Hotel Chocolat – Cocoa Juvenate – The Beauty of Cocoa

This is one of my favourite Christmas gifts as it was completely unexpected and it is so wonderful.  I am a fan of Hotel Chocolat’s confectionery treats but I had no idea they done a small range of beauty products.  The range has yet to actually be launched in stores, the launch is happening on the 17th of this month.  Most of the events are already sold out…gutted.

The Revive Hand and Body Lotion retails at £18.00 and it is worth every penny spent.  It smells so fresh.  When I seen it was made by Hotel Chocolat I assumed it was going to very sweet smelling but the mango seed oil makes it citrous scented.   One of my other favourite body moisturisers is The Body Shops mango body butter which also contains mango oil – if you have dry skin this is what you need in your moisturiser.

Any one who reads my blog regularly will note that a couple of months back I wrote a post about how I do not favour body lotion, Cocoa Juvenate has completely changed my perspective on this.  Like all the other body lotions I have tried Revive Hand and Body Lotion dries really quick and does not leave the skin sticky feeling. The skin is almost velvety feeling afterwards.  You’ll see in the below photo that I have already  used a fair amount of it.  I just really hope I have a job by the time that it runs out.  The pump bottle does help to not use too much of it though.  

I have also noticed that it has been really good for my stretch marks, the cocoa in the cocoa butter is obviously high quality being produced by a chocolate company.  I cannot recommend this enough and once I have a job I will be trying the body butter and the lip balm.


The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub – Review

My skin has been super dry recently and extremely itchy and having misplaced my exfoliating glove (something every human male or female should have) I dug out the The Body Shop’s Mango Body Scrub I got for my birthday.

I have previous reviewed the body butter to go with this scrub:

I got a gift set with the whole mango range but having so many bathroom products means I have not used them all yet.  The mango body scrub has left me very happy though on a bleak day of dissertation work. Simple things.

As you can see from the photo the scrub resembles mooshed up mango.  I feels a bit like that in texture too if I am being honest but the scrub does contain real mango seed oil so that is obviously why.  Don’t worry The Body Shop have not just mooshed up some mango’s and stuck a price tag on it.  Although that would be a sure fire way to make some money.

Not only is the scrub rough enough to remove your dead skin it also moisturises as it scrubs.  Afterwards my skin was soft and felt like I had just moisturised.  It is more oil than cream based – so I do not know how nice this would be on already oily skin but all skin needs some TLC sometimes.  Especially with the summer coming in.  There is going to be a lot of exfoliating in my future.

I have also been using the matching shower gel recently and I am wondering if it is that drying out my skin.  I’m not going to review the shower gel as my friend already has:

But my friend notes that the shower gel, although it smells beautifully of mango’s, does not leave scent on the skin.  The scrub however does.  Today I am wearing a scented deodorant, a body spray, perfume, my dry shampoo smells a bit like chocolate and I can still smell mango’s.  That is impressive.

It is definitely a body scrub to use in the morning rather than to use before bed – as otherwise the soft oily skin and mango scent would just be wasted.

Price: £12.50 – you only need to use a little drop every time you use it though. It will last a while.

If you prefer to eat mango then check out my friends recipe for mango and coconut smoothie:

I myself have sampled this and it is yummy – especially with rum added to it.



Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser – Lush – Review

This is the second cleanser I have tried from Lush and like pretty much everything I have tried from Lush I rate it highly.

The sales lady advised Angels On Bare Skin for my skin type because its quite dry and it leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised but not in a greasy sort of way – so it would also work for those with oily skin.  If you use it in the morning you could probably get away with not putting any moisturiser on.

The little seeds you can see are lavender flowers and this makes the cleanser smell heavily of lavender which I am personally not a fan of but my flatmate though it smelt lovely.  So it will depend on your personal taste what you think of the smell.  The lavender flowers also kind of work as an exfoliant.

The cleanser not only leaves you skin feeling deeply cleansed but also evens out skin tone, reduced redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin.

The ground almonds in this product release their goodness and turn to an almond milk on your hand when you add water. Almond milk has been used in many parts of the world for centuries as a toning and brightening ingredient.

Other ingredients:

  •  Kaolin -to absorb grease and gently cleanse
  • Vegetable glycerine – to soften and moisturise the skin
  • Blend of essential oils -all chosen for their abilities to balance and tone the skin.

Although I also liked the Aqua Marina cleanser the sales lady was right and this one does work better with my skin.  If you are interested in purchasing a cleanser from Lush you should ask in the store for some advice on which one will work best with your skin type and if you don’t know your skin type they will be able to help you work this out also.

Cosmetic Warrior – Fresh Face mask – Lush Review

This is the second review out of the free samples I received on my visit to Lush.  I have used Lush face mask’s before but I have never asked about which one would be best from my skin.  I usually just make a judgement on 1.  The smell of the product and 2. What the product card says.

The sales lady advised Cosmetic Warrior for my skin – dry and spotty.  Like most students.  As if university was not stressful enough.  Here is a product to make things a little less stressful.

The first thing that hits you about this product is the tea tree oil – one of my favourite products and one that is very good for combating spots.  I used to dab pure tea tree oil on my skin – little tip for anyone with bad skin. I can be rather nippy though.  In the face mask however though it isn’t nippy it makes the skin feel beautifully fresh.  Just like a lovely gust of cold wind has swept across your face.  The mask would go lovely with an iced mojito and a vivid imagination.

“Fresh white grapes clean and cool the skin. Fresh garlic and tea tree oil are antiseptic.
Fresh eggs tighten the texture of the skin. Honey softens and moisturises the skin and is also antimicrobal. We bind all of these ingredients together with kaolin and cornstarch to give the mask a smooth texture that goes on easily and does not drag or pull sore, sensitive skin. All of this means that Cosmetic Warrior fights spots and the causes of spots, without harming the natural balance of the skin and without creating puffiness”.
The further description suggests that the product smells really quite bad because of the garlic but I think the product smells really fresh – although it obviously doesn’t smell quite as good as the chocolate scented face mask cupcake.
You can almost feel the product working as it is on your face which is nice.  The sales lady also advised that you leave a little bit of the mask on over night if you have a particularly bad spot.  I haven’t tried this as of yet but I will once I invest in a larger tub of the product.