Nobody likes cracked, dry lips, and with the colder weather among us ‘tis the season to start thinking about how you can do your best to prevent this. While there is nothing wrong with relying on your usual drugstore lip balm fix, isn’t it time that you treated yourself to something a bit more luxurious?
We don’t mean spending $50 on a simple salve. We mean using a lip scrub! By using a lip scrub, which is designed to exfoliate, you can give yourself the gift of softer lips. While there are many different options on the market, some of the best lip scrubs are made by yourself at home. Here is a selection of our favorite recipes.
Easy DIY lip scrub recipes you should try at home
1. Pink Lemonade
Is there anything more summery than pink lemonade? The great thing about taking this classic flavor and turning it into sugar scrub form is that you don’t need the warm sunshine to enjoy it — it can be enjoyed year-round. Find the recipe, which is only four ingredients, here at Sparkle of Sunshine.
We’re bringing out the greatest hits early on with one of the most popular flavors on planet Earth: chocolate! There are many recipes for a chocolate sugar scrub out there, but we are biased towards this one from Real Housemoms that uses real cocoa powder!
3. Green Tea
Green tea isn’t only a yummy flavor in our cup! It also works well as an ice cream flavor, candy flavor, and yes, you guessed it, as a lip scrub. Check out the recipe from Live Simply.
4. Birthday Cake
There’s birthday cake, and then there’s this birthday cake flavoring lip scrub by Everyday Laura. If you are somebody who has had birthday cake-flavored ice cream before, then you know how the simulated birthday cake smell and taste can be even better than the real thing.
There is nothing like the fresh sensation of mint across your lips! This all-natural sugar scrub from Suburban Simplicity uses fresh mint for a touch that is extra exhilarating.
Grape flavored cosmetics used to be a big thing — anyone who was a fan of Lipsmackers in the ‘90s will know this to be true. However, we don’t see it around so often anymore, and we think that is somewhat of a shame! Remedy this with a delicious recipe from Essential Ayur.
Everyone loves the taste of pineapple, but let’s face it: they are an absolute pain to prepare. Enjoy the scent of pineapple and keep your lips supple by treating yourself to a DIY lip scrub as instructed here at From My Vanity.
There is nothing like a nice bowl of sorbet. Except maybe a nice sorbet-flavored lip scrub! Get the colorful yet simple recipe from Pinned and Repinned.
It can be hard to find the perfect watermelon — but the good thing is that it is not necessary in order to make this creative recipe from A Cultivated Nest. All you will need is some coconut oil, watermelon flavoring, food coloring, vitamin E, and of course, sugar!
Honey is a popular ingredient for lip scrubs, and what’s not to love? It’s moisturizing, it smells amazing, and it won’t easily irritate most skin types. There are a lot of honey lip scrub tutorials out there to choose from, but we appreciate this one from Hello Glow.
11. Apple Pie
There is nothing more American than apple pie — except for maybe lip scrubs! Why not combine the two to create a unique and hydrating apple pie lip scrub, as shown at Flavorful Bites.
12. Cotton Candy
Everyone’s favorite carnival treat also happens to make a great lip scrub flavor! It even looks exactly like cotton candy, with its mix of vibrant blue and purple. Check it out at Bitz and Giggles.
13. Coconut Oil
If you’re not one for fancy flavors and sweet scents, you’re not alone. We wanted to make sure that we also included a lip scrub recipe to fit your tastes. This all-natural coconut oil lip scrub only has three ingredients and could not be easier to make. Get the details from Dear Crissy.
14. Pumpkin Spice
Whether you love it or love to hate it, no list of scrub recipes would be complete without mention of pumpkin spice. Get the autumnal details at Fashion Lush.
Vanilla: everyone’s second favorite ice cream flavor! Okay, so maybe it is your first. Even if many people out there do have mixed feelings about vanilla — is it too plain to be delicious? Is it delicious because of how plain it is? — there is no denying that this basic flavor makes one heck of a lip scrub. See it in action at Skinny Ms.
Many of us enjoy cinnamon in our oatmeal, so why wouldn’t we enjoy using cinnamon within the ingredients of our lip scrub? The general consensus among the internet’s beauty community is that cinnamon is one of the best ingredients to add to your lip scrub. Learn how from Food Fun Family.
This coffee lip scrub smells so amazing that you will want to use it to wake yourself up in the morning! Not only does this particular scrub work very well, but it also puts your coffee grounds that would otherwise be discarded to good use. Get it here are Blessed Beyond Crazy.
18. Orange Peel
Orange peels are a common ingredient in many baking recipes, so why wouldn’t it make for a good component in a lip scrub? This recipe from Lizee Angel involves an exfoliating concoction of himalayan salt, brown sugar, orange peel, and coconut oil.
Lemon is one of the most refreshing scents out there, and it works beautifully in a lip scrub. This lip scrub is a must if you find it difficult to wear lipsticks and lipglosses during the winter without fear of showing lip cracks. Pumpkin and Princess will take you through the easy steps that go into creating this flawless lemon scrub.
Strawberry is the favorite fruit of many, and also happens to be one of the best flavors for a lip scrub! This recipe from Country Hill Cottage walks you through all of the steps that you need to take to craft the perfect exfoliating DIY scrub.
If raspberry is more your style, we have something for you, too. Moments With Mandi offers up an incredibly simple recipe that uses only olive oil, sugar, honey, vaseline, food coloring, and raspberry extract.
22. Whipped sugar
Some of the best beauty products are so effective because of their simplicity. This is definitely the case with this radiant whipped sugar exfoliating lip scrub that contains only four ingredients that you probably already have around the house! Get the skinny from Happy Mothering.
The smell of lavender is well-known for having calming properties, and what could be better than taking this calming sensation and applying it to your lips? There are many different recipes for lavender lip scrubs online, and while we can’t vouch for all of them, there is one that we especially hold in high regard, and it’s from Life-n-Reflection. With nourishing honey, exfoliating cane sugar, and the heavenly scent of lavender, this scrub is to die for.
24. Sugar Cookie
Something yummy is cooking in the kitchen — and it’s a scrub for your lips! If you are a fan of lip scrubs that smell like sweet treats, then this one is sure to appeal to you. The combination of coconut oil, almond oil, vanilla extract, honey, and cane sugar makes this scrub smell exactly like a sugar cookie! Psst: you can get the how-to from Wellness Mama and it makes for a wonderful gift idea.
25. Pina Colada
If you like pina colada and getting caught in the rain, then have we got the perfect lip scrub for you! In all seriousness, this pina colada lip scrub is divine, with hints of coconut and pineapple. Get the methodology from A Magical Mess.