Dessert-inspired beauty

We paired indulgent spa treatments (with TONY discounts!) and take-home products for full-package, guilt-free treats.

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  • Macadamia Natural Oil rejuvenating shampoo, $18; Macadamia Natural Oil...

  • Spa Lab ice cream log cake soap, $8 per slice, at Spa Lab, 40 W 36th St between...

  • Maybelline New York Shine Sensational lipgloss in crazy for caramel, $6, and...

  • Urban Decay baked bronzer, $24, at Sephora, locations throughout the city;...

  • Dylan's Candy Bar strawberry licorice Soda Pop shower gel, $4, at sephora.com...

  • One Honey Cream shea butter lip balm, $3, at Target, locations throughout the...

  • Giovanni hot-chocolate sugar scrub with crushed cocoa beans, $15, at Ricky's...

  • Billy Jealousy whipped cream traditional shave lather, $22, at Barneys New...

  • Nyx Cosmetics lip lacquer pot in caramel fudge, $6, at nyxcosmetics.com. Pairs...

  • Burt's Bees naturally nourishing milk & honey body lotion, $10, at Target,...

  • Sula Champagne Sugar Perfume oil, $18, at beautybridge.com. Pairs with...

  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula dark chocolate and peppermint lip butter, $3, at...

  • Fresh brown sugar body polish, $65, at Fresh, 872 Broadway at 18th St...

  • Hot chocolate at Just Calm Down

  • Just Calm Down

Macadamia Natural Oil rejuvenating shampoo, $18; Macadamia Natural Oil...

Photographs: (Just Calm Down) Caroline Voagen Nelson; (Products) Beth Levendis

The Chocolate Wars mani-pedi at Just Calm Down
This quaint Chelsea spa may be best known for its gimmicky treatment names (like the Just Knocked Up Hot Mama massage and Peelin’ Groovy facial), but despite the cheesy monikers, its services are surprisingly straightforward. I arrived expecting to be accosted with decadent treats and toppings but instead received a serene and relaxing treatment. The Chocolate Wars manicure and pedicure starts off with a potable hot chocolate or white hot chocolate; I opted for an after-work glass of wine instead as I settled into one of the oversize wicker chairs. I dipped my tootsies into the warm dark- and milk-chocolate--oil-infused “chocolate fondue” soak with floating marshmallows, which, my technician explained, “are natural moisturizers.” She scrubbed down my legs with a scrumptious-smelling dark-chocolate-oatmeal-cookie scrub. “Cocoa beans are known for their antioxidant properties, and they also help promote circulation,” she told me. Next she slathered on a strawberry-scented moisturizer, which left my skin smooth and smelling good. The process was repeated for the manicure, resulting in one sweet mani-pedi combo. Just Calm Down Spa, 30 W 18th between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-337-0032, justcalmdown.com). Manicure, $36 (normally $45); pedicure, $68 (normally $85). Mention TONY to receive this discount through Aug 31.—Rachel LeWinter

Macadamia Nut Cookie Restorative Treatment at Blondi’s Hair Salon
Much like the salon’s minimalist, white-washed decor—three sparkling chandeliers, unframed mirrors and nothing else—this conditioning hair treatment keeps things simple. I was led to a wash station in the back, where my neck was cradled in towels for extra support so I could enjoy a vigorous scalp massage. After a thorough shampoo, my locks were drizzled in a house mix of grapeseed, safflower and Hawaiian macadamia nut oils that together boasted a nutty aroma akin to freshly mixed batter. As I sat under a dryer for 15 minutes to bake in the nutrients, hairstylist Laura Braunstein explained that the vitamin-rich elixir would not only add shine, but also fortify my follicles. The thick lather was then rinsed out of my hair, and Braunstein gave me a bouncy blowout full of volume and waves. My locks felt silky and looked healthier for days. Blondi’s, 2742 Broadway at 105th St (212-666-5505, blondishairsalon.net). $60 (normally $75). Mention TONY to receive this discount and get 20 percent off all other treatments during your visit, through Sept 12.—Cristina Velocci

