The Best Natural Lip Scrub 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - December 11, 2023

Just like the rest of your face and body, your lips need exfoliating from time to time to banish dead skin and dry, flaky patches. And while lip scrubs are often overshadowed by fancy lip balms, masks, and overnight treatments, they're undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to achieve soft, supple lips.

So if lip balm alone isn't cutting it, it's time to add one of these best-selling lip scrubs to your skincare routine. Not only will they hydrate your lips and buff away flaky skin, but they'll also help you achieve smoother lipstick coverage.

The Best Natural Lip Scrubs for Dry Lips

Instead of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemical exfoliants, these clean beauty lip scrubs are packed with all-natural ingredients that keep your lips soft and healthy. The best lip scrubs should be made without parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, and animal testing, making them suitable for eco-concious and vegan beauty lovers.

Rooted Beauty Renewing Lip Scrub

Kiss chapped lips goodbye with Rooted Beauty's all-natural Renewing Lip Scrub. The minty-fresh scrub sloughs off dead skin cells while delivering key nutrients and moisture for kissably soft lips. It's packed with extra-fine sugar crystals, shea butter, rosehip oil, and Rooted Beauty's signature R7 Complex, a blend of seven plant-based antioxidants that lock in moisture. Follow up each use with the brand's hydrating Restorative Lip Treatment for all-day softness.

Pacifica Pout Polish Gentle Lip Scrub

Pacifica's Pout Polish Gentle Lip Scrub is a must-have for vegan beauty lovers on a budget. The gentle lip scrub is packed with potent plant-based ingredients like sweet almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and Vitamin E that lock in moisture without irritating sensitive, dry skin. It's vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the USA without parabens, phthalates, or chemical additives. And its sweet, lemony flavor is totally irresistible!

Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub

The Australian skincare brand Frank Body knows a thing or two about banishing dry skin. Beauty editors and makeup artists can't get enough of their coffee-based scrubs— like this Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub— and their hydrating results. The cherry-scented, sweet-tasting lip scrub is made with coffee seed oil, grapefruit extract, raw sugar, and ethically sourced beeswax. Clean beauty enthusiasts can exfoliate with peace of mind knowing it's formulated without parabens, phthalates, or animal testing.

BYBI Buffer Lip Scrub

For your smoothest lips ever, try BYBI Beauty's Buffer Lip Scrub. The dual-action lip scrub sloughs off dead skin cells while hydrating dry patches and increasing circulation for plumper, juicier lips. Exfoliating brown sugar crystals gently buff away flakes while strawberry extract and agave, cherry, and cinnamon oils hydrate and nourish your way to softer, healthier lips after every use. It's the perfect product for lipstick lovers looking to achieve smoother lips and more even coverage.

Kylie Skin Sugar Lip Scrub

Kylie Skin's Sugar Lip Scrub was designed with lipstick wearers in mind. It's formulated with jojoba seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and shea butter that's packed with natural fatty acids and key vitamins for better moisture retention under your lip color. And the sugary-sweet vanilla flavor is impossible to resist! Water-binding sucrose softens lips and exfoliates away dead skin, leaving behind a smooth, pillowy pout.

Milk Makeup KUSH Lip Scrub

Looking for a lip scrub that won't leave a mess all over your bathroom counter? Try Milk Makeup's KUSH Lip Scrub. Its tube application makes for an easy, mess-free application without any wasted product. The clean, vegan formula contains hemp stem exfoliators and natural sugar crystals that gently remove dry skin while jojoba and olive oils seal in moisture. Sage extract and peppermint oil leave behind a subtle minty flavor that's not overly sweet. It's the perfect lip scrub for taking on the go!

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator

If your lips are in need of serious hydration, try this fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator. It's the perfect product to use before applying lipstick, lip gloss, and hydrating lip masks. The all-natural sugar scrub is made with exfoliating brown sugar crystals that slough away dry flakes and soften crusty patches for softer lips with a more even skin texture. Shea butter and jojoba oil provide lasting hydration and nourishment long after use.

