This DIY strawberry lip scrub with coconut oil is perfect for exfoliating, making dry, chapped lips feel and look smooth, soft, and supple. The quick exfoliating sugar scrub for lips, made with only 5 natural ingredients, removes dead skin and moisturises your kissers at the same time.
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Easy strawberry sugar DIY lip scrub with coconut oil
Did you ever walk into a store, grabbed one of these cute little lip scrub containers and dropped it the second you saw the price tag? Because same.
The best part about this DIY lip scrub with sugar and coconut oil?
Making your own DIY lip scrub is not only super duper easy and quick, but it’s also much cheaper than the stuff you can purchase in stores.
Want another benefit?
Sure, you do!
DIYing also allows you to control exactly what goes into your homemade beauty product. You can skip the synthetic, potentially toxic emulsifiers and preservatives and work with organic, natural ingredients that are actually good for your skin and health.
DIY Sugar Scrub for chapped lips
This homemade lip scrub is made with only 5 natural ingredients: sugar, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil. Strawberry powder not only adds a summer twist to the scrub, but also enhance the skincare benefits and gives the scrub a beautiful red colour and rich strawberry flavour. The recipe is also vegan since this a DIY lip scrub without honey.
Ready to make your own exfoliating lip scrub at home?
Yes! Good, so am I. Before we start, let’s talk about a few basic things:
What does a lip scrub do?
Lipstick and lip gloss look only pretty on smooth and moisturised lips. But using a DIY sugar lip scrub for chapped lips has many benefits that aren’t only purely cosmetic. Exfoliating your lips keeps them smooth and healthy. A lip scrub is the best way to remove dead skins cells and the first step to repair and regenerate dry, chapped lips.
How do you make a homemade lip scrub?
Are you wondering how to make your own lip scrub? This is so simple, you’ll love it! All you have to do is melt coconut oil and jojoba oil and then mix it with a bit of sugar and ground, freeze-dried strawberries. The whole process doesn’t take longer than 10 minutes.
How do I exfoliate my lips?
Here is how to use the sugar scrub: Pick up a small amount of lip scrub with your fingertip and massage it all over your lips with gentle pressure and in circular motions. Leave on for two minutes, then wash away and wipe clean with a tissue.
How often should I do a DIY sugar scrub for lips?
Well, it depends. Personally, I exfoliate my lips once a week in summer and twice during the winter months. The skin on our lips is thin, so only apply gentle pressure when you exfoliate and don’t leave the scrub on longer than one to two minutes.
If you have very sensitive skin, exfoliate your lips every two weeks to once a month and always follow up with a rich lip balm. Skip the scrub when you’re lips feel irritated, inflamed or your lip is open and bleeding.
How do you wash off lip scrub?
I know that some may also wonder how to remove the lip scrub after you used it. Since this sugar-based scrub is edible, you can simply lick it off your lips. Otherwise take a damp, warm washcloth and gently whip away the scrub.
That’s all great – but can we make the scrub already?
The next part of this post contains information about the materials used in this project. I always find it helpful to know the benefits of the ingredients and so I dedicate a short paragraph to each.
Of course, I understand if you’re busy and want to go straight to the recipe and start making your own natural beauty products at home. No problem, just scroll to the recipe box. And if you want to save the recipe for later bookmark this site or pin this post.
What materials do I need to make DIY lip scrub with sugar and strawberries at home?
You probably already have heard about the many skin care benefits of coconut oil. This plant-based oil hydrates deeply and long-lasting and is said to strengthen the skin’s elasticity and collagen production. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which provide relief for rough, cracked lips.
Coconut oil contains important antioxidants, such as vitamins A and E, that reduce the risk of skin damage from free radicals and fight the signs of skin ageing. It’s best to purchase organic, unprocessed coconut oil.
This is a sugar lip scrub DIY and you can use almost any type of sugar, depending on how strong you want the exfoliating effect to be. Brown sugar, demerara sugar, and cane sugar have coarser crystals.
Since the skin of our lips is very gently and tears easily, I prefer regular granulated / caster sugar or even superfine sugar, which you probably can find in the baking aisle of most supermarkets.
Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C, which fights free radicals on your skin, and folic acid, which helps with cell regeneration. Strawberries also contain an antioxidant called ellagic acid that is useful to prevent collagen destruction, a major cause of wrinkles.
Fresh strawberries are made up mainly of water. Ingredients with a high water concentration can only be used in products that you use immediately but not stored for longer than a day as water can lead to bacteria and mould growth. Not what we want at all!
Make your won strawberry powder from freeze-dried strawberries
Therefore, I used strawberry powder to make the sugar lip scrub. Freeze-dried fruits aren’t very expensive, and you can easily pulverise whole dried fruits in a food processor to make the powder. They also taste utterly delicious, so snack a few while you make the homemade lip scrub.
You can use any leftover strawberry powder, to make this strawberry clay face mask recipe from Cari of Everything Pretty or this foaming strawberry smoothie salt scrub by Rebecca of Soap Deli News.
Jojoba oil, a liquid plant wax, is deeply moisturising, very soothing for dry skin and helps to restore chapped, rough lips. I also chose this oil because it doesn’t feel greasy and absorbs fast into the skin as it’s similar to the oils in our skin.
Vitamin E oil (optional)
Vitamin E oil nourishes and moisturises the skin, keeping your lips hydrated and supple. As a potent antioxidant, vitamin E oil also fights free radicals and may prevent premature signs of ageing. It can also help to heal small wounds or cuts and reduce itching.
Vitamin E oil is available online, in pharmacies and health food stores. It reasonably priced and can be used in many other skin care products as well, for example, in this bath oil or this melt-and-pour soap.
This ingredient is optional, and you can prepare the lib scrub without it. But I find that vitamin E oil enhances the moisturising and skin care properties greatly, so I highly recommend it.
Strawberry flavour oil (optional)
Unfortunately, strawberry essential oil or strawberry absolute don’t exist. You may find fragrance oils labelled as “strawberry essential oil” but these aren’t really essential oils, and I don’t recommend buying something that is labelled misleadingly.
For strawberry fragranced body products, I would usually use a strawberry fragrance oil. But since the sugar scrub is applied on the lips, I opted for the LorAnn strawberry flavour oil instead.
This flavour oil not only smells like sun-ripped strawberries, in other words heavenly, but is also fat-soluble and completely edible.
Optionally, you can add a little flavour oil to the scrub to give it a stronger strawberry scent and taste.
Printable labels to packaging and gift this sugar scrub
I filled the scrub into 1 oz / 30 g lip balm containers. Cyna put together free printable labels so you can package and gift wrap the scrub beautifully. The download is right after the recipe box. It’s best to print the labels either on self-adhesive sticker paper or self-adhesive vinyl sheets, which are much sturdier than regular paper.
I find printable label very useful not only to know what is what but also to gift homemade beauty products to my mum, aunts and friends. Every strawberry loving lady will appreciate receiving this cute lip scrub. The materials aren’t very costly, and you can set up a small production and make a couple at a time.
A homemade lip scrub is a sweet thank you favour for parties, bridal showers, and the female guests of a wedding. You can also add the sugar scrub to a DIY spa kit or to surprise your coworkers.
Use as a sugar body scrub
While I call this product a lip scrub you can use it just as any other DIY sugar scrub in the shower or bath. Soft and wet your body with warm water. Apply the scrub with your hands all over the body. Using circular motions massage the scrub into your skin. Then rinse off with plenty of water and moisturise with a body butter or lotion.
More Homemade Scrub & Exfoliating Recipes
And for more homemade exfoliating ideas, check out the following beauty recipes:
- vanilla sugar scrub
- lemon sugar and salt scrub
- cinnamon brown body scrub
- hand scrub with oats
- vanilla cleansing bars
- exfoliating soap with Himalayan salt
- sugar soap scrub bars
- foot scrub bars with crushed loofah
Amounts for small portions
The ingredients listed below are enough to fill approximately 6 1 oz / 30 g reusable tin containers. In case you want to make less product, prepare the recipe with the following amounts instead:
- 2 tbsp / 25 g / 0.9 oz sugar
- 1 tbsp / 7 gr / 0.25 oz strawberry powder
- 1 tbsp / 13 g / 0.45 oz coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp / 7 g / 0.25 oz jojoba oil
- 2 drops vitamin E oil (tocopherol)
- 1 droplet strawberry flavour oil (optional)
Printable Lip Scrub Label
Click on the button below to download the free printable lip scrub label.
