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.


Betty Hula – Samples Review – Part Two – The Secret Wonder Oil

Part one can be found here:

As you may know I have been on the quest to try and sooth my angry stretch marks the last couple of months and whilst doing research I discovered that Betty Hula ,a brand I had looked at but never tried, had a product that is said to:  “With a special blend of ingredients working in harmony with your skin, to help repair damaged and tired cells, combat dryness and reduce wrinkles to reveal your most radiant, youthful self.”

The Secret Wonder Oil – £15.99.

I was super excited waiting on the samples arriving and this was the first product that I sampled as it was the one that I had requested for.  The scent is unusual and it is  hard to describe but I would say it is quite citrus based.  The oil contains ingredients like Apricot Kernal, Avocado Oil and Grapeseed Oil – all natural of course.

The sample was enough to get a couple of days use of it on my stretch marks and I would say it works much the same as the highly acclaimed bio-oil and as you can see it costs roughly the same.  However this smells a lot nicer and the oil is a lot darker in colour.  I would almost say the texture is a little different, maybe a little thicker.  

I also tried a little on my acne and there was no problem there so it is definitely good for sensitive skin. Once I have a little money aside I will be purchasing the full size so I can give it a proper review on how it is for treating stretch marks. 

I am thankful to Betty Hula for letting me try the products for I have now fell in love with some gorgeous beauty products. Sadly they are out of my price range at the moment but one day…

Bio-Oil VS Stretch Marks

I done a post a while back about whether Rescue or Cocoa Butter was any good for easing the appearance of stretch marks before I had tried the more expensive alternative of Bio-Oil.

A couple of months ago I was diagnosed with Hashimotos which is an autoimmune disease but you will probably know it better as a type of under-active thyroid.  This lovely disease has made me gain two and a half stone in weight and therefore a lot of stretch marks.  My doctor failed to take note when I said I was rapidly gaining weight and I didn’t know why – so it took six months before another doctor actually believed that I wasn’t just fat and took blood tests. It is amazing how much damage six months can do.

This is just a small example of what I am dealing with – marks like that are right across my stomach on to my hips and extend from my pubic bone to just above my belly button.  I have some other stretching on my boobs and arms.  I am also pretty sure I am not getting them on my legs.  Not only are the marks unsightly and much cause for me crying myself to sleep but they itch like hell.  I can’t go a day without putting something on them whether that be Bio-oil or just a moisturiser. The Bio-oil certainly helps with itching.

When you look at that photo it is probably not going to convince you that bio-oil works but it has eased off some of my earliest stretch marks and the reason I reckon it has not made a dent on the ones above is because my body is continuing to gain weight regardless of what I do. If you look you can see some of the marks are lighter at the bottom than the top.  I don’t think it has helped me much with stopping stretch marks from appearing though but it might once my body stops gaining weight.

It has been the best product I have used for stretch-marks so far though and on less severe cases of stretch marks I am certain it would work wonders.  Any one else struggling with stretch marks due to illness?


I am currently awaiting samples of Betty Hula’s Stretch Mark Oil – so I will get a review of this to compare with Bio-Oil once it arrives.

Cocoa Butter VS Rescue Oil For Stretch Marks.

A couple of months ago I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid which resulted in my rapidly gaining weight and not being able to do very much about it other than panic and cry.  As if this was not bad enough the rapid weight gain meant that I ended up with stretch marks all over my stomach.  There will be women with children out there who do not have stretch marks as bad as mine.  Big, red and angry stretch marks.  Unsightly to say the least but also very itchy.

Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched quickly over a short period of time – most commonly during growth spurts and pregnancy.  There are not uncommon but when they are red in tone rather than white they can be rather upsetting. I know I am not alone in this one.

I was never a big believer in creams for the likes of stretch marks but people kept telling me to try Bio-oil so I picked up the cheaper alternative of Rescue Oil.  The ingredients in the two do seem to be very different but I have found Rescue Oil quite effective.  If you have used Bio-oil let me know if it is any good.  When I get my first job after university I may treat myself to the more expensive alternative.

On searching for a photo of Rescue-oil I found a review saying that Rescue Oil is the watered down version of Bio-Oil and even though Rescue Oil does improve the look of stretch marks it will take longer to do this than Bio-Oil.

Rescue Oil is around £2.99 but Bio-Oil is about £8.00.  So in a sense you get what you pay for here.

As the name suggests it is oil based which I thought I would dislike as I don’t like greasy lotions but it absorbs into the skin really easy and dries quickly.  I usually put it on after a shower and by the time I have got to my room it is near enough absorbed into the skin.  It contains peach kernal so it smells oddly nice.

When it comes to any sort of beauty product I like variation.  I never buy the same shower gel or shampoo consecutively after one finishes.  I will always buy a different one, so when my Rescue Oil finished I decided to try Palmers Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks.

I have used the original Cocoa Butter in the past but this was my first time using the one specified for Stretch Marks.  It does not smell any different from Cocoa Butter which is nice – lovely chocolatey smell.  Brings some smiles to a rubbish situation.  I felt with this though that it sits on the skin more than the Rescue Oil.  You need to give it some time to dry in before putting your clothes on and therefore I preferred using this product at night but it did see some good results with it but I wouldn’t say the results were any better than with the Rescue Oil.

 I got this in Body-Care for just under £5 so a bit more expensive that Rescue Oil but still less than Bio-Oil.  It does last longer than Rescue Oil though and therefore once my current bottle of Rescue Oil is finished I will be purchasing another bottle of this unless I decide to try an alternative.  During research for this post I came across a Johnson’s Stretch Mark cream but I have not seen it in stores so I will need to investigate this further.

I would rate both products 4/5 as although they do help sooth the stretch marks and make them a bit more sightly they are no miracle creams but if you have problems with stretch marks I would suggest picking up something for them, if anything to try and prevent more from appearing.