Top 18 DIY Homemade Lip Scrub Recipes

Because these do-it-yourself ideas make your chapped lips rosy, soft, and supple.

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Lip balms are everybody’s go-to product to keep the pair hydrated, but exfoliation with DIY lip scrub is equally important to make sure they are clear of dead skin cells and become soft in the process. Yes, we mentioned DIY because they are not only easy to make but are also a safer option than your commercially-sold products with harsh chemicals.

Scrubbing is not a daily practice. Once or twice a week should be enough to make sure that your pout remains crease and dryness-free. Many packaged lip scrubs on the internet are promoted and endorsed by many, but in the long run, they tend to rip your lips off their natural rosy glow. Below, you will find some of the best homemade lip scrubs that you can whip up on your own at home without having to spend a fortune. Keep scrolling to know more!

protip_icon Keep In Mind
  • Exfoliating Agent: Exfoliating Agent Natural ingredients like sugar, sea salt, or even coffee grounds can be used.
  • Natural Oil: Exfoliating Agent Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, or any other carrier oil can be added to moisturize the lips.
  • Flavoring Agent: Exfoliating Agent Vanilla extract, peppermint oil, honey, or any other natural flavoring agent can give the scrub a pleasant taste and fragrance.

What Are Lip Scrubs Made Of?

Ingredients to make a basic lip scrub
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A lip scrub contains two components: an exfoliant and a nourishing agent. The emollient or the nourishing agent provides a hydrating base for your exfoliator, making it easier to apply to your lips. These two go hand in hand for moisturizing and smoothing out your lips.

We all know that lip scrubs remove dead skin cells from the lips, preventing dry, flaky, and chapped skin. However, they may also deliver some more positive effects. Learn more about their other functions below.

Benefits Of Lip Scrubs

  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that massaging your lips with lip scrubs may enhance blood circulation and promote cellular turnover. This may result in naturally rosy lips that look healthier, plumper, and more vibrant.
  • Regularly scrubbing your lips may increase the absorption of lip balms and other care products and treatments, thereby delivering better results.
  • Lip scrubs help create a smooth canvas for the application of lipsticks and glosses, ensuring a more even and long-lasting finish.

We’ve got 18 DIY homemade lip scrub recipes sans the gross chemicals. Pucker up!

Just a heads up – some of these are so delicious, you might want to eat them! But don’t do that!

DIY Homemade Lip Scrub – 18 Different Recipes

  1. Coconut And Honey Lip Scrub
  2. MintLipScrub
  3. Brown Sugar And Honey Exfoliation Scrub
  4. Chocolate Lip Scrub Mask
  5. Cinnamon Lip Scrub
  6. Orange Peel Lip Scrub
  7. Bubblegum Lip Scrub
  8. Kiwi Strawberry Lip Scrub
  9. Coffee And Honey Scrub
  10. Almond Lip Scrub
  11. Rose Petals And Milk Scrub
  12. Lemonade Lip Scrub
  13. Vanilla Coconut Lip Scrub
  14. Vitamin E Lip Scrub
  15. Mint Choco Coffee Lip Scrub
  16. Aspirin Lip Scrub
  17. Sea Salt And Sugar Lip Scrub
  18. Shea Butter Sugar Scrub

Here’s how you can make and use these delightful lip scrubs.

1. Coconut And Honey Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lukewarm water
Directions
  1. Start by mixing the coconut oil and honey.
  2. Add the brown sugar and the lukewarm water to this mixture.
  3. Rub the mixture on your lips in a circular motion for two to three minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Why This Works

Coconut oil is filled with antioxidants and fatty acids that nourish the skin, while brown sugar acts as a natural lip exfoliator that helps remove dead, dry skin. Honey is rich in natural healing properties.

