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Recent studies show that the naturally occurring flavonoids, antioxidants, and polyphenols in dark chocolate are actually beneficial in combating free radical damage and lowering blood pressure. And now, even beauty products are turning sweet to the news — with cocoa emerging as the new It ingredient in an array of beauty and skin-care products. It not only soothes and nourishes the skin, but, due to caffeine content, it increases circulation, delivering a radiant glow.
— Amy Tara Koch


1) Urban Decay Cocoa-Flavored Body Powder, $25, www.urbandecay.com

2) Philip B. Chocolate Milk Body Wash, $30, at Barneys or www.philipb.com

3) Origins Cocoa Therapy Energy-Boosting Body Bar, $10, www.origins.com

4) Joey New York White Chocolate Body Shimmer, $24, www.joeynewyork.com

5) Too Faced Fat Kiss Chocolate Lip Gloss, $18.50, www.sephora.com

6) Ganache for Lips Lip Balm in various flavors, $4, www.ganacheforlips.com

7) Sephora Chocolate Body Glosser, $15, www.sephora.com

8) Philosophy 3-in-1 Chocolate Chip Cookies Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16 , at Nordstrom or www.philosphy.com

9) Mixed Emotions Bite Me Cream, $22, www.shopmixedemotions.com