#Beautybitch @cathymartin Chocolate Beauty Treats

Since it’s approaching Easter, and some of my friends and family have been diligently abstaining from chocolate for Lent in advance of an Easter egg extravaganza on Sunday, I thought I would write about some chocolate beauty treats this week – and ones that are available from high street brand LUSH, with no calorific content to worry about. And to leave an even sweeter taste with you, all LUSH’s cocoa ingredients are fairly traded and cruelty-free. The cocoa butter is even fully traceable. Guilt free chocolate with beautifying results? Yes please!

If you’ve never been into Lush before, be prepared to salivate at the smells and be wowed with the shapes, sizes and colours of the products on display in store, this truly is an assault on many senses – and all in a good way. I popped in to check out some of their chocolatey treats and was not disappointed.

First up, the Dirty Massage Bar – this traditional shaped soap (£5.95) features the popular spearmint and herbal Gorilla perfume, Dirty, but also has the store’s Fair Trade Organic cocoa butter blended in with lavender and Neroli oils to get the blood pumping. It is topped off with a vegan dark chocolate disk for when you want to get really dirty. Oh-er!

 Dirty Massage Bar 
Next up, the Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. If going cold turkey for Lent has left you wanting to smother yourself in chocolate, then this is the face mask for you. Infused with softening cocoa powder, plus Fair Trade Organic cocoa butter to nourish, vanilla to soothe, and finally some mint to stimulate and cool angry skin, this chocolate fix will definitely not result in a guilt trip after! Just pop it on for fifteen minutes, remove with warm water and tone and moisturise as normal. It contains Rhassoul Mud, which is highly cleansing and absorbent, but like any good block of chocolate, this face mask is full of active ingredients and contains absolutely no preservatives, so it needs to be kept refrigerated and used within 28 days. I got 4 mask applications out of the £6.75 tub, so that’s one a week ladies!

 Cupcake Fresh Face Mask 
With temperatures still mostly below 10c, my lips are quite dehydrated, so the LUSH Whipstick Lip Balm (£6.75) is a treat. Wheatgerm, olive and almond oils soften you up before bringing in Fair Trade vanilla and cocoa absolute, plus tangerine and sweet orange oils, and lashings of dark chocolate (of course!). The dark chocolate is blended with Extra Virgin olive oil, beeswax and honey to intensely moisturise and nourish the lips. Who needs Cadbury’s, eh?

 LUSH Whipstick Lip Balm 
Lastly, it’s one for bedtime – the Soft Coeur Massage Bar (£4.95). For lovers of sweet smells, this heart-shaped massage bar features a familiar, comforting toffee fragrance, plus a real chocolate piece is used in every single Soft Coeur massage bar as well as almond oil, Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, honey and bergamot. With no squeezing from a tube or squelching from a tub to do, the key here is to just gently warm the bar between your hands and rub over yourself (or someone else!) to leave you smelling gorgeous and feeling soft. Lovely jubbly!
And with that, I wish you all a beautiful and beauty-filed Easter break.

 Soft Coeur Massage Bar
Cathy x 
PS: I’m back next week with some serious reviews of an £800 facial by Ultracel at Martina Collins Dental and Facial Clinic plus fat-reducing Cryotherapy at the Dressing Room in Holywood using liquid nitrogen at -160c! Brrrr!

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