Is it possible to enjoy the excess of chocolate in a way that is guilt-free and doesn’t put paid to your healthy living plan? Absolutely. How? By keeping your chocolate indulgence to your beauty regime.
Yes that’s right. From a deep cleansing, blemish banishing facial to a fine fragrance with bitter chocolate base notes, we’ve chosen 10 of our favourite chocolate inspired beauties to tide you over Easter. And unlike that huge egg, it is totally calorie free...
Hop into Spring gift set by Philosophy
Chocolate bunny milk chocolate marshmallow is just one of the multitasking products – it’s a 3-in-1 shower gel, bubble bath and shampoo/conditioner – that makes up this limited edition Hop into Spring Gift pack by Philosophy. Like all Philosophy products, it always combines cute with cutting edge so expect your chocolate bunny milk to give you a deep clean – and a serious sugar rush.
Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao Bath Oil
Cacao is essentially a dried and fermented seed that forms the basis of chocolate. It is what Jo Malone have integrated into their Blue Agava and Cacao collection which includes cologne, body oil, crème and even a candle. They’ve taken the humble chocolate seed, blended it with the zest of lime and grapefruit and finished it off with the intensity of musk and cinnamon. The result is a fabulously grown up fragrance that is definitely more sexy than sweet.
Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash and Bubble Bath
They call it the ultimate guilt free chocolate fix and it is no exaggeration. This chocolate crème - back by popular demand – has infused the finest extracts of chocolate and vanilla into a deeply moisturising crème. For those who baulk at the idea of a chocolate scent body crème, relax. By incorporating cocoa butter, aloe vera and safflower seed oil, it not only works as a highly effective skin hydrator, the saccharine factor is zero.
Sue Devitt Luxury Mascara in Black Chocolate
There isn’t a Hollywood A-lister face worth their salts that Australian born makeup artist Sue Devitt hasn’t worked her magic on. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about cosmetics. Hence when she launched her eponymous make up line, the beauty industry sat up and paid attention. Her Black Chocolate Luxury Lash Mascara bridges the gap between ‘too harsh’ black and ‘too fair’ brown. This pigment rich formula lengthens, volumises and thickens your lashes while giving you a naturally intense finish.
Karin Herzog Chocolate Therapy
Karin Herzog is the company that gave the world its first pure chocolate anti-ageing facial. Unbeknown to many, the antioxidants found in cocoa are twice that of red wine and three times that of green tea. These antioxidants have amazing anti-ageing properties making them brilliant for your skin. If you don’t get a chance to try the gooey facial, the chocolate cleanser is equally worthy. Using real Swiss chocolate laced with an uplifting orange and potent vitamins, the cleanser is perfect for detoxifying and brightening dull skin.
Davines Alchemic Chocolate Conditioner
The scientists behind Davines, the niche high-tech hair care brand focussed on sustainability, have created a new line of shampoos and conditioners which maintain the intensity of your hair colour –natural or not. We are particularly taken by the Alchemic Chocolate Shampoo and Conditioner. The distilled pure colour pigments have been blended with nourishing creams , olive oil and milk proteins to keep hair in tip top condition. And it smells delicious.
Rose Praline Eau de Parfum – Liberty
Even die hard chocoholics may prefer to keep their fragrance choices totally chocolate free. Until they smell Rose Praline by French parfumier Les Parfume de Rosine. Though the scent has heart notes of bitter chocolate powder other ingredients such as cardamom, bergamot, white musk and rose oil are so expertly blended with the chocolate that the end result is elegant and super chic.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter
Fans of chocolate mints (After Eights anyone?) will easily succumb to this recent launch from the Palmers Cocoa Butter camp. Their new lip butter is infused with a Dark Chocolate and Peppermint dream team. It stays true to the Palmers renowned formula - pure cocoa butter and vitamin E to soften dry skin – so you can expect a lip treat that actually works.
Ellis Faas Milk Chocolate Eyeliner
Okay so this isn’t exactly made out of chocolate but we love the fact that the name is spot on with regards to describing the colour. Created by Ellis Faas, the make up artist French Vogue lauded as one of the most influential of her time, this beautifully designed liner changes from a liquid into a powder with a super-matte finish. This means less smudges – even if you don’t have a steady hand – and the colour you see on the packaging is the shade that’ll end up around your eyes.
Faith in Nature Shampoo
Long gone are the days when natural beauty products were synonymous with’ too gentle to make an impact’. Brands like Faith in Nature have put paid to that. This chocolate infused shampoo – it actually contains Organic chocolate – has blended in sage and various aromatherapy oils to help clean and add shine to darker shades of hair. Paraben free with no artificial preservatives or colours, this award winning brand is an environmentally friendly beauty.