In case you hadn’t clued on already, we love a good bliss ball (exhibit a, exhibit b, exhibit c), but this Creamy Cacao Beauty Bliss Ball is in a league of its own – why? Because it’s for your skin… not your sweet tooth! We put so much effort into nourishing our bodies with wholesome ingredients, so why should we treat our skin any differently? It’s our body’s largest organ after all. So imagine our excitement when the amazing Militza from Little Green Dot shared her deliciously nutritious recipe for these Creamy Cacao Beauty Bliss Balls, that exfoliate and nourish the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and supple!
Creamy Cacao Beauty Bliss Balls
- 2 tbsp cocoa butter *
- 1 tbsp oil (coconut, almond… your favorite oil)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup fine sea salt
- ¼ cup ground oat
- Optional: 1 tbsp dried lavender, blitzed and powered
* We’re using cacao butter because not only is it deeply moisturising, but it also hardens and helps the balls to keep their shape. Look for cacao butter in your local baking supply shop. If coconut oil stays solid in room temperature where you live (as in, you don’t live in the tropics) then that will work in place of the cacao butter.
Start by preparing the oils. Melt the cacao butter over a very gentle heat, it’s best to use a double boiler to preserve the properties, and then also mix in the oil. Let the oils cool down, I like to speed it up in the fridge.
If you don’t have oat flour, simply blitz rolled oats in the blender. Add the lavender buds in aswell, so that everything is ground down together into a flour.
Then get yourself a big bowl, I think it’s always best to blend things in big bowls. Add in the ground oats, ground lavender and cacao powder through a fine sieve so it’s powdery soft and well combined.
And then blend in the salt. A quick note: When you choose the salt, go with extra fine. I even blitz it again at home, so that’s it extra gentle.
By now the cacao butter and oil blend should be cooled down. If you want to add essential oils, add them in now. For this recipe, I recommend lavender!
Very slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, one tablespoon at a time.
Get your hands in! Massage and knead and continue adding drops of oil until it comes together into a play dough like consistency. Or, if you’ve ever made energy balls, it’s almost the same!
Roll the dough into balls and store the balls in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden.
Dust them with cacao powder, and then you can keep them in an airtight container in your bathroom cabinet, or in your fridge. They travel well, and make really fun gifts!
To use: Once or twice a week, take out one Beauty Bliss Ball and bring it to the shower. Wet your skin and then turn off the water. Massage the ball gently onto your skin, it will begin to melt as it scrubs.
Storage: Keep them in an airtight container, like a jar. They don’t need to be refrigerated, but I like to keep them there for extra freshness. They’ll last for up to one month.
I can’t wait for you to try this recipe. It really is the perfect way to brighten up your day and your skin. The Beauty Bliss Balls are part of my new SIMPLIFY Skin Spring guidebook, a DIY skincare plan to create yummy, glowing skin!
Militza Maury is the green living expert behind the eco-friendly website, Little Green Dot. Frustrated by misleading marketing messages and the chemicals found hiding in her skincare products, Militza began to make her own simple, safe & effective natural products. Now Little Green Dot reaches 150,000 monthly readers who want to lead happy, healthy and green lifestyles. Get more natural skincare recipes, actionable advice and green lifestyle inspiration over at littlegreendot.com.