The first thing I should get out of the way in regards to these Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets is this: please don’t eat them. You will be sorely tempted, and I’m guessing they probably don’t taste all that bad. After all, they are mostly cocoa butter and sugar, and that right there is sort of white chocolate, so I can understand the temptation, but you really shouldn’t. Truly. Save these nuggets for the bath, and pick up some proper nuggets for nomming from a place that does not specialize in exfoliation and bath treats that lie.
These Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets were born from a recipe request from Maggie, who had purchased some little cocoa butter salt scrub bon-bons at a local store. She said they left her smelling like chocolate and exfoliated her skin, but was hoping to make her own given the rate she was going through them. Challenge accepted!
I decided to base these nuggets on my Lavender Meadow Bath Melts. I love how those emulsify right into bath water, and that definitely seemed like a desirable trait in a set of mini exfoliating body butter bars that were designed to be used in the bath or shower. Technically, there’s no reason you couldn’t use these outside of the shower or bath, but I think you’ll find you want the sugar off of you sooner rather than later, making the bath/shower approach a convenient one.
The originals Maggie purchased used salt as the exfoliant, but I decided to go with sugar as it doesn’t sting if you have any open wounds, and stickiness really isn’t a factor when you’re rinsing immediately after/mid use. For fragrance I decided to add a bit of cocoa absolute to really amp up the mouth watering chocolate factor. Yum!
Because these little dudes are designed to melt into the skin easily, they need to be stored somewhere relatively cool so they stay solid-ish. I did make these firmer than the bath melts to account for the fact you’d be handling them and not want them to immediately turn to mush, but they will soften fairly quickly in your hand. I would highly recommend making them in single-use sizes as once they are wet, they really should be used entirely or discarded—once they’re wet they’ll be prime targets for mould and other gross things. I used this awesome little hexagonal ice cube tray to make mine.
Alright, let’s dive in! These little Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets are basically just measure-melt-pour-chill, so you’ve got no reason not to 😉
Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nuggets
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Once the butters and emulsifying wax are completely liquid, remove the measuring cup from the heat and stir to combine. Continue to stir with a flexible silicone spatula, adding the sugar and cocoa absolute.
When the mixture is somewhat viscous (the sugar doesn’t immediately sink back to the bottom), pour it into your mould. This part isn’t all that pretty, sadly. Try your best to get equal amounts of sugar and oil into each little compartment of your mould, scrape out the last of the sugar, and put them somewhere cold to set up. I went with my porch because it is winter in Canada, but your fridge or freezer will also work.
Once they’ve set up, pop ’em out of your mould and that’s it! Store them somewhere cool and dry, and only get one wet when you intend to use it up immediately. To use, massage the Chocolate Sugar Scrub Nugget into your skin and rinse off the sugar.
Because these little scrub nuggets are 100% oil based, they do not require a broad-spectrum preservative (broad spectrum preservatives ward off microbial growth, and microbes require water to live—no water, no microbes!). However, once you get one wet, use it up all at once—once it’s wet, it can mould. Kept reasonably cool and dry, they should last at least a year before any of the oils go rancid. If you notice it starts to smell like old nuts or crayons, that’s a sign that the oils have begun to oxidize; chuck it out and make a fresh batch if that happens.