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The 10 Best Lip Scrubs for a Flake-Free Pout

by Sidney Burds

The 10 Best Lip Scrubs for a Flake-Free Pout
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Layers of lip balm and lip masks can only take your lips so far. When it comes to dry, cracked lips you’ve got to treat them like the rest of your body when it’s dry: exfoliate. A good lip scrub can shed off excess dry patches and flaky skin from your lips leaving a clean, smooth surface. Finding the best lip scrub is the key to a flawless lipstick application and will keep your pout plump and hydrated.


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We get that one size doesn’t fit all, so we went ahead and rounded up the best lip scrubs for different budgets, skin types, and ingredient preferences. Your matte liquid lipstick addiction and significant other will thank you.


Woman modeling Fenty Beauty lip scrub



1 of 10 Image Credits: Target

Burt's Bees Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub with Honey Crystals


We know you're already shopping for things you need (and some you don't!) at Target, so while you're there make sure to grab a bottle of Burt's Bees lip scrub. It's one of the top rated lip scrubs at Target, with an average of 4.6-star reviews. This 100 percent natural scrub uses honey crystals to exfoliate lips. Use at night and seal with a Burt's Bees lip balm to awaken with the softest lips of your life!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I wanted to try a lip scrub for my overly dry lips, and since Bert's Bees lip balm works so well for me I thought I'd give this a try! After using it for some time I love how my lips feel as smooth as butter! 10/10 would recommend!

2 of 10 Image Credits: Sephora

Best Drugstore

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator 


Not only is sugar sweet to taste, it's also a bomb dead skin scrubber. Brown sugar crystals are a key component in Fresh's Sugar Lip Polish. While buffing away dry patches, brown sugar is filled with natural humectants which prevent hydration loss. It's also made with shea butter and jojoba oil to nourish the newly exposed fresh skin. Bonus points for tasting and smelling like delicious.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I used Satin Lips by Mary Kay for years until I tried this and I will NEVER EVER go back! This is spectacular for exfoliating and leaves my lips feeling smooth and silky and ready for kissing even before the lip balm!

3 of 10 Image Credits: Fenty Beauty

Best Sugar Scrub

Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss'r Lip-Loving Scrubstick


This lip scrub from Rihanna's brand is a part of Fenty Beauty's summer collection, and it quickly became a fan favorite. Unlike most lip scrubs that come in containers and require the use of your fingers, the Pro Kiss'r Scrubstick opens like a bullet lipstick. Simply twist it up and swipe across your lips for mess-free functionality. Seal your lips off with Fenty Beauty's Pro Kiss'r Luscious Lip Balm for healthy looking natural lips.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I love this scrub stick. I love it the most because it doesn't come in the jar where you have to dig it out. You just glide across the lips and then dab off. My lips feel so soft and kissable.

4 of 10 Image Credits: Bite Beauty

Best for Dry Lips

Bite Beauty Agave+ Weekly Lip Scrub


You keep finding that every time you're out wearing a lip color it looks clumpy. Instead of blaming the product formula, take a look at the base you're applying it to. If you're prone to flaky lips, it's time for a scrub down. Bite Beaty's lip scrub can get your lips ready for makeup in a flash with golden sugar and papaya enzymes to rub and melt away dry flakes. It's gentle enough for weekly use to maintain smooth lips or for whenever you're about to apply a new creamy lip.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
AMAZING lip scrub! Removes all uneven/chapped areas on your lips, leaving a soft, smooth finish. This is one of my HG nighttime regimen products.

5 of 10 Image Credits: Ulta

Best for Chapped Lips

e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator


Keep your drugstore lipsticks looking like designer brands with this budget friendly lip scrub that keeps your pout in tip-top shape. At just $4, e.l.f. Cosmetics' vegan and cruelty-free lip exfoliator is a steal. It comes in mess-free bullet tube packaging and is packed with skin-feeding nutrients. It also comes in other flavors like coconut and mint, and at this price, it's a no-brainer to pick up multiple options. 

