14 Easy DIY Lip Scrub Recipes You Can Make at Home

Updated on November 15, 2022
Tatiana Cooper By Tatiana Cooper
Tatiana Cooper

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    14 Easy DIY Lip Scrub Recipes You Can Make at Home

    Pucker up cause it’s time to kiss your dry lips goodbye and say hello to the new and improved you with plump and smooth smoochers. Your lips will have the experience of a lifetime with these homemade lip scrubs, so much so that your friends will likely ask you to share your secret. Although we don’t gate-keep around here, so we’re going to share the wealth and show you fourteen different DYI lip scrub recipes that we hope you also share.

    Homemade Lip Scrub Benefits

    There are many benefits when creating your own DIY lip scrub. As the winter months crawl closer and the warm moist summer air gets further behind us, our lips will cry out for rejuvenation. Our smoochers can become flaky and dry quickly, and we must combat and prevent that to the best we can. There are many benefits to making these scrubs, such as dead skin removal, real ingredients, affordability, make-up application, and moisturization.

    Dead Skin Removal

    DIY lip scrubs are great for sweeping away any flaky dead skin that might be hanging onto your lips. Removing dead skin cells helps with cell turnover and creates new soft skin cells that make your lips look nice and moisturized.

    Real Ingredients

    When you make your lip scrub at home, you have control over what ingredients get put into the exfoliator. Having this control over your scrub, you ensure, for example, that it is all vegan and comes from real and natural sources. Sometimes there are products in beauty products that we can’t even pronounce, so this can be a bonus.

    Affordability

    DIY lip scrubs can be much more affordable than buying them off the market. Using ingredients like sugar, honey, and coconut oil each cost under 10 dollars, whereas lip scrubs sold in beauty stores can be very costly.

    Make-up Application

    Exfoliating your lips doesn’t only remove unwanted dead skin cells, but it also makes your lips smooth for lipstick application. Soft lips make the application more manageable and make products last longer and stay for a prolonged amount of time compared to when it’s layered on top of dead skin.

    Moisturization

    DIY lip scrubs are a fantastic way to bring moisture back to the lips. The moisture ensures that your lips don’t peel and look lackluster. It will also help to plump them and make them smooth and kissable.

    The three recurring ingredients that you will see in many of the suggested recipes below are sugar, honey, and coconut oil. Each of these ingredients is fantastic for many different reasons and contains excellent benefits that help your lips return to their soft and plump selves.

    Benefits of Sugar In DIY Lip Scrubs

    Sugar is a natural exfoliant, painlessly removing all that dead skin build-up. It also absorbs moisture and locks it in, so your lips stay nice and hydrated. Not only are those two benefits but it’s also a Natural glycolic acid and a natural humectant.

    Benefits of Honey In DIY Lip Scrubs

    Honey has many excellent properties that are useful for more than just internal health reasons. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and, like sugar, a natural humectant. One of the most important benefits of all is it moisturizes.

    Benefits of Coconut Oil in DIY Lip Scrubs

    Coconut oil is a versatile oil used to do great things in the kitchen and on your lips. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, reduces inflammation, protects from harmful bacteria, and contains vitamin E, which hydrates.

    How to Make Lip Scrub

    Making a DIY lip scrub can be as straightforward or complicated as you want it to be. If you are into potions and lotions and getting creative, elevating your scrub by adding a twist could be fun. This straightforward step-by-step guide is perfect for you to follow if you are more of a get-the-job-done-fast person. However, if you are creative and have time, feel free to add to or combine recipes; there are no rules here.

    What you’ll need to make your homemade lip scrub:

    • Mixing bowl
    • Mixing utensils
    • Glass sealable jar
    • Any oil of your choice (preferably coconut oil)
    • Any sugar of your choice (preferably brown sugar)
    • Any honey of your choice (preferably organic)

    Once you got all your ingredients ready to go, the next steps in the process are effortless to follow.

