What is Cocoa Butter?
Scientific Name: Theobroma cocao
Family Name: Malvaceae
*Certified organically grown
Inesscents™ Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter is made from the seeds of the cacao fruit, which are also used to make chocolate. It is cold-pressed, raw and rich in essential fatty acids, which deeply penetrate dry skin, helping to restore luster and softness.
Theobroma cacao, also known as the cacao or cocoa tree is an evergreen tree native to the deep equatorial forests of the Americas. The name theobroma is derived from the Greek word theos and broma meaning food of the gods. It is the seeds (cacao beans) that are fermented, then processed at low temperatures for maximum nutrient retention. Pure cocoa butter is hard at room temperature.
Long before Western Civilization (Columbus) visited the Americas for the first time, the Aztecs and Mayans had been cultivating many species of cacao and regarded it as a source of divine nectar offered by their God. This sacred fruit was used for many different purposes, including currency as well as to make one of their most sacred beverages.
Cocoa Butter is most often used for:
1. Dry Skin - Use for ashy skin, chapping, chafing, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, skin cracks, and tough or rough skin (especially feet and elbows)
2. Reducing Fine Lines - Apply to aging and/ or sun damaged skin.
3. Skin Irritations - Minor skin irritations including: allergies, insect bites, frost bites, sun burns, burns, and small skin wounds.
4. Sun Damage - Can be applied after sun damage/ sunburn to soothe skin.
5. Sensitive Skin - For infants or people with sensitive skin, cocoa butter is a natural alternative.
6. Stretch Marks - Cocoa butter is known as the quintessential product for the smoothing and prevention of stretch marks and other kinds of scar tissue. It is also good for soothing the sore and cracked nipples of nursing mothers.
7. Massage - Cocoa Butter’s emollient, moisturizing and antioxidant properties make it ideal as a massage lubricant.
How to use Cocoa Butter (its solid!)?
Cocoa Butter remains one the most concentrated and stable plant fats known. It is easily absorbed into the skin and smells delicious! As mentioned before, cocoa butter, in its pure form, is solid at room temperature. Shave off a small piece using a knife (be careful!) and melt between the hands. Break off a small chunk and put it in your bath or use it in your favorite homemade lip balm or body butter recipe. It smells delicious and will add a touch of indulgence to your daily experience!