Why Chocolate Is Great For Your Skin!

Posted on April 05, 2022 by Melanie Brown

Slabs of dark chocolate

Ok, who thinks chocolate is bad for you?

Not only does it taste amazing, but did you know Chocolate Is Great For Your Skin too?

Here are some amazing qualities of chocolate for the skin:

  1. Chocolate is abundant with flavonoids which possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This provides wonderful protection for the skin against sun damage.  It is a beautiful natural sunscreen.
  2. Another reason Chocolate Is Great For Your Skin is that it is rich in vitamins and minerals which when absorbed into the skin, leave it gorgeously nourished.
  3. The combination of the minerals and vitamins with the flavonoids combats the free radicals in the environment, which means that Chocolate Is Great For Your Skin because it protects your skin from the premature signs of ageing.
  4. Cocoa powder is an excellent gentle exfoliant improving blood circulation to the skin which helps it to look vibrant with a healthy glow. This is particularly helpful with acne prone skin
  5. Cocoa powder contains caffeine and theobromine which are super helpful in firming the skin and break down fats and reduce fluid retention in the skin clear cellulite and tighten the skin

Still think chocolate is bad for you? When you eat it, chocolate isn’t great for the waistline, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid it altogether. Because Chocolate really Is Great For Your Skin!

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Check out the Luxury Chocolate Soap range which is wonderfully moisturising and smells delicious.

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2 bars of luxury chocolate orange soap with a slice of orange


Posted in Anti-Aging, anti-aging benefits, anti-inflammatory, benefits of chocolate for skincare, Natural Skincare, skincare, Why Chocolate is Great For Your Skin

5 Ways To Maintain Your Sanity This Christmas

Posted on December 23, 2021 by Melanie Brown

Christmas can be an amazing time. 

It's a time to be with friends and family, however, it can be pretty exhausting. You want to have the most perfect Christmas and run yourself ragged in your attempt to please everyone.

However, you have to remember that Christmas is for you too. It's a time that you should also be enjoying.

Here are 5 simple ways to maintain your sanity during the festive season which will enable you to have an amazing Christmas.

1. Take a nap

Take 30 minutes out for a quiet nap.

This gives you a chance to recharge your batteries.

It’s going to be a busy day and you risk burn out. Turn off all distractions and tell people that you are going to take time out for a nap. This will ensure that they do not disturb you and you get an uninterrupted nap time.


2, Go outside and exercise

It's important to move and get the circulation going.

You might want to sit on the couch and watch your favourite movies whilst snacking on some Christmas delight, but you have to keep moving. It's good for burning up those extra calories as well as keeping your mind active.




Put together your own personal toolbox which you can resort to when you are in need of some special 'me time'. Pamper yourself with a face mask, a bar of chocolate, flavoured lip balm - things that make you feel good. They will help to enhance your mood and make you feel special.


4. Celebrate you

You are amazing and you need to remember this. You have overcome so much to get through the year. So be grateful for being the unique special individual that you are.



5. Bath

Relax with your favourite handmade bath bomb or natural soap. If they are fragranced with an essential oil, they will enhance your mood and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. A warm bath will relax and soothe your muscles.

In summary, enjoy your Christmas but when it gets stressful, take a step back and remember to put yourself first. You are a priority so use these simple steps.

Check out Mel's Little Luxuries for ideas on how you can pamper yourself during the holidays!



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Let's Celebrate The Awesomeness of Teachers!

Posted on July 09, 2021 by Melanie Brown

One thing that this past year has taught me is how incredibly amazing teachers are!

A lot of last year was spent on remote schooling. My kids were so lucky that they could still receive such a high standard of education under the guidance of their teachers.

Whilst they received a lot of help, sometimes they were left to do some independent work which the parents were tasked with supervising. It hit me like a hammer – it was hard work making sure everything was done and handed in on time! It showed me truly how much in-depth planning went into the lessons and how hard it is for teachers to keep children on task.

At home, I sometimes found the children wandering around the house or daydreaming when they should have been working. On a few of occasions, I struggled to reign them back in so that they would focus which helped me gain a new appreciation for the teachers that have to do this on a daily basis. They should really be acknowledged for this more regularly.

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The Benefits of Wonderful Bath Bombs!

Posted on June 11, 2021 by Melanie Brown


Bath bombs are always popular.


They are uplifting and provide a wonderful pamper experience. They even got a mention on ‘Coronation Street’ when one of the characters was telling her boyfriend to use one following the stress he was going through!!


So, what’s so special about bath bombs?


When used in a warm bath, they help you to relax just before you go to sleep.


Combined in a warm bath it is great for your circulation.