More summer beauty recipes
My strawberry lip scrub is part of a summer beauty collab with some of our blogger friends. Each lady came up with a fantastic, summer-inspired beauty recipe that will keep you look stunning all summer long.
Some of the DIYs also make excellent gifts that you can craft to surprise your friends with a thoughtful, seasonal beauty present.
So please hop over to our friends’ blogs and check out their content! We’re big fans, and we bet you will be, too!
- This easy DIY aloe vera face mask recipe by A Life Adjacent with MSM is a wonderful addition to your summer beauty routine. It’s not only moisturizing — it can also soothe sunburn, irritation, and redness, as well as aid in calming the inflammation caused by acne breakouts.
- This beach body coffee scrub from Botaneri is great for exfoliation and gives a teeny hint of color to the skin.
- These fizzing mermaid-inspired bath salts by Creative Green Living are easier to make than a bath bomb but just as fun to use! Your kids will love using this fun bath fizz as they splash and play in the tub.
- This mermaid whipped soap from Everything Pretty is light and fluffy. Learn how to use melt and pour soap to make a creamy whipped soap that’s perfect for the shower or as a shaving soap before you head to the beach.
- Protect your lips with a homemade sunscreen lip balm from Garden Therapy. It will keep your lips save from sunburn, make them kissably soft, and it’s made of all-natural ingredients!
- Make this solid perfume recipe by Life-n-Reflection – a luxurious multi-layered scent of the heady, rich florals jasmine and geranium with a top note of sweet, citrusy grapefruit. Blended with natural beeswax and oil and poured over delicate dried jasmine flowers into zero waste tins.
- Make these adorable shea butter melt and pour cactus soaps from Lydi Out Loud in just minutes. With a refreshing natural lime scent, they make for the perfect invigorating summer shower or a wonderful gift idea!
- Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. This beach themed seashell soap tutorial from Soap Deli News is an easy way for even beginner soapmakers to create artistic handcrafted soaps.
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Does it still taste like strawberries without the extra added flavor?
Hi Heather! Yes, because the strawberry powder has a strong strawberry flavor. Happy making!
Irena! Thanks for the inspiration. Can you give me some help with making a birthday cake flavored scrub for a young ladies spa party? I was thinking vanilla powder with the Loran bday cake flavoring. Thoughts?
Thank you again!
Hi Clara! I’m happy to hear that you like this lip scrub recipe.
Yes, vanilla powder with the LorAnn bday cake sounds like a good flavour combination. The girls could also tint the lip scrub with a little food colour* and add small,round sprinkles (e.g. nonpareils*). *affiliate links
Please let me know how it goes!
I can’t wait to try this! I love strawberry powder for beauty recipes. Your photos are gorgeous too!
Thank you, Cari! Strawberry powder is a wonderful ingredient.
This sounds so scrumptious! I can’t wait to try it and my lips DESPERATELY need it!
Thank you, Lydia! The smell and flavour are delicious indeed. xx
Oh my gosh this looks so fun to make! My daughter would love this, she’s only three but she loves making her own beauty DIYs LOL
Thank you, Kristy! Aw, that’s so cute, this scrub would be an easy project for her to make.
What a great recipe for summer! I love that you used real strawberry power which is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids.
Many thanks, Rebecca! Yes, strawberry powder has many benefits and I love that it smells just like fresh strawberries.
This is one of the prettiest lip scrubs I’ve ever seen. I bet it smells (and tastes) amazing! I love how you used real strawberry powder. This would make such a lovely homemade gift, too.
Many thanks, Kyla! You’re right the scrub tastes and smells just like fresh strawberries.
Oh wow! I love this recipe so much. I haven’t used strawberry powder before but I’m definitely going to make some when my plants are ready to harvest! I might add honey to mine as well.
Thank you do much, Stephanie! Strawberry powder is so very fragrant and I like the strawberry flavour. Adding honey is a great idea, too.