During the holiday season, do you ever crave chocolate?
In the midst of one of the busiest seasons of the year, it’s my ultimate comfort food. But too much chocolate is never a good thing, especially for my waistline.
That’s why I absolutely love a fresh cocoa body scrub. It’s the perfect way to revel in the deep, rich chocolate aroma without the extra calories.
And it comes together in under 10 minutes.
Cocoa powder is one of the key ingredients in baking, chocolate bars, and ice cream. It’s made by grinding the solid remains of fermented, dried and roasted cacao beans after it has been extracted from the chocolate liquor.
And the best part?
It’s packed with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that can reduce inflammation, soften lines from aging, and improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Want to try it?
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Cocoa or cacao?
The chocolate ingredient used in this fresh cocoa body scrub recipe is cocoa powder, which is different, and usually cheaper, than cacao powder. You can use either powder in your body scrub. But stay away from hot cocoa mixes because they’re often loaded with unnecessary ingredients, like milk powder and sweeteners.
Things You’ll Need
- White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Coconut oil
- Cocoa Powder
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Mixing Bowls & Spoons
- Measuring Spoons & Cups
- 4- or 8-ounce Jar with Lid
- Water-resistant Label
It might seem superfluous, but a good mise en place will make it easier to prepare your body scrub and clean up the mess. It’s a system used by chefs around the world, and because this scrub is food-based, I like to use it too.
Mise en place is a French term that translates roughly into “set in place”. It means gathering, measuring, and organizing your components before you start making a recipe. It might seem like overkill for so few ingredients. But I enjoy the slowness of the ritual and a moment to take a few deep breaths while I luxuriate in the aromas.
DIY Fresh Cocoa Body Scrub Recipe
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup almond oil or coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- A glass container with a cover to store any leftovers
Mix the Dry Ingredients
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the white and brown sugar.
Add in the cocoa powder and stir until smooth. Depending upon your cocoa, you may need to flatten the lumps with the back of your spoon.
Add the Oils
Slowly add the coconut oil to the dry ingredient mix. Remember, you can always add more oil but you can’t remove it. So start with a bit of oil and stir, then add more until you reach the desired consistency.
Tip: If your coconut oil is solid, melt it over high heat or in the microwave before adding it to your dry mix.
Pour 10 drops of peppermint essential oil into the mix and stir.
Package the sugar scrub
This recipe makes about 7.5 ounces. Scoop the mix into one 8 oz jar or two 4 ounce jars (which make charming hostess gifts). Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Wipe down the jar and let dry for a few minutes. Next, add your custom sugar scrub label.
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How to use the fresh cocoa body scrub
To use this luxurious body scrub, scoop out the mixture with a clean spoon and apply it to your body. Using a loofah, or washcloth, massage the scrub into your skin in a soft and round motion to remove dead skin cells and exfoliate. Wash the scrub off with warm water. Then gently pat skin dry with a towel.
Finally, enjoy the irresistible scent and velvety, skin-softening effects of this antioxidant-rich fresh cocoa body scrub.
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