DIY Lip Scrub

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Make this deeply nourishing DIY lip scrub recipe to gently exfoliate your lips to reveal smoother more moisturized skin. This super simple recipe just takes minutes to come together and makes the perfect gift.

small glass jar with diy lip scrub made with brown sugar on a wood cutting board with dried lavender in the background

The weather is starting to warm, and the rain is starting to cease, which means one thing… We will be spending the majority of our days outside. 

Nothing makes you appreciate the sun like spending months on end with barely seeing it. Overcast days get old and when the sun comes out… YOU MUST BE OUTSIDE. It’s the rule.

Okay maybe it is not, but it sure does bring great joy. The changing weather also brings dry skin, and chapped dry lips. 

We are pushing full speed ahead on our giant garden project. With the spring in our midst, it is crunch time to get the space done by planting time. In our area, that is the first or second week in May. 

So far we (pretty much all me 😂) have ripped out 12 old boxes, plastic and wire barriers that were buried under each box, removed the old dilapidated fencing, and moved tons of trash. 

Now we just have to rebuild the whole thing. No pressure. There are just 12 boxes to build, new fencing, oh and did I mention a new chicken coop right next to the garden. I’m sweating just thinking about it. 

This also means we are constantly outside all weekend and much of the week working on this massive project. Lots of sunshine and my winter skin, especially my lips, are screaming.

This DIY sugar lip scrub with coconut oil not only deeply nourishes and gently scrubs off dead skin cells on delicate skin. 

It is the perfect combination and your lips will feel amazing after. This also makes a wonderful gift.

lip scrub in a teal bowl on a wood cutting board with a bundle of lavender

Benefits Of Natural Lip Scrubs

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid helps encourage cell turnover which can help make skin look younger and promote firmness of skin (source). Exfoliate dead cells, and reveal soft lips.

Why You Will Love This recipe:

Easy recipe: Making your own homemade lip scrub couldn’t be more simple.

Natural ingredients: All you need is a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

Perfect for sensitive skin: This natural exfoliant is a great way to smooth lips without being to harsh. Lips are sensitive and if they tend to get extra chapped during cooler months, the last think you want is something to rough.

Exfoliate: Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells, which then helps promote regeneration of skin, increases circulation (blood flow), and reveals smoother skin.

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jar of lip sugar scrub on a wood countertop with a bundle of lavender and a glass of sugar in the background


  • Substitute jojoba oil for olive oil or avocado oil. Either liquid oil will work just fine. I love jojoba oil because it is highly moisturizing and because it is the closest to the skin’s sebum it works amazing.
  • You could add a drop or two of a calming essential oil like chamomile or lavender oil to up the benefits of this recipe. Avoid using citrus oils as they are photo sensitive and if exposed to the sun could cause burning or redness.
  • I highly recommend applying a moisturizer (like a DIY lip balm or butter) after using this DIY lip exfoliator to add and lock in the moisture. Plus, it adds another layer of healing if you are experiencing really chapped lips.
teal bowl of brown sugar lip scrub with a spoon on a wood cutting board. A bundle of lavender and a tablespoon measuring spoon surrounds the bowl


Oil: I like jojoba oil and organic coconut oil for this recipe. You could also use almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, etc. Full of fatty acids to help moisturize.

Jojoba oil is very moisturizing, perfect for soothing dry skin. It can also help reduce redness, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help repair skin.

Coconut oil – is moisturizing while being naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. Fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature, which will leave a more consistent and fluid sugar scrub.

Brown sugar – I like to make this into a brown sugar lip scrub by using brown sugar. Is finer than the other two options and is great for your face, but can also be used for your body. Could also substitute for cane sugar, or coconut sugar. I wouldn’t recommend salt, as this could sting if your lips are chapped or the skin is broken.

Optional Ingredients: Honey and vitamin e. Honey is deeply moisturizing and has anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin e is anti-inflammatory, can help lighten dark spots and may reduce the appearance of scars.

Essential oils (optional). Lavender essential oil is a nice extra.

Tools you will need:

Small bowl

Measuring spoons

Small jar

jar of brown sugar lip scrub on a wood cutting board with dried lavender and two jars of sugar and oil in the background


What type of sugar should you use?

For this recipe I recommend using brown sugar. It is finer than the other types of sugar and is great for your face, body, or lips. Regular sugar and raw sugar may be too course and damaging to lips.

Are homemade lip scrubs good?

Yes! They are a great and inexpensive way to exfoliate and reveal smoother softer skin. Lip exfoliators also do an amazing job at gently buffing off dead skin cells and nourishing the skin to reveal smooth and hydrated skin.

How do you make a 2 ingredient lip scrub?

All you really need to make a lip scrub is sugar and oil. Mix together sugar and oil to a thick paste. Add a small amount to your fingers and gently exfoliate lips. Rinse with warm water.

What is good to exfoliate your lips?

Sugar and salt are both good exfoliant for your lips. Salt may be too hard and could stink if the skin is broken, so stick with sugar.

jar of brown sugar lip scrub on a wooden cutting board with a bundle of lavender and jars of oil and sugar in the background

How To Make A Homemade Lip Scrub At Home:

If the coconut oil is not liquid (it liquifies at around 74 degrees F) then melt the coconut oil in the microwave of in a small sauce pan.

Set aside to cool. You just want it liquid and not hot. If it is too hot it will melt the sugars.

oil being added to brown sugar in a teal bowl

To the coconut oil, add brown sugar, jojoba oil, and honey.

mixing diy lip scrub in a teal bowl on a wood cutting board

Mix together.

Place in an air-tight container at room temperature. Coconut oil will solidify in temperature below 74 degrees so the texture of this scrub will change depending on the temperature in your home. 

It will work if it is solid or liquid. Although it may be more challenging if it too hard.

woman applying a lip scrub to her lips

How To Exfoliate Lips:

With clean hand place a small amount of the DIY lip scrub on your finger and gently place scrub on lips. 

In a circular motion, rub the scrub over your lips.

Continue to move around lips few times. 

Rinse off with with warm water.

Apply lip balm or butter.

This is safe to use 1-2 times a week.

Can you store homemade lip scrub?

Store in an airtight container up to two months, I like to use small glass jar. Make sure not to get any water in the container as the water can grow bacteria and other yucky stuff.

overhead photo of lip scrub in a glass jar with a measuring spoon and a tea spoon around the jar. A bundle of lavender is in the background

Natural Lip Scrub Recipes:

Rose lip scrub – Add a few rose petals to the scrub, blend in the blender until smooth.

Cinnamon DIY lip scrub – Sprinkle in a pinch or two of cinnamon into the mix. The cinnamon may also have a lip plumping effect.

Peppermint – Add two drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oils.

Lavender – Add a 2 drops of lavender essential oil and if desired 1/8 tsp of dried lavender.

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jar of lip sugar scrub on a wood countertop with a bundle of lavender and a glass of sugar in the background

DIY Lip Scrub

Make this deeply nourishing DIY lip scrub recipe to gently exfoliate your lips to reveal smoother more moisturized skin. This super simple recipe just takes minutes to come together and makes the perfect gift.
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Author: Amy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tbs brown sugar or white sugar
  • 1/2 tbs oil I like coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba
  • 1/4 tsp honey optional


  • Melt coconut oil if needed. Allow to cool.
  • Mix together remaining ingredients.

To use:

  • Rub on lips in a circular motion for about a minute.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Apply lip balm or lip butter.


This is a very adaptable recipe. Change and adjust to your liking.
Course: natural product
Keyword: homemade product, lip scrub, quick
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