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How to Use Hot Chocolate for Makeup

Hot Chocolate as Bronzer/Blush

Hot chocolate as MAKEUP? Until I saw Michelle Phan's video (above) the thought never even crossed my mind!

Apparently, hot chocolate makes a wonderful blush/bronzer that doesn't cake on, get sticky, wear off--and it smells and tastes great!

You can use packaged hot chocolate, as Michelle Phan demonstrates, or you can buy cocoa powder--which works equally well. The benefits of using cocoa powder are that it's more cost efficient than buying boxes of hot chocolate mix, cocoa powder has a lot more uses than hot chocolate packets (such as in cooking and baking), and cocoa powder doesn't have all the extra added ingredients that hot chocolate packets have.

In the end, the choice is up to you and what you will use (or already use) in your home.

Cocoa Powder Eyeshadow

Grind 1 teaspoon of potato starch with 1 teaspoon of corn starch until it is a well mixed, consistent powder.

Mix powder with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and you'll get a natural eyeshadow recipe that has a store-bought eyeshadow feel.

This is a recipe I tried after reading "How to Make Natural Makeup" on eHow and I've had pretty good luck with it. However, I don't really measure when I make these things so the amounts I listed above are approximations. I would suggest, after you've made the powder gradually mix in cocoa powder and test it out.

Cocoa Sugar Scrub

Combine 2 parts sugar, 2 parts glycerin or vaseline or petroleum jelly or aquaphor, 1 part cocoa powder, and 1 part honey. Mix well!

You can use this scrub on your hands and body but also to soften lips and scrub away any flaky dry skin.

Once you're done scrubbing, rinse off in warm water. The difference will be noticeable immediately! I've done this before--it's awesome.

You can also substitute the cocoa with a couple drops of your favorite essential oil.


Quick & Easy Cocoa Powder Lip Balm

This is a really quick and easy way to make hot chocolate lip balm that I've heard of and seen in several different places. Though I haven't tried it myself, it seems to be an effective method of making chocolate lip balm. All you'll need is petroleum jelly or vaseline, a microwaveable bowl, cocoa powder or hot chocolate powder, and a small plastic container to put your lip balm in. You can find lots of little containers that are perfect for this project at craft stores or even the dollar store.

Melt the petroleum jelly in the microwavable bowl.

Mix in just enough cocoa powder to colour the petroleum jelly and be liquidy enough to pour. Do not add so much powder that it makes the mixture dry. Make sure you mix it well!

Pour the contents of the bowl into your lip balm container and let it set.

Cap it and enjoy. ;)

Check out this wikiHow for pictures of the process.

You can use this same method to make glitter lip balm and other flavors as well. Experiment and see what happens!

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All Natural Cocoa Lip Balm

Here's an alternative to the lip balm recipe listed above. It takes a bit more time, but it's more natural, has more health benefits (therefore is probably more effective), and probably tastes better too.

You'll need 2 tablespoons beeswax, 2 tablespoons shea butter, 2 tablespoons coconut oil or almond oil or another type of oil that will compliment the cocoa (olive oil, for example, is awesome...but may not work so well), and approximately 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

Melt beeswax in a small pan on the stove or in the microwave. In a bowl mix in the shea butter, the oil, and the cocoa. Mix well and quickly pour into lip balm containers to cool and set.

Wash everything you use immediately or it'll be a pain to clean later.

You can experiment with this balm recipe as well by using a few drops of your favorite yummy essential oils, such as peppermint or vanilla. Please be careful when using essential oils though! Most people don't realize that essential oils can become toxic when heated, so use sparingly and with caution.

Further reading:

Organic - DIY Lip Balm for Naturally Kissable Lips

Cocoa Powder Tanning Lotion

Here's a little trick I keep hearing about. It seems to work very well, as it has gotten very good reviews from those who have tried it.

To create your tan-in-a-bottle mix one part unscented lotion with one part cocoa powder, then apply evenly to your skin. The effects are supposed to last all day and wash off when you take a shower (so don't use it when you plan to go swimming!).

For a darker tan add more cocoa powder and for a less obvious bronzing use less powder.

Cocoa Powder Hand Lotion

This would have been super useful for me when I was pregnant with Julian. I use to give myself a manicure like every other day because my nails were growing so fast and beautifully!

Mix one part cocoa powder, with one part plain yogurt (regular kind, not Greek), and one part honey.

Place in microwave for 10 seconds then massage the lotion onto your hands (or someone else's). When your hands are feeling goooood wash the lotion off.

Cocoa Powder Dry Shampoo (Dark Hair)


I think this is my FAVORITE use of cocoa powder in the whole list!

I stopped washing my hair frequently when I realized after a stressful week of not having time to wash my hair that it looks way healthier when I don't wash it so much. It also looked a lot nicer without me having to use nearly as much mousse or moisturizing serum. So now I wash it about once a week...or if it stinks.

I have heard of dry shampoos, but was never interested in trying them out since they are ridiculously expensive (and I just don't care that much).

But this DIY dry shampoo fits right into my budget and it's not very difficult at all!

All you have to do is mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot and comb through your hair. However, this is best for DARK hair colours, I don't think it'd go over too well in light hair.

If you want to learn the light hair recipe and learn more about DIY shampoos head over to Wellness Mama!

