It’s a tough job being a special agent for Chocablog, but I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. When the opportunity arose to head off to Notting Hill’s Savana Urban Spa to try out one of their intriguing chocolate face and body treatments, I decided it was up to me to take one for the team.
And so on a cold and miserable London day, I went into the warm spa for my chocolate rub & wrap treatment.
Savana specialise in using natural and organic face and body products for their treatments and they have a whole range of “edible” treatments using actual food products and skincare products made with things like milk, honey and, of course, chocolate.
The chocolate rub & wrap treatment involves pure cocoa butter, brown sugar and a chocolate mousse face mask by organic skincare company Eminence.
So what’s involved?
After lying down on a heated massage bed, you are cleansed with warm towels and the chocolate facemask is applied. You then get rubbed with an exfoliating mix of brown sugar and cocoa butter and your body is wrapped in a plastic sheet. You are then covered in a duvet to keep the heat in. Being wrapped in plastic and covered up may not sound instantly glamorous, but it does make the treatment more effective. For a more immediate effect, this process is also followed by a lovely face massage once the facemask is removed and, at the end, a body massage.
The chocolate mousse facemask smells, looks and feels exactly like rich chocolate mousse. If it had been packaged differently, I would have had a hard time telling the two apart. I could smell it on my face and the sensation of being all wrapped up snug and chocolate-scented made me feel a bit like I was a delicious chocolate crepe.
This was certainly the most obviously chocolatey part of the treatment. The cocoa butter, as you will probably know, does not smell or look very chocolatey itself. It did, however make my skin feel soft and lovely for days afterwards. The facemask was soothing and nourishing, even on my sensitive skin. I was told it’s particularly good for dry skin and is intensely moisturising, as opposed to the Lush cupcake facemask I wrote about a while back, which is good for oily skin. I could smell a faint hint of chocolate goodness on my skin for hours afterwards too.
All in all, this is a delightful treatment and certainly the most indulgent in their chocolate range. While it’s not quite the same as being, say, completely covered in chocolate sauce, it does have all the right ingredients for a great chocolate experience.
As an added benefit, the spa itself is actually done up in very chocolatey tones, which I thought was a pretty nice touch.
The facial is also available as a separate treatment (with massage and a hot chocolate included), and they also offer chocolate manicures and pedicures. Prices are pretty standard for a central London spa, which is to say, not cheap, but you do get a lot for your money and the results of the treatment seem to be lasting well so far.
Savana Urban Spa, 45 Hereford Road, Notting Hill. www.savanaspa.com