetic fragrance. These fragrances tend to cause skin irritation for many people. They’re also loaded with petrochemicals and phthalates, many of which have been found to have hormone disrupting or cancer-causing effects.

*I switched to Seventh Generation fragrance free detergent and dish soap last summer. I noticed other dish soaps dried out our hands & left an aftertaste in our cups/Tupperware after washing which was super gross. We switched to their detergent after our newborn developed severe baby eczema. It is a bit pricier our hands are softer, we don’t taste soap in our food and drink & the baby’s eczema cleared up significantly!*(not sponsored)

Now that you know the causes of problem winter skin and how to prevent it, what will you do to keep your skin happy & healthy this winter?

 

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3 DIY Organic Exfoliating Lip Scrubs

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I know, it sounds crazy but winter is just around the corner. These cooler temps bring bitter winds that can dry out our skin and hair. I’m a huge fan of exfoliating my skin year round but one body part we all tend to neglect is our lips. They get chapped, cracked and bleed when they lack moisture. If you want your lipsticks and lip stains poppin’ you’ve got to show your lips some TLC! I’m a huge advocate of affordable DIY beauty so here are 3 easy DIY recipes for an organic exfoliating lip scrubs to reveal soft, supple and healthy lips while saving you some coins year round.

Honey Sugar Lip Scrub:

  • 2 teaspoons raw dark brown sugar (you can use any sugar).
  • 1 teaspoon honey.
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil or almond oil.

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Instructions:

Step 1: Mix almond oil and honey together.

Step 2: Add the brown sugar (or sugar of choice) and mix until well combined. You always want more sugar than oil.

Step 3: Transfer your homemade lip scrub to a small mason jar.

Tip: Remember, 75% sugar/25% oil. Raw, organic honey contains the most health benefits since it has not been pasteurized. Pasteurized honey has lost all of its nutrients from being heated. This scrub will leave your lips extremely soft. The hint of almond oil also provides a bit of extra moisture & sun protection with a natural SPF of 5.

Olive Oil Sugar Scrub

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey.
  • ½ cup organic dark brown sugar.

 

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Instructions:

Step 1: Using a spoon, mix the olive oil and honey together.

Step 2: Add brown sugar (or sugar of choice) and mix until well combined.

Step 3: Transfer to a small mason jar.

Tip: Extra virgin olive oil works best because it’s lightweight enough to be absorbed by the skin without clogging pores.

Coconut Oil Honey Sugar Scrub

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • 1 tablespoon honey.
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar.
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Instructions:

Step 1: Using a spoon, mix the coconut oil and honey together.

Step 2: Add brown sugar (or sugar of choice) and mix until well combined.

Step 3: Transfer to a small mason jar.

Tip: Make sure to use unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil for optimal benefits. Also be sure to use coconut oil that’s not too runny or too solidified. A texture that’s in the middle will blend best with the honey.

Skin Benefits of Ingredients

  • Brown Sugar: Has anti-bacterial properties and vitamin B.
  • Honey: A natural source rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Absorbs and retains moisture.
  • Olive Oil: Full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and proteins. Natural moisturizer that has ability to simulate the healing of skin from sun exposure and pollutants.
  • Coconut Oil: Natural moisturizing, antibacterial and antifungal, properties. Penetrates skin deeply without leaving residue.

Storage

Keep your scrub at room temp for at least 10 minutes before applying. Store in the refrigerator after use for up to 30 days.

There you have it! 3 super easy DIY organic exfoliating lip scrubs that are also easy on your bank account. You can apply any of these scrubs to your lips with either a toothbrush or your hands. These scrubs also dub as facial scrubs so you’re minutes away from soft skin from head to toe! Do you have a favorite DIY lip scrub? What are some of your favorite ingredients?

Happy Scrubbing!

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