NCLA Beauty Sugar, Sugar All-Natural Lip Scrub

Achieve your softest lips ever with NCLA Beauty's Sugar, Sugar All-Natural Lip Scrub. The vegan, cruelty-free scrub is formulated with organic ingredients like beet sugar, cocoa butter, and agave nectar that gently exfoliate and hydrate flaky lips. Vitamins C and E seal in moisture, plump, and even skin tone for better coverage of your favorite lip products. It comes in four equally irresistible flavors: peach, watermelon, pink champagne, and red roses.

Tarte Pout Prep Lip Scrub and Treatment Balm

Tarte's Pout Prep Lip Scrub and Treatment Balm can do it all! The dermatologist-tested formula is designed to smooth away dry skin, hydrate, and plump lips to prep for lip balm, lip gloss, and liquid lipstick. All-natural ingredients like maracuja, micro-fine sugar granules, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and carnauba wax protect your lips from future cracking, chapping, and flakes for all-day softness. Simply buff, rinse, and repeat 2-3 times a week!

KNC Beauty Supa Scrub Set

Exfoliate your way to soft, kissable lips with KNC Beauty's Supa Scrub Set. The two-piece kit includes an all-natural sugar lip scrub and a lip-shaped silicone scrubber for extra exfoliating power. It's formulated without parabens, preservatives, petroleum, and other synthetic ingredients. Instead, the cruelty-free scrub contains hydrating shea butter, nourishing moringa oil, and anti-inflammatory sunflower oil loaded with fatty acids, omega-3s, and antioxidants. Consider it the perfect gift for the lipstick lovers in your life!

Bite Beauty Agave+ Weekly Vegan Lip Scrub

Looking for a vegan product to soften your dry lips? Try this beauty editor-approved Agave+ Weekly Vegan Lip Scrub from Bite Beauty. The three-in-one lip product cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions, leaving behind smooth lips and a sweet vanilla flavor. It's packed with potent plant-based ingredients like fair-trade golden sugar, papaya enzymes, and squalane for long-lasting softness. Follow-up application with Bite Beauty's Agave+ Nighttime Vegan Lip Therapy Balm or Agave+ Intensive Vegan Lip Mask for maximum hydration.

DIY Lip Scrub

Making your own scrub to exfoliate lips is super easy, and you only need three ingredients: coconut oil, sugar (brown sugar, white sugar, exfoliating honey crystals, or a blend of exfoliating sugar), and honey.

How to Use Lip Scrub

Using lip scrub is relatively straightforward. Just scrub, rinse, and repeat to keep your lips soft, supple, and ready for even lipstick application. Check out these quick tips on how to make the most of your weekly lip scrub:

  • Overuse can actually worsen dryness and further irritate your lips. For best results, give your lips a gentle scrub two to three times a week at most.
  • Lip scrubs should only be used on clean, bare lips. Remove any lipstick or lip gloss before you start scrubbing.
  • When it comes to lip scrubs, a little goes a long way. For mess-free application, start with a small, pea-sized amount.
  • The skin on your lips is thinner than the skin on your face, so you'll want to be extra gentle while exfoliating. Massage in a circular motion using light pressure. Avoid any harsh rubbing that can aggravate dry, chapped skin.
  • When you're finished scrubbing, gently wipe off the lip scrub instead of rinsing it off with water. This gives the hydrating ingredients time to soak into your skin and work their magic.
  • For best results, follow up your lip scrub with lip balm or chapstick to further soften lips and prepare for lipstick application.

Lip Scrub FAQ

Why is a lip scrub essential?

Lip scrub is a must-have if you want soft, smooth lips. It will turn your dry and crusty lips into soft and smooth clouds.

Lip scrub can help buff away dry skin and restore the smoothness and softness of your lips. Also, allowing your lips to absorb products like lip butter, creamy balm, or lip balm.

How Often Should You Exfoliate Lips?

You should be exfoliating lips once or twice a week to get soft and healthy-looking lips. You should avoid exfoliating every day or too often, as it can irritate and even wound your lips. Unless you tend to have dry out and easily flake lips, in that case, you may gently exfoliate your lips with scrub once a day.

About the author

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.