A fun Disney-inspired DIY for the Bath, these Little Mermaid Sugar Scrubs are a great gift for the Little Mermaid fan in your life!
DIY Little Mermaid Sugar Scrubs Craft
We’ve been making homemade soaps and bath bombs for years, but they were a bit too tricky for Ella to really help make when she was younger, so DIY Sugar Scrubs quickly became her forte.
There are so many ways to play with DIY Sugar Scrubs – adjusting the texture, scent, color or theme! You can even add other exfoliants into the mix like we did with our Lemon Poppyseed Sugar Scrub or our Coffee Sugar Scrub.
Sugar Scrubs are a great natural exfoliant and much more fun (not to mention gentler) than scrubbing down your whole body with a rough washcloth or brush. They also are a natural humectant, drawing moisture from the air into your skin – so unlike some other exfoliants, they are actually hydrating!
For the moms, sugar scrubs are a great way to prevent ingrown hairs and also are a natural source of glycol acid which helps revitalize sun-damaged or aging skin, giving you a natural glow. I use it in between shavings and also in the summer to slough off that sticky sunscreen residue. It’s also great for at-home manicure nights.
Ella and I prepared these DIY Little Mermaid Sugar Scrubs as part of a Little Mermaid-themed gift basket which also included Ariel Soap (with hydrating pearls) and some Mermaid Treasure Bath Bombs.
Not only do these sugar scrubs make great gifts, I find that when we make our sugar scrubs fun and inviting, Ella is more likely to want to use them. They have been the best way to get her hands clean after messy artwork or playing in the mud, and her hands tend to dry out quickly so the naturally hydrating properties of it have helped prevent that drying out that happens when she scrubs her hands too much with harsher cleansers.
We made Ariel-, Ursula- and Flounder-inspired versions (although the Flounder version could easily be called a “King Triton” version) all with their own special color schemes and scents. Ariel has a tropical orange scent, while Ursula has a calming lavender-rose scent, and Flounder has a peppy coconut-lime scent scent.
Ingredients for Disney Sugar Scrubs
- Coconut oil, melted
- Bath pearls
- Food dye or bath cosmetic dye – blue, red, yellow (green and purple if you have it)
- Essential oils or flavor extracts: wild orange, lavender, rose/bergamot, coconut, lime
- Mason Jars, for storing
Tip: when I make sugar scrubs, I use essential oils and dilute in the coconut oil before mixing with the sugar to ensure even dispersement. When Ella makes sugar scrubs, I have her use flavor extracts which give scent but avoid the risks (and benefits) of essential oils – as spilling essential oils on the skin can be incredibly damaging.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups
- Hand mixer, optional
- Mixing bowls
How to Make Little Mermaid Sugar Scrubs
While each of the sugar scrubs are created in similar ways (combining the sugar, coconut oil and optional color and scents) and then storing in a mason jar, I’ve broken down how we created each individual sugar scrub below so that you can create the exact effect you want.
While we tend to just stir our coconut oil into our sugar, if you’d prefer a whipped sugar scrub texture, you can use a hand mixer to achieve a finer, smoother consistency.
You can also skip some steps by just dying all of the sugar scrubs at once and using the same scents throughout. (You would just need purple, teal, pink, yellow and black.)
For the Ariel-inspired DIY Sugar Scrub, we went with a tropical orange scent that is happy yet relaxing. If a child is making and using this sugar scrub, use orange flavor extract – adults can use wild orange essential oil.
Divide the sugar into three bowls, equally (about 2/3 cup in each bowl).
Melt the coconut oil 3 Tablespoons at a time. Stir in 2 drops wild orange essential oil or 1/4 teaspoon orange flavor extact and a couple drops red food coloring to create a pink color. Add to one bowl of sugar to dye pink, combining thoroughly.
Repeat, combining 3 Tablespoons coconut oil with 1/4 teaspoon extract or 2 drops essential oil, now with red and blue coloring to achieve a purple color. Add to one bowl of sugar.
Finally, combine 3 Tablespoons coconut oil with 1/4 teaspoon extract or 2 drops essential oil, now with blue and yellow coloring to achieve a teal color. Add to the final bowl of undyed sugar.
Layer the colored sugar scrubs in your mason jar, separating the colors by adding a Tablespoon of bath pearls. Top the final layer of sugar scrub with a Tablespoon of bath pearls.
For the Flounder-inspired DIY Sugar Scrub (or these colours could work for a King Triton Sugar Scrub), we went with a peppy coconut-lime scent to go with his peppy personality. If a child is making and using this sugar scrub, some coconut flavor extract is perfect, while grown-ups can use lime and coconut essential oils.
Divide the sugar into three bowls, equally (about 2/3 cup in each bowl).
Melt the coconut oil 3 Tablespoons at a time. Stir in 1-2 drops coconut essential oil and 1-2 drops lime essential oil or 1/4 teaspoon coconut flavor extract, and a couple drops each blue and yellow coloring to achieve a teal color. Add to one bowl of sugar to dye teal, combining thoroughly.
Repeat, combining 3 Tablespoons coconut oil with 1/4 teaspoon extract or 2-4 drops essential oil and adding to one bowl of sugar for your white layer.
Finally, combine 3 Tablespoons coconut oil with 1/4 teaspoon extract or 2-4 drops essential oil, now with yellow coloring and add to the final bowl of undyed sugar.
Layer the colored sugar scrubs in your mason jar, ensuring that the white sugar scrub layer is in the middle.
For the Ursula-inspired DIY Sugar Scrub, we wanted something that would calm Ursula down – so we went with a relaxing combination of lavender and rose. If a child is making and using this sugar scrub, a splash of rose oil and some lavender extract (or even lavender buds) would be perfect – while adults can use a combination of lavender and rose/bergamot essential oils.
Place the sugar all in one bowl and have two additional bowls ready.
Melt the 1/2 cup coconut oil, stir in 6 drops rose essential oil and 3 drops lavender oil or 1 teaspoon rose water and a couple drops lavender extract, and then add enough red and blue food coloring to achieve a light purple (lavender) color.
Measure 2-3 Tablespoons of the sugar scrub into a small bowl and then divide the mixture in half. (So you will have two bowls with larger, equal amounts of purple sugar scrub and one bowl with just 2-3 Tablespoons.)
Leave the first bowl as-is, then dye the second equal (larger amount) of purple sugar scrub a bit darker – almost a grape/eggplant purple.
Finally, dye the 2-3 Tablespoon portion of sugar scrub black by adding a combination of different colors – concentrating more with the blue pigment. This just needs to look somewhat black, don’t worry about perfection.
Layer the colored sugar scrubs in your mason jar, separating the colors by adding a Tablespoon of bath pearls: dark purple, bath pearls, black sugar scrub, bath pearls, light purple sugar scrub and then top the final layer of sugar scrub with a Tablespoon of bath pearls.
Grab your free printable for our DIY Disney-inspired Sugar Scrubs:
This trio of DIY Little Mermaid-inspired Sugar Scrubs is a fun DIY for little mermaids to make at home to help get them excited about getting clean – or they make a thoughtful gift for a Little Mermaid fan. With three scents to suit different moods (energizing, calming, or happy and relaxing), there’s a scrub here for every occasion.