Soothing DIY Aloe Vera Lip Scrub Recipe

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By Anna Marikar

When it comes to lip care, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as the rejuvenating power of aloe vera.

Today, I’m going to share a super easy DIY that harnesses this plant’s magic to give you super soft, kissable lips. Say hello to our Soothing and Smoothing Aloe Lip Scrub!

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Soft, supple lips are not just a summer necessity but a year-round essential. With the changing seasons, our lips often bear the brunt of harsh conditions, leaving them dry and chapped. And while there are countless lip care products on the market, there’s something incredibly rewarding about crafting your own homemade solution.

This DIY lip scrub recipe not only ensures you know exactly what’s going onto your skin but also allows you to reap the benefits of natural ingredients like aloe vera. The aloe vera plant has been hailed for its skin-soothing properties for centuries, making it a perfect addition to our lip care routine.

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Homemade Lip Scrub Ingredients

Have you ever read the back of your store-bought lip scrub? It’s surprising the number of chemicals and unfamiliar ingredients they can contain.

This DIY Aloe lip scrub, however, is made with ingredients you likely already have at home. Not only is it cost-effective, but it’s also free from any unnecessary additives, giving you a pure and natural product. To make your own home made aloe vera lip scrub you will need…

aloe vera lip scrub ingredients
  • 4 ½ Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh aloe leaf
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  • Jar to store scrub *affiliate link

If the green color shown is too vibrant for you, there is no harm in skipping that ingredient for a more natural color – it is your choice.

natural aloe vera lip scrub ingredients

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, often referred to as the ‘plant of immortality’ by ancient civilizations, boasts a myriad of benefits for the skin. Packed with vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, this wonder plant has been used for centuries to soothe burns, hydrate parched skin, and reduce inflammation.

Its gel is loaded with antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep it hydrated.

For our lips, which have thinner skin layers than the rest of our face, aloe vera provides deep moisturization, combats dryness, and promotes healing, making it an excellent ingredient for lip care products.

Suggested Uses for the Aloe-Infused Lip Scrub

Given the potent benefits of aloe vera, this lip scrub is not just for beautifying your pout. Here are some tailored uses:

diy aloe vera lip scrub
  • Post-sun exposure: After a day out in the sun, your lips can feel dry and dehydrated. Using this scrub can help in repairing sun damage and replenishing moisture.
  • Pre-lipstick application: For those who love a bold lip color, using this scrub can ensure a smoother application by exfoliating any flakiness, and the aloe provides a hydrated base.
  • Nightly Ritual: Incorporate it into your nighttime routine. The aloe vera works overnight to soothe and moisturize, and you’ll wake up with soft, plush lips.
  • For Sensitive Lips: If you often experience sensitivity or are prone to reactions, the natural components of this scrub, primarily the aloe vera, can help in providing a gentle and soothing exfoliation experience.

Feel free to use this scrub in ways that suit your lip care needs and the magic ingredient, aloe vera, is there to enhance your lip’s health and beauty.

Directions to Make Your Own Lip Scrub

Making your own beauty products at home can be both fun and fulfilling. You have full control over the ingredients, ensuring that every component aligns with your values and skin needs.

This recipe, in particular, is beginner-friendly and doesn’t require any special equipment or rare ingredients. It’s simple, effective, and offers a touch of luxury to your daily routine.

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DIY Aloe Vera Lip Scrub

DIY Aloe Vera Lip Scrub

This DIY Aloe-Infused Lip Scrub combines the natural exfoliating power of sugar with the moisturizing and soothing benefits of aloe vera and coconut oil. Perfect for achieving soft, kissable lips.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • 4 ½ Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh aloe leaf
  • Green food coloring (optional)


  • Jar for storage


  1. Cut a 1 inch section of the aloe leaf.
  2. Slice off the skin, leaving the gel.
  3. Use a fork to mush up the gel and break it apart.
  4. Dip a toothpick into food coloring and mix it around the coconut oil.
  5. Add all 3 ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  6. Stir until combined and is the consistency of very wet sand.
  7. Add mixture into a container with a tight-fitting lid.


See how to use, and storage tips below.

The 30 mins extra time is for cooling if you want to allow time to refridgerate for a cooling effect (optional)

One of the reasons I adore this scrub is because of its flexibility. While the base ingredients work wonders on their own, there’s plenty of room for customization.

You can experiment with different essential oils, adjust the consistency to your liking, or even mix in other natural ingredients that benefit the skin. Remember, the best beauty products are the ones tailored just for you.

Related: 13 Best Summer Essential Oil Blends for All Your Summer Moods

If you’re looking to complement the natural scents of aloe and coconut oil while masking any pungent smell from the aloe, certain essential oils would be particularly effective. Here are some recommendations:

  1. Lavender Essential Oil: Known for its calming properties, lavender offers a gentle aroma that pairs wonderfully with coconut. It’s a popular choice for many skincare products because of its soothing properties for the skin.
  2. Vanilla Essential Oil: This oil has a warm and sweet aroma that can beautifully mask the aloe’s strong scent and enhance the tropical vibe from the coconut oil.
  3. Chamomile Essential Oil: With its light, floral scent, chamomile is not only relaxing but also beneficial for skin care. It pairs well with both aloe and coconut.
  4. Geranium Essential Oil: This oil has a sweet, floral scent that can help mask any pungent aromas and blends nicely with the coconut oil’s tropical scent.
  5. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: With its rich, floral notes, ylang ylang can complement the tropical undertones of coconut oil and easily mask the scent of aloe.
  6. Orange or Bergamot Essential Oil: These citrus oils have uplifting and bright aromas that can mask the aloe’s smell while enhancing the overall scent profile. Plus, they pair wonderfully with coconut.
  7. Rose Essential Oil: The romantic and luxurious scent of rose can be a perfect addition to lend a floral touch, balancing the tropical scent of coconut and masking aloe.
essential oils

When adding essential oils to skincare products, always ensure they’re diluted adequately to avoid skin irritation.

A drop or two will often suffice for a small batch of lip scrub. Always do a patch test before applying anything new to sensitive areas, especially if you’re adding essential oils.

How to Use the DIY Lip Scrub

With clean hands, dampen your lips. Scoop out a nickel-sized amount of the scrub, adding a drop or two of water.

In gentle, circular motions, exfoliate your lips for about 30 seconds. Finish by wiping off the scrub using a warm washcloth.

Related: Easy Homemade DIY Lip Scrub Recipe (3 Ingredients)

Tips, Tricks, and Notes:

For an invigorating experience, store your lip scrub in the fridge. The cooling effect of the aloe becomes even more pronounced when chilled.

If you find that mashing the aloe with a fork leaves it too chunky, you can use a mesh sieve and push the gel through with the back of a spoon. But if you’re aiming for a silky-smooth texture, consider making a larger batch using a blender or immersion blender to liquefy the aloe.

This scrub makes a thoughtful gift! Consider making a larger batch to share the love (and soft lips) with friends and family.

Personalize your scrub by adding a drop of your favorite essential oil for added aroma and benefits.

This Soothing and Smoothing Lip Scrub DIY is sure to leave your lips feeling soft, refreshed, and ready for anything. Enjoy your naturally beautiful pout!

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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

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