    1. Add your base to your mixing bowl. In most DYI scrubs, the base will be sugar.
    2. Add your oil of choice to the sugar and mix till fully combined.
    3. Add your honey of choice and mix till fully combined.
    4. Continue the previous two steps with whatever extra ingredients you may add. Make sure you add them one by one to ensure they are thoroughly combined to save from ingredients clumping together and not blending with the sugar.
    5. Add your new homemade lip scrub to a sealable glass container and store it in a dark place.

    If you don’t have a glass jar, there’s no need to stress; any sealable container works. Glass jars are more likely to keep the scrub lasting longer.

    Zohna Tip

    Sometimes, you don't need to follow the exact measurements as you might like a different consistency than the recipes suggest.

    Lip Scrub Recipes

    After seeing how straightforward it is to make your own homemade lip scrubs, there’s no excuse not to give your lips much-needed TLC. You know why the ingredients are great for adding to your scrub and how to make them, so it’s time to get to the creative part, all the different kinds you can make.

    Simple Homemade Lip Scrub

    This coconut oil honey scrub is one of the most efficient and uncomplicated homemade lip exfoliators, ideal for all busy men and women with chapped lips. This scrub is also inexpensive, and you most likely already have all three ingredients at home. The combination of ingredients will help sweep away dead skin cells and help to moisturize and heal.

    Ingredients:

    1. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
    2. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    3. 1 teaspoon honey

    Sugar Lip Scrub DIY

    This DIY sugar lip scrub is great for making a simple yet effective lip exfoliator to get the job done. The coconut oil will leave your lips feeling nourished, and the dual action from two types of sugar will leave your packers feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

    Ingredients:

    1. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
    2. 1 teaspoon white sugar
    3. 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar

    You may be reading this and thinking, “what’s turbinado sugar?” Turbinado sugar is less refined with larger crystals, perfect for exfoliating your lips. Since the crystals are larger, you get more bang for your buck and have to use less of your scrub. However, if you don’t have time to run to the store to pick some up, no stress; add a bit more white sugar or toss in some brown sugar to switch it up.

    Zohna Tip

    If you're struggling to mix the coconut oil with the sugars, place the oil in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up.

    Coconut Oil Lip Scrub

    Plenty of at-home lip scrubs call for some oil, typically coconut oil. However, this coconut oil lip scrub comes with a twist.

    Ingredients

    1. 2 tablespoons of sugar (whichever you prefer)
    2. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
    3. ½ tablespoon of jojoba oil
    4. 2 drops of vitamin E oil
    5. 1 tablespoon strawberry powder
    6. 1 drop of strawberry flavored oil (optional)

    If you haven’t guessed, the twist we referenced is the strawberry powder, which adds color to your scrub and lips. If you don’t love strawberry flavoring, you can always switch to some other berry powder. This exfoliator is vegan, unlike many other lip scrub recipes with honey. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and fight free radicals in your skin. They can help with cell regeneration and contain antioxidants that prevent collagen destruction. If you prefer to use fresh strawberries, be our guest; however, your scrub will only last a few days and could grow some furry friends, aka mold.

    Homemade Lip Scrub For Dark Lips

    This DIY lip scrub recipe is easy-peasy lemon squeezy and will help lighten your lips for almost any discoloration concerns. There are many reasons your smoochers have become discolored, such as smoking, too much caffeine, and too little water intake. However, this DIY lip scrub will transform your kissers back to their original coloring with only two simple ingredients.

    1. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    2. 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

    The two ingredients that you likely already have at home mixed will create an easy yet effective paste to scrub in circular motions on your lips. It’s so easy it’s almost harder not to make it.

    DIY Honey Lip Scrub

    This classic lip exfoliating recipe is like a moisture surge to your thirsty smile. All you need is:

    • 2 teaspoons sugar (whichever you prefer)
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon almond oil

    These three ingredients will create a gooey masterpiece that will feel so unbelievably good on the lips you won’t want to take it off.

    Zohna Tip

    To make it feel even better, you could add a bit of peppermint oil to add a refreshing, tingling sensation.

    DIY Lip Scrub With Vaseline

    This scrub stands out from the others because its main ingredient is Vasaline. Vaseline or other petroleum jellies are known as occlusives, meaning they can trap moisture. If your biggest concern about your lips is a lack of moisture, then this scrub is the perfect one-stop shop.

