\nHere at Ethique, we love experimenting with naturally derived ingredients - some of which are readily found in your kitchen cupboard. Make use of that extra chocolate this Easter and try some of our favourite, easy to make DIY recipes. Taking care of your skin has never felt or smelt so good...\nBenefits of two key ingredients:\n\nCoffee is a great exfoliant. It won’t do anything lasting for cellulite but there is some evidence that caffeine stimulates circulation (albeit temporarily) which can help with fluid retention and congested skin.\nCocoa\/Chocolate is full of antioxidants which as we know are crucial for a good skincare regime. Chocolate is also full of cocoa butter which is intensely moisturising. \n\nAll recipes below are for 100g batches.\n \nEdible choc body mousse:\n\n25g Organic cocoa butter (not the deodorised stuff)\n30g Sunflower oil\n25g Coconut oil\n20g Chocolate (vegan dark chocolate is our recommendation)\n\n\nPlace cocoa butter, coconut oil and chocolate into a double boiler and heat till melted.\nRemove from heat and stir in sunflower oil.\nWhip at 10 minute intervals, storing in the fridge in between until it becomes solid. Don’t let it set hard, make sure you whip until light and fluffy.\nWant it vegan? Add dark chocolate instead- doesn’t contain milk.\nWant to spice it up? Experiment with flavours. Use essential oils, but sparingly and make sure they are food grade if you are going to lick it. Peppermint, chili (but be careful with that one), lavender and sweet orange make great additions.\n\nA less edible\/less easily accessible ingredients option:\n\n20g Cocoa butter\n20g Coconut oil\n10g Candelilla wax\n45g Apricot Kernal oil\n5g Tapioca powder (or cornflour)\n\nMel the cocoa butter, coconut oil and candelilla wax in a double boiler. Add in the apricot kernel oil and the tapioca powder. If you want a firm, more balm like texture, simply pour into a container and wait till it sets. If you prefer a lighter, whipped butter, whip with a stand mixer every 10 minutes, alternating with setting it in the fridge. It will go pale and fluffy as it sets.\n\nChocolate face and body mask:\n\n10g Cocoa powder\n55g Clay (tailored to your skin needs; bentonite… red, etc etc)\n10g Finely ground almonds\n15g Finely ground Oatmeal\n10g Finely ground coffee\n\n\nMix all powders together.\nAdd water to make a paste- only make up what you will use as it will go off quickly.\nApply to dry skin, leave to dry then wipe off with a face cloth.\n\n\nFoaming body scrub:\n\n20g Liquid soap\n50g Sugar 50g (again, white is more exfoliating, soft brown is better for face)\n20g Coconut oil\n5g Cocoa butter\n5g Cocoa powder\n\nMelt coconut oil and stir in the liquid soap. Add sugar and cocoa powder. Mix well and leave to harden slightly.\nTo all scrubs you can add ground coffee, almonds, oatmeal etc for addition scrubbiness and essential oils for fragrance over the chocolate. Never use essential oils neat on the skin.\n\nChocolate body scrub:\n\n10g Cocoa powder\n45g Sugar (depending on how exfoliating you want it, white sugar for the most scrubbies, soft brown sugar for a lighter polish- perfect for face)\n10g Baking soda\n35g Coconut oil\n\nPlace all ingredients in a mixer and whip until combined. Depending on the temperature of your house you may need to keep it in the fridge or the coconut oil will melt.