DIY | Sugar Lip Scrub


I wandered into LUSH a few months ago and had a look about. Everything looked and smelled wonderful but eventually I had to just say no. Why is everything so expensive?!? (Don’t answer that, I know why it is – I just don’t like it.) I left the store empty handed but I had a little idea formin’ in my head. Make my own lip scrub!


As far as DIYs go, this one is super easy and you probably have the ingredients lying around your house anyways. So let’s do this thing!


  • 3 teaspoons of brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of raw turbinado sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon of mango butter (can be switched out with coconut oil or cocoa butter)

  • 3 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil



  1. Combine your sugars and mango butter in a small dish and mix well with a fork. Your mango butter might not blend in completely and that’s okay.

  2. Add in your Sweet Almond Oil. You can add more if you like a thinner paste style of lip scrub, I find that this amount is about perfect.

  3. Finally add in your cinnamon bark essential oil and stir till everything is well coated, mixed together, and is a wonderful brown sugar mess. (Note: It’ looks yellow in the picture but that’s just because of my lighting wasn’t cooperating.)lipdiy-1096

  4. Pot in your container – makes about .5oz of lip scrub.


To use:

  1. Take a small amount (like pea sized or less) on your finger and scrub your lips for 20-30 seconds. Pat dry, try not to eat the scrub… even though it won’t hurt you.GNKlipbalm-8

  2. Finish with your favorite lip balm.


Check out what this stuff does:


Before I put the scrub on. My lips were pretty blah looking. That’s what happens when you’re sick for long amounts of time.


Scrub this glorious stuff on your lips for 20-30 seconds. Wipe the scrub off when you’re finished. I mean you could eat this stuff, but you just collected all of your dead lip skin off in it… and that’s a little gross when you think about it.


Voila! Pretty lips after just one use. I’d definitely keep this up and do it once or twice a week for the next few weeks to see what improvements happen. I’ll let you know after my little experiment is over. 

AND if you pair it with our DIY “Good Night Kiss” Lip Balm your lips will  look perfect. Go check out the lip balm recipe, it’s awesome too.

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  • Jennifer F. Jennifer F. says:

    Lookit them shiny lips! Well done!

  • Kelly says:

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. How much does this recipe yield? Is it just enough for one person or will I be able to share it with friends?

    • Ann says:

      It will make enough for 2 or 3 pots, but it’s easily doubled or tripled. I love this lip scrub recipe, I hope you do too! Let me know how yours turns out, please?

  • dawn says:

    i like your recipe! it looks amazing and authentic. i noticed lookin on the internet that all the lip scrubs were like 15 to 30 bucks for about the same amount you show above, which to me seemed absolutely ridiculous considering that i noticed all of them contained sugar. which seemed to be the chief exfoliating ingredient. so i thought to myself ‘self, why not make your own? you have sugar at home anyway. most everyone does!’ and then i got to work and initially combined only honey and regular old dominos sugar lol
    it actually works, tho. but i’m gonna try your method as soon as i buy the stuff you mentioned, cuz i don’t have mango butter and those oils at home already. thanks!!!

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