    What you’ll need:

    • Vasaline (or another petroleum jelly base of your choice)
    • Sugar
    • Essential oil (in whatever flavor you prefer)

    For this recipe, it’s best to eyeball it when it comes to measurements because the texture range can vary depending on your lips’ needs.

    Zohna Tip

    The more petroleum jelly you add, the creamier and more moisturizing your scrub will be.

    DIY Coffee Lip Scrub

    For all the caffeine addicts out there, this formula will likely be right up your alley. The delicious aroma of fresh coffee will make you eager to apply this scrub. Not to mention, its other transformative ingredients will leave your lips plump and oh-so-smoochable. Caffeine is known as a natural skin tightener and helps to give your lips a healthy glow.

    What you’ll need:

    1. 1 tbs ground coffee
    2. 1 tsp raw honey
    3. 1 tsp coconut oil
    4. ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

    The coffee grounds sweep away unwanted dead skin cells while the honey and coconut oil moisturize and the cinnamon plumps. This scrub should last you about 10-15 uses.

    Edible Lip Scrub Recipe

    Nearly every scrub we have mentioned has the favorable trait of being edible. However, this one will be almost irresistible to lick off your lips. Keep in mind that the scrub is lifting away dead skin cells, so lick at your own discretion. The chocolatey goodness will help satisfy those sweet cravings, and the vanilla has many anti-aging benefits and antioxidants.

    What you’ll need:

    1. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
    2. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    3. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    4. ¾ teaspoon honey
    5. 2 teaspoons olive oil

    Tumeric Lip Scrub DIY

    Concocting a turmeric lip scrub comes with many benefits. Lip scrubs, as we know, are great for elevating dry lips and helping to rejuvenate. However, by adding turmeric to the mix, it may help in other problem areas, such as

    • Fading pigmentation
    • Clearing dark circles
    • Lightening lips
    • Evening out skin texture

    If any of these issues hit home, you may want to invest your time and money into making this turmeric lip scrub.

    What you’ll need:

    1. 1.4 cups granulated sugar or brown sugar
    2. ½ cup coconut oil
    3. 2 tablespoons honey
    4. 3 tablespoons turmeric powder
    5. 3-4 drops of lemon juice or lemon oil
    6. 8-10 drops of vitamin E oil

    The use of turmeric has been implicated in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It’s infamous for its anti-informatory benefits, which make it effective in elevating certain skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

    Zohna Tip

    You don't have to use these scrubs solely for your lips. You can also use them on your body as part of your shower routine.

    Bubblegum Lip Scrub

    If bubblegum is as nostalgic for you as it is for us, tap into your inner child by making this easy and inexpensive bubblegum lip scrub.

    Ingredients:

    1. 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
    2. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
    3. ½ teaspoon of honey
    4. 3 drops of bubblegum flavoring
    5. 1 drop of red or pink food coloring

    This perfect sweet mixture of ingredients will take you back to childhood or the early 2000s when the bubblegum bubble was essential to every outfit. Your inner child will thank you not only for this bubblegum flashback but for helping to reveal the refreshed and youthful lips you once had.

    Vegan Lip Scrub Recipe

    This one goes out to all our vegan friends hoping to keep it animal by-product free. This recipe is just as easy as any other, but perhaps it’s even simpler. All you need for this one is 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 5 tablespoons of whatever sugar you prefer. Adding a drop or two of peppermint oil gives it a minty fresh kick that will make your lips feel minty fresh.

    Vanilla Lip Scrub Recipe

    There are two different ways of tackling this lip exfoliator: the boujee and the not-so-boujee. The former consists of using pure vanilla from a vanilla bean. If you purchase a vanilla bean to extract the contents, it takes a bit more time than the non-boujee way, adding vanilla extract, which you probably already have in your kitchen. However, it can be more fun to use the real deal. All you need to do is use a knife (be careful!), cut a line straight down the middle of the bean, and scrape out the insides. It should look like a black paste.

    Once you have your pure vanilla bean, the best way to use it is to heat up a bit of honey, so it becomes less tacky, and you can mix them together easily. That way, adding the vanilla to the sugar base blends in a bit more seamlessly.

