I’m a fan of chocolate. I’m a particular fan of the 70% and above dark stuff. It’s delicious, rich and always feels like a warm hug when I eat it. So you can see I have a little (read: strong) attachment to the good stuff.
But sometimes, too much of a good thing, well, isn’t a good thing anymore. So as soon as I had decided this, I coincidently got an email from the British Heart Foundation telling me all about their ‘Dechox’ campaign they do every year to help raise money for the vital research that the charity does. We all know cutting down on sugar can only be good for our health, so maybe a little February challenge could be good for me!?
If you’ve never heard of the British Heart Foundation, they are an amazing charity that raises money to research cures and treatments to help with heart and circulatory diseases. Coronary heart disease kills more than twice as many women as breast cancer in the UK. Around 3.5 million women are living with heart and circulatory diseases and, on average, 70 women die from coronary heart disease each day. That’s approximately three women every hour. They leave behind partners, children, friends, brothers, sisters, mums and dads. These diseases are causing heartbreak every single day.
So to help, you can ‘Dechox’ through giving up chocolate for February and raise money so the BHF can research to help find treatments and cures. I’ve always strongly believed in charity work and have done it since I was 14, so when the BHF asked me if I would create some recipes to help with the ‘Dechox’ campaign this year, it was a big yes from me. Thanks to the amazing efforts of supporters, last year the BHF raised more than £158 million and this was the breakdown of where that went. £120 million was spent on funding ground-breaking research and support for people with heart and circulatory diseases. £38 million was spent on the costs associated with generating income. In other words, for every £1 raised, around 76p, went straight to funding research on heart and circulatory diseases, and the risk factors that cause them. You can find out more about how the money raised helps here: https://bit.ly/2VArLkO
So firstly, I would love you to sign up to do ‘Dechox’. All the details can be found here: https://bit.ly/2HaVwFs
Secondly, if you’ve already signed up and would like to see some amazing DIY chocolate beauty recipes, then read on my lovely dechoxers.
I created three, incredibly indulgent DIY beauty recipes, because if you can’t eat it, then at the very least you can smother it all over your body. The recipes are super simple to do, take less than five minutes each and there is enough for about two applications, because if you’re like me, you hate waste too.
Dark chocolate body scrub
1/2 cup brown sugar
3-5 squares dark chocolate, melted
1/4 cup olive oil
Melt the dark chocolate in a saucepan or over a bowl of hot water.
Once melted, add all the ingredients together and stir.
Leave to cool slightly and then use as an all over body scrub.
Try not to eat!
Will keep for 3-5 days in closed container.
This body scrub is so amazing for getting all those dry, flaky bits and bobs off your body so you can whip on a little fake tan afterwards. It smells delicious, leaves the body feeling super soft afterwards as well as hydrated because the olive oil leaves a lovely sheen all over you!
Mint chocolate lip gloss
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure almond oil / rapeseed oil
1 teaspoon cocoa butter
2 drops pure peppermint extract
4 dark chocolate chips
Melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil gently in a bowl over hot water.
Once melted, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until all combined.
Add to a small container and leave to set.
Will keep for 3-4 weeks.
OMG if you’re struggling and need a chocolate fix, then this is the one for you! It takes approximately two minutes to melt the ingredients together and then around 30-60 minutes for it to set, but afterwards you have one absolutely deliciously chocolatey, minty balm which leaves such a nice gloss on your lips too. Woo.
Chocolate oat face mask
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup honey
Tablespoon of water
3 tablespoons of oats
Place all ingredients in a bowl and combine.
If a little hard keep adding a small drop of water until the consistency isn’t powdery anymore.
Once combined use as a face mask and leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
This is one of my all time favourite face masks because of the exfoliation it gives when you wash it off. If you can use Manuka honey as well then the antibacterial properties are great for people with acne too. Just try not to eat this when it’s on your face.
Do let me know if you try the recipes and please do sign up to the Dechox campaign as well. It’s such an amazing cause that I know helps so many people, and would mean the world to them if you could help the BHF and the research that they do. Together, let’s help end heartbreak once and for all.