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.


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.