Kitchen Pampering: Cacao and Tahini Nourishing Facemask

There are many reasons to avoid buying conventional cosmetics and treatments. Sustainability reasons include: they are filled with chemicals which are harmful to the environment and your health; and they are wrapped in excessive packaging, which even if recycled, embodies an enormous carbon output.

So many of the ingredients that we have in our kitchen cupboards can provide affordable chemical free nourishment for our skin and hair, yet skincare companies would have us believe that we can’t live without their products. Through my new blog series- Kitchen Pampering- I look at the easy ways that we can ditch the chemicals, make our own beauty products, and save money in the process. The more products we can learn to make ourselves (or live without), the less money we waste, and the more sustainably (both financially and environmentally) we can live.

I hope you enjoy this first installment- the Cacao and Tahini Nourishing Facemask.

When we were on our honeymoon in Madagascar, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to an indulgent afternoon in a spa. This is where I first discovered the bliss that is a chocolate body mask. When I finished up, I was given one of the same chocolates to eat. This was a beauty treatment that actually was good enough to eat!

This recipe is reminiscent of the that indulgent body treatment. Feel free to triple the recipe if you want to try it out as a body mask. (But I wouldn’t plan on eating the mix unless you add some maple syrup!)

Ingredients for Cacao and Tahini facemask



Mix the tahini and cacao together first. The mixture will feel quite dry. Mix the water in a half teaspoon at a time until the water until a paste is formed. Wash your face first with a warm face-cloth (warm water only, no cleanser needed unless you are removing make-up). Apply the mask liberally to your face and neck. Leave for ten minutes. Wash your face clean with a warm face-cloth (warm water only). Follow up with your usual moisturiser or night cream.


Raw cacao is a very nourishing ingredient that is high in antioxidants and will leave your skin glowing. Ordinary cocoa powder has some of these benefits, however it has been heat treated and processed using chemicals, so it contains far fewer benefits. You can still use ordinary cocoa powder if that is all you have, but for best results you should stick to organic raw cacao. Tahini (ground sesame paste) will soften and moisturise dry skin, and is suitable for all skin types. I would still recommend doing patch test first if you have sensitive skin to be on the safe side, and avoid it if your are allergic to chocolate or sesame seeds.

I hope you enjoy some kitchen pampering with this recipe. Keep your eye out for more recipes in the series in the coming months.

I’d love to hear your feedback, leave a comment below to let me know what you think of the mask.