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How to Use Pure Raw Cocoa Butter

Rosa Marchisella is the author of the gripping "Touch of Insanity" series and the bone-chilling novella "The Greatest of Books."

Raw Cocoa Butter

Raw Cocoa Butter

What Is Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa butter or cacao butter usually comes in a chunk or bar. The colour can vary from cream, which is harder in density, to black, which is softer. It has a smooth texture and a gentle fragrance that some have described as being similar to chocolate, which also comes from the cacao bean. Raw or organic cocoa butter is made from 100% pure cacao oil.

How to Use Cocoa Butter

  • The most common method is to simply break off a small piece or shave off a slice and rub it against your skin. The friction will melt the butter so it can be absorbed into the skin. Unlike some other moisturizing products, cocoa butter does not leave a greasy residue on the skin.
  • Some people have reported problems getting the cocoa butter to melt. Other application methods include softening a piece of the cocoa butter in a small bowl of hot water. If you use this method, be very careful not to burn yourself!
  • Another popular method is to take a piece of cocoa butter into the shower or bathtub and let the hot water melt it while rubbing it into the skin.
What can you make with your cocoa beans?

What can you make with your cocoa beans?


Edible and non-toxic, cocoa butter has many benefits. Cocoa butter moisturizes to protect the skin and allow it to heal. Regular use has many benefits, including:

  • softer, smoother skin;
  • relief of chapped lips;
  • reduction and/or elimination of scars and stretch marks;
  • treatment of various skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis; and
  • stress relief.

Recent research suggests that the polyphenol content in cocoa butter also boosts the immune system and may even prevent cancer.

What Is the Cost?

Cocoa butter generally sells for $12-$20 per pound (16 ounces), plus shipping fees if you are ordering online.

How to Store It

Cocoa butter can be stored at room temperature and still maintain a solid form. Its natural antioxidants prevent it from going rancid, giving it a shelf life of 2–5 years.

Cocoa Butter from Olivier Soapery

Cocoa Butter from Olivier Soapery


Living in a rural area, I found it impossible to locate a local merchant who sells 100% cocoa butter. Those who had "cocoa butter products" only carried products with a small percentage of the actual butter or oil in them. Some products had cocoa butter in the name of the product but did not actually have cocoa butter listed as an ingredient.

I was able to find merchants online who carry raw cocoa butter, but in some cases, shipping costs to Canada were an issue because they actually doubled the cost of my order. Other sites only offered limited quantities. Eventually, I found RAW Cocoa Butter from Amazon for a reasonable price. I also found a local Olivier Soapery consultant who delivers to my home.

Avon, Eucerin, Mary Kay & Herbacin

Avon, Eucerin, Mary Kay & Herbacin

Product Testing

Before spending money on a beauty product, I wanted to make sure it lived up to its hype. The best way to do this was to test it.

Test Subject

J is a gentleman whose hands were severely dry and cracking. Regular hand creams had not helped. Special formula creams for extra dry skin had not worked. Medicated creams hadn’t healed his hands. Over a period of seven months, J tried a large variety of skincare products:

  • Vaseline (Intensive Care, Fragrance-Free for Sensitive Skin and Cocoa Butter formulas)
  • Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive
  • Mary Kay Satin Hands
  • Bag Balm
  • Glysomed Hand Cream
  • Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream
  • Eucerin (regular and medicated).

They all failed to provide long-term relief. Worse, most of these products left a greasy film on his hands. This made it difficult for J to work, leaving a residue on his computer, clothing and furniture.

The Test

I tested cocoa butter on J, taking a small chunk and rubbing it into his hands until the chunk melted into his skin. At first, we thought there might be a residue of oil, but everything was quickly absorbed, leaving his hands soft and supple.


The moisturizing effects of this product lasted for three days after application, giving J’s hands time to heal. His hands remained healed for approximately two weeks afterwards.

Note: Your results may vary.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: If I microwave cocoa butter to melt it, will it retain the benefits?

Answer: My research did find a consensus that microwaving does not destroy the nutrients, minerals, or essential fats in foods. So, warming cocoa butter in the microwave should be fine.

