unrefined cocoa butter

Cocoa Butter originates from the Cocoa plant ‘Theobroma cacao’ sometimes known as the Chocolate Tree native to the deep tropical regions of Central and South America. It produces large seed pods around 20cm in length and 500gms in weight which ripens to a rich, golden-orange colour.

HOW IT’S MADE

The Cocoa pods are harvested by hand from the tree then are split open to extract the cocoa beans. Once the beans are fermented and dried, they are then roasted which brings out the chocolate colour and aroma. The outer shell of the bean is removed which leaves the inner nib to be grounded into an oily paste called chocolate liquor. Chocolate liquor is also known as unsweetened chocolate or cocoa mass. Pressure is applied to separate out the cocoa solids from the cocoa butter.

WHY DO WE USE IT?

Creamy yellow, unrefined cocoa butter is simply cocoa butter in its rawest form. Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids, which is why it’s often used for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter restores the barrier between your skin and the outside environment, holding moisture in and reducing your risk of dryness. Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which help fight off free-radical damage to the skin. It also contains polyphenols which is known to decrease the appearance of aging by enhancing skin’s moisture content, skin tone, elasticity, and collagen production.

PRODUCTS CONTAINING COCOA BUTTER
Lotion Bars.
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