Make Your Own Unicorn Sugar Scrubs

Unicorn Sugar ScrubOf all the trends going around recently, the phenomena of unicorn everything really speaks to me. Maybe it’s the hours I spent as a child watching My Little Pony. Maybe it’s the combination of candy colors and sparkling glitter. Or perhaps it’s just nice to take a break from the seriousness of life to create something that makes your girlfriends go “oooooh!!”

Whatever it is, I’ve been dying to hop on the unicorn train, and found the perfect opportunity while working on a recipe for whipped sugar scrubs. These moisturizing little jars of pink and purple goodness look good enough to eat—so much so that I didn’t dare scent them with too edible an aroma! (My husband still hasn’t forgiven me for that time he bit into a cookie-shaped bath bomb.) I went with a classic floral lavender for my scrubs, but these would be amazing scented with a yummy vanilla or sherbet fragrance.

Kids are bound to love these just as much as grownups. (OK, maybe even a little more.) In fact, this is just the right kind of project to make with a crafty youngster. Children and teens will love mixing up the colors and decorating the jars. I would have loved to make these during a sleepover party way back when.

Unicorn Sugar ScrubsMaterials:
– 8 ounces refined shea butter
– 2 ounces apricot oil
– 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil (optional)
– 2 cups white sugar
– cosmetic mineral micas
– 8 2-ounce jars
 gold glitter adhesive foam
– permanent marker

Unicorn Sugar ScrubsStep One: Place the shea butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and whip on high speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). You can also use an electric hand mixer and mixing bowl for this step. Reduce the mixing speed to slow, drizzle in apricot oil and essential oil (if using) and mix slowly until combined. Bring the mixer back up to high speed and whisk for another minute or two—just until the butter has a gorgeous fluffy texture. Think buttercream frosting! Gently fold in the sugar, mixing the ingredients just enough to combine them fully.

Unicorn Sugar ScrubsStep Two: Divide the mixture into four bowls—one for each color you plan to make. Add a pinch or two of colored mica to each bowl and stir well to blend in the color. I used red mica to make pink, blue mica to make blue, and a pinch of red AND blue to make purple. I left one bowl white for contrast.

Unicorn Sugar ScrubsStep ThreeSpoon the colored scrub into your jars, tapping the jars gently between each layer. The layers are likely to wind up a little uneven, but this adds to the whimsical beauty of the recipe. The bumpy layers remind me of little clouds or cotton candy. So cute!

Unicorn Sugar ScrubsStep Four: After placing caps on your jars, it’s time to decorate! Use a pair of scissors to cut tiny triangles from the sheet of glitter foam. I used gold for my unicorn horns, but you can customize this project with any glitter color you like—silver, pink, or purple would be gorgeous! Stick one triangle to each jar and use a permanent marker to draw on sleepy eyelashes.

Unicorn Sugar ScrubsUnicorn Sugar ScrubsUnicorn Sugar ScrubsYour scrubs will keep nicely at room temperature for about three months—though the colors may fade or morph a bit if exposed to sunlight for too long. Once the scrubs are opened, it’s best to use them up quickly since this recipe does not include a preservative.

I hope you’ll have fun making and sharing these sweet little scrubs. They make great favors for showers or birthday parties, especially because they are so quick and easy to make in large batches. Try doubling the recipe to make 16 scrubs at once! xo. Mary Helen

Credits // Author and Photography: Mary Helen Leonard. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • This is such an amazing idea! Not only a perfect craft to do with my daughter but also great for party favours (for all ages). Love this!

  • This DIY is so awesome! I’m definitely a fan of the unicorn trend, so this is going on my list of projects to do. These will make such great party favors or gifts!


  • Cute. Colorful. FUN! Love it! I’m adding this to my handmade Christmas gift list.

  • These are so cute! Do the colors stain the skin or bath? I’ve never used color in my scrubs before! Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah! It just takes a pinch of colorant to add a lovely pastel shade to this scrub. That’s not enough to dye your skin – but adding way too much colorant could leave a temporary stain on your skin or tub.

  • They’re adorable, and what an amazing gift!

  • I’ve been loving the unicorn trend as well and there are so many DIY’s to explore. Now I have this one to add to my list!

  • These r Adorable. I love to make these. I just need to find the ingredients in my smaller of a town. Maybe online? Thanks so much. I have all boys but I would like it for me. They r grown anyway. Lol.

    • Hi Joyce! Most of the ingredients are linked in the post (from Amazon) 🙂

  • Awww how adorable is this? I will have to try it out just because it’s too cute <3

  • I’ve seen lots of DIY scrubs before, but this has GOT to be my favourite. There’s a reason why all my classmates used to call me “Unicorn Girl” in primary school, lol!

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  • Beautiful!!!!!!
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  • This is so fun, I love how colorful the scrubs are. Would make a great gift to friends…


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