Using Pure Raw 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.
Like yummy chocolate, cocoa butter comes from cacao beans. Raw or organic cocoa butter is made from 100% pure cacao oil.
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 letting the hot water melt it while rubbing it into the skin.
Being 100% pure, cocoa butter can also be used in cooking for creamy, extra yummy treats!
Edible and non-toxic, cocoa butter has many benefits. Cocoa butter moisturizes to protect 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 CMP content in cocoa butter also boosts the immune system and may even prevent cancer.
Cocoa Butter generally sells for $12 - $20 per pound (16 oz), plus shipping fees if you are ordering online.
Cocoa butter can be stored at room temperature and still maintain a solid form. It’s natural antioxidants prevent it from going rancid, giving it a shelf life of 2-5 years.
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 it. 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 was an issue because they actually doubled the cost of my order. Other sites only offered limited quantities.
I also found a local Olivier Soapery consultant who delivers to my home and have posted a Product Review for Olivier Cocoa Butter.
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 …. Enter “J” ...
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 7 months, J tried a large variety of skin care 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, and 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.
A few people with extremely sensitive skin have reported irritation or rash that went away when they stopped using the cocoa butter.
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 3 days after application, giving J’s hands time to heal. His hands remained healed for approximately 2 weeks afterwards.
Note: Your results may vary.
© 2011 Rosa Marchisella