DIY Lip Scrub (Natural Lip Plumper to get Fuller Lips)

An all-natural homemade lip scrub is wonderful for exfoliating lips, helping to remove dead and dry skin, or peeling from cold wind or prolonged sun exposure. It also moisturises and nourishes lips, leaving them looking fuller, more hydrated, and healthier. Note: Avoid using lip scrubs if your lips have any open cuts, or if they’re sunburned or raw (as it will further irritate inflamed skin).

Exfoliating with a lip scrub is also great for softening and smoothing lips before applying lipstick, and helps lips better absorb moisturising agents and protectants such as lip balm, hydrating lips for longer.

DIY lip scrub made with honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, sugar, frankincense & peppermint oil.

Lip scrubs wash off chapped skin from lips stimulating the growth of fresh skin cells, making them soft, smooth, and more plump. Exfoliating and cleansing your lips on a weekly basis will keep your lips soft and retain its moisture, keeping cracks and dry lips at bay.

How often should you use a lip scrub?

It’s recommended to exfoliate no more than twice a week. When starting out, it’s advised that you begin with exfoliating just once a week, so as to avoid irritating your lips. Also, be careful not to scrub too hard or use harsh ingredients to prevent irritating wounds or inflamed skin on your lips.

Lip scrubs can help soften lips, encourage blood flow to the area (which makes them look fuller, & hydrate skin.

How to use a lip scrub

  1. Start by wetting lips (this prevents abrasive friction when scrubbing), then apply your homemade scrub directly onto damp lips.
  2. Use small, circular finger motions for about 30 seconds before rinsing off with lukewarm water (can leave on for 1-2 minutes after gentle scrubbing to help moisturising properties sink in). Note: be gentle and exfoliate only as needed (i.e. if your lips are visibly flaky), as overdoing it can cause inflammation and irritation.
  3. After scrubbing lips, it’s important to follow up with a repairing lip balm. If looking to naturally plump up lips more, try this plumping balm. Put a full tube of your favourite lip balm (I use my homemade lip balm) in a small pot or bowl, melt it and mix in 1/4 tsp of cinnamon oil. Once it cools, apply to your lips for moisturised, fuller lips.
You can apply the scrub onto your lips using a small brush or your finger (just make sure it’s clean).

DIY Lip Scrub

Coconut oil: cleanses, hydrates, and leaves lips with a beautiful sheen.

Raw honey: a natural antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and draws in moisture to soften and soothe dry lips.

Cinnamon: stimulates blood flow to the skin and acts as a natural lip plumper. Cinnamon essential oil is best as it has a large amount of cinnamon extracts, however, you can sub in 1 tsp of ground cinnamon in the recipe if essential oil is unavailable.

I love this scrub because it’s made with ALL natural ingredients that come with their own set of health benefits + properties!


  • 1 tsp raw manuka honey
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 2 tsp organic sugar
  • Optional: essential oil (frankincense OR vanilla OR peppermint – peppermint helps to plump up lips naturally).

To make:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a small jar, and stir until mixed.
  2. Apply a small amount to your finger (make sure your hands are cleaned), and gently rub into lips. Continue rubbing gently for 30 seconds ( can leave on for 1-2 minutes after), then gently rinse away with warm water or a damp washcloth.

Word of caution: Lip scrubs can be damaging to the delicate skin of the lip; they can cause a little bit of abrasion, micro-injury, and even some bleeding if not careful. So, it’s important to gently exfoliate, and be mindful how your lips respond. If any sign of bleeding or irritation occurs, cease use.

I love how soft my lips feel after using a gentle lip scrub (note: always remember to gently apply the scrub onto your lips, as the skin is very delicate there).

DIY Lip Plumping Scrubs

Cinnamon scrub

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (OR sweet almond oil)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp organic sugar (white sugar is preferable as granules are smaller so scrub tends to be softer on the skin)

To make: mix olive oil (or sweet almond oil), ground cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl, then gently massage mix onto lips for 5-10 minutes to help stimulate blood flow and help make lips appear fuller.

Results can last for a few hours.

Cinnamon oil scrub

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp organic sugar
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil

To make: add coconut oil, honey, and granulated sugar to a small bowl and mix together with a fork until a scrub forms. Add in cinnamon bark essential oil, then blend together with fork and spoon into a small jar or lip scrub tins.

To use: apply scrub to lips with fingertips. Gently massage scrub onto lip in a circular motion to get the cinnamon moving beneath the skin (you may feel a tingling sensation. If you feel a burning sensation remove it immediately and make the scrub again with less cinnamon. Some people are more sensitive to spices). Continue to massage for 1-2 minutes in order to remove dead skin cells. Leave the scrub mixture on lips for 3-5 more minutes. This also allows the coconut oil and honey to sink in, moisturise, and repair the skin, and the cinnamon to continue stimulating blood flow resulting in fuller lips. Gently wipe clean with a damp warm washcloth or warm water and pat dry.

Enjoy softer, more hydrated lips, naturally!

As always, this is not personal medical advice and it is recommended that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products or following any new lifestyle regimes. Use with caution, and if reacting to any of the remedies negatively, discontinue use immediately.

Have you made a lip scrub or lip balm before?! How did it go? Share your favourite recipe below! We’d love to try it out!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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