Momma Told Me: Give The Gift Of Smiles: Homemade Lip Balm + Lip Sugar Scrub Tutorials

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Give The Gift Of Smiles: Homemade Lip Balm + Lip Sugar Scrub Tutorials

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Momma Told Me: Give smiles.

I still remember my mother's 45th birthday. She had asked for an electric toothbrush, a Philips Sonicare to be exact. And, no matter how my father and I urged her to pick something less 'practical,' she insisted that a shiny new toothbrush, with a few replacement heads, was all she really wanted more than anything. Fast forward a decade later and the mentality has very much changed. Smiles are vogue. They're Pin-worthy, on -trend, and very 'in.' And those Philips Sonicare toothbrushes? They're on the bathroom counters of all my friends and family. I can't spend a night in their homes without noticing the proudly displayed toothbrush, and hearing a lecture about how it's time to make the switch.
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And, honestly, who can blame them? The 'smile' sits atop most noticed lists for job interviews, first impressions, and romantic matches alike. An estimated 1 million selfies are taken a day, worldwide. I'll let you soak that in a little bit. And, unless you're making fish lips, you're showing off those pearly, hopefully, whites. It's easy to see why the stylish Philips Sonicare 2 Series electric toothbrush is one of this year's hot items. Electric toothbrushes like Sonicare's can remove up to 6 times the plaque and buildup of manual ones, and with considerable less effort. The Sonicare 2 Series even comes in stylish limited edition colors such as Coral (seen here,) Steel (Blue), and Green when you shop at Target. These trendy colors are especially perfect for gifting teenagers- and I've got just the one in mind to give this one to!
Home made flavored lip balm. Gift the #GiftOfPhilips Sonicare with Target's exclusive Series 2 color brushes and our 'Gift Of Smiles' guide! (ad)
My niece has been all about the selfies since she became a teenager- She's convinced her mother to shave, her father to allow her to wear (modest) dresses to school, and is constantly preening and primping in every reflective surface in sight. Like a typical teen, the world revolves around her (at least in her head it does.) But she's also beginning to wise up about hoe much effort it takes to maintain that 'flawless' look, and that beautiful teeth are not just a matter of fashion and self esteem, but a matter of health too. The Coral Philips Sonicare Series 2 electric toothbrush will be perfect for her. And, because I want to foster confidence and a year full of smiles in 2016, I'm even going to gift her a few smile enhancing (maybe even educing) extras. Right now the Sonicare 2 Series is on sale for an amazing price of $39.99 at Target, so I have a little extra left over in my budget.
Home made flavored lip balm. Gift the #GiftOfPhilips Sonicare with Target's exclusive Series 2 color brushes and our 'Gift Of Smiles' guide! (ad)
The first thing I new I wanted to add to my 'Gift Of Smiles' was a set of homemade flavored lip balms. The process really couldn't be any simpler, and is something even tweens or teens would enjoy doing for a slumber party or birthday event. All it requires is a petroleum substitute such as a beesewax, cocoa butter, or unrefined coconut oil. While Momma's mom would tout the benefits of petroleum jelly all day, my generation is a bit more green and organic minded- so I suggest a pure cocoa butter or cocoa butter and coconut oil blend. Next, you'll want a few fruit beverage drink packets- the powder kind you typically add sugar too.
Home made flavored lip balm. Gift the #GiftOfPhilips Sonicare with Target's exclusive Series 2 color brushes and our 'Gift Of Smiles' guide! (ad)
Place your base in a mixing container and sprinkle a little of the powdered drink mix in. Using a Popsicle stick or other fine agitator, fully combine the two before adding more. A little bit of most drink mixes will give a pleasant aroma, light flavor, and nice tint. Adding too much powdered drink mix will make the balm gritty and unpleasant. If you would like to make a tinted balm add a little extra red to one mix! If the mixture is too thick to blend place it (in a microwave safe container) in the microwave for 10 seconds on high, until the base of the mixture has just started to melt. Portion the mixture into plastic balm pots (I used 5 gram pots typically intended for mineral eye shadow, you may buy them at most beauty supply stores.)
Home made lip sugar scrub. Gift the #GiftOfPhilips Sonicare with Target's exclusive Series 2 color brushes and our 'Gift Of Smiles' guide! (ad)
Next I wanted to make something entirely natural that my niece could use to help treat her lips with on a weekly basis, something that would add a touch of 'spa' treatment to my gift. I first fell in love with the ritual of lip scrubs last year when I purchased one on a whim from a handmade vendor. I immediately fell in love with the dramatic improvement of my lips texture and health. Just one treatment a week left my lips in amazing shape, softer, more even, and free of dry or peeling skin.
Scraped vanilla bean.
You'll need, 1 C pure cane sugar (granulated,) 1 TBS organic vanilla extract, one vanilla bean, and 1 TBS coconut oil (melted/liquid). Prepare your vanilla bean by running a straight edge down the middle (starting at the curved top) and scraping the center 'caviar' out. This center extract is what you will use in your sugar scrab. As a tip, store scraped beans in your pantry vanilla jar for wonderfully fragranced vanilla!
Next, combine all ingredients with a fork, or wide spoon, gently scraping the mixture together (rather than smashing.) Do not overwork the mixture, it should be light, fluffy, and slightly damp. The vanilla bean should be seen throughout.
Home made sugar lip scrub. Gift the #GiftOfPhilips Sonicare with Target's exclusive Series 2 color brushes and our 'Gift Of Smiles' guide! (ad)
Home made sugar lip scrub will keep in an air tight jar for months- If you open your scrub and notice it as begun to dry out simply portion a little into a dish or tray, as a drop of water and create a gritty paste to apply to your lips. Use the scrub once, to no more than twice, a week, directly applied to the lips and 'scrubbed' into the lips with one's fingers. Rinse and enjoy exfoliated lips!
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To complete my gift of smiles gift I picked up a few affordable extras, no more than a few dollars each. I included a pack of sugar free gum, and some fruity breath mints, as well as some bright colored wash cloths, mouth wash, and floss picks. I even threw in a selfie lens kit so my recipient can show off their beautiful smile in a whole new way! I packaged all these items up in a clear travel cosmetics case with a bow, ready to gift.
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I'll be honest, since the Philips Sonicare 2 Series is nearly half off at Target right now, Sabrina is not the only one on my list receiving one for the holiday this year. I can't divulge the other recipient, as they read the blog, but I can tell you I got a beautiful Coral Series 2 for myself. I even scored a great price on some replacement heads, so I am ready to go for 2016!
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More than not lately I look at things from a questioning perspective of 'Am I getting old?' This is not one of them. Sure, I might appreciate the value of a great smile a lot more than I did in high school, but my nieces and nephews also seem to have caught on a lot earlier than me. I'm not longer the exception when it comes to the 'electric toothbrush club,' and I know a few people on my holiday shopping list who will be smiling extra bright come Christmas morning! What are some of your best tips and secrets for a confident smile? Do you know anyone on your list who would love a Philips Sonicare 2 Series this holiday season?

