Homemade Lip Scrub in 5 Steps: Treat Dry & Cracked Lips

Gently exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub keeps them healthy and smooth. You’ll find a variety of commercial lip scrubs at the drug store, including specialty products that can be hard on the budget.

Make your own lip scrub for pennies with a few everyday ingredients from the kitchen. If your dry, cracked lips persist, see your physician to determine the cause of the problem. Otherwise, head to the kitchen and get scrubbing.

Things Needed:

  • 1 teaspoon natural honey
  • Small cup
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 to 2 drops essential oil, optional
  • Lemon juice, optional
  • Cotton balls
  • Moisturizer or lip balm


  1. Place 1 teaspoon of natural honey in a small, sterile cup. Warm the honey, which possesses healing and hydrating properties, in the microwave for four to five seconds.
  2. Stir in 1 teaspoon of oil, which provides a thin protective barrier. Select a healthy, edible oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of granulated white sugar, which creates a gentle, abrasive exfoliant to remove dead skin. Stir in a drop of lemon juice, if you like.
  4. Add 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, is desired. Try peppermint or spearmint for a soothing, healing lip scrub, or flavor your lip scrub with mango-, lime- or lemon- flavored oil.
  5. Wash your hands, then use your finger to apply the scrub to your lips, using gentle, circular motions. Wipe the scrub off your lips with a damp cotton ball. Finish by applying your favorite lip moisturizer or balm.

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