2. Mint Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive (or coconut oil)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8-10 drops of peppermint (or spearmint essential oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grapeseed oil
Directions
  1. Mix the sugar with your chosen emollient.
  2. Add 8-10 drops of peppermint oil and blend. Alternatively, you can use spearmint essential oil.
  3. Add grapeseed oil to the mixture.
  4. Apply the scrub to your lips and rub it in circular motions for a few minutes.
  5. Rinse with lukewarm water
Why This Works

Sugar works as a natural lip exfoliator or scrub, while peppermint oil helps to stimulate circulation under the lips and create a “just bitten” effect that makes your lips appear fuller. This DIY sugar lip scrub is also very soothing and refreshing for the skin on your lips. Grapeseed oil is lightweight; it’s filled with antioxidants and acts as a wonderful natural moisturizer for your lips.

3. Brown Sugar And Honey Exfoliation Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil
Directions
  1. Mix the brown sugar with raw honey.
  2. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to this mixture.
  3. Once blended, apply the scrub to your lips and rub it well in circular motions for two to three minutes.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water and apply some lip balm.
Why This Works

This is one of the best homemade sugar lip scrubs. Raw honey works well to lighten your lips. It also helps get rid of chapped skin, so your lips appear brighter than before. Lavender oil deeply nourishes your lips and is excellent for preventing sunburns on your delicate pout.

4. Chocolate Lip Scrub Mask

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Directions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl.
  2. Apply a small amount of the scrub to your lips and rub it in gentle circular motions.
  3. Allow the mask to sit on your lips for a couple of minutes.
  4. Wipe off with a soft wet cloth or wash with lukewarm water.
Why This Works

This homemade lip scrub mask not only satisfies your chocolate cravings but the cocoa helps moisturize your lips deeply and removes tan. Vanilla extract has a whole bundle of anti-aging benefits and antioxidants that prevent and reverse skin damage caused by free radicals.

5. Cinnamon Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Directions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix them well.
  3. Apply the scrub using your fingertips and gently slough off the dead skin cells.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and follow with your favorite lip balm
Why This Works

Cinnamon is a natural lip plumper, so if you want that Kylie Jenner pout without the lip injections, this scrub is a foolproof technique to achieve that. Cinnamon also acts as a natural exfoliator and helps you achieve smooth, soft lips instantly.

6. Orange Peel Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons dried orange peel powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 10 to 12 drops of almond oil
Directions
  1. Grind your dried orange peel to make a fine powder.
  2. Add brown sugar and almond oil to the powder and mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Gently scrub this mixture on your lips for about 30 seconds.
  4. Clean your lips with a wet wipe or wash with warm water.
  5. Repeat this twice a week.
Why This Works

The orange peel present in this DIY lip scrub recipe is excellent for treating dark and discolored lips. Almond oil helps nourish and moisturize dry, chapped lips while sugar is a natural exfoliator for healthy lips.

protip_icon Quick Tip
You can also use appropriately diluted orange essential oil instead of dried orange peel.

7. Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 drops of strawberry extract
  • Rose-pink food color
Directions
  1. Mix the sugar and olive oil in a blending bowl.
  2. Add the strawberry extract to the mixture and blend well.
  3. Add a few drops of your food color according to your preference and stir well.
  4. Apply this scrub with a clean finger, and let the exfoliating sugar scrub away any dead skin.
  5. Follow with a lip balm.
Why This Works

This delicious lip scrub is a sweet treat for your pout. The sugar removes dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin underneath. Extra virgin olive oil hydrates and seals moisture into your lips. The color part is only to make this bubblegum lip scrub as attractive as it’s tasty.

8. Kiwi Strawberry Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 pureed strawberry
  • 1/2 pureed kiwi
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 drops of vitamin E (optional)
Directions
  1. Puree your strawberry and kiwi in a blender and set aside.
  2. Add the sugar and olive oil to a small bowl. Stir the mixture until it’s well blended.
  3. Add the pureed fruits to the mixture and stir well.
  4. Add vitamin E for extra nourishment.
  5. Apply the cool scrub in a circular motion for 30-40 seconds and allow the sugar to exfoliate any dry skin.
  6. Rinse with warm water.
Why This Works

This refreshing lip scrub for dry lips is an inexpensive way to moisturize and nourish your lips with fresh fruit. Kiwi helps to soothe sore and dry lips and makes them softer and more supple. Strawberries contain vital minerals and vitamins that help treat discolored lips.

