Rabot 1745 is the skincare range from Hotel Chocolat, named after the Rabot estate in Saint Lucia, where cocoa has been farmed since 1745. And surprisingly it’s not all chocolate themed. Remember when people were mad for chocolate body paint? That’s a part of 90s nostalgia that nobody’s in a hurry to dig up, and you can understand why. The mess!
What we’re looking at today is a much more up to date offering – body scrubs featuring recyclable packaging that doubles up as a reusable coffee cup. I was sent the Coffee Body Scrub and the Sugar & Sour Orange Body Scrub to try out.
The scent of both these scrubs really does pack a joyful punch as soon as you lift the lid off. It’s like a little holiday in a jar. The Sugar & Sour Orange is slightly scrubbier thanks to the addition of exfoliating sugar grains. It also contains essential oils of orange, tangerine, argan and jojoba to hydrate the skin and leave it feeling incredibly soft.
The Coffee scrub is a perfect wake up for a morning shower. It exfoliates via crushed particles of Arabica ground coffee (the Rabot house blend) but there aren’t so many that you have to worry about your shower getting clogged up. It’s quite a gentle scrub, as coffee grains combine with salt to lift dead skin cells and dirt. Cocoa butter and almond oil are also in the mix to intensively nourish the skin.
I absolutely love the fact that the packaging turns into a reusable coffee cup. What a brilliantly simple and useful idea. And there’s more – if you take your Rabot 1745 reusable cup into any Hotel Chocolat cafe, you’ll get 50p off a hot drink. And if you visit the Rabot 1745 cafe in London’s Borough Market, you’ll get a hot drink in your reusable cup free of charge.
Or you can always take it to Brighton beach and stick it on your head. I know which way I’m voting.
Also comes in handy for your Statue of Liberty impressions:
Rabot 1745 products are 100% cruelty free and not tested on animals. They are free from parabens and suitable for vegetarians. Some products are also suitable for vegans, although not the body scrubs as they contain beeswax.