DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub

Some people don’t seem to deal with dry or chapped lips, while others have to deal with them year-round. In the winter and spring, lip dryness occurs because of low humidity indoors, while the summer sun can zap moisture from the lips. Are you the type of person who keeps lip balms all over the place? You have one in the bathroom, one in the car, one at your desk, and one on your bedside table. If you fall into that category, then you need the lip scrub in this article. 

A lip scrub is similar to a face scrub, only it contains special ingredients that are gentle on the lips. The reason for this is because the skin on the lips is more sensitive than other parts of the face or body. Using a lip scrub can contribute to softer lips that are more hydrated and less prone to tears, discoloration, and dryness. Just as you would exfoliate your face or body, so do you need to exfoliate your lips. Moreover, lip scrubs contain moisturizing ingredients that hydrate the lips while cleaning away dead skin cells. Just make sure to use gentle exfoliants like sugar or coffee on sensitive lip skin. 

Reasons That You Need A Lip Scrub

A lip scrub should be an essential component of any skin care routine because the lips deserve as much attention as your face. The reasons that you should use a lip scrub are detailed below:

  • A lip scrub helps to remedy chapped lips by removing dead skin cells with gentle exfoliants. At the same time the moisturizing ingredients provide the lips with hydration and nutrients that encourage healthier lip skin.
  • A lip scrub can act like a primer that you use prior to applying your favorite lipstick. Additionally, it makes the removal process much easier.
  • By massaging a lip scrub on your lips, you can help improve blood circulation, which makes your lips appear more plump and healthy. 
  • A lip scrub can help protect your lips from the harmful chemicals in your favorite lipstick. 

How To Exfoliate Your Lips

Before you start scrubbing your lips, make sure that you clean your lips first. Rinse away any lip gloss, lip balm, makeup, or lipstick. Grab your lip scrub and gently exfoliate your lips using a soft bristle toothbrush or flannel cloth to get rid of dead skin. While you scrub your lips, use a humidifier to keep the air around you moist. Rinse the lip scrub away with lukewarm water and then pat dry. Apply a lip balm that has an SPF factor if you use this lip scrub in the morning. If you use the lip scrub before bed, apply a hydrating, moisturizing lip balm after patting your lips dry. 

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub


  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil


  • Combine the white and brown sugar in a small bowl and whisk to combine. 
  • Add the vanilla extract and peppermint essential oil to the sugar and stir gently. If there are lumps, use the back of a spoon to press them out. 
  • If your coconut oil is solid, heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds to melt it. Once melted, drizzle into the sugar bowl and stir well to combine. 
  • Spoon the mixture into a container with a lid. This scrub is sufficient for several applications and it should keep for several weeks, so long as you store it in a cool, dry place. Just make sure that no water gets into it!
  • Aim to use this scrub once a week, using about one teaspoon per application. 

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