© 2011 Rosa Marchisella


Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on February 20, 2017:

Hi Eileen! It usually has a cocoa / chocolate smell :)

Eileen on February 20, 2017:

Thank you! Is this unscented or does it have that chocolatey smell?

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on April 24, 2014:

Thanks for sharing, WK987. I found the smell of raw cocoa butter too off-putting, as have others from what I've heard. Maybe your doctor's suggestion will help. Best of luck with it!

WK987 on April 24, 2014:

I used cocoa butter which did absolutely nothing to prevent stretch marks for me. I came out of my 2nd pregnancy with awful stretch marks on my stomach so thought I would Made from Earth's Aloe & Jojoba Therapy a try as recommended by my Dr. I have noticed that some of my stretch marks have faded quite a bit but I'm not sure if I should credit Made from Earth products for that or if the marks have faded on their own due simply to some time going by. I'm going to continue to use Made from Earth's Aloe & Jojoba Therapy in hopes that maybe they will fade even more

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on March 07, 2013:

Sounds awesome! I'll keep an eye out for it. The stuff I'm using now has a potent smell that is a little off-putting ... of course, that could be a pregnancy reaction :-) lol

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on March 07, 2013:

I used Now's cocoa butter and jojoba oil (the only two ingredients) while I was pregnant. I rubbed it on my belly every day after a shower and I have not one stretch mark. And it smells wonderful, too!

swayam on September 04, 2011:

Unlike some other moisturizing products, cocoa butter does not leave a greasy residue on the skin.

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 29, 2011:

schoolgirlforreal - Awesome idea. I never considered it before. I'll definitely give it some thought. Thank you :-)

Rosemary Amrhein on August 29, 2011:

Awesome hub. I love to read about natural things that help. Too often we are lied to about things that are supposed to help and dont...I'd like to read a book that contains hundreds of these ideas! ....thought of writing one? ;)

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 28, 2011:

Victoria Lynn & rikabothra - Thank you!

rikabothra on August 28, 2011:

Congrats on hub of the day! I loved the different uses for cocoa butter! Its definitely very useful for stretch marks. I use it as a lip balm as well. Voted up!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 28, 2011:

Congrats on hub of the day! It is a great hub. I may have to get some cocoa butter. I'm convinced!

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

Daisyf1305 - My pleasure and thank you for becoming a follower!

Daisy Fabelo from Orlando Florida on August 27, 2011:

That's my comment above. forgot to sign in.

Daisyf1305 on August 27, 2011:

Great hub I love Cocoa butter funny thing is the one I use I really never checked the actual percentage. It took your hub for me to acknowledge that. I have really dry skin and my lips get chapped so my cocoa butter sticks go around the eyes on and around my lips, I sue cocoa butter lotion. I just love the stuff. Thanks for your hub it's great.

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

SheliaKay - That's so cool! I'm touched that my hub was able to bring back happy memories for you :-D (((Thank you)))

SheliaKay from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie on August 27, 2011:

Awww, your hub brought back some memories of my soap making days. I use to use raw cocoa butter in my homemade goats milk soap. I can smell it now. just like you had described with "J" I would break off a small piece and just let it melt in my hands. It works better then the most expensive hand creams I use to buy. It's been years since I have made soap but I think I will jump over to Amazon and order me some. Nice Hub!!!

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

femmeflashpoint - Thank you :-) I'm so happy that you found it useful and thank you for sharing it!!

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

Thank you all for your wonderful and congratulatory comments!

hazelbrown - Thank you :-) I hope you find great relief this winter :-)

asmaiftikhar - Glad to know I helped you learn something new today! Thank you for becoming a follower!

Trish_M - Awesome! Thanks for following!

JSMatthew - Very cool! "J" is looking forward to saying good-bye to his stretch marks and I'm excited about avoiding them :-D Thank you so much for the vote up and for sharing this hub!

SummerSurf - Thank you!

applecsmith - Thank you! I'm so glad this was what you were looking for.

femmeflashpoint on August 27, 2011:

Interesting read, and very useful info! I shared it to fb and twitter.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on August 27, 2011:

Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day. This is great information, I didn't realize that raw cocoa butter had such beneficial uses. I am always looking for skin softening and healing lotions, creams and ingredients. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and sharing

SummerSurf on August 27, 2011:

Good idea to write a hub on this topic. It's original and interesting.