What Daughter Says: I may have interpreted Momma's advice different than she originally intended, but the outcome is still the same. Sharing the confidence of a great smile is just as important!

11 comments:

  1. Wow, I am blown away by the creativity here in this post! LOVE the DIY lip balms so much too..I guess I just LOVE it all! The toothbrush is also pretty snazzy too (hopefully someone gifts me one)! #client

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  2. This is awesome! I've never considered sugar scrubs for my lips, even though I like them for my body. I really like how you packaged it all together so nicely. :) #GiftofPhilips

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  3. What a fabulous DIY post! I occasionally use lip scrub.. This one is super easy to make! And I should ask for a Sonicare toothbrush too!

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  4. Seriously, so cool!! I need to run to Sally's Beauty Supply asap to grab those little containers. I'm sure my 11 year old would LOVE to make her own lip balm!

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  5. I have a sonicare and I love it! It really makes a huge difference. I also love your lip balm recipe. This will be fun to make with my daughter.

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  6. The Sonicare is such a great toothbrush. Thanks for the instructions for the lip balm too. It sounds fun to make and gift in those little containers. ;)

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  7. Love this idea! Who would've thought? Kool-aid and petroleum jelly for lip balm. I can do this with the kids!

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  8. your hero shot is amazing. this is such a great post with wonderful photos i love it. also i love the lip balm recipe how creative and cool.

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  9. My teen daughter is so into making things like this. I will have to share this with her and see if she wants to make some for the family gifts!

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  10. Both my boys have this tooth brush. Works beautifully, gettingetting in tough places.

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  11. I need to pick up another one of those myself. They are seriously phenomenal at cleaning.

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