So I’ve never been the best at keeping a secret…especially a beauty secret so I am going to share one of my little beauty secrets for a perfect plumped up pout!

About a year ago, I was doing a bit of surfing online and came across this little tip for an inexpensive and natural way to get a fuller pair of luscious lips so obviously I had to try it out!
The ingredients/equipment you will need are:
  1.  Petroleum Jelly
  2. pure coconut oil (preferably one that has a dropper at the top of the bottle)
  3. 100% pure cinnamon leaf oil (you can get this and the coconut oil from Holland & Barrett)
  4. Small lip balm tub
  5. Teaspoon

Making the secret potion:
  • Take a spoonful of petroleum jelly, or if you prefer, bash up an old chapstick into a small lip balm tub (I picked mines up in primark for £1 as part of a mini travel bottle set)
  • Put about 1/6th of a teaspoon of coconut oil into the mix (you only need the tiniest amount of this)
  • Put no more than 2 drops of pure cinnamon leaf oil into the mix (you don’t want to put any more than 2 drops in or this could really irritate your lips!)
  • Mix it all up with the bottom of your teaspoon
  • Put it in the fridge to set


The secret here is that cinnamon oil dramatically increases blood circulation in your lips, by irritating the lips and bringing the blood to the surface to give them a puffy appearance. This is why a lot of lip plumping glosses actually contain cinnamon!
I must warn you, that if you have very chapped or irritable lips, then this is not for you. If like me though, you have normal lips then you should give it a try but remember not to go over the top with the cinnamon oil as I made the terrible mistake of putting in 3 drops and almost burned my lips off…wooops. You will feel your lips tingle, just as you would with a lip plumping gloss but if you don’t like it you can wipe it off and splash some water on your lips the tingling will stop so don’t worry J

You can also use peppermint oil as this acts as a natural lip plumper too but I think cinnamon is definitely enough for me, and I add the coconut oil as this is very soothing and moisturising for your lips. If you prefer not to use petroleum jelly you can bash an old chap stick up or even just put a couple of drops of the cinnamon leaf oil into a clear lip gloss!
I keep my little tub in the fridge and use it mainly to ‘prep’my lips before putting on lipstick for a night out because petroleum jelly dries my lips out if I use it too often…it’s good for special occasions though 😉

Have you ever used cinnamon leaf oil to plump your lips?What are your favourite beauty secrets? J



  1. 19th January 2013 / 11:08 am

    I might actually do this! Love creating my own lotions and potions haha. Useful post in this winter air too, my lips are really unhappy at the minute. Sorry I’ve only just discovered your blog through Twitter, going to read all the other posts now! 🙂
    Nic xx


    • 19th January 2013 / 12:20 pm

      Same here I’m always experimenting with new potions! Thanks for checking out my blog, I’ll have to have a little looksee at yours! 🙂 Let me know how you get on if you try it out! x

  2. 19th January 2013 / 11:43 am

    This sounds incredible! I can’t wait to try this! (It also gives me an excuse to go into Holland and Barrett since I have never ever been in to buy myself something!) Thanks for spilling this secret, lovely!
    Mia x

    • 19th January 2013 / 12:21 pm

      Aww your welcome lovely 🙂 This is my absolute favourite, hope you like it as much as me! Let me know how you get on 🙂 x

  3. 23rd January 2013 / 9:04 pm

    I will totally be trying this out! I’ve seen a few lip scrub DIY’s but I am in need of a bee-stung pout so this will work a treat!


    • 23rd January 2013 / 9:53 pm

      I swear by this little potion, it works a treat! Let me know if you like it! 🙂 xxx

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