The Body Shop- Chocomania Body Scrub and Butter

Chocomania is the newest range from The Body Shop, an international retailer specialising in natural and fair trade skincare and cosmetics.

Chocomania was released alongside their other new range- White Musk Libertine, just in time for Valentines Day 2012, and I procured some products via a Valentines competition held on the New Zealand Body Shop Twitter feed. My prize was a full size container of the body scrub, and the butter, I haven’t had a chance to try any of the other products in the range just yet.

Chocomania Body Scrub

First impressions: Upon opening the container, one is greeted by a deep brown scrub, definitely true to the chocolate colour. If one has a dirty mind, it could be misconstrued as more disturbing than inviting, but the deep, cocoa-y aroma dispels any such thoughts. Now before I proceed, I should warn, I’m not actually a chocolate fan. Or a ‘body products tasting like food products’ fan in general. I love chocolate flavoured things (cakes etc) but don’t enjoy chocolate itself or the smell. However, this scent focuses more on the cocoa side than chocolate itself, it’s rich without being sweet or milky, and I liked it

Texture: This scrub definitely doesn’t skimp on the exfoliation, it’s full of exfoliating beads (it may be sugar? I’m not actually sure). This is combined with a thick, creamy lotion which gives great surface coverage when applying to damp skin.

In the shower: This stuff is great. Seriously. Warning- you don’t want to use it with the water running, it does wash off very quickly. But applied to damp skin (or perhaps in a bath) it has a wonderful level of exfoliation and leaves your skin feeling super soft for days afterwards.

Taste test: Side note here, I didn’t try this myself, but my boyfriend can confirm that while it may smell authentic, the taste is definitely NOT chocolate : P

Overall impressions: This is a great new offering from TBS, it leaves your skin soft and smooth, with a light chocolate scent for about an hour afterwards. It’s not something I would buy for myself, as I prefer the fruit scented products from this store, but for the chocoholics among us, it’s a great, authentic option in a market without much in the way of decent chocolate scented products.

Rating: 8/10

Ingredients: The core ingredients here are fair trade cocoa butter, pure cane sugar, soya oil and brazil nut oil.

RRP: Sells online for around $29.95AUD

Purchase from: Any Body Shop store, or online at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/ or http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/.

Chocomania Body Butter

 

First impressions: This product is very different to the scrub, rather than being rich and cocoa-y, it is sweet and milky, so I didn’t enjoy the fragrance as much, but that’s just me. Any chocolate lover is going to adore it. It’s pale brown and lightly scented.

Texture: This is the tried and true texture TBS is famous for, Thick, whipped, luxurious, and exactly what one would want from a chocolate body butter. It absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving it less greasy than most other moisturisers, though I would advise using it on fully dry skin and waiting about 5-10min before getting dressed to let it fully dry.

Overall impressions: Again, this isn’t a product I would choose for myself, but as a prize, I was not disappointed, and will likely finish the tub. If you’re looking for a gift for somebody who loves chocolate, look no further than the Chocomania range.

Rating: 7/10

Ingredients: The core ingredients here are fair trade cocoa butter, shea butter, soya oil and organic babassu oil, and alongside these cores, it boasts having a total of 13 fair trade ingredients in it- more than any other TBS product.

RRP: Sells online for around $29.95AUD

Purchase from: Any Body Shop store, or online at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/ or http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/.

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