Craving a mug of hot chocolate as the weather grows cooler? Well friends, this DIY is most definitely for you. Blending rich cocoa powder, sweet vanilla and a few amazing exfoliants and moisturizers, this body butter and scrub reminds you of a decadent cup of cocoa plus it’s great for your skin. Add it to your own skincare routine, or store it in a cute jar and give it to a friend as an adorable, easy and inexpensive gift!
Hot Cocoa Body Butter & Scrub
Let’s take a closer look at these delightful ingredients…starting with cocoa, of course. With antioxidants that help repair damaged skin, cocoa powder quickly becomes more than just a nice flavor in this body butter and scrub. Next, enjoy the gentle scent of pure vanilla extract as it soothes inflammation and irritation of the skin.
Then put some sweetness to good use by using sugar as an exfoliant that will remove dead skin cells without being too abrasive and damaging tender skin. And don’t forget the shea butter and coconut oil that will soften and moisturize, even after you’ve rinsed off the scrub.
Mix these beautiful ingredients together and gently rub them on areas of the skin that need a little extra love this winter. It will leave you feeling smooth, soft and generously moisturized, something you AND your cocoa-craving friends will love!
How To Make It
Start your DIY by softening the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler (or in a heat proof bowl on top of a saucepan) over a low simmer. Alternately, you can microwave them for 30 seconds at a time until softened, stirring often.
When the shea butter and coconut oil are softened, add the sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla and stir until they are all completely combined. Transfer your mixture over to the clean glass jars (I found some cute ones while browsing at a local thrift store) then decorate them with a label and some twine or ribbon. On my gift jar, I put two labels–one for sharing the name of the recipe, one for writing a little friendly note and a brief description of how the body butter and scrub should be used.
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Soften the shea butter and coconut oil over a double boiler or in the microwave.
- Add the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla; stir until completely combined.
- Transfer the mixture to glass jars and use frequently, or add a label and give it as a gift.
- To use, massage gently onto skin then rinse thoroughly.