DIY Delicious Chocolate Scrub Body Bar

This DIY Chocolate Scrub Bar smells delicious. Based on moisturising cocoa butter, anti-cellulite cocoa powder, hydrating lecithin and exfoliating brown sugar, you will create a beautiful scrub bar to slough away dead skin cells in the shower. I haven’t included any essential oils in this recipe because the chocolate scent is gorgeous by itself. However, if you want to add in extra fragrance you could consider rose or rose geranium essential oil (to make Turkish delight!) or peppermint for a choco-minty aroma.

You will need:

·       100g cocoa butter

·       1 tsp sunflower lecithin

·       1 tsp cocoa powder

·       3 tbsp soft brown sugar

Grate the cocoa butter and place all of it in a double boiler. Bring the water below to the boil and gently melt down the cocoa butter. Once it has completed melted down, add in the sunflower lecithin and the cocoa powder. Make sure all the ingredients are blended together well, the mixture will look chocolatey brown.

Pour the liquid cocoa butter mixture into a mould of your choice. You can use a soap mould, ramekin or even a mince pie baking tray!

Set the mould in the fridge so the mixture will start to cool down and set. After about 20 minutes, go back to the fridge, remove your mould and you’ll see that your mixture has started to thicken slightly. At this point, mix through the soft brown sugar so that it blends all the way through the cocoa butter. Then return the mould back to the fridge and allow the mixture to set completely. This will take another half an hour.

Once your bar has set solid, remove it from its mould (it should come out quite easily). Use it in the shower to scrub those parts of your body that need some good exfoliation or where you want to target cellulite.

Let’s have a look at what these ingredients will do in your DIY Chocolate Scrub Bar.

Cocoa butter is a yellowy hard butter which has a delicious chocolate scent. Cocoa butter is solid at room temperature (in our colder climates!) but liquifies around body temperature so it melts when it comes into contact with our skin. This rich plant butter is highly moisturising and hydrating because of this melting point. Cocoa butter is also very high in antioxidants including Vitamin E, which provide fantastic anti-ageing properties that fight the activity of free radicals on your skin and help to keep your skin looking supple and young. Click here to read more about using cocoa in natural skincare.

Cocoa powder contains lots of minerals including calcium, potassium and zinc. They also contain high levels of caffeine and theobromine which are only present in trace amounts in cocoa butter. Caffeine and theobromine are able to break down fats and can have draining properties on fatty cells which allows them to be used for skin firming. This means that cocoa solids can be used to target cellulite when applied to your skin.

Sunflower lecithin is a wonderful skin softener and soother. It is moisturising and helps to hydrate the skin. It has a very strong scent which is almost chocolatey, making it ideal for this DIY Chocolate Scrub Bar. If you can’t get hold of lecithin, don’t worry – you can still make the scrub bar without it.

Soft brown sugar – Brown sugar is a source of Vitamin B due to its molasses content. It helps to scrub away dead skin cells and is also a humectant, meaning that it draws moisture to the skin and is therefore great for people with sensitive or dry skin.

 

Lorraine runs Herb & Hedgerow (www.herbhedgerow.co.uk), an artisan herbal beauty business based in Dorset, UK. She writes for the HerbBlurb blog about herbs for beauty and the science behind natural skincare. Herb & Hedgerow sells BeautyCraft app for iPhone – a beautifully illustrated recipe book with dozens of DIY natural beauty recipes. Follow Herb & Hedgerow on Facebook – www.facebook.com/HerbHedgerow