DIY Chocolate Bon Bon Solid Salt Scrub Recipe for Valentine’s Day
Solid sugar scrub cubes have been a huge trend in natural homemade bath and body products for some time now. Their big advantage is that they are less messy than traditional sugar scrubs. But sugar doesn’t have to always be the star. So as a homemade Valentine’s Day gift idea, I thought I’d create a DIY Chocolate Bon Bon Solid Salt Scrub Recipe for bath time!
The real advantage of this recipe, other than than being guilt free – no calories! – is that the bulk of the salt scrub cube isn’t made from a melt and pour soap base like most other solid sugar and salt scrub cubes. Instead these are made with moisturizing cocoa butter and that means more love for your skin! You can also choose your favorite salts for this bath recipe. I used Epsom salts, however you can also use dead sea salt or even pink Himalayan salt based on your skin care needs or preferences.
Chocolate Bon Bon Solid Salt Scrub Recipe
1.35 oz. cocoa butter
.4 oz. 76 degree melt point refined coconut oil
.3 oz. shea butter
.15 oz. sweet almond oil
4 ml chocolate fragrance oil (or 2 ml essential oil of choice)
3.5 oz. Epsom salts
For the “icing” (optional):
10 grams natural white melt and pour soap base
colored mica to suit
Tools & Supplies:
Wilton Round Brownie Pop Mold
digital kitchen scale
Plastic Transfer Pipettes
double boiler or microwave
glass measuring cup
Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil and melt either in a double boiler or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. Then weigh out the sweet almond oil – this can be substituted with another carrier oil of your choice – and add to the melted butters and oil.
Next, using a plastic transfer pipette, measure out the fragrance oil and stir into the melted salt scrub base. If you’d like to color your bon bons, add a pinch of powdered ultramarine pigment, oxide pigment or mica in your color of choice.
Now weigh out the Epsom salts and stir into the melted oils and butters, mixing until thoroughly combined. Finally, spoon the salt scrub into your mold cavities. This recipe will fill all eight cavities up about halfway or six cavities up about 3/4 of the way.
Place the mold in the freezer until the bon bon salt scrubs have completely solidified.
Once the solid salt scrub bon bons have set up, remove from the mold and place on wax or parchment paper. Then prepare your icing by melting a small amount of white melt and pour natural glycerin soap base in a small measuring cup and mixing in a small amount of your favorite mica or a drop or two of liquid soap colorant. Drizzle the melted soap on top of each bon bon to suit.
Once the icing on your bon bons has hardened, remove from the wax paper and wrap or package as desired.
These would be super cute in mini cupcake liners placed inside a box or wrapped in plastic. Simply tie off with a ribbon or a strip of washi tape. Plus they not only make great homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas, but they’re also perfect for seasonal Easter basket gifts and Mother’s Day!
For more handmade bath and body recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest for more great homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas you can make yourself.
January 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm
How cute! I love that they aren’t made with an M&P base. Putting these on my “have to make” list.
January 31, 2014 at 7:54 am
wow ! these are like blue chocolates !
March 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm
Do these smash up pretty easy in your palm? I have found out that other recipes made with Melt & Pour Soap are pretty hard to smash up into a paste.
Rebecca D. Dillon
March 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm
As long as your hands are wet you can smash them without much difficulty since the cocoa butter melts at body temperature.
July 2, 2014 at 11:50 am
How long is the shelf life for the salt scrub? I assume it will be much longer than a typical cube sugar scrub right? I come from a humid tropical country and have been playing around with some sugar cube recipes but for some reason the smell seems to change after a few days. I don’t see mould or anything weird, just the smell doesn’t seem so ‘fresh’ anymore.
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