Yummy Homemade Cocoa Body Scrub

cocoa body scrub
••• Cocoa is rich in antioxidants, which makes it beneficial for the skin. Getty Images: Martin Barraud

This yummy home-made cocoa body scrub not only exfoliates your skin, it stimulates your senses.   When you make it with sugar, you'll be tempted to lick it off.  In fact, this is the perfect scrub for a couple who wants to have a sensual experience. This recipe makes enough for two body scrubs, so grab your partner and have some fun! 

But cocoa does more than just taste good. It's good for your skin!

Cocoa is rich in polyphenols, a group of protective antioxidant compounds that help repair skin cells and neutralize harmful free radicals. They are also found in red wine and tea, but cocoa has far higher levels.  

Cocoa's flavonoids help absorb UV light, protect and increase blood flow to the skin and improve skin's hydration and complexion. The rich, indulgent aroma may activate the same neurotransmitters in the brain that are stimulated when eating chocolate.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • ⅛ cup melted cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup sweet almond oil 

Directions

Melt the cocoa butter over low heat. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, preferably a rubber mixing bowl that is non-porous, oil-resistant, and easy-to-clean. Mix well, using a clean spoon or a jumbo wooden craft stick if you have it. That's it!

If you want to take the aroma up a notch, you can always add a dash of cinnamon or sweet orange essential oil.

How to Use Your Home-made Cocoa Body Scrub

Once your cocoa body scrub is made, take it right to the bathroom and add a few extras like candles to turn your home body scrub into a nurturing at-home spa experience. Here are my top tips for giving yourself a great body scrub at home. 

  • Put a towel on the side of your empty tub and sit on it, with your legs inside the tub. Put a small amount of the coffee scrub on one part of your dry body -- your lower leg, for instance -- and rub. The abrasiveness of the sugar will start to remove the dead skin cells.

  • Spend a minute or two on each body part. If you do it too quickly, you won't get the results.  

  • While seated, scrub your legs (front and back), arms (both sides and underarms), shoulders, back of neck, décolletage, and belly. Move your hand in a clockwise position on your belly, and go lightly on the delicate skin of your breasts. 

  • Stand up to work on your behind, back, and sides. It is almost impossible to reach the center of your back, so you can either ask someone to help or use long-handled skin brush. This is a good time to wipe away loose scrub so it falls into the tub.

  • Sit back down on the towel and finish by giving your feet a good scrub. 

  • Now it's time to rinse off the scrub with water.  Start by rinsing your feet while you're seated so you don't slip in the tub.  Stand up, shake any sugar crystals off the towel into the tub, then place it outside the tub. Step outside the tub to get your shower started.

  • When the water is the right temperature, step in and let the water wash off the residue while your rub your body. Check under your arms, your breasts, your neckline and around your behind. You definitely want every little bit of sugar off before you step out of the shower and dry off.

  • Even in the shower, you'll be able to tell that your skin is softer and smoother.

  • Don't use soap. That will wash the hydrating oil off your skin. 

  • Be careful to check the bottom of your tub to make sure there is no greasy residue you or someone else could slip on.