How to make lip scrub at home

You know when your lips get nasty, dry, and cracked?  The kind of dry where your lips peel and bleed, and you can’t eat or drink anything for two days until your bleeding and broken lips heal enough to go out in public?

Just me?

Oh, okay now I feel super awkward.

how to make lip scrub at home

I’m a big believer in lip exfoliation.  It takes you from whoa to WHOA in approximately 2.2 seconds.  There aren’t many things in life that can blow your hair back in quite the same way.  Especially when you can make your own lip scrub at home, in the comfort of your own kitchen with just a handful of natural, organic, delicious ingredients.  We’re talking about some seriously tasty beauty business.

Would you like the recipe so you can make some of your very own lip scrub at home? 

I thought you might.

DIY lip scrub

how to make lip scrub at homehomemade lip scrub recipe:

  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice
how to make lip scrub

Here’s how to make the scrub:

Using a tiny little dish from your kitchen mix the sugar and honey together until combined.  Add lime juice and mix until it the scrub has reached a semi-runny consistency.

lip scrub at home

Use a spoon, a small paintbrush, or your fingers to cover your lips in the scrub; gently rub it all over.  Repeat as needed until lips are completely smooth and buttery.  The sugar acts as the exfoliant, the lime rejuvenates the skin, and the honey is a natural anti-bacterial and cleanser.  Boom.

When you’re all done exfoliating, apply a coat of your favorite go-to lip-gloss or chap-stick and bask in your beauty.  You’re amazing.  Pretty too.  Have you lost weight?  There’s something extra sparkly about you right now.

— p.s. I would never in a million and a half years wear red lipstick without doing this first.  Never.  Just wanted to put that out there in case you were thinking of wearing red lipstick tomorrow with chapped lips.


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Qui :

    my mouth was watering, just reading this post. sounds delightful! :)

    • Allison :

      It really is tasty!

  2. Danielle :

    I have been using sugar and honey to exfoliate my flaky lips for a couple years now and love it! I like the idea of adding the lime juice though, will definitely try it out next time! And you are right, its a MUST before applying lipstick :)

    • Allison :

      Me too Danielle, but the lime adds a little something something and thins it out to a nice consistency.

  3. Jan :

    How long will this keep? Do you need to mix it fresh every time you want to use it?

    • Allison :

      I can’t imagine this keeping for more than a week. Put it in the fridge and use it for a week, then dump it.

      • Jan :

        Thanks, will give it a try!

  4. Melodie :

    Actually, honey never goes bad – so if you add the lime juice just when you use it, this mixture should last for a while! I’m thinking after you’ve scrubbed for a few days – there probably won’t be any left anyway.

    • Allison :

      I’m not super worried about the honey, or the sugar for that matter, but once you add lemon juice in the mix things get tricky.

      I used the remainder on my face and licked the bowl. Nothing left.

  5. Tabitha :

    I don’t happen to have lime available at the moment but do have lemon – do you think it would work the same or as well? But this looks like a wonderful scrub – looking forward to trying it!

    • Allison :

      It will taste a little different but will act basically the same. Do it.

      • Tabitha :

        I did! This is a fantastical scrub – it works great – and tastes really good too :)

  6. dawn :

    Just did this. GREAT feeling and also… mmmm… YUM! ;) Couldn’t help but lick my lips a bit. LOL. I’ve got this little (very little, I think only I see it) crevice starting right above my top lip. Anyway, that’s better now too… kind of smoothed it out. And the extra, just poured it into my water. You know, waste-not – want-not. ;)

    • Allison :

      Isn’t it delicious? Amazing delicious! So glad you liked it!

  7. dgm :

    I’ve been using honey/sugar occasionally, but I tried it with lime today and WOW! Such a difference it makes–even my lipstick looks better. Also, YUM.

    • Allison :

      It’s the business. Business.

  8. Kristen :

    This is brilliant and so easy!

    • Allison :

      Easy is what it’s all about, and daaaang Kristen if it isn’t tasty to boot.

    • Allison :


      I’m so glad you found me! Yours looks delicious too. I love this beauty at home stuff…

  9. kassie :

    I just made this, and omg. My lips feel amazing. They were insanely dried and cracked.

    • Allison :

      It’s absolutely amazing stuff, glad you like it!