How to make your own lemon lip scrub

What I’m about to tell you is going to make me so irresistible to you, you’re going to want to smash through your computer screen just to kiss me. Maybe.

Folks, I have flaky lips and it is horrible. This isn’t just a winter thing it is an all year round sexy treat for my face. Nice huh? I’ve tried scrubbing them with an old toothbrush but my lips must be super fine because even the most gentle of touch with the toothbrush makes them bleed. I struggle getting lipstick to glide on because of it and it damn well looks a dry old ‘orrible mess. I want to wear bright lipstick colours and not look like my lips have a disease, damn it.

homemade_lip_scrubSo I looked into it and it turns out I’m not alone, lots of people have revolting lips too. Hurrah! Let’s form a union. Cosmetics companies are putting out lip scrubs and another such gubbins so we too can have super smooth lips, how nice of them. Only I’m not really prepared to pay lots of money for these products. So I made my own. Here’s how I did it –

How to make your own lemon lip scrub

What you will need:
Juice of  1/2 a lemon
100g soft brown sugar
Runny honey
Olive oil
A bowl
Wooden spoon

1. Put the half soft brown sugar into a bowl slowly add enough honey to mix into a firm paste – almost so it comes together in chunks.
2. Then pour in olive oil bit by bit until reaches a thin but not runny consistency.
3. Add the lemon juice and mix in very well.
4. Finish by adding the remainder of brown sugar and stirring until the paste is almost hummus like in consistency. Add more honey or oil if you feel the mixture needs it, just make sure it isn’t sloppy.

You can then pack the scrub into a small leftover pot or tin and pop in the fridge to keep it fresh.

The brown sugar is just rough enough to rub off the dry skin without damaging your lips, the lemon prevents infections and the oil and honey soften your lips into kissable submission. Mwah!


You might also find useful:
How to make vanilla body scrub 
How to make a green tea facepack
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P.S. I’ve managed to put my neck out, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow. So MUCH pain. Hence the slightly crazed look in the above photo.


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  1. This is superb, thanks for sharing yet another of your fabulous thrifty recipes for us to make xox
    ps. I know how you feel with your neck, I always find that one of those microwave wheaty bags helps a whole lot x

  2. Great beauty DIY! I will definitely give it a go.

  3. Ooh that sounds amazing, although I can imagine I’d start eating it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. I used to mix up a very similar concoction and use it daily. But as I’ve switched to drinking TONS of water (more than the 8 a day for sure) and eating a mostly raw vegan diet I’m so hydrated the lips rarely flake.

    Bet I’ll be back to this in the winter though when I’m not careful. 😉 Always happens…

  5. ps Thrifty Gal – top up your Iron levels?? iron depletion makes my lips dry and my nose run! xx

  6. LOVES it, so I do. And you look great in the pic. x

  7. I love making scrubs. I do a very similar one for my body too- perfect for attempting to make my pins presentable for summer weather! Looks like I don’t need to worry about that just yet though in Manchester…
    Sorry about your neck, that hurts like hell! Hot water bottles draped around your shoulders help. Feel better soon

  8. This is really cool! Since moving to a drier climate, my poor lips dry out like nobody’s business. I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

  9. Fantastic! Thanks gonna try that :) xox

  10. I’m definitely part of the revolting lips club! Need to try this recipe out asap! Thanks for the tip

  11. Such a helpful post :) xo

  12. I love lip scrubs this is a great recipe! I usually buy the Lush lip scrubs just so I can throw them in my purse for when I’m on the go too.

  13. Definitely going to make up some of this later, turns out I have all the bits and pieces already 😀 Thanks.

  14. Looks great – how long does it keep for in the fridge?
    Victoria xx

  15. Brilliant! I have horrible lips too. I chew them when I get stressed which doesn’t help, so with university exams this week and a grandparent in hospital, my lips are looking bad :( However, even when I manage to avoid chewing them, they never seem as smooth and lovely as other peoples.. they are just urgh.

    Trying this out asap! Thanks Thriftymrs :)

  16. Yum!! I get super dry lips too, suffer with iron-deficiency anaemia and it really affects my lips. Thanks for this, I’m a new follower and have been reading your blogs non-stop today! :)

  17. SO MUCH LOVE! My drugs make my skin all dry and nasty, and my lips are the only bit I can’t seem to scrub. Solution found, I can go back to wearing lipstick again!

  18. I am definitely going to make this!xx

  19. So glad I’m not the only one who suffers from this! Mine get so dry and cracked and then I pick at them and make them even worse. I usually resort to going to bed with 1/2 an inch of vaseline smeared on my mouth which is lovely (not). Will be giving this a try, thank you!

  20. love, love this DIY. I love scrubs too. For lips, face, hands and body!


  21. Oh, I have got to make this. My lips are terrible as well, and this stuff looks so good!

  22. Looks great – how long does it keep for in the fridge?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Love it! You can buy already made ones but some are quite a lot for a little tub!xo

  24. Do you use it everyday, or would that totally chap your lips?

  25. can you use it everyday, or would that chap your lips?


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