Christmas is cause for chocolate in all things – and that means stockings should be stuffed full of the stuff. But, no matter how cocoa-crazy the recipient, the sad fact remains… one can only eat so much. The topic of topical application, however, opens up whole new world of possibilities. Chocolate doesn’t have to be consumed – the cocoa content can instead appear in all kinds of bath’n’body bits and enjoyed externally.
But do pass out these parcels with a word of warning. These scrumptious chocolate-y toiletries definitely won’t taste as good as they smell; and there’s nowt more certain to spoil Christmas celebrations than a quick trip to A&E…
Cupuaçu is a citrus fruit. When it’s combined with the cocoa butter, you might worry you’ll smell like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. You won’t; you’ll just be super-soft and subtly scented with a hint of vanilla.
Cracked lips make chocolate-chomping a chore. But your smile will be sore no more after a few slicks of Palmer’s lickable chocolate cherry lip butter. It’s shiny, nourishing, and almost too tasty.
If you’re the type who feels you’d happily have chocolate rubbed all over your body, ‘Dirty’ probably describes you and you definitely need Lush’s spearmint, chocolate and cocoa-containing massage bar.
When one talks of indulging in chocolate and a hot bath, they don’t usually intend to blend the former into the latter. But that’s just what you do with this cocoa-cherry bath fizzer; letting it dissolve for a decadent soak.
It’s not Terry’s, it’s yours… well, hopefully. should Santa see fit to send you one. Lush’s all-natural lip balm blends butters, beeswax, honey, orange oil and cocoa absolute for an absolutely lip-smacking beauty treat.
A nicely complex cacao cologne from Jo Malone; simultaneously fresh, floral, bright and brooding. There’s a citrus component in the shape of lime and grapefruit, the bouquet of blue agava, a sprinkle of sea salt and, of course, cacao.
A bit like bathing in a mug of hot chocolate but a lot less sticky. Treaclemoon’s multi-purpose product even looks a lot like the stuff you sup from a cup, so do be aware of where it ends up. Tub? Good. Tongue? Not so much.
Plenty of people find a manly moustache attractive, but should your intended amour need a little encouragement a strategic slick of this white chocolate wonder wax should draw the dame* like a moth to a flame.
(or indeed the gentleman.)
Painting your talons is an oft-offered remedy for nail biting – but a word of warning: this shiny shade will only tempt you to chew. It might be called ‘Cocoa’ but that name refers only to aesthetics, not ediblity.
Body butters don’t get more decadent than this – especially if you opt for this chocolate-scented, cocoa butter-based creation. It might stop dry skin discomfort pretty swiftly, but that won’t stop you using it.
The shadow shades are well-judged and wearable, but let’s be honest… it’s all about that packaging. Cocoa-fiends will spend more time ogling the half-melted chocolate bar lid than looking in the mirror inside.
Roses and chocolate might be cliched, but that’s not to say they’re not lovely. As is Mancera’s elegant perfume, which puts the two together along with all sorts of beautiful fruits and a harmonising dash of vanilla.
Present giving isn’t always a piece of cake – except when it actually is. This slice-shaped soap is a rather realistic representation of a gourmet gateaux, with an aroma comprising chocolate, caramel, and sweet vanilla.
Getting chocolate in your hair could be a nightmare were it not in the form of this dreamy, creamy shampoo. Fresh peppermint pairs up with calming cocoa butter, leaving your locks smelling a lot like mint choc chip.
The Body Shop’s gloriously golden, royal oil smells like sweet cocoa and will give your skin a shimmering glimmer. You might begin with your body, but it’s equally ace on the face and also hydrates hair.
When raspberries and chocolate collide, angels sing. Or maybe I just left the radio on in the shower. It matters not, because this is a truly fruity beauty; the tart red berry bouquet rounded out bu rich cocoa.
The spice might sound a lot less comforting than the cocoa content in this capsaicin-spiked bath soak, but chilli chills out tense muscles and warms up winter-worn bodies. Feel the burn, in the best way.
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