Easter will very soon be with us and the supermarket shelves are stacked high with Easter eggs. Clearly, you take one nibble of chocolate and then you want more and more until the whole Easter egg is devoured. So instead of giving Easter Eggs as gifts, I have found some lovely alternatives.
Keeping the chocolate theme, but instead of eating it you can pamper yourself; all the indulgence without the guilt! By using these lovely natural products you can look and feel better, and not put on an ounce of weight.
Best for DIY
Treat yourself — make your own raw chocolate face mask, its high in antioxidants and very soothing for the skin.
Organic Chocolate Face Mask
- 2 tbs raw organic cocao powder
- 1 tbs honey
- 1tbs live yoghurt
- 3 tbs fine oatmeal
Blend together the ingredients, apply and leave on for 20 minutes. If you prefer the mask to be moisturising but not exfoliating, leave out the oatmeal. You could even increase quantities and add coconut oil for a full-body wrap.
Best for luxury
If DIY is not for you, try the gorgeous Organic Chocolate face mask from Inlight. The creator, Dr. Mariano Spiezia says, ‘Chocolate contains the lipid anandamide, also known as the chocolate amphetamine, for its ability to lift mood and decrease depression (yet not addictive like caffeine). It also contains more than 300 skin-loving compounds including: iron, zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium and sulphur. What nourishment!‘
This good-enough-to-eat mask offers a sensory treat for the face and mind. Great for brightening and calming skin. I love the smell of the chocolate while resting with the mask on my face. It’s easy to remove with just warm water and it leaves the skin lovely and soft — this mask has become a monthly habit for me (not a new addiction surely). It is also 100 per cent Organic & Non genetically modified.
50ml (£45) inlight-online.co.uk
Best for brightening
This masque smells incredible! It reminds me of a Terry’s chocolate orange smell (showing my age now). It contains organic cocoa powder, antioxidants help smooth the skin and improve circulation to temporarily brighten your complexion, so I always use it before an event or a big night out. I also take this mask on holiday as the cocoa flavonols aid with UV protection and deliver a unique ‘skin smoothing’ effect. It contains Aloe Vera which increases hydration to restore summer damaged skin. I use this masque on a weekly basis as it is great for rejuvenating my skin.
£29.90 (65ml) zkinorganics.com.au
Best for lips (and chocolate cravings!)
I’m always on the hunt for new lip balms that don’t contain any animal ingredients. I gave this one a try and immediately loved it. I love how it moisturizes and softens my lips without that waxy feel. It also gives my lips a nice touch of colour to brighten things up. It contains Calendula and Chamomile for their soothing and healing properties, it goes on smoothly and easily with no caking. The chocolate flavour is great if you have a bit of a craving but don’t want to ruin your diet!
Best for a cleansing treat for your hair
This luxurious blend of organic cocoa and vanilla is infused with sage to nourish your senses. A sumptuous treat for your hair and scalp. It contains anti-oxidant flavonoids, helping to protect against the ageing process. When showering and washing my hair, the sweet aroma of organic chocolate is released which gives me that feel-good factor. The kids love it too.
Faith in Nature’s natural hair and body care range is made with carefully selected combinations of natural aromatherapy essential oils and herbal extracts in a pure vegetable base. It has a mild chocolate fragrance and foams up well. The shampoo gently and naturally cleanses and is good for my sensitive skin and it also gives my hair some body. Washing hair with chocolate has been a big hit with my children with the bonus of leaving their hair shiny and soft.
£5.50 (400ml) faithinnature.co.uk
Best for sun damaged or coloured hair
Like the majority of us, I do my best to protect my skin from the ageing process caused by environmental damage such as the sun and free radicals. But what about my hair? I love Luxury Chocolate & Vanilla Conditioner by Natural Elements as it provides a scientifically based, yet natural and organic solution to dry, brittle hair. It leaves my hair looking and feeling healthy and nourished as it contains cocoa and vanilla which are packed full of antioxidants.
In the past conditioners have left my hair lank and dull but I found that this conditioner not only adds volume and shine it leaves my hair smelling gorgeous! A must for taking on holiday as the antioxidants work the same way as they do on the skin, protecting the scalp and hair from UVA and UVB rays. They also protect from free radical damage, thus slowing down the ageing process. This conditioner is ideal for all hair types — definitely worth a try.
£9.99 (250ml) naturalelementsskincare.com