Homemade coconut & cocoa sugar scrub

Since discovering count oil as the saviour of dairy and gluten free cooking I’ve been reading up on other uses for this miracle product.
I wash my face with it, I clean my teeth with it (google oil pulling and there are a million articles on it) and now I use it in a body scrub.
Homemade coconut & cocoa body scrub

Homemade coconut & cocoa body scrub

Pinterest is a gold mine of thousands of other suggestions for coconut oil from cleaning make up brushes to moisturisers, face masks, fixing squeaky doors, even a treatment for head lice.
But whilst I was trawling pins for inspiration one of the ideas that stood out for me was body scrubs. Made with store cupboard ingredients you can whip this up in under half an hour. It costs much less than the beauty brands’ body scrubs and it also makes a wonderful gift.
This particular scrub caught my eye as it’s chocolate and I don’t think it’s possible to have enough chocolate in your life. Being dairy free I don’t eat chocolate bars anymore so this is a fantastic way to get a blast of chocolaty scent without eating any. Although, in reality,  you could eat this as everything contained in it is completely edible. I bet you can’t say that about many store bought beauty products!!!
Finished scrub

Finished scrub

This was the second body scrub I made (the first was also divine and I will blog that soon) and although that first scrub was wonderful, it was difficult to take into the shower in batches and I didn’t want to leave my Kilner jar in the shower to go rusty. As I was using the scrub in the shower – my best ideas come to me in the shower – I thought about setting the scrub in ice cube trays so that I could store the cubes in a jar and simply pick up a couple of cubes before jumping in the shower.

Whilst searching in the depths of the cupboard for the ice cube tray I found a shaped muffin silicone mould – perfect for  chocolate body scrub roses!
These would make a fantastic gift wrapped in little cellophane bags finished with a ribbon or bow and my friends and family might just find a few of these in their stocking this Christmas!!
Scrub ingredients

Scrub ingredients

 

Chocolate and Coconut oil sugar scrub roses 
1 cup mixed sugars (I used a combination of soft brown, demerara and granulated)
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Scrub mixture melting

Scrub mixture melting

Mix the dry ingredients and add the coconut oil. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to melt the coconut oil. Do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.

Scrub mixture

Scrub mixture

 

Once melted, give the sugar a through mix to ensure the coconut oil is evenly distributed.

Press the mixture into moulds, or put directly into a jar. If using moulds chill for 20 minutes to reset the coconut.
Be aware that the oil will melt if it gets too warm.
Scrub setting in moulds

Scrub setting in moulds

I’m done with all these posh and expensive beauty products that are full of chemicals, perfumes, parabens and who knows what else. I’m going au naturel!!

You will love the smell of this scrub when you take it into the shower; it smells like chocolate cupcakes baking!!! Let me know how you get on.
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