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melted chocolate There are some people that love the idea of being slathered in chocolate. And this time of year there’s a spa for every one of them.

Cocoa powder baths, chocolate truffle facials, chocolate nib scrubs, and fondue-style body wraps are now as central to celebrating Valentine’s Day as a box of Godiva or a dozen roses.

I’ve had all of these treatments over the years for journalistic reasons – my favorite was at the Lapli Spa by ESPA at Marigot Bay on the island of St. Lucia, where they grow chocolate. And while I personally prefer to eat my chocolate, I’ve had to do some research on it to see if there’s any value to wearing it or soaking in it.


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This is what I’ve learned: If the chocolate is dark enough, it will contain a number of antioxidants that may or may not penetrate the skin. Typically, the shot of caffeine you come into contact with has a fluid-draining and firming effect, which is why it’s added to eye creams and cellulite products.

So will chocolate transform your skin? No.

Will it make you seem like a giant romantic if you give a chocolate spa treatment as a gift? Probably.

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