Peppermint and chocolate are a classic holiday combination so I'm really happy to bring them together in these simple DIY beauty recipes.
Last week I shared some delicious Gingerbread scented products, including a body scrub and body butter that will leave you with super soft, sweet smelling skin. There's also some sweet and spicy bath salts that make relaxing in the bath even more inviting. You can see those recipes here.
The week before I shared my favourite pumpkin creations, with a festive scrub and body butter pair, and a customized face mask to suit your skin's needs. Check those recipes out here.
Invigorating Mint Chocolate Body Scrub
Add all of your ingredients to a blender
Blend until combined
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
2 TB Cocoa Powder
5-10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
This minty, cocoa scrub is perfect during the colder months. It's sweet, but invigorating, and it's oh so cozy. It's also really effective at getting rid of dead skin cells and hydrating dry skin.
Sweet Peppermint + Chocolate Body Butter
Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil*
Pour into a heat resistant container like a glass jar
Allow to cool in the fridge for a few hours until semi solid
Mix in the spices or essential oils
1/2 Cup Cocoa Butter
1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
1 TB Cocoa Powder
1-2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
*You can melt the butter and oil in a microwave for a few seconds at a time. I don't have a microwave so I created a double boiler by boiling a pot of water and placing a glass bowl on top. I put the butter and oil on top and continuously stirred them until they were both liquid and combined well.
This was my first time using cocoa butter, and I loved it. The chocolate scented, nourishing butter is a perfect addition to my skincare routine.
It's the star in this body butter and what gives it such a hydrating, soothing effect. It also adds to the sweet scent, making it perfect for the holidays!
*Custom* Cocoa Face Mask
1 TB Cocoa Powder
1 TB Filtered Water / Facial Oil
Mix ingredients until well combined
Apply to your skin with clean hands or a brush
Leave for 15-20 minutes
Remove with a warm face cloth
Follow with toner, serum, and moisturizer
When I started developing really bad acne as a teenager, my mom took me to an Esthetician who recommended a cocoa face mask 2-3x per week. It was different from this, and included essential oils.
I prefer to skip the essential oils because depending on the quality of oils and your skin, they can actually do more harm than good.
Instead, I've focused on the cocoa powder to help clarify your skin, and using either filtered water for oilier skin, or a nourishing facial oil for drier skin.
I hope you love these recipes as much as I do! They're really simple to make, they're budget friendly, and they help to take care of your skin while indulging in some festive treats!
Until next time,