Whip up a batch of DIY Unicorn Sugar Scrub in under 10 minutes with this quick and easy sugar scrub recipe!  An awesome DIY homemade gift idea for friends, family, teachers, and more!

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I love making my own homemade soaps, sugar scrubs, and body products, and this week I whipped up a batch of DIY sugar scrub that’s second to none – Unicorn Shimmer Scrub! It’s loaded with sparkle and shine, and it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling delicious!

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How to Make DIY Unicorn Sugar Scrub:


NOTE: The amount of each ingredient necessary will depend on how much sugar scrub you would like to make. For an 8 oz. batch of sugar scrub, use 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of coconut oil. 

mixing up mica into sugar

Divide sugar into 3-4 bowls and add approx. 1/8 tsp. of mica colorant to each bowl. Stir until well mixed and blended. Note: the color will be lighter during this step than the final result! You want a light pastel color at this point, so do not over color!

pretty colored sugars and glitter

If you wish to add cosmetic-grade glitter or shimmer powder to the scrub, mix it in at this point. A little goes a long way!

cosmetic grade glitter added to sugar scrub

I used a mix of four different iridescent and rainbow cosmetic-grade glitters in my scrub, totaling approximately 1/8 tsp. of glitter in each different color of sugar.

adding coconut oil to sugar scrub glitter mixtures

Add melted coconut oil to the sugar in an approximate 2:1 sugar to oil ratio. If you prefer a more liquid consistency for your scrub, add more coconut oil a little bit at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Add fragrance oil (approx. 5-10 drops) and mix well.

a batch of diy unicorn sugar scrub

Layer the different colors of scrub into your jar or storage container and finish with another sprinkle of glitter and a few decorative gold star sprinkles on top – SO fun and cute!

easy to make sugar scrub

This is, without a doubt, the prettiest sugar scrub recipe I’ve ever made! It’s so sparkly and girly!

sugar scrub gift idea in cute jars

This sparkly unicorn sugar scrub would make a great (and inexpensive!) DIY homemade gift idea for friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and more! Perfect for birthdays, Christmas, teacher appreciation, and any occasion that requires something extra special!

Note: scrubs made with cosmetic-grade glitter will leave a light glittery shimmer on the skin after use. If you do not wish for the glitter to remain on your skin, follow the scrub with soap to easily wash away all traces of the glitter. 

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    1. Hi Lisa, the ones that I used in this post are Kate Aspen mini vintage milk bottles (which no longer seem to be available in this style), and they held 5 oz. I think these 7 oz Yogurt Jars on Amazon look like they’d be a great alternative, though! 🙂

  1. hi – we have an allergy to coocnut and all coconut related items – for your recipes that call for coconut will they still work if we subsituted with shea butter?

    1. In scrub recipes, I would substitute for another liquid oil such as almond oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil. In any of our recipes that utilize the solid version of coconut oil (such as scrub bars, etc.), shea butter should work as a substitute, I’d just suggest softening and whipping it first so that it’s less of a “heavy” solid. 🙂

  2. So, I made the unicorn sugar scrub as the recipe instructed. Is it supposed to dry hard? If so, how do you use it when it’s this hard? If it’s not supposed to be hard, where did I go wrong? Lol

    1. Hi Courtney! Did you use regular coconut oil or fractionated coconut oil?

      Fractionated coconut oil should remain in liquid form, so hardening might mean that you didn’t add enough oil (sometimes the recipes need to be tweaked a bit depending on your climate).

      If you used melted coconut oil (as I did in my original recipe), the coconut oil can firm up at temperatures below 78 degrees and become solid again. If you can scoop it out of the jar, the coconut oil in the scrub should melt again with your body heat and the scrub will still be totally useable (just hold it in your hand for a few seconds and it will soften back up). If it’s too hard to scoop, though, I recommend adding a bit more melted coconut oil to help thin out the mixture and revive it. You can put the jar into the microwave (as long as it’s in a microwave-safe container!) for 15-20 second bursts until the coconut oil in the scrub softens back up again. Stir everything up and add a little more melted coconut oil to the mixture, and it should be good! Even if it firms up again, as long as it’s scoopable, it will still work! 🙂

      1. Hi Monica, we generally just mix the mica into the sugar. Since it’s such a small amount, and you don’t usually use the entire jar of scrub all at once, we haven’t had any issues with the mica staining or sticking to the shower/tub or skin. If you wanted to add the Polysorbate 80, though, that would ensure that you definitely would not have an issue with any of that. I would use about 2 teaspoons of Poly 80 mixed with the oil.

  3. May I use red food coloring instead of the mica colorant for the strawberry scrub? And if that is okay, how many drops would you use for the 1 cup of sugar?

    1. You can use food coloring, but you do run the risk of staining your skin if you do so, especially with the red. I would use a VERY small amount (just a drop or two) if you go this route!