9. Coffee And Honey Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coffee grounds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Directions
  1. Mix the coffee grounds and honey in a mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Dab this scrub onto your lips and massage in a circular motion for about one minute.
  3. Leave it on as a mask for another minute.
  4. Wash away with warm water for instantly hydrated lips.
Why This Works

Coffee isn’t just for waking you up in the mornings. It’s a secret weapon that you can use on your skin and lips to keep them looking healthy and happy. This combo of coffee grounds and honey is a reliable way to exfoliate and moisturize your lips.

10. Almond Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
Directions
  1. Mix the three ingredients.
  2. Stir well until properly blended.
  3. Gently rub a small amount on your lips.
  4. Lightly rinse to take off the sugar, but leave a little almond oil on for hydration.
Why This Works

Almond oil helps to rejuvenate dead cells and prevents further chapping of lips. You can use this scrub regularly for healthy, rosy lips.

11. Rose Petals And Milk Scrub

Ingredients
  • Rose petals
  • Milk
Directions
  1. Take petals from one rose and mash them well together in milk to achieve a paste-like consistency.
  2. Rub this onto your lips like a regular lip scrub.
  3. Wash with lukewarm water.
  4. Follow with a lip balm.
Why This Works

Rose petals help in naturally lightening the tone of discolored lips. Its antibacterial properties also help in protecting your lips. Cold milk helps in brightening your lips.

12. Lemonade Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of petroleum jelly
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
Directions
  1. Take your sugar and mix it with the petroleum jelly (original Vaseline) in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice to this mixture.
  3. Dab a bit of the scrub onto your lips and gently massage it for one minute
  4. Wipe it off with a wet wipe or wash it with lukewarm water for bright, supple lips.
Why This Works

Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent. This scrub helps exfoliate dead cells so new, fresh skin is revealed.

13. Vanilla Coconut Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Mix the sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
  2. Take a small amount and massage it onto your lips for a minute.
  3. Rinse it with warm water.
Why This Works

Coconut oil helps soothe chapped lips and deeply moisturizes them. Sugar helps exfoliate dry and dead skin while vanilla extract helps heal sunburns.

14. Vitamin E Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Directions
  1. Mix your ingredients in a bowl until everything is well blended.
  2. Apply the scrub by rubbing your lips with a clean finger in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Follow with a lip balm to lock in moisture.
Why This Works

Vitamin E is a natural conditioner and antioxidant. It treats chapped and irritated lips instantly.

protip_icon Quick Tip
If you want to give your lips a rose tinge after exfoliating, you can add a few drops of beet juice to this homemade formula.

15. Mint Choco Coffee Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or avocado oil
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
Directions
  1. Mix the sugar, cocoa, and coffee grounds in a bowl.
  2. Add your grapeseed oil and peppermint oil to this mixture and blend it until you achieve your desired consistency.
  3. Dab some onto your lips and scrub for a minute.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water.
Why This Works

This scrub consists of the goodness of cocoa, coffee, and sugar. These natural exfoliators slough off dead skin with ease and nourish your lips from deep within. Grapeseed oil helps moisturize and hydrate them.

16. Aspirin Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 4 Aspirin tablets (without the coating)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
Directions
  1. In a clean bowl, add your aspirin and a few drops of water to break them down.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, and if the consistency is still dry, add some more oil.
  3. Use your finger or a toothbrush to apply the scrub to your lips.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Why This Works

Aspirin is an acetyl derivative of Salicylic Acid. When you combine it with sugar, it helps give you intense exfoliation. Honey and olive oil, on the other hand, moisturize your lips. This is the best homemade lip scrub to treat dryness in lips.