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Its the best for perpetually dry lips, Easy to use in lipstick format and the added benefit of being cheap. Plus it tastes pretty good on your lips.

6 of 10 Image Credits: Revolve

Best Budget

Ilia Lip Exfoliator


If you're looking to avoid harsher chemicals and toxins, we totally get that, and so does Ilia Beauty. All of the brand's products are focused on clean beauty and made using organic and natural ingredients. Swipe the lip exfoliator back and forth across your lips followed by rubbing in with a finger in a circular motion. Wipe off with a damp washcloth to reveal supple lips.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Best lip exfoliator I've ever used. The first time you try it just rub on a few times and then wipe it off, you need to a couple of quick swipes just the first time to prime it. Then get ready because you will be blown away how well it works. You put it on (you will feel all the gritty natural material) and then you take a damp cloth to wipe right off. What you'll be left with is lips free of dead skin and soft as can be. I use it, my husband has one and so does my son, best product ever!!

7 of 10 Image Credits: Verishop

Best Organic

French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish


We have to admit finding a 100 percent vegan lip scrub was pretty hard. Even the "all-natural" and "organic" products contained traces of animal byproduct. We had to look closely at the ingredient labels of several products before we hit the jackpot and found French Girl Organics lip scrub. This polish is made of vegan plant ingredients that are 80 to 100 percent organic as well. This lip scrub is handcrafted, never tested on animals, and will give you the lips of your ethical beauty dreams.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This really helped my lips. Instead of biting my nails like some people do when they’re anxious, I would bite my lips and tear off the skin so my lips were always looking bad and never healed. No amount of chapstick helped. I started using this scrub and applying some vegan chapstick I got at Whole Foods and my lips are finally healing and closing to the point that I can wear lipstick without them looking super chapped.

8 of 10 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Vegan

Handmade Heroes Cocolicious Luscious Lip Scrub


While you're ordering toilet paper, a Roomba, and heart-shaped sunglasses (as one does), add this lip scrub to your Amazon cart of miscellaneous items. Handmade Heroes' lip scrub is one of 'Amazon's Choice' products meaning not only is it highly rated, it also has a fantastic price point and is available for immediate shipping. Coconuts are the not-so-secret ingredient that gives this lip exfoliator an amazing smell and softens skin.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Wow! My lips are always dry and it’s drives my boyfriend crazy that I peel the dry skin. My lips feel new! They are soft, took the dead skin off and look hydrated. Definitely recommend and the price is great!

9 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best on Amazon

Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub


Dior's Addict Lip Sugar Scrub has been a renowned splurge favorite for years, and with good reason. With over 51 reviews averaging 5 stars on Nordstrom, customers say the high price is well worth it. If you've got a busy day and don't have time to do a scrub and rinse exfoliator, this is the one for you. No rinse necessary here, just apply and go. The grains of sugar melt into your skin transforming from a scrub to a balm with a natural rosy finish. It's sweet, addictive, and the color flatters all.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My new favorite ~ must have! I love this Dior Exfoliating Balm, originally had a sample and loved it so I had to buy it, I don't care that it's a little pricey because it feels awesome ~ the scent is so nice and the scrub is so cool! It almost smells like a really good bubblegum. It is going fast because I use it all day, it's sort of addictive! Highly recommend!

10 of 10 Image Credits: Sephora

Best Splurge

Sephora Collection Lip Balm & Scrub


Out of all the lip scrubs on Sephora, it's their own collection's exfoliator that trumps the big name brands. They have several flavors of scrubs to choose from but we saw specific shout-outs to the honey option for it's long lasting, skin softening abilities. Pick it up as your prep step along with that new lip color you've been waiting to pull the trigger on.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I love this! I don't care much about the packaging (in regards to other reviewers complaining about it feeling cheap) it's a great product that works amazingly and it's really worth the price! I don't like other balms & scrubs because they leave a tacky feeling on the lips but not this one!!! Also the little particles dissolve after one minute so no need to wipe it off. Will repurchase. Love love love.