There’s beauty in chocolate, whether it takes the form of a decadent, mouth-watering cupcake or a piping hot cup of cocoa with vegan marshies… but did you know that chocolate can also help you look beautiful? It’s true!

Since V-Day is just around the corner, and it’s such a chocolicious holiday, I figured I’d give you a couple of my fave DIY beauty recipes using cocoa powder.

Cocoa powder is high in antioxidants which help protect your skin from free radicals. It’s also a mood booster (imagine that). 😉

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Exfoliating Chocolate Face Mask

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons of vegan yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of agave
  • 3 teaspoons of ground up oatmeal (I like to use a food processor for this)

Mix all the ingredients together and then apply to your face. You can gently massage it in so that the oatmeal does its exfoliatin’ thang. Leave it on your skin for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

Cocoa Powder Dry Shampoo

What you’ll need:

  • 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (I especially like peppermint)

This recipe is perfect for brunettes. Blondes can swap out the cocoa powder for extra cornstarch. Mix the ingredients in a blender for a few seconds. Then apply the mixture to your roots, wait a few minutes, and then brush it out. Voila! It’s like magic! Your hair will look fab! I like to keep my leftovers in a spare salt shaker for those days when I don’t have time to wash my hair—or I’m too lazy. (Shhhh, that’s a not-so-secret secret) 😉


Just keepin’ it real,