Bathing benefits your muscles, joints, and bones after a strenuous day. Bath bombs just add to that luxurious experience.


If they contain sumptuous oils and butters, they will provide you with moisturization from head to toe


How often do you use bath bombs?


Check out this Bath Treat link to see the range of Mel's Little Luxuries Bath Bombs.

Posted in Bath, Bath Bombs, Bath Treats, bathing treats, fizzy bath treats, handmade bath bombs, Handmade Natural Products, hydrating and moisturizing, Hydration, Moisturizing, pamper, pamper treat, relaxation, self care, self love, Shea Butter, skin care, skincare, Sleep

The Amazing Benefits of Lavender

Posted on April 26, 2021 by Melanie Brown

Lavender is awesome!

It has an amazing aroma and beautiful colour. However, did you know that it is renowned for its incredible healing qualities, particularly where inflammation occurs?

An example of this is with Rosacea.

Rosacea is a condition which sporadically appears on the skin.

It shows up as reddening of the face. Occasionally, blood vessels are visible.

This condition can be triggered by food, caffeine, alcohol and exercise.

Lavender is said to help as a natural anti-inflammatory which can calm and soothe the skin, especially in this situation.

It can be applied topically to the skin either in a carrier oil or directly. You can add one or two droplets of it to your favourite moisturizer.

One of our popular soaps, Lavender and Patchouli, is a natural handmade soap containing Lavender essential oil and is decorated with natural lavender buds. It is beautifully hydrating and moisturizing and does not dry out the skin.  It also makes a lovely pamper treat.

Check out the following link to find out more about this gorgeous soap bar.  

Posted in anti-inflammatory, benefits of lavender, calm and soothe, hydrating and moisturizing, lavender, rosacea, signs of rosacea

3 DIY Skincare Hacks

Posted on April 09, 2021 by Melanie Brown


Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is subjected to all sorts of influences such as the weather and pollution.🌡🌬☁️🌞

You therefore have to do all that you can to protect it.⛑

There are a number of things that you can find in your home to help you look after your skin. They will hydrate and moisturize leaving your skin looking healthy and glowing. 🏥👩‍⚕️

Here are 3 simple hacks that you can try at home.🏡

1. Coconut Oil 🥥

This is used for cooking but makes an excellent moisturiser, especially if you suffer from dry skin. It is made up of fatty acids and natural fats. It is renowned for its antimicrobial properties. It can be used on the body by rubbing it into the desired area. It is a little heavy for the face.

2. Honey 🍯

This natural treasure is amazing for dry skin and assisting the healing process. It is known for helping if with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. You can apply a very thin layer to your face like a face mask for 20 minutes. The beauty of honey is that it can be combined to other natural ingredients to soothe and nourish the skin.

3. Aloe vera 🌿

I love this plant 🪴 It has amazing soothing qualities particularly if you have caught the sun 🌞, or have skin irritations such as eczema to acne. It has been recognised for improving the skin texture. Aloe vera can be taken as a supplement, used topically as a gel, or if you have a plant, you can carefully remove one of its leaves and scoop out the inner gel. You can apply a thin layer to your face leaving it on for 20 minutes. 💆‍♀️🧖🏾‍♀️

If you love natural skin care with natural ingredients, check out the Mel's Little Luxuries range.

Posted in Aloe vera, DIY Hacks, Honey, Natural Ingredients, Natural Skincare, Skincare

10 Simple Wrinkle Erasers

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Melanie Brown

Aging of the skin is a natural process by which the collagen and elastin, that keep our skin looking firm and youthful, begin to decline, this results in wrinkles. Cell production and cell quality also diminish over time resulting in wrinkles.

These factors unfortunately are out of our control, though diet and supplements can slow down the process, it will not stop it.

 The influences that are within our control are largely environmental such as pollution (e.g., smoking) and sun damage.

 Here are 10 easy ways to reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process:-

  1. Stop smoking (It’s #1 for a reason)
  2. Always wear sunscreen whether it’s cloudy or sunny and don’t sunbake.
  3. Hydrate your skin by drinking about 8 glasses of water a day.
  4. Use skincare products that contain antioxidants and AHA's.
  5. Moisturize the skin on your face twice daily.
  6. Reduce stress. (Try reading, exercising, meditating) 15 minutes a day is a good start.
  7. Reduce alcohol consumption. Overindulging can put enormous strain on your system and will accelerate wrinkles forming.
  8. Eat healthily by incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
  9. Sleep at least 8 hours every night.
  10. Eat fish three times a week. Great for the skin and general health.

Love your skin! 

Posted in Anti-Aging, anti-aging benefits, Beauty, Collagen, drink water, simple wrinkle erasers, skincare, wrinkles, youthful skin

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