Chocolate Beauty Extraordinary Enough to Eat


A sweet way to relax
A sweet way to relax

Chocolate when consumed in moderation can have numerous health benefits. But did you know chocolate can be just as good on the outside of your body as it is on the inside?

Chocolate beauty treatments are all the rage, with spas across the country – most notably the Chocolate Spa at (where else?) Hotel Hershey – featuring a wide array of cocoa-based services. Full of antioxidants and amino acids, chocolate has been known to nourish skin, reduce fine lines, and protect the skin from free radicals.

If a trip to the spa isn’t on your agenda, it’s easy to concoct at-home chocolate beauty rituals.

For a chocolate facial, blend together, ¼ cup of cocoa, ¼ cup of raw honey, 3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (or sour cream). Massage onto face in a circular motion. Relax for ten minutes and rinse.

To get your skin glowing, try a chocolate walnut body polish. Combine ½ cup raw sugar,  ¼ cup walnut oil, 1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts, and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. Standing in the shower or tub, massage into damp skin, rinse well and pat dry.

And for extra moisturizing chocolate body butter, you’ll need ¼ cup grated cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon grated dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon grated beeswax. Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe container or on the stovetop in a double boiler. Melt gently, stirring often. Pour the hot liquid into a clean container. For small individual bars, pour into an ice cube tray and let cool completely. Massage into clean skin.

Whether it’s an inner or outer glow you’re seeking, reach for that bar of 60% cocoa. After all, any day and every day should be extraordinary.


Special thanks to Mother Earth Living and

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.