Pressed from cocoa seeds, cocoa butter is a luxurious emollient that has a delectable chocolate scent. A popular ingredient in beauty and skin products, cocoa butter:
Softens and rejuvenates the skin
Is commonly used to help with the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks
Can also be used in the hair to hydrate dry locks
What is Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans that have been fermented, roasted, and extracted from their hulls before being pressed to collect the butter. The cocoa trees (Theobroma cacao) these beans grow on are small evergreen trees typically between 13-26 feet tall that are native to the deep tropics of central and southern America. Cocoa beans are a staple in Mesoamerican diets, and have been cultivated as far back as 1500 B.C.!
The cocoa tree has had such an impact on the culture of people in the central and southern Americas that it even delves into the spiritual. The ancient Maya believed cacao was bestowed on them upon the creation of humans by the divine grandmother goddess. Today, cacao is used in a variety of applications, such as in creating chocolate and in adding emollient properties to skin and beauty products.
Cocoa Butter Products
Pure cocoa butter is pale yellow with a delicately sweet scent of chocolate. One of the most stable fats known, it has a naturally long shelf life. Cocoa butter is similar to shea and mango butter in that it is semi-solid at room temperature, but melts upon contact with skin, offering luxurious emollient benefits for the skin, hair, and nails.
Piping Rock’s 100% pure Cocoa Butter is unrefined and pressed from cocoa beans. It softens and rejuvenates skin on the face and body, helping to sooth chapped lips and dry skin. Cocoa butter is especially popular for use on fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Our Cocoa Butter can be used in most DIY projects such as in creating homemade balms, lotions, and other skin and beauty products.
Directions for Use
Apply a desired amount of cocoa butter to the hair, skin, or nails and gently massage until absorbed. Cocoa butter is naturally semi-solid at room temperature. If so, use a spoon to scoop and rub vigorously between your hands to soften. You can even place in the microwave for a few seconds to soften, or put in a bowl above hot water similar to how one might warm an infant’s bottle.