This is the second installment in the natural body care ingredient series. This series is designed to educate you on the different products you might wish to have on hand in order to create natural body care at home. Last time we discussed beeswax.
Today I’d like to share a little about cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter is one of my favorite ingredients; mostly because is smells wonderful! Cocoa butter has a chocolate scent (but it’s not overpowering). It can, however, be purchased with the odor removed, if desired.
Cocoa butter is one of the hardest butters available and is often used to give lotions, butters, balms, and salves a thick consistency.
While cocoa butter is very hard, is softens quickly when applied to the skin.
Cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer and is suitable for many people with sensitive skin. It is works especially well for those with dry skin because of it’s emollient nature.
Cocoa butter has a long shelf life of about 3 or 4 years.
I personally use cocoa butter frequently to make lotion bars and lip balm.
I also add a few shavings to sugar scrubs from time to time.
Cocoa butter pairs well with vanilla or peppermint scents. It truly is delightful!