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Body Shop Chocomania Shower Cream.
Comes in 50 or 200 ml plastic tubs.
Dark chocolate brown solid scrub.
Made in UK and use within 12 months.
Not for consumption.
Contains real cocoa butter and organic cane sugar.
50 ml £5.
200 ml £12.50.
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I had this in the 50 ml tub which is clear plastic with a brown screw top lid and an image of shavings of dark chocolate.
This is a solid granulated scrub and is dark brown and with a lovely deep chocolate aroma.
This is part of a collection of chocolate scented items which is a relatively new addition to the Body Shop ranges.
I was lucky to get this as a gift and had the small 50 ml tub. Seeing that this retails for £5 I find it very expensive for the size it is - as is £12.50 for the larger size.
The scrub has a lovely chocolate aroma without being too sweet and sickly. The texture of the scrub is quite fine - being more like sand to the fingers than granulated sugar.
There is quite an oily feel to the scrub as it contains both Sunflower and soya bean oils - I find this quite moisturising but some people may not like the feel of it.
The scrub is easy to use and leaves the skin feeling oiled and moisturised. It does work as a scrub but is not a very rough scrub as you sometimes get with larger granules. the fine texture does work but if you were trying to alleviate goose bump flesh on your thighs it might not be powerful enough.
After use your skin is nice and soft and smooth and has a lovely faint chocolate smell - but in a dark chocolate and nutty way rather than a sweet milk chocolate aroma. The smell does linger for an hour or two but is subtle and not sweet or too sickly.
The scrub is nice to receive as a gift and is good to use. However it is very expensive for what it is and my small tub did not last long when being used on lots of different parts of your body.
A good strong sugar scrub can cheaply and easily be made at home with some sugar and any type of oil such as olive or even baby oil. This chocomania scrub is a nice novelty gift but is not something I would bother buying for myself.
It makes a nice gift with other items as a present and I have purchased some when on offer to give as Christmas gifts but as a day to day body scrub I think it is much too expensive.
Good for a one off or as a treat - but would be expensive if you used it daily.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes but with reservations.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sucrose (Flavoring Agent), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Theobroma Cacao Shell Powder/Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Shell Powder (Abrasive), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Glyceryl Dibehenate (Skin Conditioning Agent - Emollient), Tribehenin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glyceryl Behenate (Skin Conditioning Agent - Emollient), Mica (Opacifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Ethylene Glycol (Humectant), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colour), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colour).
I'll just start off by saying that I have a HUGE chocolate addiction; left to my own devices I'd eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and for various snacks in between as well! We go on holiday to the US next month, and I've been trying to eat a little bit healthier in the run up to our holiday, and to cut down on the amount of chocolate that I currently scoff!
I told my mum not to buy me an Easter Egg this year, to choose something non-edible for me instead. She ended up buying me a gift set from The Body Shop, full of their Chocomania products. The Body Shop's Chocomania collection is basically a range of chocolate scented bath and body goodies. The Chocomania gift set that I received contains travel sizes of the body scrub, the shower cream, the body butter and the lip butter. And they are all contained in a reusable, chocolate brown coloured, metal, heart shaped tin.
My final item from the set to review is the Chocomania body scrub. The tub in my gift box is a small travel size tub at 50ml. A quick look on The Body Shop website tells me that a full size 200ml tub of the Chocomania body scrub retails for £12.50.
The Chocomania body scrub is a gorgeous chocolate coloured scrub, it's a thick gel type consistency with the little scrubbing bits suspended in the gel. The body scrub comes in a tub with a screw off lid, so it's easy to scoop out a small amount with my fingers to apply to my skin. The tub matches all of the other Chocomania products, it's a chocolate coloured tub with a picture of huge chunks of delicious chocolate on the lid. I do think that body scrubs packaged in a tub are not really the most user friendly though. I always find that once I've opened the tub and I'm using it in the shower that I always end up getting loads of water in the tub of body scrub as I go to scoop more out. This happens with the Chocomania body scrub too. Once I've got out of the shower I always find myself trying to gently tip out the excess water that's floating on top of the remaining chocolate gel like scrub!
I do only need to use a small amount of this body scrub in the shower as a little bit of this really does go a long way. It feels really gentle on my skin, and it doesn't feel like it's scratching my skin at all, just polishing it. I suspect though that if I had particularly dry and flaky skin that it may not be 'scrubby' enough, as it is though it's fine for my pretty normal skin. It seems to 'polish up' my skin, and take away that dull look that my skin can sometimes get in the winter, I'd go so far as to say it makes my skin glow and definitely look much healthier. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and glowing, wonderfully fragranced with the sweet chocolate scent, and ready for the matching Chocomania body butter.
This is quick and easy to use in the shower, the gel scrub massages into my skin really easily and gently, and the little scrubbing bits feel like they're doing some work. It rinses off really easily under the shower, which I like, I hate the body scrubs that don't rinse off that well and leave behind the harsh bits so that you end up towelling them into your skin, or massaging them into your skin along with your body lotion. This is perfect though, all of the little bits rinse off completely.
The Chocomania body scrub smells absolutely divine, as soon as I open the tub I can smell the intense and rich chocolate fragrance. It is quite an artificial chocolate fragrance, and it is quite a sweet chocolate fragrance, however that didn't initially put me off as it is so obviously chocolate scented! I find that if I've layered the Chocomania body scrub with both the Chocomania shower cream and the body butter that the sweet chocolate fragrance will linger on my skin all day. However that divine, sweet and chocolatey fragrance doesn't stay divine for too long if I've layered the products, it soon actually becomes quite sickly. In fact it seems to just get sweeter and sicklyer as the day wears on, and depending what perfume I'm wearing it can even overpower that too. I've found that it's actually best not to layer the products, so that the sweet chocolate fragrance isn't quite so intense.
Once again, although I've liked this, I've not loved it, due to that lingering chocolate fragrance becoming so sweet and sickly. I'ts not something that I would buy for myself because of this, however if I was given more of it as a gift I'd certainly use it.