How To Exfoliate Your Lips – 10 Homemade Lip Scrub Recipes

Do you remember those shy embarrassing moments caused by chapped, flaky, dry lips, or that ugly texture on your lips due to dryness? We all hate to recall that moment, don’t we?

To avoid all those embarrassing situations, it is a MUST to keep our lips timely exfoliated and applying masks to make them look generously soft and supple. It’s time to say goodbye to those chapped lips!     

Why exfoliating your lips is necessary?

In today’s generation, we are obsessed with the use of attractive and fancy looking cosmetics overlooking the ingredients used in it. Other factors like environmental changes, sun exposures, and the use of chemically infused products in day to day life have gotten our lips to be quite disturbing. A lip scrub always compromises of two components, that is, an exfoliator and a nourishing agent. 

Reason 1

Cracked and flaky lips bring in too many shy moments. To avoid the circumstances, necessary to have a beauty care regime, mainly focusing on exfoliation with masking of lips to make those lips soft, supple, healthy, and plump. The use of scrubs and masks is an effective and permanent solution for healthy-looking lips. 

Reason 2

There’s nothing more beautiful than a polished looking lip. The amount of confidence it roots while having good conversations, smiles, photographs is divine. Remember, while exfoliating your lips, you can get rid of lip discoloration and those annoying dark spots and impurities.

So if you want to flaunt your smooth, effortless pout, then this is your answer. You don’t have to hurt your pockets to buy those expensive lip scrubs available in the market. To keep retaining those luscious lips, we have mentioned a few delicious homemade DIY scrubs to follow for your skincare routine with few ingredients that you can easily find straight into your pantry. Let’s get right into it!

10 Homemade Lip Scrub Recipes  

1. Coconut oil and organic honey lip scrub

Want to get rid of dry and chapped lips? Change in environmental factors and personal habits leads to dryness. However, providing hydration and nourishment to your lips is the best possible way to protect your lips.

Ingredients Required

  • Coconut oil
  • Organic honey
  • Brown sugar

Directions to Use

  • First, start by mixing one tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey 
  • Later, add two tablespoons of brown sugar to this mixture
  • Apply this scrub on your lips in a circular motion for five minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water 

How does it work?

Natural soothing agents, coconut oil, and honey help protect the lips and provide them with moisture. It helps in the healing process of dry and chapped lips, also provides relief to sensitive areas. 

Brown sugar is an excellent exfoliator, helps remove the dead skin around lips, especially if they are flaky. This mixture helps in keeping your lips soft, plump, and supple.

2. Coffee powder and olive oil lip scrub

Heal your cracked lips with Coffee Powder and Olive Oil. If you have dry lips like the Sahara desert, then this is a must-try DIY remedy.

Ingredients Required

  • Coffee Powder
  • Olive Oil

Directions to Use

  • Take one tablespoon of olive oil and add one teaspoon of coffee powder in a bowl
  • Mix it well to make a luxurious lip scrub
  • Apply the scrub to the lips in a circular motion for few minutes and wipe it off with a clean cloth.

How does it work?

Coffee being a magnificent exfoliator and rich in antioxidants, it helps in clearing dead cells and provides ultra-rich hydration and moisture to the lips

Olive oil is an anti-inflammatory and fully packed with antioxidants help in relaxing the lips while scrubbing.

It also helps in softening and smoothening of the lips.

3. Toothbrush and lip balm scrub

For the beautiful exfoliated plump lips, this one is typically the best solution for thin lips to get that instant plump lip.

Ingredients Required

  • Toothbrush
  • Lip balm

Directions to Use

  • Apply a thick layer of lip balm generously all over your lips.
  • Take an old toothbrush and gently brush those toothbrush bristles onto your lips
  • Keep doing this with slow hands for 2-3 minutes 
  • Rinse off with ice-cold water or simply rub ice on the lips.

How does it work?

Toothbrush helps in removing all the dry flakes and dead cells on lips.

Bristles being a bit thick, it helps in great exfoliation of lips by making it look a lot plumper and smooth.

4. Chocolate lip scrub mask

Revive your beautiful and natural smile. We’ve got you a lip scrub mask for your flaky and unhappy lips.

Ingredients Required

  • Cocoa powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Organic honey
  • Olive oil

Directions to Use

  • Start by mixing one tablespoon of cocoa powder and two tablespoons of brown sugar in a bowl
  • Add one teaspoon vanilla extract, 3/4 teaspoon honey and two teaspoons of olive, make a smooth mixture
  • Gently apply the scrub to your lips in a circular motion and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes
  • Wipe off the mask with a clean cloth or rinse it off with lukewarm water

How does it work?

The nourishing properties present in cocoa powder acts as an emollient. It keeps your lips moist, hydrated, and prevents your lips from bleeding and getting sore. While adding a flavor to this lip scrub mask, antioxidant substances present in vanilla extract help protect against free radical damages and remove tan. 

5. Lemonade lip scrub

We all strive for soft, pink, and luscious lips! Below is the DIY recipe for natural and soft lips that you can make while relaxing at home. 

