Apr. 16. 2014
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A DIY coconut sugar lip scrub made from only 3 all natural ingredients.

It’s officially spring and we’re not only shedding our winter weight, but also our winter skin; prepping our skin radiant, glowing, and ready to show off this season! Exfoliating is so important when it comes to getting rid of dead skin cells, it primes cells to turnover and regenerate new skin cells, allows the skin to “breathe”, and of course let’s that all natural radiant glow shine through.

I don’t know about you all, but my lips are the first area of skin that get dried out or chapped from the winter and dry months- I routinely use lip scrubs to keep them exfoliated as well as hydrating from the inside out. Today I wanted to share with you all my personal favorite lip scrub I have on hand to use, especially coming out of the winter months into the spring/summer!

The coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and contains natural antimicrobial properties as well as the honey. The coconut sugar used simply is the exfoliant, but also is a delicious scent and flavor if some of the scrub happens to fall into your mouth- remember it’s all natural and completely edible so no worries if you do!



2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2 tablespoons coconut sugar

1 tablespoon honey


Simply combine in a small mixing bowl all the ingredients until mixed. The scrub will be thick and grainy — just what you’re after.

Store in the fridge for up to 2-3 weeks.

How to use

Simply use about a dime size (1/4 teaspoon) of the Coconut Sugar Scrub and apply to your lips dry, using a circular motion massage the scrub into your lips and all around the area. You don’t need to put a lot of harsh pressure on this motion, just gentle circles to delicately exfoliate the skin. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and seal with your favorite moisturizer or lip balm, I adore Rosebud Salve or Tata Harper Be True balm. 

I typically will exfoliate my lips once a week, but less in the spring and summer months when my lips naturally are a bit more moisturized. It depends on your skin type and needs, but this scrub is gentle enough to do daily.

The final test, go test out those kissable lips on your sweet and see if they can tell the difference! I want to hear from you, are you all enjoying these Natural Beauty Series- yes or no! Let me know so I can cater it to what you all like seeing on Nutrition Stripped. I have to say I’m having a lot of fun in the kitchen developing these!

xx McKel