Cocoa butter is simply yummy! Every time you smell it, for those who like the smell, it is bound to remind you of chocolate. But that is expected really, since it’s also part of the components of chocolate and it is what adds that creamy smooth texture to your favorite chocolate bars.
Cocoa butter is gotten from the cocoa beans, which have been pressed by hydraulic machines to extract the cocoa butter nestled within them. Cocoa butter is usually ivory or white in color and has a strong smell. The fats in the butter are oxidation resistant, which makes them last longer.
They are used in the beauty industry a lot, but before we wax too lyrical about this wonderful butter, let’s take a quick look at what it does for the skin and hair.
It has been touted to have skin healing benefits. Many pregnant women use it during the course of their pregnancies to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the body, since the skin, especially around the stomach area stretches during the course of the pregnancy. It has also been said to help even skin tone and reduce the appearance of scars as well.
It can also help slow the signs of aging due to its component which help protect the skin from free radicals.
It is a great moisturizer, both for the skin and the lips as well. It is high in fatty acids that penetrate deep into the skin layers to provide moisturization. It helps soothe burns, rashes and infections.
It is also great for hair. It is a great butter to use in your LOC, LCO hair moisturization steps as it can be the “cream” component in this step.
It also makes a great shaving cream which can help prevent shaving bumps.
Did we mention that this oil is edible? Yope, it is. But then, like many oils, a light hand is always advised. A tablespoon of this sinfully great smelling butter packs a whopping 120 calories, use it sparingly my friend. Ensure that the one you consume is safe for consumption though.
This butter is heart friendly as it contains healthy fats that help lower inflammatory markers that can cause hardening of the arteries. It aids in the breakdown of fat and can reduce the risk of heart attack.
It can also ease constipation when consumed regularly and it helps boost immunity of the body as well.