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A fabulous way to savour chocolate– every woman’s weakness–without guilt or fear of gaining calories, is through the Chocolate Spa, the ultimate chocolate indulgence

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RADHIKA RAVI RAJAN THE BEST place to start our chocolate spa journey may be the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, USA (yes, Hershey as in the famous chocolate bar!). The man behind the chocolate bar, Milton S Hershey, established this hotel. The hotel is famous for its chocolate spa, with its signature chocolate treatments. When it comes to the ‘Sweet Summer Sampler’ at the hotel, there’s of course chocolate written all over it. It comprises three treatments (up to August 31). The Whipped Cocoa Bath (lasting 15 minutes and costing $45) lets you settle into a foaming chocolate milk bath for a soothing and softening, signature Hershey experience. The milk softens and renews the skin as you indulge in this chocolate experience. The Chocolate Hydrotherapy (25 minutes, $55) includes adding the essence of cocoa to conjure up nostalgic, comforting

thoughts during this hydrotherapy experience. Chocolate Bean Polish (30 minutes, $65) is one of the hotel’s signature chocolate services. Here, the gentle exfoliation of cocoa bean husks and walnut shells is combined with a softening cocoa body moisturiser for superb results. The only problem is that it smells so good, you will find it hard to resist eating it! America also has Chocolate For Your Body salons located across the country. From the US to Spain, to an exotic place called Malaga, where the Hotel Beatriz Palace & Spa offers visitors a Chocolate Spa Break. The package is available for 355 euros for 3-7 nights and includes accommodation and other privileges. The spa treatment includes Chocolate Peeling; Chocolate Bubble Bath; Chocolate Wrap and Chocolate Welcome. In London, the happening city, one is promised a temporary respite from one’s fastpaced life with fabulous treatments at the luxurious Courthouse Hotel Spa and The Bentley Hotel. Both hotel spas offer excellent Karin Herzog brand spa treatments, including the fabulous Smoothie Facial, a 90-minute spa treatment which includes a 30-minute back massage. Karin Herzog’s spa treatments are known for their ample use of chocolate and was among the first to pioneer the anti-ageing properties of cocoa. Visitors visiting the Courthouse or the Bentley for a day’s break or simply, a spa break, can enjoy a whole range of chocolate spa treatments, including chocolate facials, chocolate body treatments, chocolate manicure and pedicure. Back home, in Bengaluru’s White Mantra spa, chocolate body wraps come for a cool Rs 3,500 each. So, why this new-found fascination with

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chocolate? Chocolate contains cocoa with butter and almond oil, which makes it a perfect combination for anti-cellulite treatments. In chocolate therapy, melted chocolate is poured slowly on to the body and rubbed in a circular movement. A warm and enveloping intensively cocoa-scented body and face treatment. The massage with chocolate stimulates happiness, providing an increase in well-being and contentment. As Aparna Raghavan, owner, White Mantra Spa, Bengaluru, said in an interview, “Rich chocolate, with its myriad mystical properties, is combined with freshly ground sweet almonds to exfoliate. After which, you can enjoy a relaxing soak in chocolate fluid, which works its magic while warm water handles the stress. Finally, chocolate moisturiser is applied to round-off and seal the youthfulness back into your skin. At

the end of this, you’re sure to feel like a temptation yourself." According to Dr Piyush Sawale of Amatrra Spa at The Ashok, New Delhi, "Chocolate helps fight dry skin as it moisturises and nourishes dehydrated skin while it also combats cellulite and tones the body. Chocolate is believed to have anti-ageing properties and can even make you happy by kicking in endorphins." Chocolate spa products can also be bought off the shelf. For instance, the Vedic Line Chocolate Spa has on offer an Ayurvedic Spa Kit, whose worth is USD $101.33, and comprises Choco Strawberry Lip Cream; Choco Deli Sugar Scrub; Choco Body Butter or Moisturizer; Choco Vanilla Face & Body Butter; Whipped Cream with mega moisturising and calming effect; Milk Chocolate Massage Gel; Choco Almond Oil Complex; Choco Cherry Mud Pack; Choco Butter Scotch Crem Pack.

WHAT CHOCOLATE DOES FOR YOUR SKIN Cocoa butter, rich in fatty acids, has a great, softening effect on one’s skin. It’s a vital ingredient of body lotions. Cocoa contains glycerides, which deliver moisturising lipids and fats which plump up and firm your skin. It’s smell acts as a powerful tool, stimulating emotions and the feel-happy chemicals in one’s body. It's also thought to increase one’s sense of well-being, as most people associate chocolate with indulgence and pleasure.

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