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I got this Chocolate Therapy massage bar in a Bomb Cosmetics gift set I bought back in the January sales. I have used the Lush Massage bars in the past and although there are some really nice ones, on the whole massage bars are not my favourite product. I only started using this one as my fiancé plays football once a week and comes back whining about his legs and his back, so I started giving him massages, more to stop the whinging than out of sympathy!
==About the product==
If you're not familiar with massage bars, the general idea is that they are massage oil but in solid form. The bars usually look similar to soap and as you rub them onto warm skin they will begin to melt and you can give a loved one (or even yourself) a massage with the oils left on your skin.
Chocolate Therapy contains cocoa butter, castor seed oil, coconut oil and tangerine oil amongst other things, and the cooca butter of course is where it gets its name, Chocolate Therapy.
Looks wise, this is incredibly cute. It's pink in colour and a heart shape with something which looks like a heart shaped chocolate button on the top. Size wise it's maybe two and a half inches at the widest part, but also its over an inch thick. It's quite a pretty little thing really and visually it certainly appeals to me. The only downside of the design of the product is the size and shape makes it difficult to find somewhere to store. I have simply been wrapping mine in a flannel and placing in a drawer although ideally you should put it into an airtight container.
This really does smell amazing. There is most definitely a chocolate type scent to the product as perhaps you would expect, but it also has a very sweet, slightly floral edge to it. It reminds me a little of Turkish delight - the sort of chocolate and rose scent together, although my fiancé says that's just me and to be honest he could be right as I see no mention of rose on the ingredients list!
To give my fiancé a massage with this, I usually rub this onto his back first, where it begins to melt onto the skin quite quickly. I find that it doesn't melt as quickly as the Lush bars I usually use, but I don't particularly mind that as sometimes I find the Lush ones too soft and they can wear down too fast. This one has lasted me several weeks and looks barely touched, so the fact it melts more slowly has meant the product lasts longer.
The oil that is left on the skin often doesn't look like much, but my hands glide over the skin easily and smoothly, without dragging or pushing at the skin. The first few times I used this I was convinced that the bar hadn't produced enough oil so kept adding more, despite the fact that my fiancé insisted it wasn't uncomfortable and it seems he was right - a little goes a long way.
It took quite a few weeks of dropping hints before I actually got a massage in return! My fiancé put this on my back and again, whereas it didn't actually seem to produce a lot of oil, it was more than enough to give a good massage and for his hands to go over my skin without dragging at all. I noticed when you use this product the smell comes out quite intensely and it's actually really relaxing, which is just what you want it to be.
Possibly the worst thing I noticed when receiving a massage with this, was that despite how little of the product was actually used, it didn't seem to absorb into my skin at all, rather it just sat there in an oily layer. I actually made my fiancé get a towel and rub it all off and it made me wonder how he had gone without doing the same thing when I used it on him.
Having just applied some of this to my arms - mainly as a reminder of the scent before writing this review - I have noticed that even though I rubbed the majority of the oil off with a flannel, it has left my skin gorgeously soft and the smell does really linger which is a huge plus point.
==Price and Availability==
Bomb Cosmetics products are most often stocked in little gift shops on the high street, although I have noticed Fenwick's now sell them too. If you want to buy online Amazon sell these as well as the Bomb Cosmetics website - www.bombcosmetics.co.uk
A 65g massage bar will set you back £3.49 which I think is quite a competitive price, given that the cheapest of the Lush massage bars is £4.00 and only 30g.
I really like this massage bar and it is a product that I would definitely consider buying again when this one runs out. It smells beautiful and is easy to use, the only real downside for me is that it doesn't absorb into the skin very well, but on the whole a good product.