Prepare your lips for all seasons

If it’s neutral balms or red lips, prepping can make all the difference. There is no need for expensive lip scrubs when we have all the basics in our kitchen cupboards ready to buff away dry skin.

All you will need for the DIY lip Scrub is 1/2 teaspoon of either Jojoba Seed Oil (my personal favourite as it has no flavour) or Olive Oil and a small teaspoon of either Brown or Castor sugar. Just like skin exfoliators the size of the granules must be taken into account, Brown sugar has much larger granules than Castor sugar and will be more aggressive on delicate skin. Mix the granules with the oil and exfoliate your lips using your fingers with a gentle circular motion, rinse away the sugary paste to leave smooth nourished lips ready for balm or a lick of colour.

There are so many new lip balms out there, some even claim to combat travel/morning sickness! I have not proven this claim from Sweetsation Therapy for their Organic Aromatherapy Lip Balm  0.15oz (£6.90) yet but I have many trips scheduled this year to test it out on and the handy hook on the lid means you never have to reach far. It has a very strong lemongrass  smell that borderlines on citronella so if you are not a fan you would probably not get on with this lip balm.The consistency reminds me of the burst bees lip balm and it stays on for ages.

Both the Badger and Hurraw Lip Balm does not have that thick feel of a winter balm. The Hurraw Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm 4.3gm (£4.99) smells uplifting and reminds me of  a Pineapple cocktail, it goes on in a very thin layer that will need to be applied often. The Badger Lavender & Orange Lip Balm 4.2gm (£2.75) has the consistency one would call the norm when it comes to balms and sits in the middle of the aforementioned lip balms . The lavender smell is very comforting, one I associate with spas and people talking in soft calming voices whilst giving you a lovely massage or facial. I would recommend this one if you are having a tough day ;)

Organic and Cruelty Free

Sweetsation Therapy Lip Balm ingredients: *Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Euphorbia anisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, *Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter, *Elaesis guineesis (Palm) Oil, *Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Oil, Litsea cubeba (Litsea) Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil.*organic. VEGAN

Hurraw Lip Balm Ingredients: *Carica papaya (Papaya) seed oil, *Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, ‡Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) wax, *Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, *Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil, *Natural flavors, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *organic & cold pressed ‡wildcrafted. VEGAN

Badger Lip Balm ingredients:*◊Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract.*organic

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