Tangerine & Vanilla Lip Scrub 5

Tangerine Butter and Handcrafted Shea Butter make a wonderful lip scrub.

When I laid my eyes on Tangerine Butter for the first time, I was entranced by the lively color. Then when I opened the jar, and the intense citrus odor wafted out, I was hooked. I inhaled deeply, closed my eyes, and dreamed of what I would create. Before I could think of a good reason not to, I took a small amount of Tangerine Butter and tasted it. Wow! It tastes just like it smells! AHH! I knew this butter would make the best lip products ever.

Of course, I thought of a lip balm, but Andee suggested a lip scrub. What a treat!

The first thing I did was run regular white sugar in a food processor until it was the texture of fine sand. Last time I made a sugar scrub with regular sugar, I was unhappy with the surprisingly coarse texture. Sugar will be our workhorse as it is both humectant and exfoliant in this recipe, plus it adds sweetness for the flavor boost.

Our new Handcrafted Shea Butter makes a smooth and creamy base for this scrub. It has very little odor, so it will not compete with the bright orange and citrusy bliss of the Tangerine Butter.

Next, we need a lightweigh to moderate weight oil, like Cherry Seed or Avocado Oil. I chose to use Avocado Oil. It’s often found in luxury skin care products, and for a good reason! Avocado Oil is very rich in fatty acids and contains vitamins and nutrients that make skin look and feel fantastic.

I like to add Vitamin E to oil-based formulas as an antioxidant and to pamper the skin. Andee’s original formula called for Vitamin E Acetate, but I have Vitamin E Natural, which has a much lower usage rate. That necessitated a recalculation for my purposes. If you want to use Vitamin E Acetate instead of Vitamin E Natural, we recommend using up to 1%. You can remove 0.5% from Tangerine Butter and 0.25% from Natural Vanilla Oil.

Let’s gather some supplies and get busy!

Superfine sugar
Handcrafted Shea Butter
Tangerine Butter
Avocado Oil
Vitamin E Natural
Natural Vanilla Oil
33 mm clear 1/4 ounce jars
33 mm black lids

Recipes for Tangerine & Vanilla Lip Scrub

100 Grams
65 grams Superfine Sugar
19 grams Handcrafted Shea Butter
10 grams Avocado Oil
3.5 grams Tangerine Butter
0.3 grams Vitamin E Natural
2.3 grams Natural Vanilla Oil
24 Ounces 
15.6 ounces Superfine Sugar
4.6 ounces Handcrafted Shea Butter
2.4 ounces Avocado Oil
0.8 ounce Tangerine Butter
0.01 ounce Vitamin E Natural
0.5 ounce Natural Vanilla Oil
65% Sugar
19% Handcrafted Shea Butter
10% Avocado Oil or Cherry Oil
3.5% Tangerine Butter
0.25% Vitamin E Natural
2.25% Natural Vanilla Oil


This is as much as you need to treat your lips to a sweet scrub that will leave them feeling pampered.

Weigh the Handcrafted Shea Butter, Avocado or Cherry Oil, and Tangerine Butter into a microwave-safe container. Heat in short bursts of time, stirring often, until all the butters are completely melted. Alternately, put the butters and oil into the top of a double boiler and heat gently until melted.


Weigh sugar and add to oils. Stir well to combine. Weigh the Vitamin E and Vanilla and add to the scrub, stirring well to combine.

At this point, you can package the scrub, but I’ve found that the melted oil tends to rise to the surface. So I like leaving the scrub in the container, occasionally stirring, as the oils cool to room temperature. Then I put the scrub into small jars. For this lip scrub, I used our clear 33 mm 1/4 oz jars and black 33 mm lids.

To use the scrub, dip a small amount (about the size of a dry bean) and gently scrub it over the lips. You can either rinse the scrub away or just lick it off. (My favorite way to finish a lip scrub – that’s why we make it taste good!)

Use this scrub when you want your lips to be their softest or when you have very chapped lips. It’s best not to use any scrub more than twice a week, however.

What do you think of lip scrubs in general? Would you add any different flavors or make any substitutions in this recipe? We’ve made a bunch of these lip scrubs to send out with orders, so please ask for a sample when you place your next order!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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5 thoughts on “Tangerine & Vanilla Lip Scrub

  • rachelh

    I received this as a free sample awhile back and just love it! I’ve never tried a lip scrub before, but this is so nice! I loved it so much I’m actually going to be making them for all my fall/ Wii yet shows this year!

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    • Denise Post author

      A preservative is not necessary to lengthen the shelf life of a lip scrub like this one, as it has no water in it. However, if you are concerned about water being added during use, you could use a preservative that works in anhydrous solutions, though it really isn’t necessary. The chances of water being introduced to the scrub is slight. You might consider adding Vitamin E oil as an antioxidant to increase the shelf life of the oils used in the scrub, however. It would also increase label appeal, as Vitamin E is known to be nice for skin.

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