Reveal New Skin Using Cocoa Butter and Brown Sugar Body Scrub
As the third sister, Cocoa Butter has a famous reputation! Yes, she's one of the famous 'butter' triplets ... shea and mango being the other two siblings. But you've probably heard that Cocoa Butter is know for being supremely effective at reducing stretch marks, but that’s not the only reason to keep her around!
She's also a marvelous hydrator and moisturizer, just like her sister butters.
However, Cocoa ... May we call you by your first name? ... smells like the darkest, richest, most chocolatey-chocolate because she’s made with cocoa beans from the cacao plant. The beans are removed, cleaned, roasted, pressed, and voila! ... Cocoa Butter is the delightful result. For more on Cocoa Butter's internal and external benefits, check this out. (You may be tempted, but don’t eat ours!) More Cocoa Butter Benefits!
To help get you addicted to this butter, Cocoa, oh how we love you! … we’re sharing our decadent DIY Cocoa Butter and Brown Sugar Body Scrub that mimics a very expensive brand. While we’d never kiss and tell, we will say that our homemade Body Scrub doesn’t contain every ingredient in the famous brand, just the ones necessary for a marvelous scrub! You will, however, LOVE IT as much as the posh brand … and (ahem) so you will your wallet!
Even if you aren’t a wiz in the kitchen, this recipe is so easy, even a child could do it. (Seriously, just ask your child.) They're better with Smart Phones, too.
But first, here are a few reasons why exfoliation is so good for your skin health.
Benefits of Exfoliation
When you exfoliate your skin, it helps your cells turn over faster. While this process normally takes place when skin is both healthy and younger (slowing in the cooler months and also with age), regular exfoliating (sloughing of dead skin cells) helps give you the “glow” you love so much on models ... who use products we’ve probably never heard of and/or couldn’t afford.
Exfoliating also helps skin to absorb products better … including moisturizers and self-tanners. Here’s a weird analogy … Ever painted anything? When you give it a light sanding, whatever you put on top of it just sticks better. Exfoliating gives you similar benefits by removing the top, dry layer of skin and exposing the softer stuff underneath. How to exfoliate, click here.
In addition, because exfoliating requires some ‘light’ rubbing, your circulation is improved helping to impart a radiant glow! How great is that?
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
Exfoliate normal/combination skin up to 3X per week. If you’re concerned at all, start with 1X a week and see how your skin reacts. If it’s good, build up to 2-3X max per week. Everyone’s skin is a little bit different so pay attention to how yours reacts. If it loves it, keep it up.
For dry skin, stick to once per week. If you find it’s helping (as in, not causing you to become drier), work up to 2X per week.
Can You Exfoliate Everywhere?
In a nutshell, nearly every part of your body can benefit from exfoliation. While our DIY scrub is specifically meant for your body, if you choose to use it on your face, please do so EVER SO GENTLY. Our cocoa butter scrub doesn't contain any harsh or highly abrasive ingredients (such as nutshells, etc), but the skin on your face is delicate and can be sensitive to breakouts (as can your chest and neck). If you decide to use this on your face, try it once per week and be GENTLE, GENTLE, GENTLE.
Remember ... exfoliating is not meant to remove all of your skin. It’s only meant to slough off the top, dead, flaky layers and reveal the baby, glowing skin underneath. Be GENTLE! Working your skin like you're Rocky Balboa and it's a slab of meat won’t remove wrinkles or acne, but it could make your skin quite inflamed. Note to self: Be ever so gentle when exfoliating.
Try this scrub in the shower. Rub it in gently, using circular motions, and pay extra attention to the bottoms of your feet, elbows and other rough patches. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse well. While the skin is still moist, apply our Homemade Body Butter Recipes
My oh my, aren't you are a smooooooth operator …. ?
Delightfully Decadent Cocoa Butter and Brown Sugar DIY Body Scrub
“Gimme Some Shugga” Exfoliating Body Scrub
- 1/3 cup Green Leaf Naturals Cocoa Butter
- 1/3 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil (or Virgin Coconut Oil)
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- Optional: Add 2-3 tablespoons ‘raw’ sugar to provide more exfoliation. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons raw honey. Add 10 drop Coffee Essential Oil (with caffeine) for cellulite reduction. We used Eden's Garden, but you may have a favorite. Add 2 capsules vitamin E.
Directions: Melt Cocoa Butter in double boiler on stove top. (To make your own double boiler, in a larger pan, add water, then place a smaller pan inside it with butter.) When butter is melted, remove from heat, pour into a bowl and add fractionated coconut oil. (We prefer FCO because it’s liquid at room temp and is less greasy feeling than Virgin Coconut Oil, but either one works great.) We added 2 tablespoons raw sugar and raw honey to boost the exfoliating properties. We also added Vitamin E to keep the oils stable, but Cocoa Butter naturally contains ingredients that prevent rancidity. Place in a wide-mouthed container with a lid.
You should have enough scrub to last a week, possibly two, depending on how much you use. Please use a spoon to remove your scrub from the container, not your wet fingers.
Tip: To remove the raw cocoa butter from the tub, we used a butter knife to chip it away. The ingredient amounts don’t have to be precise but we prefer equal amounts of cocoa butter, coconut oil and sugar for its smooth consistency. To make it easier on yourself, just place a chunk of cocoa butter in the pan and when it’s melted, measure how much cocoa butter you have by pouring the liquid cocoa butter into a measuring cup. Then just match it with the same amounts of sugar and oil. We like our scrub extra slippery, but if you prefer yours thicker, just add more sugar to change the consistency.
Tip: Keep an extra jar in the kitchen, near the sink for a daily spa-like hand scrub. Make a few extra for great gifts for friends and family ... and yes, it feeeeeels expensive, but only you'll know it’s oh-so-reasonably priced. For an extra splurge, buy some glass jars and add a label and ribbon. See, it's just like the luxury spa brands!
You'll LOVE this scrub!