It may be bad for the hips, but smothering yourself in chocolate can be very good for you. In National Chocolate Week, indulge yourself with these cocoa-themed beauty products...
Kate Middleton’s glossy brunette locks are her crowning glory. If Kate’s rich, chocolate tone gives you serious hair envy, try new Colour Restore Chocolate, developed by hairdressing expert Scott Cornwall to inject life back into faded brunette hair. The colourant (£11.99) from larger Boots stores and Boots.com) is free from ammonia and peroxide and is easy to use. Simply rinse through like a conditioner to maintain tone, or leave in for up to 25 minutes to achieve a deeper shade effect.
Cleopatra bathed in milk, but you can cleanse with strawberry and vanilla cream truffle body wash with the Beauticology Master Chocolatier Small Bath Gift Set, £5 from Baylis & Harding. Available from Lloyds chemists, a dinky miniature bath tub also contains a white chocolate body butter and a decadent milk chocolate lip butter.
Organic fair trade cocoa butter is the base in natural beauty brand Lush’s massage bars. The Therapy bar (£6.50), a sensual, indulgent body treat with an aerated formula has “just the right combination of cocoa butter and shea butter to melt perfectly on the skin and give you a good softening massage,” say Lush. Soft Coeur massage bar (£4.75), a heart-shaped version, melts to reveal a soft, molten chocolate centre.
Whipstick lip balm (£5.75 from Lush) contains real dark chocolate, making it one of the tastiest and most beneficial balms available. There’s also almond oil, shea butter and oatmilk to seal in the moisture and leave lips feeling super-soft. De-lush-ious.