This weekend, we went on a staycation at this beautiful home in Ubud. I had this idea that I’d create a spa experience for myself while I’m there.
On the day that we were heading off – I wake up extra early, just to make a fresh batch of Spring Chocolate Beauty Bliss Balls to bring with me…
It’s 6:30am, my kids are still in bed – and I’m blending lavender and chocolate together and smiling with anticipation.
I roll them up, give myself a high-five…
… and then I forget to bring them.
Two days later of hiking and swimming and eating – we’re back home. Going on a staycation was a genius idea. But, you know how it is after a trip, you come home feeling like… wait, I’m not ready for real life just yet.
And then I see it. This jar of chocolate balls – sitting on my kitchen table. It smells fresh, like a chocolate brownie that was baked in a flower shop.
And I’m running up the stairs to scrub with it! So, yes – this is that recipe, that genius thing you do for yourself… and then a few days later you just want to give yourself a big hug for having done it!
Doesn’t Spring chocolate sound perfect right now? A lot of the ways that I get inspiration for my skin care recipes, is by the same foods and ingredients that I love eating. I saw a chocolate bar once that had lemon zest and edible flowers – and I thought – this would make really good skincare!
Not to be confused with actual food – this version is a dense, creamy body scrub – that leaves your skin deliciously soft! What I love about it too, is that it makes the most convenient (aka: easy to enjoy) skin food: you make it once, and it lasts well over a month!
And when scrub with it in the shower – it just melts right onto your skin, gently exfoliates and leaves you feeling like new! Bright, happy and spring-like.
The lavender buds take this recipe straight into Spring! It smells incredible. It’s is a cleansing herb, great for all skin types! It’s like a tonic for your skin that helps to heal and improve your skin all-around.
You can easily find lavender online, or have a look in the tea section of your supermarket. Even if it’s a blend, like lavender + something else… as long as you enjoy the scent, go for it!
We’re also using cacao butter for this recipe 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.
Or, 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.
I’ve been playing with this recipe a lot! And I figured out that adding oats give this scrub a creaminess that feels really good. Plus, oats are incredibly soothing for your skin as well.
It’s so simple to put together. Let’s get rolling!
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.
I can’t wait for you to try this recipe! My Beauty Bliss Balls are just one of the brand-new recipes I’ve created for my online skincare workshops, SIMPLIFY Skin.
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