The first quarter of the year is the chocolate lover’s favourite season. Festive foil-wrapped delights enjoyed at Christmas are swiftly followed by heart-shaped confections in early February, before Easter-themed treats pack supermarket shelves full to bursting with cocoa-scented goodness. If you’re cutting back on the good stuff, then never fear, we’ve armed ourselves with a collection of chocolatey cosmetics that won’t break your fast or the bank. Chocoholics, look away now!
The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion
A cult chocolatey product designed for slathering on your skin, the Body Shop’s Cocoa Butter has a well‑deserved place in the bathing rituals of many beauty devotees. Dame Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop, first noticed the moisturising properties of cocoa butter while in Tahiti, and used the oil as part of the brand’s launch range in 1976. Nowadays this super substance is found in moisturisers left, right and centre – but we say that you can’t go wrong with the original.
£8, The Body Shop
Bois Nef Shower Creme with Cocoa, Coconut and Olive Oil
Well I never! Hotel Chocolat doesn’t just do edible treats, but a range of beauty products too, headlined by this unctuously luxurious shower creme. Cocoa from the brand’s plantation spa provides the scent, with notes of mandarin, black pepper and jasmine. A true treat for someone who needs spoiling.
£15, Hotel Chocolat
Hot Chocolate & White Chocolate face masks by Montagne Jeunesse
These squidgy face masks with their slightly unnerving leaves-for-eyes models were a key feature of teenage sleepovers, and are now enjoying a revival. We can’t resist their retro charms, and the white chocolate and hot chocolate versions are a sweet treat. Slather on, sink into a bath (perhaps including a chocolate product suggested here) and let your cares be carried away by their chocolatey goodness.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette, Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer & La Crème lipstick
Known for their brilliant compacts and palettes, Too Faced have done it again with their chocolate-themed range. Head to Debenhams for the La Crème lipstick in Pink Chocolate (£18), a real treat for your lips in a deep plummy shade, or try the Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (£25), which smells distinctly like chocolate each time you brush it on. And as for the Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette (£39), if the ridiculously cute packaging wasn’t enough, the 16 matte and shimmery shades of cocoa‑powder‑infused colour shadows even smell like chocolate!
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If you’ve blown your budget on Boost bars, head to Superdrug for the I Heart Makeup Eye Shadow ‘Naked Chocolate’ Palette. An absolute steal at just £7.99.
Bourjois Delice de Poudre
Found in the makeup bag of every girl who became a teenager in the naughties, this ultra-fine bar-shaped bronzer is infused with a chocolate scent and golden flecks for a warm shimmer. Dust across your cheekbones for a sun-kissed, sweet glow that’s perfect to welcome back the springtime sunshine.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, has enough chocolate-based products to give you your cocoa fix but also leave you looking fantastic. Cocoa butter is the base of their massage bars, such as Soft Coeur (£4.59 for 30g) and Therapy (£6.50 for 50g), a deceptively simple bar that knows exactly what it’s doing. Or how about smothering your face in Cupcake facemask (£6.50 for 75g), which is derived from the cocoa bean? Cupcake also contains deep-cleansing Rhassoul mud to absorb excess oils on the skin, and spearmint and peppermint oils to gently stimulate.
Faith in Nature Chocolate Shower Gel & Foam Bath
Dodging out of supermarket sweet aisles? Had to repeatedly turn down birthday brownies at the office? Relax and unwind your mind with this deliciously decadent bathtime treat. Paraben and cruelty free, this sumptuous foaming gel will temporarily curb your cravings. A equally chocolatey shampoo and conditioner is also available and comes highly recommended by Internet blogger types.
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula & Tinted Lip Balm
Famously endorsed by Naomi Campbell, this body lotion is a beauty classic. Make sure you pick the bottle with the distinctive scent – the unscented version just ain’t the same.
HURRAW Chocolate lip balm
Sooth your chocolate cravings, and your lips, with this super-smooth lip balm. Made from certified organic, vegan ingredients and so delicious!
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate
A revitalizing lip balm infused with Blueberry Seed Oil and Cocoa Powder, known for their antioxidant properties, and conditioning Cocoa Seed Butter.