Chocolate Mousse Wrap at Vada Spa
When I first heard I would be receiving this slimming body treatment, I had my reservations—would I look like I’d been involved in a chocolate-pudding-wrestling contest? But all concerns were put to rest when my massage therapist led me to my quiet, dimly lit room. First, an exfoliating glove was rubbed over my entire body to slough off dry skin, increase circulation and open pores. Next, a jar of warm professional-grade real chocolate mousse was applied by hand. Once I was covered in the light and fluffy concoction from head to toe, I was wrapped in foil like a human Hershey bar and left to relax on a heated bed for around 45 minutes. Doing this, I’m told, allows the heated chocolate to remove toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite (thanks to its natural caffeine content). After a quick scalp massage, the treatment ended with a trip to the shower to rinse off, followed by a rubdown with thick, unscented moisturizer. My skin glowed and felt as velvety as a Lindt truffle. Vada Spa, 387 Sixth Ave between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-206-1572, vadaspa.com). $52.50 (normally $70). Mention TONY to receive this discount through August 18.—Brittany Kozerski

Dessert Therapy at Tribeca Beauty Spa
While this massage-scrub-body-treatment combo probably won’t satiate a hankering for chocolate, it will stimulate your senses—and soothe your skin. My technician began by rubbing on a sweet brown-sugar scrub, covering every inch to stimulate circulation and rid my skin of dry, dead tissue. Next, I was wrapped in a freshly prepared (and edible!) yogurt-honey mask. As I lay in the gooey concoction, my technician explained that the lactic acid and enzymes in yogurt help to hydrate the skin, while also acting as a sunburn remedy. After I hopped in a warm shower to wash off, the treatment continued with a half-hour stress-relieving Swedish massage using the spa’s own creamy shea butter, which is blended with nutmeg essential oils that are said to reduce inflammation and ease aching muscles. Tribeca Beauty Spa, 8 Harrison St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-343-2376, tribecabeautyspa.com). $120 (normally $150). Mention TONY to receive this discount through Aug 31.—RL

Caramel Body Dip at Euphoria Spa
At first, the idea of spreading sticky caramel all over my bod sounded like some icky erotic experiment, but I was pleasantly surprised by how sexy—rather than slimy—I felt after trying this exfoliating treatment. A spa specialist dry-brushed my skin with a boar bristle brush to flake off the dead epidermis, then coated it with a Sugar Daddy-scented mixture containing ingredients such as actual caramel, rice bran and citric acid. The highlight of the whole 45-minute shebang was the goose-bump-inducing, eight-minute head massage while the wrap set. I then cleaned up in the spa’s shower and returned to the room, where I received a full-body rubdown using an unscented moisturizer, ensuring my skin retained the dip’s mouthwatering butterscotch fragrance. Euphoria Spa, 18 Harrison St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-925-5925, euphoriaspanyc.com). $79 (normally $99). Mention TONY to receive this discount through Sept 18.—Lauren Levinson

Strawberry Sweet Cheeks Facial at White Tea Med Spa
From the moment I stepped inside this hushed second-floor space, I knew I was in for a treat: The reception area resembles a charming English tea salon, and I was immediately offered a cup of chilled white pomegranate tea. The spa uses the organic skin-care line Eminence exclusively, which is known for its all-natural products made with real fruits, herbs and vegetables. This would make my facial not only that much more fragrant (my stomach actually grumbled several times during the treatment), but effective, as my facialist Maria Riana explained that the serums, creams and cleansers she applied contained active ingredients. First, she massaged an exfoliator that smelled like gummy strawberries over my visage, followed by a strawberry-rhubarb mask that contained marshmallow-plant-based hyaluronic acid. Somewhere between the sticky, near-odorless coconut arm scrub and the hydrating application of a lip peptide balm I started to lose track: From a red clover eye treatment and sweet-scented champagne oil applied to my arms to a scalp massage and gentle prodding that worked out the tension in my neck and shoulders, each layer blurred together in a whirl of euphoric bliss. All told, my decadent session lasted nearly an hour and a half. By the end, I knew one thing for certain: I’d gladly have a second helping. White Tea Med Spa, 104 W 14th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, suite 2C (212-647-8919, whiteteaspa.com). $125 (normally $155). Mention TONY to receive this discount through September 12.—CV

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