Spa-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Recipe

cinco de mayo spa treatmentHappy Cinco de Mayo! Today is the perfect day for a fiesta, but if a relaxing bath is more your style than a pitcher of margaritas, we have the perfect recipe for you. Fans of spicy mole treatments at Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home with the spa’s recipe for a nourishing cocoa cream. The in-spa experience features a fragrant scrub, an organic shea butter massage to restore mental clarity and energy, and a pedicure. Guests also get to enjoy an antioxidant drink and lunch composed of local ingredients. Featuring one of the most important ingredients in mole and inspired by the San Miguel Signature Mole ($115, 90 minutes; $136, 2 hours) treatment, this cocoa cream moisturizes skin. “Rosewood San Miguel de Allende’s Mole Scrub blends the traditional ingredient of mole spice with a cocoa scrub to eliminate dead skin cells and increase blood circulation,” says spa director Anabel Ramos Acevedo. “Guests can bring this signature treatment home with an easy-to-make cocoa cream. Cocoa butter rehydrates the skin and helps eliminate scarring, while glycerin and bee honey help keep skin luminous, moisturized, and re-energized.”


Homemade Cocoa Cream


  • 10 grams of cocoa butter
  • 1 tbsp of glycerin
  • 1 tbsp of bee honey
  • 1/2 tbsp of royal jelly
  • 15 to 20 drops of rosewater


  1. Melt the cocoa butter.
  2. Add the honey, glycerine, royal jelly, and rosewater to the melted cocoa butter and mix.
  3. Place the cream in a glass bowl, cover, and keep in a cool, dark place. (Do not store in the refrigerator.)
  4. Apply to dry skin up to twice a week, leaving it on as long as possible before removing with a damp cloth.