A few weeks ago, I was joking with someone about how beets were one of my favorite things to cook with because they turn everything pink. A part of me was only saying it to be cute, but deep down I really meant it. Pink soup? Umm…yes, please. Feta cheese that turns pink when you add beets to your salad? The world is better for it.
Out of my adoration for all things pink (and for earthy veggies), I decided to do a little kitchen chemistry and concocted my own 100% deliciously edible lip scrub that utilizes beets as a dye. It also includes a little extra virgin coconut oil, an ingredient I purposely chose because I know you all love it.
What You'll Need
Two small/medium beets
5 tbsp. White sugar
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp. honey
The first thing you'll want to do is dice your beets. Cut off the greens (which you can use in a salad, by the way) and also the root.
Once you've got the tops and bottoms off, dice your beets. They don't have to be any particular size. This is just to help extract the color from them.
Combine the diced beets with a cup of water in a small sauce pan. Turn the heat on high and bring to a gentle, rolling boil. Let it boil for about 1 to 2 minutes and then remove from the heat. Place the sauce pan in the fridge or freezer to let it cool down (roughly 15 to 20 minutes)
Meanwhile, you can begin mixing ingredients.
First, combine 1 tbps. of coconut oil with 1 tsp. of honey. The coconut oil should be solid, but not so hard it isn't malleable. At room temperature, coconut oil is a liquid, so pop it in the fridge for a bit if yours is runny. Mix the two with a spoon.
Next, add your 5 tbsp. of white sugar and 1 tsp. of brown sugar and mix well.
After you've done that, check on your beets in the fridge. You'll want the liquid to be room temperature or cooler, so if necessary, wait. Once you're good to go, separate the beets from the liquid. You can discard the beet pieces, as you'll only use the liquid for this recipe.
You'll have plenty of beet liquid. I plan to use my leftovers for a few more things, including a DIY lip gloss!
Add 1 tbps. of the beet liquid to your sugar and oil mixture, then stir well. You may need to add a little more sugar or a little more beet liquid depending on your preferences. I found these measurements perfect for me, but go ahead and play with the ratios a little bit if you want to.
Store the rest of your lip scrub in a sealed jar and date it. It'll last in the refrigerator for two weeks. Because of the nature of coconut oil, your lip scrub will get harder in the fridge and then sort of melt once it hits your lips.
OK, so once you've got yourself some delicious, sugary, coconuty, beety lip scrub, it's time to apply. Spread a generous amount on your lips with clean fingers and then rub back and forth. You can also press and smudge your lips together to really exfoliate.
See how the oils sort of melted into my lips and sugars stayed whole? That makes for some good exfoliating and moisturizing!
After exfoliating, I let my lip scrub set for 10 minutes so my lips could absorb the oils. Then I licked my lips some more (yum!) and wiped the rest off gently. My lips felt and looked noticeably softer (and even a little pinker). This recipe is definitely a keeper!