Lip scrubs are taking over our world. They are all over the place. Case in point: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator, Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub, Makeup by Mario Perfecting Lip Scrub, and REFY Lip Buff Prep Scrub. To name just a few.
However, these little pots of lip scrubs must be one of the most essential AND overrated beauty products of all time.
Important because you really need to slough off all that dry, dead, and patchy skin off your lips to keep them soft, smooth, and pretty. Not to mention how terrible lipstick can look on chapped, flaky pouts.
But lip scrubs are also terribly overrated because paying upwards of $25 for a tiny bottle of sugar crystals and an oil base is beyond my understanding.
The happy solution? These homemade lip scrub recipes take about 2 minutes, cost less than $1, and do the job as effectively as any store-bought version.
Plus, they smell and taste heavenly. And you have the luxury that comes from knowing you are using the cleanest, most luscious ingredients on your lips.
Ready to try out the best homemade lip scrubs?
Sweet Honey & Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe
- One tablespoon granulated sugar
- One tablespoon organic honey (preferably raw honey)
- A few drops of lemon juice (optional)
- Mix the granulated sugar and honey in a small bowl until they blend seamlessly.
- Add a few drops of lemon juice if you want a brightening effect.
- Apply a small amount to your lips and gently scrub in a circular motion.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Why you’ll love it: This DIY lip scrub is as sweet as it sounds! Sugar is a gentle exfoliant, while honey moisturizes, leaving your lips feeling baby-soft.
Coconut Kiss Lip Scrub
- One tablespoon brown sugar
- One tablespoon coconut oil
- A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- In a bowl, combine the brown sugar with the coconut oil.
- For an invigorating touch, mix in a pinch of cinnamon.
- Massage the mixture onto your lips in soft, circular motions.
- Wipe off with a damp cloth or rinse.
Why you’ll love it: This tropical delight is perfect for dry lips — and will transport you to a beachy paradise! Coconut oil is a fantastic moisturizer; cinnamon can naturally plump your lips.
Coffee Wake-up Call Lip Scrub Recipe
- One tablespoon coffee grounds (preferably freshly used and damp)
- One tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blend the damp coffee grounds with olive oil in a bowl.
- Stir in the vanilla extract for a hint of sweet scent.
- Gently apply the concoction onto your lips, rubbing in circular motions.
- Once done, wash off with lukewarm water; follow with your favorite lip balm.
Why you’ll love it: This is a morning routine favorite! The coffee grounds exfoliate brilliantly, and the caffeine can help invigorate and plump your lips. Olive oil ensures they’re left feeling incredibly moisturized. Say hello to smooth lips.
Chocolate & Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
- One tablespoon cocoa powder
- One tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
- In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder and brown sugar.
- Stir in the coconut oil to create a paste.
- For that extra dessert-like fragrance, add the vanilla or almond extract.
- Scrub onto lips gently and rinse with warm water.
Why you’ll love it: This rich and aromatic homemade scrub is where form meets function. It smells divine, and the cocoa powder also brings antioxidants to the table, giving your lips the love they deserve.
Cinnamon Swirl Lip Scrub Recipe
- One tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
- Mix sugar and ground cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
- Add the oil and blend until a cohesive scrub forms.
- Apply to lips, gently scrubbing in circular motions.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and follow with a good lip balm.
Why you’ll love it: Cinnamon, besides smelling and tasting divine, naturally plumps up your lips, giving them a fuller appearance. This natural scrub is sure to spice up your lip care routine. (PS: Its my favorite, probably because it tastes like a Cinnabon!).
Vitamin E Lip Exfoliator
- One tablespoon sugar (either granulated or brown sugar)
- A few drops of Vitamin E oil
- One tablespoon jojoba oil or almond oil
- Blend sugar with your chosen oil in a bowl.
- Add in the Vitamin E oil, ensuring a smooth mix.
- Gently scrub onto lips and rinse off after a few minutes.
