DIY: How to Make a Lemon Sugar Lip Scrub (Vegan)

Lately I’ve really been upping my skincare game. I’ve created a full on morning and night routine, and it has done wonders for my skin. The only thing that was really missing, was a lipscrub. I have permanently dry lips and it annoys me a lot, since I can’t wear most lip products. It just looks weird or feels uncomfortable. So, I wanted to start using a lip scrub so I can prepare my lips a bit more for when I’m wearing lipstick. However, I’m a very budget-driven person. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on beauty products, and a lot of lip scrubs are more on the high end. So why not make one myself? I curated a very simple lip scrub recipe with only three ingredients. It’s easy to make, it tastes great, and it exfoliates my lips as well. What else do you want? Let’s get into making this lemon sugar lip scrub!


We only need a few ingredients for this lip scrub. As the name says, we need some sugar and a lemon. We also need some coconut oil, and a container to hold your lipscrub in. For mixing you need a microwavable bowl and a spoon.

Benefits of the ingredients

Sugar: This is the physically exfoliating ingredient of the bunch. Its grainy texture helps to get rid of dead skin cells and loose skin patches. I use regular sugar (granulated sugar) in this scrub, but if you have more sensitive skin, brown sugar may work better for you. (Source)

Lemon: Lemon juice also functions as an exfoliator, but a chemical one. It contains citric acid, which breaks down dead skin cells. Of course it also contains vitamin C, which helps with creating smoother skin. Furthermore, it just adds a nice scent and flavour to the scrub. (Source)

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a gentle moisturizer, which is perfect to use on more sensitive areas like your lips. It provides moisture and protection to your skin. (Source)

Things to look out for with the ingredients

Sugar: Sugar particles can be very rough on the skin and should not be used if you have very sensitive skin. It is fine to use on your lips, but you should use it moderately and you should most definitely stop scrubbing when your lips feel raw. (Source)

Lemon: Even though lemon has some great benefits for the skin, it can also cause damage. If you tend to have very sensitive skin, it is not wise to directly put lemon juice on your skin. In this recipe it’s diluted with coconut oil, which makes it less damaging, but it is still necessary to test if you don’t react oddly to the lemon juice. Also, using lemon juice before going into the sun can increase the chance of sunburn. Since we are using this on our lips, a sensitive part of our body that faces a lot of UV rays, it is wise to use this scrub mainly in the evening and not right before going into the sunlight. (Source)

What to do

Step 1: Put about half a tablespoon of coconut oil in your bowl. Microwave it for a couple seconds until it’s liquid and you can work with it.

Step 2: Now add some fresh lemon juice. I think I added in about a teaspoon full. Mix these two together.

Step 3: For the actual scrub part, start adding sugar to the mix. This is really something you should eyeball. I think I added about a tablespoon of sugar. Just mix it into the mixture (make sure the mixture isn’t warm, so the sugar won’t melt) and try to get it to a grainy and thick texture.

Step 4: When you have reached the wanted consistency, put your mixture in your container and it’s ready to use!

The biggest tip for this scrub is to not make too much at the same time. There is a fresh ingredient in there (lemon juice), which can spoil after a while. So you don’t want to make too much at once, because you’ll have to throw out the rest of it after two/three weeks (approximately). Also a good thing to know is that there is a possibility that your oil dries down a bit, so the scrub looks a bit more hard and more textured over time. It still functions well, since the oil melts when you use it, but it’s just something you should look out for.

And that’s it! A really simple lipscrub that doesn’t just work great, but also smells and tastes amazing. When you’re done scrubbing you can just lick it off your lips, since all ingredients are edible. It’s great! I’d really recommend you try this easy scrub. You can always swap out the lemon juice for something else, like honey, if you don’t like lemon. Honey also has antibacterial functions and also tastes and smells great. Just have fun with it and find out what works best for you. I’m a big lemon fan, so this recipe is perfect for me. Let me know if you tried such a lipscrub already, or if you’re planning to. I want to thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next time!

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