DIY Hot Cocoa Body Butter + Marshmallow Creme Body Butter

I'm very excited today, because it's actually in the 50s outside, y'all! And when it gets pretty much below 69 degrees, I want scarves and sweaters and all things cozy, like hot cocoa. I've talked about this before, but I annually host a holiday hot chocolate get together thing. Official title. And I usually give my guests a little gift--this year, you guessed it, I'm giving them hot cocoa body butter! Looks cute, doesn't it? It's so dang easy to make--here's what you'll need:

1 c cocoa butter (shea butter or coconut oil work too)
2 tsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
1-2 drops of Vitamin E
microwavable bowl
hand mixer
container for storing
optional: mini cups for presentation
optional: marshmallow fragrance oil
optional: chocolate fragrance oil (if not using cocoa)

Measure your cocoa butter and melt it in the microwave. This takes about two minutes to melt, depending on what base you use. Be sure to watch that it doesn't burn or boil over.

Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and place it in the freezer to harden.

Once the oil has hardened, take a hand mixer and mix it to a body butter consistency. It will look like icing, as pictured above.

Add the Vitamin E and the cocoa powder to the butter and mix thoroughly with a spoon or the mixer. You can also use a chocolate essential oil in addition or instead of the cocoa powder but the end result won't look like chocolate.

That's it! The cocoa butter is moisturizing, which is so needed in the winter months. The Vitamin E serves as an antioxidant for the body butter and helps it last longer. The body butter will keep for a couple of months. Place the body butter into the container of your choice. I used these tiny little cups that I found at Walmart to display them.

See how little it is? So cute! For the marshmallow creme body butter, repeat the steps, but leave out
the cocoa powder and be sure to mix in the marshmallow flavoring. To make it all cute and fancy, I put mine into a piping bag with a decorative tip. I dusted a little cocoa on top for decoration. Obviously these will dry out if left uncovered.

Now to make the little marshmallows, I actually used my recipe for solid lotion--see it here. I cut them into marshmallow squares, but they were so tiny, they melted a little, as you can see above. I've also made the tiny marshmallows using a meringue recipe and using a solid sugar scrub recipe.

Bonus: If you already have unscented or vanilla body butter, all you will need to do is add the cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.

Note: If you are allergic or sensitive to chocolate, do not add it. If you are allergic to nuts, read the packaging to see if your cocoa powder was processed in the same facility as nuts before using. Due to the richness of the body butter, avoid using on the face. No, this isn't sticky!!

Do you call it hot cocoa or hot chocolate?

Extra Elle:
Happy December 1st! I can't believe the year is almost over.


  1. Such a cute gift idea and so festive!

  2. This is such a cute idea for the holidays! I love that it's easy to make too! I'm going to have to try it!

    Doused In Pink

  3. These are super cute! And I think a hot chocolate get together thing sounds fun!!! My daughter is having a little holiday party so not chocolate is a great idea for the girls!

  4. Ehrmahgerd! One of your cutest DIYs, Elle! Just so adorable, and the fact that they're moisturizing...win win:)

  5. This looks so cute :-D Very nice idea my dear :-)

  6. I call it Hot Chocolate and it is pretty much what runs through my veins this season.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. This looks so good I want to eat it... almost! :) Such a cute gift idea! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  8. Omg is the cutest thing ever! They look good enough to eat haha! Push some cool weather out way ;)

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  9. Yes 100% to this DIY lol! I'm about to bookmark this! I usually call it hot chocolate, but I will also say hot cocoa!

  10. I call it hot chocolate! These are so cool. I almost was to eat. :)


  11. I'm sorry, but that looks good enough to eat!!!! What a great idea! I love it.

  12. What a cute gift for your guests! I have a feeling that I'd want to eat it though!

  13. Ahhhh these are so cute! I just had a cup of hot chocolate a little while ago. I bet they smell so good!

  14. Hot chocolate to me ;)
    Those little containers have me all heart eyed.

  15. Hot chocolate! These turned out absolutely adorable and are such a great little party favor!

  16. So cute and festive! I bet my little nieces would love them. I call it hot chocolate.

  17. Hot Chocolate! This is super cute and makes me want some right now!

  18. I can't believe how easy this is! And this is such a cute idea! This needs to be another DIY with my daughter. We LOVED your Halloween bath bomb!

  19. Hot chocolate! and I really love this idea! It would be such a great gift for Christmas.


  20. I seriously thought that this was food when I first saw it. Your DIY's are the best!
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  21. Ok I am just going to say it--you need to open up a shop, editable looking beauty items how cool would that be! This is one your best D.I.Y love this. But still dream of an ElleSee's shop!

    Allie of

  22. How cute are these?! At first glance, I thought you were doing a recipe post! They look SO real! You have the best DIYs, Elle, but this might be my favorite one yet. And it's hot chocolate in my book :)

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  23. Omigosh that looks just like the real thing! Your DIYs are seriously the best! I usually call it hot chocolate :)

  24. These are soooo cute! And I love the little mugs you put them in! I bet they smell amazing too! I call it both hot cocoa and hot chocolate haha!

  25. What a cute gift to give. I so can't believe we are in December.


  26. OMG this is the cutest thing ever!!! Love it!

  27. This looks so yummy! Ha! I'd prolly lick myself after applying it to myself... Ummm...

  28. Those are cute as heck! Love it as always!

  29. Such a nice idea. i call it hot chocolate. Great sharing.

  30. I really wish I could eat this. Looks so yummy.

  31. Oh, wow, marshmallow and cocoa cream body butter with added vitamin E! But I would like to eat these beautiful creams! I am sure many will agree with me, Elle, you are an artist and prepared the sweetest body butters, for the eye and the body - I am dreaming from some chocolate now :) Really creative and amazing!

  32. this is so cute!! and it would make a cute gift! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  33. These look so good, I want to eat them! lol! I say both hot chocolate and hot cocoa. Love all your fun little DIY for the bod!


  34. Another DIY that looks good enough to eat!

  35. U always have the CUTEST DIY'S girl! These are absolutely adorable! Ps- I call it hot chocolate or cocoa. :)


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