Do you dream in chocolate? Well if you do (or if you want to) then 'the comforter' treatment now available in Lush Spa's across the country is certainly the treat for you.
I arrived at the Lush Spa on the Kings Road, hot and slightly sweaty, coming down from a long day at the office and was immediately approached by a smiling member of staff. She knew exactly what I was feeling and guided me to a chair, sedating me with a glass of ice cold cucumber water.
After a browse of the store I was taken downstairs to a Cotswolds country kitchen to meet my therapist, Maddie. After signing a disclaimer and getting all the medical questions out of the way I was shown a tea cup with steaming brown liquid in it, emitting a heavenly smell of chocolate and soap. I was talked through each element of the treatment and found out the tea cup contained the exfoliating liquid, which would buff my body to a brilliant shine.
The treatment room itself is cool, calm and kitsch. Lit with a soft pink glow, the environment is tranquil and peaceful. I lay on the treatment bed beneath a sheet and Maddie then Lay the thickest, warmest, electric duvet over me as she turned on the specially curated Lush playlist- tailored to my treatment- think children's songs with a hipster twist (while not really my scene I went with it).
The exfoliating begins with Maddie exposing each limb and gently but effectively buffing the skin. After say one arm is done, it is returned under the blanket so that only one body part is exposed at one time. The feeling of being greasy in bed was a little disturbing but I could appreciate the reasoning behind it.
After being exfoliated to within an inch of my life and being rubbed down with hot mits, came the massage. Rose scented bubbled were switched on (and quickly switched off - paired with the music I found it a bit much) and I melted into the deep level of calm I had hoped to achieve. The rolling massage technique was incredible and I didn't want it to end.
This treatment required absolutely no showering afterwards and the massage bars used are created to leave your skin non greasy, so you can dress and leave immediately following your experience.
After dressing and leaving the dulcet tones of an indie girl singing 'what the world needs now', I was taken back to the kitchen by lovely Maddie and presented with a ball of candy floss in a high ball glass. I was instructed to pour a small vile of pink liquid into the glass a la Alice in Wonderland and drink the liquid. It was extremely sweet, decadent and sickly .... I loved every second of it.
Leaving the store and emerging out onto the Kings Road the hot, sweaty, stressed guy I walked in as was no longer. I felt as though the treatment had achieved its objectives and while the frilly, sweet additions may seem a little indulgent- isn't that what you want from a trip to the spa?!
The Comforter is available in Lush Spas across the country, and the 90 minute treatment is priced at £85