Homemade Lip Scrub

Homemade Lip Scrub ~ a sweet homemade scrub for dry, rough, chapped, lips. A diy all natural lip exfoliant you can make right at home with common ingredients.

I make a few batches of this homemade scrub every year at the first sign of dryness.

I keep one in the shower and one by the sink. The last time I looked they were selling little pots of scrub like this for $25 at our local beauty store, but luckily this is one of those products that you can replicate exactly at home. It doesn’t rely on fancy chemicals or high tech ingredients because the job of a lip scrub is to physically exfoliate the delicate skin on your lips. Sugar does the job, and the oil moisturizes the lips at the same time. Magically the sugar crystals don’t dissolve in the oil and you get a sweet little paste.

This homemade lip scrub actually works!

You might be skeptical about homemade beauty products if, like me, you grew up trying all those gloppy avocado and oatmeal face masks, or the dreadful mayonnaise hair conditioner. This one actually works, it’s pleasant to use, and you and your bathroom won’t smell like beer or vinegar afterwards. All you need is some sugar, some oil and a few little plastic travel containers. You can find those at beauty stores. You can play with flavors and food coloring if you want to.

This is a fun project to do with your kids. I would have waited until my daughters were home for the holidays but my lips wouldn’t cooperate. I need this stuff now.

And to keep your lips moisturized once they’re all exfoliated check out my recipe for DIY COCONUT OIL LIP BALM!

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Homemade Lip Scrub

Skip the beauty aisle and make your own Homemade Lip Scrub with all natural sugar and almond oil ~ it works and it tastes great, too!
Author: Sue Moran


  • A couple of small plastic containers don't use glass if you intend to leave them the shower
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • almond oil or any mildly flavored or flavorless oil you have
  • a drop of almond extract don't use too much of any extract or you'll get a bitter flavor
  • a small touch of food coloring


  • Mix up your scrub using just enough oil to make a loose paste consistency. Adjust the amount of oil or sugar if you need to. If you're using paste food coloring you will only need a pin prick amount, and you can add it to the oil first so it will disperse.
  • Pack it firmly into your jars and you're ready to scrub.
  • Just scoop out a little with your finger and scrub on and around your lips with little circular motions. Don't wet your lips first, since the water will dissolve the sugar before the job is done.
  • Rinse off. Do this every day to beat the winter dryness!


  • I used almond extract, but there are so many flavorings in the baking aisle of the supermarket these days,..try orange, lemon, mint, vanilla, maple, or rum.  Buy extract, not artificial flavoring, and you can use it all season long in your baking.
  • Yes, you could make this in larger amounts and use it as a body scrub, too!

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  • Reply
    November 11, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    I can’t wait to make this but I was wondering why do you recommend using extracts and not artificial flavoring?

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      November 11, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      I think extracts have a much better, more natural flavor, and artificial flavorings can be really unappealing, but that’s just my opinion. If something tastes good to you, then go for it.

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    Jennifer Duke
    September 19, 2018 at 10:44 am

    This seems like a great recipe from the comments. I’ll have to try making some this weekend.

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    September 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    5 stars
    I have an estheticians’ license, and owned a skincare clinic for 15 years. Yes, this is a tried-and-true recipe. I used to do body scrubs with a similar concoction. I’m an almond addict, and would probably eat this stuff as well!

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      September 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      I need to make the body version…

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    Ruth Cobb
    September 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Love this idea. I always get a rough red ring around my lips and then they crack. The only thing I have found to help was a salve from Bath and Body Works with hemp. I would like to try this. Seems easy and would be helpful. What about using hemp for the oil?

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      August 2, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Definitely worth a try, there are lots of different natural oils that would work perfectly.

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    Susanne Freeborn
    January 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

    5 stars
    I found your blog because I was looking for a chocolate walnut cake recipe because I need to bake a birthday cake and I have way too many walnuts left over from my Christmas baking.

    Your blog is so wonderfully packed with great recipes and the photography really is so informative and beautiful.

    Now I’ve gotta make this lip scrub. I never had this problem until I moved to the Pacific Northwest, but I am sure this will work. I have an olive oil & salt scrub I use on my feet. I have some Hazelnut oil that I should use up…

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    December 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    This is great! My lips are terrible, so I’m definitely making a batch this very weekend! Thanks!!

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    November 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Wow what a fabulous idea! I love stuff like this and it’s a perfect time of year to make it. These would make great gifts. Definitely going to try this out over the holidays. Thanks Sue!

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    November 7, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I love this idea…thanks for the tip!! I can’t wait to try this.

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    November 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    What a great homemade beauty recipe! I think I’ll give it a try. I often think some of these recipes are much better than paying an arm & leg for some of the over the counter stuff! Do you know why you can’t use a glass jar? Just curious.


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      August 2, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      Sorry for the late reply—the only reason I said not to use glass is that plastic is safer in the bathroom/shower environment.

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    November 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I love this idea, Sue. What a super gift for the holidays too.

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