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Everything about cocoa butter

Everything about cocoa butter

Published on July 27, 2020

Cocoa butter may bring to mind the tasty ice creams and chocolate bars, or it may bring to mind moisturizer and skincare products. But do you know all about cocoa butter, such as its benefits and usages?

Researchers have found that compounds called phytochemicals in cocoa help both the skin and body stay healthy. Just keep reading to know all you need to know about cocoa butter, such as its benefits, side effects, usages, etc.

What is cocoa butter?

Let’s have a little background about cocoa butter; despite other butter that comes from a cow or sheep, the cocoa butter comes from a cocoa bean. Both cocoa powder and cocoa butter are the two products with the same source, which is the cocoa bean.

Now let’s go in detail and know the process of how exactly the cocoa butter is made.

In the first step, the cocoa beans are extracted from the cocoa fruit. Then beans will be cleaned and roasted and pressed in hydraulic machinery. Next, the cocoa butter will be oozed. At last, the cocoa butter is extracted, and the remained parts will be processed into cocoa powder.

Cocoa butter contains fatty acids that can hydrate the skin and improve elasticity. Moreover, cocoa butter may improve the blood flow to the skin and may slow down the skin again process.

Is cocoa butter good for skin?

The short answer is Yes! Cocoa butter is one of the ingredients in sunscreen and vitamins, along with other additives. Using cocoa butter is highly recommended to people who want to remove scars, wrinkles, and marks on the skin.

Another surprising usage of cocoa butter is its ability to heal rashes from some conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.

Besides, cocoa butter may be beneficial during pregnancy to prevent or minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

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What are the benefits of cocoa butter for skin?

Is cocoa butter good for skin?

The short answer is Yes! Cocoa butter is one of the ingredients in sunscreen and vitamins, along with other additives. Using cocoa butter is highly recommended to people who want to remove scars, wrinkles, and marks on the skin.

Another surprising usage of cocoa butter is its ability to heal rashes from some conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.

Besides, cocoa butter may be beneficial during pregnancy to prevent or minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

The use of cocoa butter is not limited to chocolate, food, and cooking, and it is good for the skin as well. Cocoa butter is also used in skin creams and moisturizers. Now, let’s know the fantastic benefits of cocoa butter on the skin.

  1. Cocoa butter moisturizes the skin
    If you check the skin moisturizer product’s ingredients, you will see cocoa butter as the core ingredient in it. Also, people with dry skin type, rub the pure cocoa butter on their skin as an effective moisturizer.
    It has palmitic, oleic, and stearic acid, which help nourish the skin.
  2. Cocoa butter is an antioxidant
    Another amazing benefit of cocoa butter is being high in antioxidants and its ability to fight free radical damages to the skin. To go in detail about free radicals, you should know that free radicals can cause dark patches and skin aging. So, you can protect your skin by rubbing the pure cocoa butter on it or using the cocoa butter products.
  3. Cocoa butter prevents stretch marks
    Actually, there is no proven evidence that using cocoa butter can prevent stretch marks, but many people have experienced the effectiveness of cocoa butter on preventing stretch marks. So, maybe you should try it yourself to see the results!
  4. Cocoa butter boosts skin health
    Since cocoa butter plays an important role in skincare products and skin moisturizers, it is suggested that cocoa butter can boost skin health.
  5. Cocoa butter heals chapped lips
    Cocoa butter can heal the lips that are affected by cold temperatures, heat, sun damage, etc. You can either rub the pure form of it or add vanilla oil to the cocoa butter and rub it on your lips.
  6. Cocoa butter makes the excellent shaving cream
    Rubbing cocoa butter on skin before shaving hydrates skin and makes the skin nice and smooth.

If you want to use pure cocoa butter, you can order it online on Natural Moreish’s website.

Researches and cocoa butter

Unlike people’s belief in the effects of cocoa butter on the skin, researchers claim that there isn’t much proof that cocoa butter can improve the skin’s appearance. On the other hand, some researchers have come to the result that cocoa butter can prevent and treat skin diseases.

