A closeup of the jar of honey lip scrub, surrounded by small bowls with the ingredients
  • A closeup of the jar of honey lip scrub, surrounded by small bowls with the ingredients
  • Sugar pouring into a small white bowl with honey
  • Olive oil and pasty mix in a small bowl
  • A jar of honey lip scrub

If you’re experiencing dry, chapped lips, try this super easy recipe to make your very own DIY lip scrub. Using simple kitchen ingredients like sugar and honey, your lips may stop chapping, plus your lipstick will go on smoother and last longer.

During the cold winter months, my lips are always dry and chapped. No amount of lip balm could provide relief. Then I recently started to exfoliate my lips twice a week and what a difference it’s made! My exfoliated lips are able to absorb the moisture from the lip balm so much better than before. No more dead skin cells to get between my lips and they have their much needed moisture! The best part is that I was able to make an effective lip scrub using ingredients already in my kitchen.

What You'll Need:

1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of honey
½ teaspoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of un-petroleum jelly (it’s more sustainable!)
1 spoon to mix
1 small container


Mix the honey and sugar. Add the jelly and mix well. Add olive oil and mix well. Pour into small container to store. Each batch should be good for one week.

How To Use:

Take a dime size amount of scrub and rub gently onto dry lips. Gently rub until some of the sugar has dissolved. Rinse well with warm water. Apply lip balm as necessary. Use twice a week and your lips should be silky soft.

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  1. Love that you’re sharing this. I use a similar mix of sugar, olive oil and honey. Why add the Vaseline though?

    HAYLEY M. COLLINS | 02.08.2012 | Reply
  2. @Hayley: Ditto – Vaseline? How about pure organic Shea Butter instead?

  3. an even easier technique/recipe is to just mix on the back of your hand a drop or two of olive oil with a little bit of sugar. apply to lips straight from your hand and then massage the rest of the mixture into your hands. rinse with water but your lips and hands and you have not only moisturized lips, but also hands!

    i think the vaseline is to solidify the mixture so that it isn’t a gooey mess. shea butter would probably work. i think it’s important to mention that this type of product has an expiration date of 1-2 weeks depending on how warm and humid it is. that’s why i prefer fresh preparation – no chance of bacteria or mold growing in it.

    kate | 05.16.2012 | Reply
  4. Is the olive oil necessary?

    Shamima | 05.24.2012 | Reply
  5. I just tried Kate’s method of a few drops of olive oil and sugar. Feels great!
    But I will try this recipe as well and see how I like it. Thanks for sharing!

    JuJu | 10.02.2012 | Reply
  6. If I stick it in the fridge will it last longer? Or will that just mess up the consistency?

    Annabelle | 12.04.2012 | Reply
  7. can i use extra virgin olive oil?

    t.lee | 02.24.2013 | Reply
  8. Why does it only last a week. Sugar, olive oil, honey, vaseline all last longer than a week unrefrigerated. Just curious..

    Olivia | 03.28.2013 | Reply
    • I am wondering the same thing. All of the ingredients in this are shelf-stable. I need to make sure the recipe I use is shelf-stable for a longer term than a week or 2 because I want to use them as party favors.

      Anna | 04.11.2013 | Reply
  9. I will be using mustard oil instead of olive oil, hoping that’s not a problem?

    Yumna | 04.13.2013 | Reply
  10. yes, i’m suprised by the use of vaselin, petroleum jelly is anything but natural. that and baby oil are two sneaky products that people think are safe, but are actually toxic to the system. the famous Dr. Oz warns women that spreading petroleum jelly products on their lips leads to accidental consumption, which is “essentially the same as drinking gasoline.” yum! i’ve used the sygar and oil scrub on my hands – and would probably just use the same for my lips. just mix enough to use at that moment, and that way there’s none leftover to worry about it going rancid.

    jamie | 09.17.2013 | Reply
  11. im gonna try this out. minus the petrolium jelly…it grosses me out 😡

    brenna | 11.11.2013 | Reply
  12. Can I like use it daily? And does this lip scrub helps to remove dark spots on my lips? I had this small wound at the corner of my lips and now it left a really ugly and dark spot at the corner of my lips. Could you please suggest some healthy/beauty products that can help me remove the dark spot?

    KasKas | 11.18.2013 | Reply
    • Hi Kas Kas, we recommend using the scrub once or twice a week and seeing how your skin reacts. The scar will fade – keep it moisturized, protected from the sun, and make sure to exfoliate to generate new skin cells!

      The Chalkboard | 11.18.2013 | Reply
  13. Love this! I’ve been suffering from chapped lips this winter. I’ve been looking for an easy recipe that would call for simple things I already have laying around the house. A lot of homemade sugar scrubs call for coconut oil which isn’t something that I have laying around. This sugar/honey scrub left my lips feeling very smooth. It tastes good too 😉

    Andrea | 01.28.2014 | Reply
  14. I used sunflower oil instead of olive oil and it turned out fine.

    Anonymous Fishie | 03.09.2015 | Reply

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