Undoubtedly the winters are getting longer and colder, with this season set to become the chilliest in recent history. I’m already fully embracing layers, turning my heating on high and sipping hot cups of tea, so it won’t be long until I notice the inevitable onset of dry limbs and parched skin. The colder weather can play absolute havoc with the moisture levels in our skin; the combination of cold winds and contrasting temperatures once we step inside zap away hydration and leave skin looking a little dull. It’s essential to replenish this lost moisture and nourish our limbs back to heath, and a little cocoa butter could be just what you need to leave your body looking and feeling luscious. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (£4.00) provides a perfect all-year-round partner for dry and thirsty skin, but during the colder season it’s a lighter way of adding essential nourishment without overloading it (even if you have sensitive skin.) The creamy formula is enriched with Vitamin E which also helps to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and skin imperfections, while the subtle cocoa-scent is incredibly comforting and reminiscent of a metaphorical hot chocolate blanket. Although it’s also available in a Concentrated Cream (£2.25) and Original Solid Formula (£4.00) the lotion is a practical and enjoyable way to add a moment of pampering to your daily regime – especially during warm and cosy nights, and especially if you’re embracing the current trend of ‘Hygge’.
Pronounced ‘hue-guh’, this Danish coined phrase can be translated simply as the idea of ‘cosiness’ in English. According to Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge, the idea can be defined as “togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort.” What’s more comforting and relaxing than an evocative body massage with a
cocoa-scented lotion? Apply a touch of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula
Body Lotion to limbs and massage it in using gentle circular movements,
paying special attention to elbows and knees where dryness can take
hold; let the scent and movements transport you away and the stresses to dissolve. The amazing scent and sensual texture of this affordable treat is the perfect way to embrace the Hygge mantra, but if you want to adopt more ways of getting body happy then I’ve some ideas to help you on your way…
LIGHT ALL THE CANDLES
Did you know that they buy more candles per person in Denmark than anywhere else in the world? There’s definitely something comforting about surrounding yourself with flickering candles, especially if strategically placed on a Pinterest-worthy fireplace. Pick up a selection from your local store (they don’t have to be expensive) and light them as soon as the sun goes down; the gentle glowing light will make you feel all warm and cosy inside.
FILL YOUR HOME WITH SCENT
Our sense of smell is the most powerful, as we process information based on memory; whether the scent of warm baking bread puts a smile on your face, or the smell of toasted marshmallows makes you feel like a kid again, it’s great to fill your home with a fragrance that makes you happy. Candles, oil burners, diffusers or plug-ins can all offer a simple way of creating a cosy environment (as well as scented body products like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula that reminds me of holidays) – so don’t underestimate the power of scent.
RUN A WARM BATH
Bathing is ritualistic. It’s a simple way of washing away the day’s stresses and invigorating the senses; running a bath and taking a dip is an easy way of warming up and feeling cosy after a long day, but it’s also a pre-requisite for a touch of pampering…
SNUGGLE UNDER A BLANKET
It’s time to embrace the power of a good snuggle under a cosy blanket or three; the Danes love a snuggly woolen number as much as a faux fur rug. Wrapping yourself up in one will comfort your senses, make you feel protected and warm your cockels simultaneously – sitting on the floor gives you bonus points.
POP ON THE KETTLE
I love a good cup of tea, especially on a cold winter’s night. A cup of something brewed will warm you from within and soothe away any stresses, as well as helping to form a smile from your tummy upwards – there’s a reason why us Brits believe a cup of tea will solve anything.
The most important part of Hygge is simply taking care of yourself – both inside and out. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, the UK’s No. 1 cocoa butter brand,
sources the rawest and most efficacious cocoa butter from Ghana – where
the finest cocoa beans in the world are found. Palmer’s are also members of the World Cocoa Foundation,
which ensures cocoa butter is ethically and sustainably sourced and 100%
natural. The cocoa beans used are
rich in antioxidants and help to improve skin tone, lower inflammation,
stimulate collagen production and have a positive impact on overall skin
health; it’s the first step on your Hygge journey!
Palmer’s are also members of the World Cocoa Foundation, which ensures cocoa butter is ethically and sustainably sourced and 100% natural.
Are there any winter rituals that make you feel happy, both inside and out? Will you be embracing the Hygge trend or picking up a bottle of Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion?
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Palmer’s; all opinions are my own.