Learn how to make this Green Sugar Scrub for St. Patrick’s Day with my easy step-by-step tutorial. With a minty aroma, this sugar scrub is refreshing to use, and the shamrock sprinkles make it a fun homemade cosmetic item to celebrate the luck of the Irish!
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St. Patrick’s Day Green Sugar Scrub
If you have ever wanting to make your own cosmetics at home, sugar scrubs are a perfect place to start. They are so easy to make, and the main ingredients are actually things you probably have in your kitchen already!
I’m not joking! The basic ingredients are sugar and olive oil – and I think many of us have those in our pantry.
The best reason for making your own sugar scrubs is because you’ll know exactly what goes into them, and you’ll be able to make them for the fraction of the cost that you would buy in a store.
This green sugar scrub has the cute addition of some St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles including little shamrocks and balls of gold. So I think calling the scrub “Leprechaun Sugar Scrub” is fun and festive and awesome if you need to make a label when giving a jar of it as a gift.
Speaking of jars, this recipe will fill two, 4-ounce mason jars, or upcycle a cleaned out jam (or other food) jar and use that instead. You can easily double, triple (and more) this recipe to fill the container that you have.
Obviously, this sugar scrub is green, but what about the scent? Well, depending on your personal preference, add whatever scent you like! Or you could just leave it unscented if you like.
I think of mint when I see green, and that will make this scrub really refreshing to use.
Materials & Tools Used in This Craft
Full instructions are found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post, but here is a quick outline so you know what to expect from the craft.
I highly recommend always reading everything all the way through before starting any project so you understand all the steps required.
- Olive Oil – helps to keep skin soft
- White Sugar – standard granulated sugar is just fine! Sugar is an exfoliant.
- Green Soap Colorant/Dye – to give the scrub its shade of green
- Mint Fragrance Oil – to give minty freshness to the scrub, optional! Or you could use another fragrance if you prefer… what about lime, cucumber, or eucalyptus?
- St. Patrick’s Day Sprinkles or if you can’t find them, you could create your own sprinkle mix using Shamrock (or lucky clover) Sprinkles, as well as other green and gold-colored cupcake sprinkles.
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What Are The Benefits of Using A Sugar Scrub?
Sugar scrubs are a wonderful exfoliant and using them helps to remove dead skin cells from your face, lips, and body. I like to use them once or twice a week and it’s amazing how different my skin feels after using a sugar scrub!
Sugar makes an amazing abrasive ingredient in scrubs. It’s a natural humectant, so it retains moisture and ensures skin is kept hydrated, making it ideal for delicate and sensitive skin, especially because it melts away upon contact with water. Sugar is also known to be a pure, natural source of Glycolic Acid, also known as an AHA, which helps to break down dead, flaky skin and help support cell turnover.Nourished Life
How Do You Make Sugar Scrub?
So I’ve said it is super easy to make sugar scrub and the tutorial for this scrub is in the printable card at the end of this post.
But, most sugar scrub recipes start the same way with sugar (it could be white or brown) and a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.
And you could use that straight away as a simple scrub to exfoliate your skin.
However, you can customise your sugar scrub just as easily using soap colorants, fragrance oils, fresh herbs, citrus zest, dried flowers, and even sprinkles to add a festive touch.
More Homemade Cosmetics
Here are some more homemade cosmetics tutorials that you can try out next:
- Handmade Lemon Lime Soap Bars
- Maleficent Cupcake Bath Bombs with Whipped Soap Frosting!
- Strawberry Sugar Scrub
I’ve shared lots of great craft ideas on The Purple Pumpkin Blog over the years, in fact, there are 100+ crafts to make and do at home that you can try.
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 6 drops green Soap Colorant
- 15 drops mint fragrance oil, optional
- 1-2 tablespoons St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles
- Small bowl
- 2 (4oz) Mason jar for storing
- Place sugar into a bowl.
- Add the olive oil.
- Add the green colorant and fragrance oil (if using). Stir to mix well.
- Stir in the sprinkles.
- Pour into mason jars or other airtight container.
- Use within 2-6 months and avoid water getting into the scrub container.