By Susan Romero

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The Hot Chocolate Pedicure at Maria Bonita Salon & Spa is the perfect treat for tired feet after all that holiday hoofing. It’s decadent and different in more ways than one.

“Have you ever had a Brazilian pedicure?” That’s what my pedicure technician, Nara, asked me when I sat down in the pedicure chair. What? I was a bit confused since I thought I was having a Hot Chocolate Pedicure.

Well, I was, but Nara prefaced it by telling me that Brazilians, like her, do pedicures differently. She told me that they pay extra attention to the cuticles and put the polish on differently.

As I drank my delicious hot chocolate with holiday colored M&Ms on the saucer, a foot masque made with chocolate and almond oil was applied to my feet and legs.

Then I soaked my feet in a warm sudsy chocolate bath. Nara proceeded to give my cuticles, nails and toes the most thorough preparation ever, even tweezing the god-awful wisps of hair growing on the tops of my toes. Sorry if that’s TMI, but I was impressed.

After the thorough cleaning, Nara exfoliated my legs and feet with deliciously chocolate scented granules made with cocoa and Dead Sea Salt. Afterwards I dipped my feet in hot chocolate scented paraffin. Then it was time for painting my toenails. I was so glad I went with a bold blue color, but as Nara warned, her pedicure was different. Instead of painting neatly and wiping the excess, she painted all over the nail and well outside it, and then cleaned up the mess. No worries, your pedicure will end up looking better than any you ever had.

In keeping with the non-traditional nature of this pedicure. Nara moisturized my legs, but not feet, at the end, with a chocoholic’s dream lotion that smelled edible.

My feet were incredibly gorgeous and the pedicure has lasted weeks. The Hot Chocolate Pedicure is available from now through February 17, 2013. Don’t let winter get away without treating yourself to some chocolate.

Maria Bonita Salon & Spa
12 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Originally published January 2013

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