Updated: Sep 4
Theobroma cacao, also known as the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, is native to the deep tropical regions. The production of cocoa mainly happens in the tropical regions around the Equator, where the hot and humid climate is well suited for growing cocoa trees.
70% of the world's cocoa beans come from four West African countries
Cocoa Butter is a fat that is churned out of cocoa beans. The cacao fruit goes through several steps to become raw cocoa butter. The beans are taken out of the cacao fruits and fermented. Then they’re roasted, stripped, and pressed to separate out the fat—the raw cocoa butter. The relics are then processed into cocoa powder.
Historic researches show that Ancient Mayans & Aztecs used Cocoa butter cream in medicine and as skin therapy oils for around 3,000 years. More recent researches have discovered that cocoa butter has an adequate amount of compounds called phytochemicals that might help keep both your body and skin healthy.
Note- Phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced by plants, generally to help them thrive or thwart predators and pathogens.
By far you must have figured that how special is cocoa butter, let’s check some more benefits of cocoa butter
1. Boosting skin health
Many skin care products contain cocoa butter, including Cocoa butter lotions and anti-ageing creams. Cocoa contains several antioxidants that help improve skin elasticity, as it is anti-inflammatory it is very good for dry & sensitive skin.
2. Moisturizing the skin
Cocoa butter creams and moisturizer helps relieve dry & sensitive skin. That is because cocoa butter is mostly made up of a large number of fatty acids. These fats may help form a protective shield on the skin, which prevents moisture from escaping and consequently barring the skin from losing its moisture. Cocoa butter also helps in repairing the skin of people who has skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
3. Preventing stretch marks
Many people believe that cocoa butter can prevent stretch marks from developing, especially during pregnancy. Some doctors and midwives may advise the use of cocoa butter during pregnancy to reduce the risk of stretch marks, by improving skin elasticity but it does not prevent it. Stretch marks are a natural part of pregnancy, most of the marks fade over time.
Cocoa Butter Substitutes:
Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
Most of the people have cocoa butter lotions or cocoa butter lotion as part of their daily skin routine. Many cocoa butter lotions and other products contain only a small amount of cocoa butter, along with other ingredients and additives. Or, if you’re concerned about adulteration, get raw cocoa butter and melt it in hot water to make your own butter.
Or you can go ahead shop some luxurious body butters:
Lazy Lavender for calming effect and relaxing your body.
Spicy Vanilla to spice up the day before you head to work.