17. Sea Salt And Sugar Lip Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Directions
  1. Mix the ingredients and blend well.
  2. Apply generously to your lips and scrub them in circular motions, keeping your lips closed.
  3. Scrub for one minute.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water
Why This Works

Sea salt works as a great exfoliant and coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer. This homemade exfoliating lip scrub will leave you with rosy lips in no time.

18. Shea Butter Sugar Scrub

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
Directions
  1. Mix the shea butter with sugar till you get the desired consistency.
  2. Apply generously all over your lips and scrub for one minute.
  3. Wash with lukewarm water.
  4. Follow with a lip balm.
Why This Works

Shea butter contains vitamins A and E, both of which moisturize and soothe chapped lips and dryness. Sugar acts as the perfect natural exfoliator to go with the shea butter.

Ina, a blogger, shares how she makes the scrub with brown sugar, shea butter, and beeswax in her blog, and she loves how she gets compliments for her lips. She says, “When I first heard about a lip scrub shaped like a lipstick, I thought it was a genius idea. And they are so easy to make too. I made my own just now and I am in awe with how good it works! I haven’t been able to stop touching my lips! (i).”

How To Store Your DIY Lip Scrub

It’s always advisable to make your homemade lip scrubs in small batches. They will remain fresh and last you for about a week. Store your scrub in a clean and dry, old lip balm or eyeshadow case. Sterilizing the container by leaving it in hot water for a while is recommended to prevent germs. Refrigerate this case and use it within a week.

Infographic: Dos And Don’ts While Exfoliating Your Lips

Exfoliation is a delicate process. If done correctly, you can achieve soft, supple, vibrant, and shining lips. On the other hand, your lips will appear agitated, irritated, and red if something goes wrong. Check out the infographic to learn what precautions you should take to balance a perfect strike and excessive exfoliation.

dos and don’ts while exfoliating your lips (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

All these homemade lip scrub recipes are easy to follow and can keep your lips moisturized, soft, and smooth without causing any irritation. Sugar is a natural scrub, while ingredients like coconut, honey, and shea butter hydrate the lips. However, do not over-scrub your lips as it may damage them, and make sure you eat well and stay hydrated. A healthy lifestyle is crucial to solving most of your skin care issues. So, go ahead and choose from the homemade lip scrubs on the list, and we are sure your lips will love the recipes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make a lip scrub for beginners?

You can make a lip scrub by mixing 1 teaspoon of honey with 2 teaspoons of sugar. It is the easiest beginner-friendly recipe.

How can I scrub my lips naturally?

Avoid using a toothbrush to exfoliate your lips. Instead, use easy homemade lip scrubs made with natural ingredients like sugar.

Can I use lip scrub every day?

No. Begin by exfoliating once a week and then move to twice a week to avoid irritating your lips.

Key Takeaways

  • Sugar, honey, coconut oil, and essential oils are a few natural ingredients that can be used to make lip scrubs.
  • Rinse with water after gently circularly massaging the scrub over the lips.
  • To get the best effects, apply the lip scrub once or twice a week.
  • Your lips will become softer, smoother, and more hydrated if you use a DIY scrub that is free of harsh chemicals.


Say goodbye to chapped lips with this amazing DIY lip scrub tutorial! Take a look at this video to discover simple ingredients and easy steps to achieve irresistibly smooth and plump lips.

Personal Experience: Source

Dr. Zeel Gandhi is an Ayurvedic doctor with 7 years of experience and an expert at providing holistic solutions for health problems encompassing Internal medicine, Panchakarma, Yoga, Ayurvedic Nutrition, and formulations. She graduated as a top ranker from Dr. D.Y.Patil College of Ayurveda and Research Centre , Navi Mumbai, and is a specialist in Panchakarma therapies. She believes that Ayurveda...read full bio

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