    Ingredients:

    1. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    2. ½ teaspoon of honey
    3. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
    4. ¼ teaspoon of vanilla bean or extract

    Honey + Lemon + Sugar

    This honey + lemon + sugar DIY lip scrub, or as we like to call it, the Three Muskiateer lip scrub, is as easy as it sounds. The honey is a natural anti-bacterial and moisturizer, the lemon is a natural brightening agent, and the sugar is a natural exfoliant, making it the perfect trio, hence the nickname.

    Ingredients:

    1. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    2. ½ teaspoon honey
    3. 1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Cotton Candy Lip Scrub

    We have the perfect DIY lip scrub if you love cotton candy-flavored things. This recipe is nearly identical to the bubblegum lip scrub, except you switch out the flavoring for a cotton candy one instead. Or you could get a little frisky with it, mix the two flavors together, and see what that tastes like.

    Ingredients:

    1. 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
    2. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
    3. ½ teaspoon of honey
    4. 3 drops of cotton candy flavoring
    5. 1 drop of red or pink food coloring

    Lip Scrub Containers

    What to Look For

    There isn’t a right or wrong way to store your new DIY lip scrub. The only thing you need to ensure for lip scrub containers is that it’s airtight. Here at Zohna, we suggest using a glass container for many reasons, but we understand that plastic containers are a more attractive option for some people.

    Here is a pros list and cons list of both plastic and glass containers to help you decide which is best suited for you.

    Pros of Glass Containers For DIY Lip Scrubs Pros of Plastic Containers For DIY Lip Scrubs
    Better for the environment to produce. Lightweight
    Helps products have a longer shelf life. Easier to transport.
    Can withstand high temperatures. More cost-effective.
    Recyclable Recyclable
    Fewer toxic chemicals

     

    Cons of Glass Containers For DIY Lip Scrubs Cons of Plastic Containers For DIY Lip Scrubs
    Hardest to transport. Hard on the environment to produce.
    More expensive. Has toxins that leach into the environment when it decomposes – and can transfer into products if left long enough.
    Breakable Products have shorter life spans.

    Sizes

    Now that you have chosen which of the two container types you prefer, it’s time to talk about sizes. Picking which size makes sense for your scrub depends on how much you’ve made.

    If you are constantly on the go, grab a smaller-sized container that you can toss in your bag.

    Where To Get Containers

     

    There’s no one perfect place to get a container for your scrub. However, you can find some at your local drug or grocery store. Walmart and Target would also be ideal places to find some jars. Online stores like Amazon are also good places to find glass jars like these.

    These jars come in a pack of 24, perfect for making different kinds of scrubs or giving some to friends as a birthday gift, Christmas gift, or just for being such great friends

    Storing

    If you want your DIY lip scrubs to have the most extended shelf life possible, properly storing them is very important. For the most part, you want them in a dark and cool location, like the fridge. However, they don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator. A bathroom cupboard works just fine.

    FAQ

    • "How Long Does Homemade Lip Scrub Last?"

      Depending on the ingredients you choose to make your scrubs, they should last up to two months. Lucky for you, they’re inexpensive and easy to make, so their short life span shouldn’t cause too much of a headache.

    • "How to Make Homemade Lip Scrub Last Longer?"

      When you want to make your scrubs last longer, it comes down to two main factors, ingredients, and storage. Let’s say you use lemon juice straight from a lemon instead of the juice concentrate you buy in a bottle. Due to it being a more natural and fresh alternative, the life span of your scrub will follow the life span of the lemon juice. That’s why sometimes it’s better to use flavorings or extracts in your scrubs to help prolong the shelf life. Storing them in a glass container in a dark place will also help your homemade lip scrub last longer.

    Signing Off

    Hopefully, now you feel wealthy with homemade lip scrub info and want to share the love with friends by telling them your secrets or making them your DYI lip scrub. Despite all the different ways we have shown you to make at-home lip scrubs, no recipe needs to be followed precisely. All you need is an exfoliator, oil, and a combiner (such as honey). Now get mixing and scrubbing, and your lips will thank you.