The 7 Best Lip Scrubs of 2019

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Luscious lips equal soft, smooth lips. So, what’s the trick to getting them? Lip scrubs, of course. Exfoliating your lips to slough away dead skin cells and buildup is necessary, especially in the colder months when skin tends to be extra parched. In fact, scrubs are the best way to get a perfect, sleek pout. They’re especially great to use before applying lipstick to get a smooth base.

However, the skin on our lips is extra delicate, so be sure to use lip scrubs correctly. Too much exfoliation of the lips can actually make them more dry, leading to cracking. Feel free to buff chapped lips, but if yours look super flaky—think cracks and bleeding—that can indicate damaged skin, which means scrubs are a no-no. Instead, give your smoocher time to heal and just stick to soothing balms and treatments. But if you’re good to go, give one of the top lip scrubs a try for a beautiful kisser.

Best Overall: Sara Happ The Lip Scrub

Sara Happ The Lip Scrub
Courtesy of Nordstrom

This lip scrub with a cult following comes adorably wrapped in a little gift box, making it the perfect present for your pucker. The gentle scrub gets rid of dry, flaky skin, leaving you with a pillowy pout, courtesy of hydrating grape seed oil and jojoba seed oil. Simply massage it onto your lips in a circular motion firmly, then wipe it away with a tissue—it’s that easy. It comes in three scrumptious flavors, just in case you end up swallowing a little: Red Velvet, Coconut, and Pink Grapefruit.

Best Budget: e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator
Courtesy of Ulta

It might seem too good to be true, but you really can get a super smooth kisser for less than the cost of a latte. The lipstick-like packaging makes it a cinch to apply this scrub that exfoliates, smooths and soothes dry, chapped lips. Nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, Shea butter, avocado oil, grape seed oil and jojoba oil condition for lasting results. The cruelty-free and vegan lip exfoliator comes in four options: coconut, pink grapefruit, rose, and clear.

Best Natural: Ilia Lip Exfoliator

Ilia Lip Exfoliator
Courtesy of Anthropologie

There’s no need to worry about harsh, icky ingredients with this all-natural scrub. It features organic ingredients like beeswax, sunflower seed oil, sesame oil, jojoba seed powder, castor seed oil, vegetable oil, candelilla wax, olive oil, shea butter, and volcanic stone powder. Ilia was founded on the principle of ethical, sustainable beauty, so this is a product you can feel good about. Plus, the tube means it’s a no mess, no fuss application.

Best Drugstore: Burt's Bees Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub

Burt's Bees Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub
Courtesy of Target

Burt’s Bees is known for embracing the magic of honey, and this scrub does exactly that. The 100% natural lip scrub features honey crystals to delicately buff away dead and rough skin, while ethically sourced beeswax moisturizers lips. Simply use your fingertip to gently rub the scrub onto your lips, then wipe away the excess. The treatment can be used two to three times a week to keep your pout pampered and smooth.

Best for Dry Lips: Tarte Pout Prep Lip Exfoliant

Tarte Pout Prep Lip Exfoliant
Courtesy of Sephora

Talk about a twofer: This scrub does double duty as a lip balm. It contains raw sugar granules to exfoliate, plus maracuja oil and shea butter to bring mega moisture. The dream team buffs away dead skin cells and leaves lips nourished to create a perfect base for lipstick, preventing your pucker from getting parched, cracked, or chapped. 

Best Sugar Scrub: Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub

Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub
Courtesy of Target

Extra fine sugar and walnut shells work together to gently buff away dry, chapped skin. Meanwhile, a blend of natural oils — including jojoba, shea and cocoa butter, and vitamins A, C, and E work their magic to hydrate. With its sugar cookie flavor and scent of vanilla and mandarin, this lip scrub smells—and tastes—good enough to eat.

Best Vegan: Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips

Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips
Courtesy of Lush

This lip scrub is finger licking good—literally! You can actually lick off the excess of this edible scrub once you’re done pampering your pucker. Just like the classic Southern libation, this scrub is a flavorful blend of peppermint and real sugar. It leaves behind organic jojoba oil to condition lips, plus a refreshing tingle courtesy of the mint flavor.

Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular lip scrubs on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different scrubs overall, screened options from 15 different brands and manufacturers, read over 25 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 7 of the scrubs themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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