Chocolate Body Scrub Recipes

who DOESN'T love chocolate? such a wonderful smell to add to your relaxing bath time.

I adore Almond Joys.  So I decided to create my own custom chocolate body scrub recipe to match my passion. The other chocolate body scrub recipes are just as delightful, but I am sticking to my favorite.

Favorite Chocolate Body Scrub

almond joy body scrub

1 small handful of almonds
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup dried coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Blitz all ingredients together in your food processor/blender. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

More Chocolate Recipes

milk chocolate scrub

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix together all ingredients. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

chocolate ganache body scrub

1 cup muscovado sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup coconut oil

Mix together all ingredients. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

chocolate mocha sugar scrub

1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons ground coffee

Mix together all ingredients. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

chocolate vanilla scrub

3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons almond oil

Mix together all ingredients. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

Healthiest Chocolate Scrub Out There

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup cocoa nibs
1/2 cup kosher salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup jojoba oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons vitamin E oil

Use a food processor or blender to grind the oats into a powder. Add the cocoa nibs, salt, almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin oil. Hit pulse a few times to blend.  Store in a glass jar and scoop out for use with a spoon or a seashell. Massage the scrub into the skin, then rinse with warm water.

chocolate peppermint scrub

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup almond oil
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix together all ingredients. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

DELICIOUS chocolate body scrub

1 cup demerara sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup oatmeal powder
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Mix the sugar, cocoa, oatmeal and honey.  Pour in the melted coconut oil and stir into a thick paste. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

Additional Information

Knowing that caffeine can help reduce cellulite, and coffee scrubs tout this as a benefit, I thought it was good information to inform you that cocoa powder has caffeine as well. Not as much, but every little bit helps.

Is There Caffeine in Cocoa Powder?

Sugar Options

When using these sugar scrub recipes, it is recommended that you use either refined white or light brown sugar.  They are mostly interchangeable.  If you want a vegan scrub, stick to the brown sugar. Keep in mind that if you are using muscovado sugar, its softer than turbinado or demerara. This makes it gentler on your skin, but then doesn't exfoliate as well.

Refined White Sugar: The regular white sugar we are used to seeing and using.  It can be purchased from any grocery store.

Light/Dark Brown Sugar: This sugar is 95 percent refined white sugar with a thin layer of added molasses.

Muscovado: This is an unrefined cane sugar in which the molasses is not removed. You can find this at most health or natural food markets.  If your regular grocer carries it, most likely it will be in the natural foods section.

Demerara: This is a type of sugar with a fairly large grain and a pale amber color.

Turbinado: This a raw sugar. It is less processed than brown sugar and is made from the first pressing of sugar cane.  It retains some of the natural molasses.

Baking Soda:  Though not a sugar, if you want the lightest exfoliation, substitute the sugar for baking soda.

All sugar scrubs should be refrigerated once made.  They should last up to 2 weeks if property stored.  It is best to make small batches and use it fresh so mold or bacteria doesn't get a chance to grow.

Carrier Liquid and Healthy Oil Options

Carrier liquids are as interchangeable as the sugar and salt options.  Choose your carrier liquid or oil based on your own needs and skin type.

  • Almond Oil - Best for moisturizing, wrinkles, sun protection and discoloration
  • Argan Oil - Best for fine lines, dry skin, anti-aging and dry hair
  • Avocado Oil - Best for Dry, sensitive, itchy, aging or irritated skin
  • Black Currant Oil - Best for traumatized skin such as sunburn or wind-burned
  • Coconut Oil- Best for sensitive skin, moisturizer, eczema, age spots, stretch mark reduction, muscular tension or pain, shaving cream, deodorant and dry hair
  • Flaxseed Oil - Best for irritated, sensitive skin
  • Glycerin - Best for moisturizing and psoriasis
  • Grapeseed Oil - Best for oily skin
  • Honey - Best for wrinkles, aging skin, eczema, hydration and acne
  • Jojoba Oil - Best for general dry skin
  • Olive Oil - Best for very dry skin
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil - Best for uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, discoloration and acne
  • Safflower Oil - Best for dry, irritated skin

AVOID Baby Oil/Mineral Oil:  Baby oil contains mineral oil.  Mineral oil does not absorb into the skin and when evaporates, it will leave your skin feeling dryer than before. Also, mineral oil clogs your pores, making your skin look drab. 

Salt Options

While sugar scrubs are made of small granules and are better suited for exfoliating sensitive areas like the face, salt scrubs are more abrasive with larger granules suitable for harsher scrubbing of callused skin like the feet and hands.

There are many salt varieties on the market today.  It is only a matter of choosing your favorite.  I like the most convenient salts that I can buy locally and pick up in bulk. Epsom salt is actually my favorite due to it's many beneficial properties and smaller price tag.

When I do choose to go with a bit more pricey salt, it usually has larger granules than I like for my homemade body scrub recipes.  So I pop a couple handfuls in my Vita-Mix and grind them down as fine as I want.

Unlike sugar scrubs with a shorter shelf life, salt scrubs can last up to 6 months. Be aware that the salt and carrier liquid will most likely separate between uses.  This is fine.  Just stir it up again before each use.

Salt Works has a great page explaining the different types of salt available. Check out their Bath Salt Selection Guide.

Fragrance Options

The fragrance options are wide spread. My first choice is always a potent essential oil.  But don't forget you can use common ingredients as well. Here is a list for you to peruse and see what you might already have in your own home.

  • Essential oils - Make sure you buy the best quality oil since it will be absorbed into the skin
  • Vanilla extract or any other extract you use for cooking
  • Lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange peel - zested
  • Ground herbs and spices
  • Flower petals