Sep 152015

What is Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa PodsCocoa butter (Theobroma Cacao) is produced by fermentation of whole cocoa beans, which are then roasted and separated from their hulls. Cocoa butter has a pleasant chocolade-ish aroma, and has yellowish to brownish color. Make sure you buy unrefined cocoa butter, as only an unrefined one still contains all the beneficial compounds.

Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants, which, along with great benefits for the skin, make this butter a very stable one, preventing the butter to go rancid. It is also very rich in fatty acids. It contains stearic acid (up to 64%), capric acid (up to 35%), oleic acid (up to 38%) and palmitoleic acid (up to 40%). It also contains myristic, linoleic and linolenic acid.

Cocoa butter’s melting point coincides with that of our body temperature, which means it melts quickly and is also quickly absorbed into the skin. It does not leave a greasy feeling.

Due to terrible working conditions on cocoa farms, including using child labor, it is important to use fairly traded cocoa butter.

 Cocoa Butter

Zoya Goes Pretty Cocoa Butter  |  Life Flo Health Cocoa Butter  |  Earth Circle Organics Cocoa Butter  |  Akamuti Virgin Cocoa Butter  |  Aura Cacia Cocoa Butter  |  Aroma Naturals Cocoa Butter  |  Now Solutions Cocoa Butter

Why use Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa butter is a great antioxidant, fighting premature aging. It is a great emollient, helping the skin retain moisture. It nourishes the skin, especially very dry skin. It helps the skin with elasticity and softness. May not be suitable for eczema.

It can be used for facial skin care or as a massage body oil, alone or with other carrier oils and/or essential oils and butters.

Needless to say, Cocoa butter is extensively used as culinary ingredient as well.

Cocoa Butter in Face Care Products

Kris D’Amour face and body balm  |  Akamuti lip balmAlva peeling maskInika liquid foundation  |  Lavera liquid foundationFair Squared lip balmWeleda night creamSierra Bees lip balmTrilogy lip balmTEA Natura balm for face and bodySantaverde eye creamBadger Balm lip balmHurraw! lip balmCamille Beckman lip balmBee Naturals lip balmBurt’s Bees lip balmJoik lip balmECO Cosmetics lip balmAntipodes lip balmDomus Olea lip balmLuxsit facial maskEco Lips lip balmDr Organic rose face mask

Uses of Cocoa Butter

    • body lotion
    • lip balm
    • body butter
    • hand cream
    • face cream
    • soap
    • body scrub

Cocoa Butter in Body Care Products

Schmidt’s deodorantThesis soapNourish deodorantNow Solutions butter lotionLittle Butterfly London body lotionPHB Ethtical Beauty peeling soapAkamuti body butterWillow Organic exfoliatorLeor body butterAkamuti hand and nail butterOrganic Surge hand and nail creamLuxsit body lotionAlba Botanica hand and body lotionBurt’s Bees body lotionZoya Goes Green body butterElemental Herbs body lotionDeep Steep body butterJason cocoa butter

Cocoa Butter is recommended for:

  • very dry skin
  • undernourished skin
  • dehydrated skin
  • flaky skin,
  • itchy skin
  • chapped lips
  • against stretch marks
  • cuticle care

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Do you use cocoa butter in culinary? Which are you favorite beauty products containing cocoa butter?


Photo credit: Cocoa Pods by Medicaster via Wikipedia

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