In short, the effects and benefits of cocoa butter still need to be confirmed by future studies, and there is no complete information about the effects of using cocoa butter on the skin.

How to use cocoa butter for skin?

Cocoa butter is added in most creams, body lotions, sunscreens, etc. Just rub any cocoa butter product on your body and enjoy the cocoa butter benefits. But if you want to rub the pure cocoa butter on your skin, then you can find it on Natural Moreish.

Tip: You can also add coconut oil to cocoa butter and rub it on your skin to get better results.

Can I eat cocoa butter?

Of course, Yes! You have probably eaten cocoa butter many times in white, dark or milk chocolates.

Cocoa butter is mostly consumed by eating cakes, desserts, chocolates, etc. But if you want to eat the pure cocoa butter, just feel free and enjoy it.

Before grabbing the spoon for eating cocoa butter and starting to eat it, you should know the cocoa butter nutrition to avoid weight gain or any other issues.

Based on the USDA studies, 13 grams of cocoa butter contains:

  • 120 calories
  • 13 grams’ fat
  • A small amount of vitamin E and vitamin K

Cocoa butter risks

Generally, using cocoa butter is safe to use for anyone with any skin type and even pregnant women. But some people might be allergic to cocoa butter that should avoid using pure cocoa butter or products that contain cocoa butter.

Also, it is safe for people who are interested in eating pure cocoa butter. However, overeating cocoa butter may end up people in weight gain.

Cocoa butter recipes

Matcha white chocolate latte

Matcha white chocolate latte

 Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk of choice (such as almond milk)
  • 1-ounce Natural Moreish cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste (omit or reduce if using sweetened milk)
  • 2 teaspoons Natural Moreish matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon Natural Moreish vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

How to make a matcha white chocolate latte?

  1. Whisk all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the cacao butter is melted and steam is rising from the edges of the pot.
  2. Process with a blender until smooth and frothy.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired, then pulse a couple more times.
  4. Divide between two glasses and serve hot. Alternatively, refrigerate until chilled in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, shake well, and serve over ice.

Macadamia white chocolate and maple spread

Macadamia white chocolate and maple spread

Ingredients

How to make macadamia white chocolate and maple spread?

  1. Put the macadamia nuts, cashew pieces, and cacao butter into a high-speed blender container.
  2. Process for about 1-minute total, slowly increasing the speed and stopping to scrape the sides at least once, until the butter starts to get creamy.
  3. Add maple sugar, salt, and vanilla seeds and resume processing, again increasing the speed progressively until your spread becomes creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes total.
  4. With the motor running on low-medium speed, add the maple syrup through the feeding hole. Once all the syrup has been added, increase the speed to high and let the spread spin for 1 minute, until really super smooth and creamy.
  5. Transfer your finished butter to a half-pint glass jar and garnish with a generous pinch of pure maple sugar flakes.
  6. Let your maple spread rest for at least 24 hours to allow flavors to meld and fully develop.

Where can I buy cocoa butter?

If you want to take advantage of cocoa butter and its benefits, you can order it online on Natural Moreish’s website in both deodorized or non-deodorized forms; then you will receive it in a few days. Also, you may find Natural Moreish useful if you are interested in dried fruits, nuts and seeds, teas, cooking and baking ingredients, etc.

The last word
Despite the fact that the researchers have not fully confirmed the benefits of cocoa butter on the skin, many people believe in cocoa butter’s benefits. Since there is no harm in trying the cocoa butter on the skin, you can give it a try to see its results yourself.

As soon as you decide to use cocoa butter for your skin, dessert, cake, etc. you can order it online on Natural Moreish’s website and enjoy its taste and moisturizing benefits.

PS. This article is written based on the research that Natural Moreish content team has done on different blogs, websites and articles. Natural Moreish doesn’t suggest acknowledge or claim the information on this post.

About the author Riley is the author, recipe developer, photographer and videographer behind Natural Moreish. She creates easy and delicious meals using fresh, seasonal produce. She was channeled towards a strict academic path (graduating as a physiotherapist), but she always wanted to do something that triggers the creative part of my brain.

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