Cocoa butter’s composition includes fatty acids and triglycerides. The fatty acid percentage breaks down as:
- oleic – 43%;
- stearic – 34;
- lauric and palmitic – 25%.
Cocoa butter has a very pronounced chocolate smell. The color of the butter is either a light yellow to a brown. The melting point of cocoa butter is 40 degrees C, at which point it melts into a transparent liquid. Between 16 and 18 degrees C, it is a brittle and hard substance.
Cocoa butter is a stable vegetable fat with a shelf life of 2-5 years.
How to get cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter is obtained by fermenting and roasting whole cocoa beans and then separating the core from the shell. There are both natural forms and deodorized forms. The deodorized butter is subjected to additional processing to reduce the bitter taste and odor.
Uses for the butter
Cocoa butter is used most often in the food industry, being the main component of both milk and white chocolate.
The pharmaceutical industry loves the physical properties of cocoa butter and it is highly in demand. Since cocoa butter melts at body temperature and remains solid at room temperature, it is the base for suppositories, and therapeutic and analgesic ointments.
Cocoa butter is also used in cosmetology. It has a pleasant smell and a noble, velvety texture with softening properties. Thus, cocoa butter serves as a base for lotions, soaps, and other facial and body care products that are manufactured.
Cocoa butter is a perfect skin moisturizer. It can be used to prevent stretch marks on pregnant women, as well as softening flaky skin, healing cracks, treating dry lips, and enhancing the other properties of moisturizing creams. Cocoa butter can also be used to treat acne and the post acne, as well as healing small scars.
Cocoa butter in home cosmetology
Cocoa butter is a natural emollient that moisturizes the skin and is used as a stabilizer for home cosmetic mixtures.
Lip Care with Cocoa Butter
Mix 20 ml of cocoa butter and 15 mg of granulated beeswax and dissolve by placing in a microwave oven for a few seconds. Add 15 ml of shea butter, 5 ml of almond oil, and 3 drops of liquid honey. Put a lid on the mixture and allow it to cool. You will be able to use this as an everyday lip balm.
Luxurious Body Oil
Melt 1 gram of cocoa butter using a microwave oven. Add 30 ml of shea butter and create a homogeneous mixture. Add 12 drops of orange essential oil, 5 drops of Vitamin E, and 15 ml of jojoba oil to the mixture. Put a lid on the mixture and allow it to cool. You will be able to apply this to the skin after any shower or bath.
Before using cocoa butter, make sure that you are not allergic to this product. Place a little bit on the inside of your wrist and see if there is any reaction.