There is nothing better than creating your own beauty products, especially when they can be found in the comfort of your own kitchen. To celebrate the day of love and nourish week, our favourite beauty expert Carla Oates has created a special, aphrodisiac-friendly coffee and chocolate body scrub to share with your special one on Valentine’s Day, or as a little treat to yourself.
Body scrubs are so easy to make and are a great way to whisk away dead skin cells as well as help kickstart the lymphatic system.
Coffee and cocoa are great additions as they are both stimulating and therefore helpful for decongesting the stubborn spongy areas on the bottom and thighs. Cocoa is rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage. Also a good source of magnesium, cocoa is a great skin rejuvenator source.
Coconut oil is rich in skin strengthening and moisturising fatty acids (including lauric acid, which is both anti-bactertial and anti-fungal).
Vanilla helps protect the skin and boasts the most lovely scent – touted an aphrodisiac! You can go solo with this scrub or share with your special one.
Note: If you are a chocoholic not a coffee fan, omit the coffee and just use 3-4 tbsp. of cocoa depending on how rich you like it.
Coffee and Chocolate Body Scrub
A LOVE Scrub For Your Bath & Body
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: Serves 2
- 1 cup of raw sugar
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. cocoa
- 2 tbsp. ground coffee
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Mix all the ingredients together well and store in an airtight jar.
- To use: Massage a few tablespoons into wet skin in the shower.
- This should last up to a couple of months outside of the fridge.
- Caution: Due to the oil content, this scrub will make the shower recess slippery!
Carla Oates, known as ‘The Beauty Chef’, is a naturalist who is passionate about nature and the profound synergy we share with it. Based in Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Carla has been researching, writing and teaching about organic beauty and health for the last fifteen years. Carla is an expert on all things beauty, and is the author of the best selling book Feeding Your Skin, editor of Wellbeing Beauty Book and is the natural beauty columnist for Wellbeing Magazine. She believes that organic skincare and food is the most sustainable choice for the health of both the individual and the environment. For more natural beauty recipes and all things skincare, visit Carla’s website or read up on her best selling book Feeding Your Skin.