Cocoa Powder Hair Dye

Apparently you can use cocoa powder to darken your hair by mixing 1 part cocoa powder with 1 part shampoo and washing your hair with it. I'm really not sure though how effective this is or how long it lasts though. My hair is pretty dark already so it'd be pointless for me to even attempt it.

Still if you want to darken your hair and you're interested in trying this out, I'm sure it couldn't hurt. Even if it doesn't work, your hair will still smell delicious, haha.


Cocoa Facial Mask

Fellow Hubber, rebeccamealey, included a recipe for making a Chocolate Facial Mask in her Hub, "Celebrate Mom's Day: Pamper Yourself Head To Toe with DIY and Organic Beauty Products." (No longer published.)

To create her facial mask you'll need to mix 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of cream cheese, and 1/4 cup of honey.

Alternatively, you could make a mask by mixing 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon yogurt, and 1 tsp of vitamin E oil or break open a vitamin E capsule.

Recycled Inc. offered yet another version of the cocoa face mask by combined 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons heavy cream, 2 teaspoons cottage cheese, 1/4 cup honey, and 3 teaspoons oatmeal powder.

All versions of the chocolate face mask follow the same general formula of cocoa, honey, and some sort of dairy. So really, what it comes down to is your personal preference and what additional nutrients (like vitamin E or oatmeal) you want to bring to the mix.

Apply evenly with your middle and ring fingers or an application sponge, then sit for around 10 minutes. When you're ready to wash it off be sure to follow with a good moisturizer.

Cocoa Coffee Face Mask

Mix 2 parts ground coffee, 2 parts cocoa powder, 1 part honey, and 3 parts milk. Apply generously to your face and let dry. Then rinse off with warm water and moisturize.

Store any leftovers in the fridge, but don't keep for more than 3'll just get gross.

Chocolate Spa Recipes


While doing research on various ways to incorporate hot chocolate or cocoa powder in makeup I came across this really cool murder mystery party game website, Dinner and Murder. On their "Death By Chocolate" game page they offer two free e-books. One is full of chocolate recipes and the other has a lot of great ways to incorporate chocolate into an at-home spa treatment. Some are alternatives to the methods I've listed here, but most are truly unique!

Here are the recipes they include in their Spa e-book:

  • Chocolate Champagne Body Wrap
  • White Chocolate Latte Footsie
  • Chocolate Honey Scrub
  • Chocolate Lipgloss (their take uses chocolate chips instead of powder and adds honey in the mix, yum!)
  • Chocolate Body Stick
  • Chocolate Massage Oil
  • Milk Chocolate Manicure & Pedicure
  • Cocoa Bath
  • Milk Chocolate Bubble Bath
  • Cocoa Butter Hand & Foot Exfoliating Cream
  • Chocolate Facial Mask

I don't know about you, but this list makes me super excited! You can visit the "Death by Chocolate" page to download it, or download directly here.

I think I know what I'll be doing for my next birthday ;)

Guilt-free Chocolate Loving

I hope all of you chocoholics enjoyed this Hub. Now go forth and enjoy your chocolate all you want in your daily life, without worrying about calories!

If I come across anymore ways to use cocoa or hot chocolate for beauty products I'll be sure to update.


Samantha Harris (author) from New York on February 18, 2013:

Thanks for sharing!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on February 15, 2013:

Update: I tried the cocoa powder in my shampoo. I think it at least gives it a slight tint, although it is hard to tell. Cocoa is in some of those special shampoos for brunettes, so it must be a little effective. But regardless, it smells good!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on January 04, 2013:

Wow, this is a spectacular article! Now I am in the mood for chocolate. I would have never thought there were so many uses for cocoa powder. I am going to have fun testing some of those recipes out. Thanks!

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on November 25, 2012:

Thank you! I'm glad this is useful to you :)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on November 25, 2012:

Hi Sam,

Forgot to say I have also linked this to my chocolate face mask recipe hub along with the makeup crafts! Thanks again!!

moonlake from America on November 25, 2012:

Great ideas. I'm going to try the eye shadow I only wear brown and have trouble finding one I really like that doesn't have all the sparkle in it. I'm to old for my make-up to be real sparkly and the sparkles get in my eyes and it burns.

Voted UP.

kikalina from Europe on November 25, 2012:

Loads of ideas i never thought of. Sharing.

Karen Creftor from Kent, UK on November 25, 2012:

I love this hub! I've been experimenting with making natural cosmetics recently (with mixed results) and can't wait to try some of the above. Obviously well researched too.

Voted up, awesome, useful and shared.

Thank you for a great hub!

~Kaz x

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 25, 2012:

Wow, what clever ideas! I especially like the idea of the hair powder and natural lip balm. Who would've thought cocoa had so many uses other than drinking? Thanks!

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on November 25, 2012:

Thank you!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi Sam,

Great information here! I have linked it in to my makeup crafts for teens hub as it is ideal with all the DIY tips and links. Great amount of research done here, congrats on this thorough work! VU, Useful, Interesting and Shared.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 14, 2012:

Who would have thought? Unbelievable but it makes sense and I'm sure users would be surprised. Cocoa in you hair? Sorry my hair color wouldn't accommodate it, but I'll share this with my friends. Thanks for the information. Voted Up and Useful!

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