The Benefits Of Cocoa Butter
For centuries cocoa butter has been used as a base for making white and milk chocolate. However, in the last few decades, cocoa butter has taken on a new life in the world of cosmetics, showing up in everything from soaps to body lotions. This is largely because of the scent it emits, as well as its emollient properties that help to keep the skin moist and smooth.
Cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean. These beans are usually found in parts of Africa as well as the Caribbean and Latin America. The beans grow in pods that are located on trees in tropical areas. Once the pods have been opened and the beans extracted, the bean can then be processed into cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter, also called cacao butter, is the cream-colored fat extracted from cacao seeds (cocoa beans) and used to add flavor, scent, and smoothness to chocolate, cosmetics, tanning oil, soap, and a multitude of topical lotions and creams. Cocoa butter has been called the ultimate moisturizer, and has been used to keep skin soft and supple for centuries. It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. Cocoa butter is often recommended for treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. When applied topically, it creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and also helps retain moisture. In addition, cocoa butter contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma.
Pregnant women have long used to cocoa butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks, but this pleasant-smelling substance is added to countless other topical preparations as well. Lotions and oils containing cocoa butter are often used in aromatherapy massages to promote feelings of relaxation and well-being. Recent research indicates that massaging the skin with cocoa butter may help relieve stress.
The lotions the we carry that contain Cocoa Butter are the Cocoa Butter Honey and Oatmeal Milk and Honey lotions. They continue to be very popular.