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Homemade Lip Scrub with Pumpkin

Homemade lip scrub - Dr. Axe

You may be wondering, exactly what is lip scrub? Just like our body needs a body scrub and our face needs the gentle exfoliation of a face scrub, our lips need a little TLC, too! The lips are a sensitive area. With a little care, they can maintain beautiful color and shape while soaking in the skin-nurturing vitamins of the best natural ingredients. Using a lip scrub not only nurtures, but it helps minimize, and even eliminate, dry, cracked lips. As we head into cooler months, this is a must-have!

Making your own homemade lip scrub for the best lip exfoliation is super-easy. This Pumpkin-Spiced Coffee Homemade Lip Scrub is perfect for the fall season. It’s a great gift idea, too! With a bit of a grainy texture combined with moisturizing ingredients and vitamin A-filled pumpkin, you can take great care of your lips.

And if you are concerned about some of the lip scrub getting into your mouth, or swallowing it, no need. This homemade lip scrub is made of ingredients that are quite tasty and edible! Don’t get carried away; this isn’t a snack. But it won’t harm you if you ingest a bit.

Homemade Lip Scrub 

A quality lip scrub offers so many nurturing benefits. To make it, place the brown sugar, coffee grounds and pumpkin in a small bowl. Blend well using either a fork or spoon. Both coffee and sugar provide the perfect exfoliating texture. Coffee contains antioxidants while the sugar helps provide a more youthful appearance to the lips due to the natural glycolic acid it contains. Sugar is also a natural humectant, meaning it delivers some moisture to those lips. (1Pumpkin is pretty amazing for the skin because it helps promote cell regrowth and it’s high in vitamins A and E. Plus it smooths and brightens the skin. (2

Now, add the remaining ingredients: honey, coconut oil, shea butter and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Honey is chock-full of anti-aging antioxidants that can help your lips have a more youthful look. Coconut oil fights bacteria and provides an excellent source of moisture. Nutmeg is a great option, not only for the aroma — which is perfect for the holiday season. But according to the Journal of Natural Products, nutmeg, or mace, exhibits strong antifungal and antibacterial activities. It also lays claims to being an astringent and anti-inflammatory, treating skin conditions such as eczema. (3)

Shea butter is the perfect final touch. It repairs skin by delivering much-needed collagen.

Stir, pressing down as needed, to make sure all ingredients are well-blended. Now that you have made your lip scrub, transfer it to a small glass jar with a lid. Keeping it in the fridge can help preserve it — just make sure to label it.

To exfoliate the lips, apply a small amount with a soft toothbrush, washcloth or clean fingertips. Gently massage for about 20 seconds in a circular motion. Rinse and apply lipstick, lip liner or lip gloss.

Homemade Lip Scrub with Pumpkin

Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: Makes 6 ounces


  • 1/8 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup used or wet organic coffee grounds
  • 2 tablespoons organic canned pumpkin (or homemade pumpkin puree)
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon shea butter
  • nutmeg (just a sprinkle; optional)


  1. Place the brown sugar, coffee grounds and pumpkin in a small bowl.
  2. Blend well using either a fork or a spoon.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients: honey, coconut oil, shea butter and nutmeg.
  4. Stir, pressing down as needed, to make sure all ingredients are well-blended.
  5. Transfer the finished product to a small glass jar with a lid. Keep it in the fridge to help preserve it.

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  1. Shifa on

    Hi Dr.Axe ,
    Thank you for your home remedies. Could you have any sugession to gain weight. Because I’am very under weight. That makes my breasts very very small. I will be more happy if you suggest a diet plan to increase my total Body weight.
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      I use a massage oil that firms up the bust and also the buttocks,upper legs & arms. I have been using every morning since February, and have noticed an increase in bust size, ie,fullness.It is pure unadulterated Essential Oil. If you will email me or fb me,I’ll be glad to share the info. I,also,am a certified health coach.
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