Why you’ll love it: This easy recipe is especially great for harsh winter months, which bring dry skin and chapped lips. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help heal and nourish the lips. Regular use can lead to visibly softer and smoother lips.
Cocoa Butter Charm
- One tablespoon coconut sugar or cane sugar
- One teaspoon grated cocoa butter
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- A few drops of vanilla extract (optional)
- Warm the cocoa butter just until it’s soft but not fully melted.
- Combine with sugar in a bowl.
- Stir in the honey and, if desired, the vanilla extract for an extra touch of sweetness.
- Scrub the mix onto your lips using a small circular motion, then wash it off.
Why you’ll love it: Cocoa butter smells delightful and is an excellent moisturizer. It has fatty acids that seal in moisture, repair, and nourish, leaving your lips feeling velvety and soft.
Royal Rose Lip Scrub Recipe
- One tablespoon fine sugar
- Dried rose petals (crushed)
- One tablespoon rosewater
- 1/2 teaspoon almond oil
- Combine sugar and crushed rose petals in a bowl.
- Add in rosewater and almond oil, mixing to create a fragrant paste.
- Massage onto lips, letting the aroma transport you to a garden of roses.
- Rinse with water.
Why you’ll love it: The elegance of a rose is not just restricted to its beauty. Rose petals are packed with natural oils and sugars, perfect for revitalizing dried lips. The rosewater, on the other hand, is calming and toning.
The Magic of a DIY Lip Scrub Recipe
The charm of having your own homemade lip scrubs lies in their simplicity, affordability, and efficiency. Using these delightful concoctions, you can shed dead skin cells, rejuvenate your lips, and prep them for whatever color or balm you wish to adorn them.
Plus, the fun doesn’t stop here. The beauty of these lip scrub recipes is their versatility. Feel free to play around with ingredients or combine recipes to create your unique signature lip scrub. You can add your favorite essential oils for an added kick!
So, don’t rush to the nearest store the next time your lips crave some pampering. Head to your kitchen instead. Dive into these DIY recipes and flaunt those luscious, kiss-ready lips!
Remember, self-care is never a luxury; it’s a necessity. And with these lip scrubs, it’s also a treat!
Pro tip: Do you want to follow up on the goodness of these natural ingredients with a homemade lip balm? We have the recipe for the best one right here!
FAQs: DIY Lip Scrub Recipes
These are the most frequently asked questions about homemade lip scrub recipes. Have one of your own? Drop it in the comments below.
Does lip scrub make your lips pink?
Lip scrubs can enhance the natural color of your lips by removing dead skin cells. While they might make your lips look fresher and more vibrant, the actual shade of pink would depend on one’s natural lip color.
Is DIY lip scrub safe?
Yes, DIY lip scrubs are generally safe, especially those made from edible ingredients. However, always conduct a patch test before using any new concoction.
Can lip scrub remove dark lips?
Lip scrubs can help exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells and also boost blood circulation, which might lead to a brighter appearance. However, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist for deeper pigmentation concerns.
Can I use lip scrub every day?
For best results, use them 1-2 times a week. Over-exfoliating can lead to sensitive lips.
Can I store the leftover scrub?
Yes, store it in a small container in a cool place. However, use it within a week to ensure freshness.
Is ground cinnamon safe for the lips?
Yes, but always do a patch test first, as some people might be sensitive to cinnamon.
Can I substitute another oil for almond oil in the DIY lip scrub recipes?
Yes, you can use jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil as alternatives since they all have natural healing properties.
Why is sugar a common ingredient in homemade lip scrubs?
Sugar is a natural exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells without being overly abrasive.
How does a lip exfoliator benefit my lips?
Lip exfoliators help exfoliate, moisturize, and revitalize, leading to softer, smoother, and more hydrated lips.
Why should I opt for homemade scrubs over store-bought ones?
Homemade scrubs let you control the ingredients, ensuring they’re natural, fresh, and free from preservatives and chemicals.