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on August 27, 2011:

Congratulations on being selected for the Hub of the Day!

I used pure cocoa butter to remove minor stretch marks and it reduced them greatly. It took about 8 months, applying every day after showering. This is a useful Hub! Voting Up and Sharing!


Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on August 27, 2011:

Hi :)

Very useful info!

I'll definitely look out for this :)

asmaiftikhar from Pakistan on August 27, 2011:

a very informative hub was not aware about these secrets of cocoa butter.congrats and keep it up.

hazelbrown from Central PA on August 27, 2011:

great hub! I can't wait to try this in the winter when my skin is painfully dry. Unless of course there is some miracle I don't need it...

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

Flora - N/P :-)

brsmom68 - You're very welcome!!

J Burgraff - Awesome! Thank you :-)

J Burgraff on August 27, 2011:

Loved your hub. Very straightforward good info about cocoa butter which I haven't tried before in its' raw form, but am going to now!

Diane Ziomek from Alberta, Canada on August 27, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! I found this article very informative; I did not know it could be purchased in raw form. My daughter has extremely dry skin - this looks like it may help. Thank you very much!

FloraBreenRobison on August 27, 2011:

oops. Must be because I am watching Jack Layton's funeral procession. Not paying attention. Time to turn off the computer.

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

hehe - wrong hub, Flora :-D Thanks for being such a great follower *hugs*

FloraBreenRobison on August 27, 2011:

That is what I meant-not if it hurts at all so much as how does it compare to wax :)

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

Thank you all very much. What a cool honour!

laral - That's so neat! I never heard of using it for removing marks on clothing.

Thelma Alberts - Thank you for the vote up :-)

tlpoague - I'd love to read a hub on medicinal recipes using cocoa butter!

smriti2101 - I agree. I found that even products that say they contain natural ingredients have such a SMALL amount in them that it's ridiculous. For example, I found some cream that was supposedly made from cocoa butter and avocado oil only had 16% of those ingredients in it - combined. The guy was charging $24 for a small jar that fit in the palm of my hand.

nikki_m - Absolutely! Especially when fragrances are added. That dries out my skin so fast! Makes using the product completely moot :-s

RTalloni - Thank you for becoming a follower!

RTalloni on August 27, 2011:

So interesting to learn about using cocoa butter. Thanks!

Congrats on Hub of the Day!

Nico Chambers from Kansas City, Missouri on August 27, 2011:

Congratulations on getting Hub of the Day! This is such a great hub. Some things just work better in their pure form than they do with all of the chemicals, preservatives, and dyes added to them so they can be pumped into a bottle.

powerofknowledge1 on August 27, 2011:

Very informative. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the hub of the day

smriti2101 on August 27, 2011:

Congratulations on the hub of the day. I am not too much of a beauty person because Iam not too fond of cosmetics. But natural products with so many benefits are great.

Tammy on August 27, 2011:

Congrats on the hub of the day! I love using cocoa butter. There is a lady I know that uses cocoa butter as a base for her organic medicinal products. It does leave one's skin feeling soft and without a greasy feel. Terrific information! Thanks for sharing this information.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 27, 2011:

Congratulation on the hub of the day! Great hub and Voted up!

laral from England on August 27, 2011:

it is amazing how natural ingredients have so many benefits. I am using a soap made by cocoa oil and algae and it leaves my skin so so soft and silk. I was recommended this soap for removing marks on clothing but I found it excellent on the skin too. Very well written hub.

sunbeams from Cairns , Australia on August 27, 2011:

I like the way you have written your hub.Very clearly explained and all questions already answered !! Congrats

LightningStorm from The World on August 27, 2011:

congrats on hub of the day. This is really cool, and informative

FloraBreenRobison on August 27, 2011:

Congratulations on being chosen hub of the day!

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on August 23, 2011:

Cool! My mom recommended it to help me avoid stretch marks during pregnancy.

FloraBreenRobison on August 22, 2011:

I've used cocoa butter before. I got it as a gift and it was wonderful.