15 Lip Scrub Recipes that you can try at home!

How long has this been a thing anyway? Lip scrubs? I remember my mum telling me to use a washcloth on my lips to get rid of raggy bits in winter but how long have there been specialist “scrubs”?

I exfoliate my lips once or twice a week. I get little bits of loose skin for absolutely no reason at all. Too cold, chapped lips, too warm, chapped lips…a slight breeze with a hint of warmth or sunshine…chapped lips! Exfoliating my lips and keeping them moisturised works for me. I’ve made up and tried a heap of recipes and I’ve found many online. You can pretty much combine anything with a bit of brown sugar and oil and off you go!

Below you will find some recipes and some common sense “rules” for exfoliating your kisser!

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Is it a good idea to exfoliate your lips?

For the sake of all that is holy, please don’t “SCRUB” your lips. Lips are sensitive creatures and can chap, crack, bleed or get really, really annoyed very easily. So play nice. They can benefit from a bit of TLC however and who doesn’t like a nice “plump” pout….(I hate the word “plump”…it’s like “moist”…not keen on “pout” either)

Why Exfoliate your lips?

  1. It removes dead skin revealing the soft, healthy skin below
  2. It improves circulation and provides the lips with fresh blood, nutrients and oxygen that keeps skin healthy.
  3. Improved circulation will also keep your lips looking pink and plump. <- that word again
  4. By removing the outer layer of dead skin, your balms and oils will penetrate better and keep your lips soft and supple. This can also help to delay wrinkling around the mouth.
  5. It removes little pieces of dead skin that we inevitably bite and tear off which will only cause further damage.
  6. Your lip products will go on smoother and last longer.

A few simple rules for exfoliating your lips

Exfoliating your lips is not a bad thing but you need to stick to a few basic rules to prevent any painful or unsightly results.

  1. If you have a cold sore on your lip or a active spot right on the edge of your lips DO NOT EXFOLIATE. You can spread an infection or irritate a cold sore and prolong healing. Wait until it has fully healed. That goes for any skin condition that directly affects the skin on your lips or around your mouth.
  2. You will have to apply lip balm pretty religiously after exfoliating. By scrubbing dead skin cells away, you have revealed soft, sensitive skin that will need all the moisture and care it can get.
  3. If you are going outside, use a lip balm that contains SPF. You have to protect the delicate skin from the sun! You should be doing this anyway!
  4. Don’t exfoliate your lips more than twice a week and never two days in a row. Give it at least a day or two in between scrubs.
  5. Remove any lip products before your get started especially matte or long wear lip sticks. You don’t want to scrub old product into your skin.
  6. Make sure the skin is slightly damp as dry skin can tear or become irritated more quickly. Gently remove lip products with an oil or makeup remover. Rinse the product away with warm water and then apply your lip scrub.
  7. Use a small amount at a time and if you feel that it is too abrasive, back off immediately. You could be making small cuts in your skin which can become infected.
  8. Be gentle when you exfoliate. You don’t have to go at it like you are resurfacing a road! Gentle circular motions for about a minute MAX. Any more than that and you are asking for chapped misery.
  9. If your lips are already cracked or peeling, try the lip balm and warm washcloth method instead of applying any sugary or fragrant scrubs. The essential oils may be too strong and the sugar too rough.

Lip Scrub Recipes

You can adjust these recipes for quantity or fragrance. It’s really up to you. I recommend keeping lip scrubs in the refrigerator just because they “set” a little better and a lot of them do contain food products that can go off.

I specifically use soft brown or soft dark brown sugar in my recipes. The grains aren’t quite as sharp as white sugar or Demerara which is more processed and refined. They can both be entirely too rough for delicate lips.

1.Vaseline & Washcloth:
All you need for this one is a tub of good old Vaseline and a washcloth or flannel. Fill a basin with warm water and cleanse your skin as usual. Make sure that you have removed all your makeup. While your skin is still damp, rub some Vaseline into your lips. Wet the washcloth in the warm water, wring it out and use it to gently scrub your lips in circular motions. You can also try a soft toothbrush instead of a washcloth.

2. Lipbalm & Sugar
1 tube of plain cheap lip balm
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
2 drops peppermint essential oil
1 small tin or container

Put the sugar in a small bowl and add the drops of peppermint oil. Mash the lip balm into the sugar with a fork or teaspoon until properly mixed. Put the mixture in a small, sterilised container.

3. Pink Salt Lip Scrub
1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt (fine food grade version)
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 drops lemon essential oil

Combine the salt and lemon essential oil in a small bowl and add the olive oil last. Use right away or store in a small container in the fridge.

