DIY Natural Lip Scrub

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What's the one thing that drives you mad about the winter? The cold weather I can handle (most of the time), the rain I don’t mind (my hair not so much). What does drive me absolutely mad is that I seem, for most of the winter months, to have the driest flakiest lips! I mean flaky to the point where I actually saw dry flakes of skin falling softly as I was trying to put lip balm on (cue horror film scream).

It’s widely suggested that dry lips and dry skin around your mouth is in indication that you’re dehydrated - but for those like me, who drink a lot of water and still never seem to have soft smooth lips, a lip scrub might be the answer!

The idea of a lip scrub is to gently exfoliate the dry and dead upper layer of skin on the lips, leaving behind soft, smooth skin and a plump pout you don’t want to hide!

For a lip scrub I usually make a small batch in one of those tiny jam or preserve jars, keep it in the fridge and generally re-apply every 2 -3 weeks. The best way to check if the scrub is still good if you’ve been using it for a while is to smell it, the scrub should have a gentle aromatic smell. If you smell anything else, it’s probably time to discard and make a new batch.


1/2 tablespoon of brown or coconut sugar
1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, vegetable oil (or oil of your choice, but remember it needs to be natural and safe enough to eat)
1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
I tablespoon of Manuka Honey


  1. Mix all three together and voila! Depending on how well the sugar absorbs - you may need to add a little more. It should feel slightly gritty but not like sandpaper.
  2. Massage onto lips gently with the tips of your fingers. Allow the scrub to sit on lips another minute or so and then wipe off gently with a warm washcloth (or lick it off if you feel so inclined!)
  3. It’s always good to finish off the process with a good slathering of something that will protect lips. Make sure you use lip balms or salves that are as natural as possible. I often just use another couple of drops of coconut oil.

Please remember: it’s always good to test these ingredients on your skin before applying to lips to ensure that they are not too abrasive, or will upset skin.

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