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.
Combine the cocoa powder and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Blend well.
Add the vanilla extract and mix it in completely.
Add the olive oil slowly. Stir the mixture as you add the oil, ensuring that it mixes in thoroughly.
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.
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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