DIY: Tangerine Brown Sugar Lip Scrub


DIY: Tangerine Brown Sugar Lip Scrub //

When I first moved to L.A. I was on a crazy strict budget. I’m talking the kind of budget where I was eating once a day and that meal consisted of, like, a few dollar tacos. It was kinda sucky, but honestly I’m really thankful for that time in my life; it gave me drive and made me more conscious as to how I spend my money. Before this, I strictly bought beauty products at department stores and Sephora. My little broke period forced me to start buying beauty products from the drug store; and you know what, I still buy A LOT of my beauty products from Walgreens. I find that many of them are just as good as fancy products.

One of the things I stopped buying during this period was Fresh’s Lip Polish; not because it wasn’t effective—it’s my absolute favorite—but because I found that it was SO easy to make at home. I made a big batch the other day when my lips looked cracked and gross and really needed some refreshing. While Los Angeles has had an oddly warm winter, it has been super dry, leaving my lips not looking their cutest.


My thing with DIYing stuff is this: the supplies/ingredients have to cost less than what I’d pay for at the store, cuz’ then I’d just save the time and buy it. Duh.

I had all of these ingredients on hand (minus the tangerine oil), so hopefully you do, too. If you don’t, then I recommend skipping the peppermint extract. Even if you bought everything, it should still cost you no more than $15. And you’ll have a lot of it. I say give a few jars to your friends and keep one for yourself!


Here’s the low-down on the supplies:

-The (4 oz.) jars are from The Container Store
-Coconut oil is always a Trader Joe’s purchase (only $6!!!)
-Tangerine Oil was found at Whole Foods; you can also buy it off Amazon
-Peppermint extract, also a Whole Foods purchase years ago (goes for about $4)
-Brown sugar, you know, anywhere
-Labels are from Martha Stewart, Avery Collection, but a strip of masking tape would do the trick too


DIY: Tangerine Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

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  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon tangerine oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
  • 1 1/2 cup light or brown sugar


  • Place the brown sugar in a medium bowl. In a small sauté pan, set over medium-low heat, add the coconut oil and warm until just melted. Turn off the heat and mix in the tangerine oil and peppermint extract (if using). Pour the oil onto the brown sugar and mix using a fork or spoon until thoroughly combined. Divide the scrub between the jars and cover with airtight lid. Mixture will last up to 6 months.
  • To apply the scrub, take about a scant teaspoon and rub it on your lips for about 1 minute, using your index finger. Take a warm, damp cloth and wipe the scrub away, leaving smooth, refreshed lips.
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  • Reply Max November 30, 2014 at 12:37 am

    So is this just like a lip moisturizer? I’ve been using lip balm for the longest time and I found your website and am interested in trying this out.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 30, 2014 at 10:14 am

      It’s more like a scrub. So it does moisturize but more than anything it removes dead skin and leaves your lips very smooth and clean-feeling.

  • Reply Ronni March 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for the instructions. I will try this pronto. How many 4 oz jars does this fill?

  • Reply Katy March 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    This might be a really silly question, but is it just regular brown sugar? The Fresh lip polish seems to have bigger crystals than just finely ground brown sugar.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Hmm…I feel like Fresh lip polish is actually finer than big crystals. BUT, if you want, you could substitute a tablespoon or two of Turbinado sugar, which is definitely a bigger crystal. It’d be a nice mix!

  • Reply Elizabeth Batte March 26, 2014 at 8:05 am

    This looks so fun – I’m all about only DIY-ing if it’s cheaper than the store version – I like your style! Can’t wait to try.

  • Reply Christy March 26, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I can’t wait to make this and give it away to my friends (and keep a pot for myself). We like to call little gifts like this “love gifts” and I can’t wait to spread the love.

  • Reply Michelle March 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I am in dire need of this stuff, but cannot bring myself to spend the $$ on the Fresh stuff. I’m also obscenely lazy, too, which means I just have terrible lips. THE HORROR.

    Thank you for showing just how easy this is!

  • Reply Madelein - mother to six wonderful kids March 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Great recipe, will try!

  • Reply RLT March 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Can you provide some text for a directions label please? This would be a good young girl party activity and it could go home as a party favor.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Sure! I’ll include some instructions above.

      • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 24, 2014 at 11:38 am

        I’d use the instructions labeled #2 for the instructions included on the jars. Perhaps you’d like to even shorten it, so it reads:

        1. Rub the scrub on your lips for 1 minute.
        2. Take a damp cloth and wipe the scrub away, leaving refreshed and smooth lips.

  • Reply Leslie March 24, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Love it. Do you have a face or body scrub?!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

      You can use this as a body scrub, if you like. It’d work great. I think it’s way too harsh for a face scrub. Perhaps that should be the next DIY? 🙂

  • Reply Kaysha Comfort March 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

    This stuff sounds down right wonderful! I love products that I can make at home, I always feel so much better about using products that I not only made, but know what ingredients were put into them. I moved to Socal last June and whoa have my lips been ticked off. Thank you for sharing!

    That Comfort Girl

  • Reply Stephanie March 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Sounds fabulous but what do you do with it? Also, does it keep indefinitely?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

      You rub it on your lips and then wipe it off with a damp towel! I’ll include directions above! It should keep for a very long time. I’d say 6 months at least.

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks March 24, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I bet this smells (and tastes) awesome! Pinned

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie March 24, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Can’t wait to give this a try:)