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How to Make Your Own Cocoa Scrub

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How to Make Your Own Cocoa Scrub
A woman is using a skin scrub on her hands. Photo Credit: robertprzybysz/iStock/Getty Images

With the discovery that certain types of chocolate, particularly cocoa powder, may contain antioxidants, several cosmetic and skin-care companies have developed products that contain cocoa. These include body and facial scrubs that can be used to exfoliate and invigorate the skin. You don't have to spend a lot of money on these products, however. A simple and effective cocoa scrub takes only a few minutes to prepare.

Step 1

Combine the cocoa powder and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Blend well.

Step 2

Add the vanilla extract and mix it in completely.

Step 3

Add the olive oil slowly. Stir the mixture as you add the oil, ensuring that it mixes in thoroughly.

Step 4

Continue to add the oil until the ingredients form a paste. Add less oil for a stiffer paste and more for a thinner, more liquid product.

Step 5

Place the scrub in a plastic or glass container for storage. The cocoa scrub will stay fresh for weeks, or longer if refrigerated.

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