Natural Beauty DIY: Coconut Oil Sugar Lip Scrub

What’s the point of lip scrub?

This is the question I used to ask when I saw lip scrub at the beauty supply store or saw a recipe online.  I am an avid lip balm user, but never understood the point of lip scrub.

Then I started wearing brighter lipsticks.  A bright pink or red lipstick lets all the imperfections of your lips shine through (great) and I started noticing the finer lines and dry skin on my lips, even after applying lip balm. Please stare at my super bright chapped lips!  Err, or don’t stare at them!

Coconut sugar front close up by Chic n Cheap Living

So I found a great recipe for a lip scrub (thanks Lauren Conrad) that can be created with two simple ingredients.  I’ve been learning more about the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil and am especially loving this for a lip scrub.  Remember to use an organic, cold pressed coconut oil so that you are maintaining as many of the benefits as possible (I have loved this Vitacost one and it is one of the best priced ones out there).

I love this scrub and it keeps for weeks in the fridge.  Scrub on!
Coconut sugar top by Chic n Cheap Living

DIY Coconut oil Sugar Lip Scrub


  • 1 teaspoon caster/fine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Preparation and instructions

1. Mix all ingredients together to create a paste.

2. Apply mixture to your lips and lightly scrub your lips for 30 seconds.  Leave the scrub on your lips for ten minutes.  Then clean mixture from your lips with water or a napkin.  You may find yourself licking some off and that’s ok too!

Benefit Rundown

  • Caster sugar is a natural exfoliant
  • Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is both antibacterial and antifungal (err fungus on my lips sounds like the most disgusting thing ever!)
  • Coconut oil contains vitamin E, a fat soluble antioxidant which nourishes cells and strengthens capillary walls (aka, your lips look refreshed)

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  1. This looks awesome, I will need to make this and see how it goes :)) It’s true, you do need a lip scrub as you will see it through your lip stick. This is super cool and will save lots of money too :)) Super. Have a gorgeous day doll xx

  2. Sounds delicious.

  3. It’s so important to use a lip scrub. Certain lipstick shades will show up every fine line you have if you don’t.

  4. Ooh, I love how simple this is to make – I want to try it! 🙂

  5. I really need to find some coconut oil – it seems there are endless DIY Beauty uses for it!

  6. I got one recently from Lush but now I really want to try this one too…Thanks, sweetie.

  7. What a perfect DIY! So simple, and I’ve got the ingredients too. I bet you could use it over your whole body and smell amazing!

    • Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

      Amber, actually yes this coconut lip scrub could definitely work as a body scrub too! I would maybe add in something like shea butter to make it nice and moisturizing!

  8. Yum! Great DIY! And it would probably work on your feet too 🙂 Not to mention that you can make delicious melted chocolate shell over ice cream with the coconut oil when you’re done (I did last nite–so yummy!)

    xo Mary Jo

    • Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

      Mary Jo – great idea! It could work on yourr body as well and coconut and melted chocolate shell ice cream sound divine together!

  9. I need to give this a try!

  10. I have noticed how dry my lips look even though i’m always wearing balm – i should try this!

    • Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

      Lydia, I used to think lip balm was enough until I started using certain lipsticks and saw my poor lips in the light! It is definitely useful to do a little exfoliation of the lips every now and then!

  11. I totally want to try this out!

  12. This sounds like a great treat for chapped lips, looking forward to trying it out.

  13. This sounds fab and I already have the ingredients in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing A!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  14. Ha, that is so true!! I’ve been noticing the same lately actually, think it’s all the a/c here in Singapore. Thanks for this recipe, looks fabulous, will have to give it a go for sure.

  15. I’m more of a lip balm user myself, but I know exactly what you mean by the way lipstick will show your imperfections. I think this would be a great organic alternative fora lip scrub, especially since I totally love coconut oil (use it on my hair all the time). And I’ve been looking into the skin benefits of honey as well.

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  16. This is a lovely recipe, I mean, beauty tip!!
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  17. Oooohhh.. I could definitely use this! And I love that it is natural, but still keeps (as long as refrigerated). Definitely will try it out!

    And yes– -thanks for stopping by my blog! Cheryl also told me to check out your blog and that we should connect (being ex-pats and all!)….

  18. sounds perfect! thanks for sharing!


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