Ingredients Required

  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)

Directions to Use

  • Mix two tablespoons of sugar with one teaspoon of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) in a bowl
  • Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to this mixture
  • Apply a small portion of this scrub on your lips and gently rub it in circular motions for a minute
  • Wipe it with a clean cloth or rinse it off with lukewarm water 

How does it work?

Natural bleaching agent, lemon, helps to nourish, brighten and add clarity to the lips reducing dryness and darkening of the lips, keeping them plump and pretty. The vital ingredient, sugar acts as an exfoliator and helps in removing dry and dead skin flakes around the lips and reveal the fresh and glowing skin underneath. 

6. Gram flour (besan) and honey lip scrub

Exfoliator and mask for the Instant rescue. This one is especially for all those working people out there. Everyday exposure to harmful products and environmental factors can harm the moisture and texture of lips.

To keep the lips nourished all you need to do is:

Ingredients Required

  • Gram flour (besan)
  • Honey
  • Sugar 
  • Lemon juice

Directions to Use 

  • Take two tablespoons of gram flour, add two teaspoons of honey and one teaspoon of sugar in a mixing bowl
  • Squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon to the mixture
  • Mix this mixture till nice and thick 
  • Gently massage the paste with fingers in a circular motion for one minute and then let the mask rest for ten minutes on lips
  • Rinse off with tap water.

How does it work?

Gram flour (besan) is an excellent natural exfoliator that helps in exfoliating super dry, crack, and dull lips, and lemon juice works as a natural bleach that allows the lips to appear clean and brighter.

Sugar itself, being a natural exfoliator, helps in clearing the dead cells and dry flakes.

Honey being another organic anti-inflammatory ingredient, helps in protecting and sealing in the moisture of the lips.

It is a perfect therapy for dull, tired, and dry lips.

7. Coconut and vanilla lip scrub

Sunburn doesn’t feel right, and scorching pouts are awful. This below DIY recipe is best to treat your sunburn lips.

Ingredients Required

  • Coconut oil
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract 

Directions to Use

  • Start by mixing one teaspoon of coconut oil, two teaspoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a bowl
  • Apply the scrub in circular motions onto your lips by gently massaging it
  • Rinse it with lukewarm water after five minutes

How does it work?

 Coconut oil has large quantities of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it a moisturizing ideal for damaged lips. 

Vanilla extract helps in curing sunburn and has anti-aging properties.   

8. Shea butter and sugar lip scrub

Don’t let cold and dry weather take over your pretty plump lips. This DIY recipe is a perfect scrub to combat dryness.

Ingredients Required

  • Shea butter 
  • Sugar

Directions to Use

  • Mix one tablespoon each of shea butter and sugar in mixing bowl until you get the desired texture
  • Gently rub the scrub onto your lips in circular motions for not more than five minutes
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water and apply a good moisturizing lip balm. 

How does it work?

Shea butter nourishes the lips vitamins A, E, F, and K and helps repair damaged and irritated lips. It also protects your lips from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Natural exfoliating agent, sugar, helps remove dead skin flakes present around your lips and allows better penetration of hydrating products. 

9. Overnight Lip Treatment (Exfoliator + mask)

Mornings are usually busy, and having a lip spa treatment with very little time in hands is often a challenge.

This simple procedure needs to be done the previous night to wake up with ultra-smooth and luxurious lips.

Ingredients Required

  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Rosewater/cucumber water/tomato water
  • Cotton Buds

Directions to Use

  • Squeeze the right amount of aloe vera gel in a bowl, add a few drops of rose water/cucumber juice /tomato juice (any of your choice), and mix the mixture thoroughly.
  • Now take the cotton bud and dip it into the mixture and gently massage with a cotton bud in a circular motion for good 2-3 minutes.
  • Take the remaining mixture on your fingertips and apply it as a thick paste onto your lips.
  • Rest it for overnight or rinse it off after a few minutes. And wake up with soft, beautiful lips. 

How does it work?

Aloe Vera is a naturally soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredient. It helps in healing extremely dry flaky lips. Mixing of rose water/cucumber water/tomato water has extra added benefits.

Rosewater helps in cooling of lips

Cucumber juice helps in the lightening of the pigmentations on the lips.

Tomato juice helps in removing the tan by brightening the lips. Using this mixture frequently helps in protecting the lips and also seals in the moisture.

10. Jaggery and ghee lip scrub

Harsh pigmented lips due to sun exposers? Or because of the use of too many harmful products? Lighten the pigmentation on lips with this DIY lip scrub recipe.

India, Haryana State, Making Unrefined Sugar, Jaggery, by Side Of Road. (Photo by Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Ingredients Required

  • Jaggery 
  • Ghee

Directions to Use

  • Roughly crush some jaggery 
  • Take a spoon full of ghee and mix it well
  • -Apply it in a circular direction for good one minute and later rinse it off with lukewarm water.

How does it work?

Jaggery being a part of AHA helps in lightening of uneven tone or pigmentations 

Ghee being an all-natural ingredient, heals our lips in multiple ways. It helps in improving the discoloration of lips. It helps in smoothening and healing dry, chapped lips.


It is highly advisable to use these above lip scrubs and masks twice or thrice a week only. Here’s a quick tip to follow – After using any lip scrub, apply a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips even more

Have you ever tried any of the above-mentioned lips scrubs and masks? 

Which DIY recipe did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.