4. Anise Plumping Lip Scrub
1-2 drops anise essential oil
1 teaspoon rice flour
1/2 teaspoon honey

Add the essential oil to the rice flour and then add the honey. Use immediately. This one will tingle so be careful not to burn your lips. Start with one drop of Anise and add another if it’s not as strong as you’d like.

5. Coconut Lip Scrub
1/2 teaspoon coconut flour
1 teaspoon desiccated coconut – ground a little finer
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 Vitamin E capsule
1 drop peppermint essential oil

First, combine the coconut, vitamin E and peppermint oil. Grind the desiccated coconut in a pestle and mortar. Add the coconut flour and desiccated coconut to the oil mixture. Store in the refrigerator in a small container.

6. Coffee Lip Scrub
1 teaspoon ground coffee
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon jojoba oil or olive oil

Combine the coffee and sugar then add the oil. Don’t be over-enthusiastic with this one. The coffee grounds can be a little rough. Store in the refrigerator.

7. Plumping Ginger Bread Scrub
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Combine all the ingredients. You can also add a drop of ginger essential oil. The coconut oil will set if you keep the scrub in the fridge which makes it a little easier to apply.

8. Vanilla Mint Scrub
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
2 drops mint essential oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vitamin E capsule.
1/2 teaspoon olive oil.

This one is quite tingly and can have a plumping effect. Combine all the oils in a small bowl. Add the sugar and finally the vanilla extract.

9. Chocolate Pudding Lip Scrub
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon coconut or olive oil

This stuff is very edible. Try not to lick your lips! Combine the dry ingredients. Add the honey and vanilla extract last and mix thoroughly. You can store this one in the fridge as it makes quite a lot.

10. Plumping Cinnamon Scrub
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 drop clove essential oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil

This one also has a plumping effect due to the clove oil and may tingle. Combine the honey, olive oil and clove oil first. Add the cinnamon and sugar last.

11. Strawberry Peel
1 medium – large strawberry
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar

Strawberries are great little exfoliators. You can also just cut a strawberry in half and smear the inside all over your lips and wipe away the juice with a warm washcloth.
Mash the strawberry and add the sugar. You can also add a little honey or coconut oil if it’s too rough for you. Strawberries are full of vitamin C and are slightly acidic which will help get rid of dead skin.

12. Papaya Peel
1 cube raw papaya
Papaya enzymes are used in skin peels and masks to remove discoloration, moisturise the skin and exfoliate away dead skin cells. Smear a small cube of raw papaya on your lips and leave the juice there for a few minutes. It should go a bit sticky. This helps if you have discoloration on and around your lips due to sun damage or acne.

13. Pink Grapefruit Lip Scrub / Tint
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
2 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
1 drop pink or red natural food colouring (optional)
1/2 teaspoon olive oil

This one can actually behave a bit like a lip stain if you add the food colouring. It is entirely optional. You can also add a few drops of Ribena concentrate if you want to make it even more pink!
Combine the olive oil, grapefruit essential oil and food colouring. Add the soft brown sugar last.

14. Raspberry & Vanilla swirl Lip Scrub
Raspberry swirl:
2 tablespoons caster sugar
4 raspberries (can use few drops raspberry food flavouring)
2 tablespoon coconut oil

Vanilla Swirl:
2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or contents of one vanilla pod if you are feeling spendy.
2 tablespoons coconut oil

This one is fun to give as a little gift. You can put it in a pretty container. Make the two colours separately. Combine all the raspberry ingredients in one bowl and the vanilla ones in another. Allow them to set in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. You can then place them in the little container in layers. Gently swirl them with a toothpick but don’t mix them completely. You can also put the raspberry in one half and the vanilla in the other and swirl them that way with the toothpick.

15. Oatmeal Cookie Lip Scrub
1 tablespoon ground oatmeal (grind a little finer if too rough)
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

This tastes JUST like a cookie. It’s hard not to eat it. You can take normal oats and grind them a little or buy the ground version. It makes a very good facial scrub/mask when combined with yogurt as well.
Combine the dry ingredients and then add the oil, honey and vanilla. You can add a little more honey or oil if it’s too dry. Adjust as you need to. Definitely keep this one in the fridge. You will get a few uses out of it.

Well, there you go then. Lip scrubs for every occasion! POUT, KISSER, PLUMP, MOIST! *shudder*… Anyhoo…Let me know if you try them. Make up a few of your own and send them to me!

Lots and lots of love,


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