Of all the most popular plant-based butters, Unrefined Cocoa Butter is easily the most appealing in both aroma and reputation. After all, who can resist the delicious smell of natural cocoa? The sweet, intoxicating aroma brings to mind comfort, luxury, and of course–chocolate!
Unrefined Cocoa Butter has a much richer emolliency than Mango or Shea Butter. This makes it a better choice for treating severely dry skin and hair. Its dense texture also helps the butter form a barrier, which can actually protect skin and hair from moisture loss. Loaded with Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter can also be used to keep skin happy and supple – even while battling damage and distress.
While Unrefined Cocoa Butter’s amazing scent is its most obvious virtue, clearly there is much more to love about this wonderful ingredient. Our butter has numerous properties to explore, so we’ve put together the following list of basic characteristics to help you get to know this rich, nourishing, skin care ingredient.
Pure & Natural
Our Unrefined Cocoa Butter is pressed from fresh roasted cocoa beans using a cold-pressing technique that helps to preserve the butter’s most valuable and beneficial natural components. The result is a completely pure and unadulterated butter with unsurpassed quality and potent active benefits.
Sustainably Grown and Produced
Cocoa beans are native to the Americas. And while today they are grown all over the world, our Unrefined Cocoa Butter is made using only beans harvested in North America. The beans are then roasted and pressed to create our Unrefined Cocoa Butter in the very same community using organic farming and production methods. All of this local effort results in a butter that is better for the environment, economy, and for your body.
Unrefined Cocoa Butter is a richer and more intense moisturizer than Shea Butter or Mango Butter. Unlike Shea or Mango, which are both non-comedogenic, Unrefined Cocoa Butter absorbs into the skin more slowly–helping to form a barrier over the skin and pores. This makes it a great choice for moisturizing the extra-thirsty parts of your skin such as your hands and feet.
The dense texture of Unrefined Cocoa Butter coats the skin, which makes it ideal for baby care. Unrefined Cocoa Butter can be used in diapering ointments to help protect baby’s delicate skin from rashes and irritation. The same properties that make this fabulous butter a great choice for baby care can help adults protect their skin from chafing, heat rash, or razor burn.
Just like fine dark chocolate, Unrefined Cocoa Butter is packed with antioxidants that can help your skin maintain a youthful glow. Antioxidants can even help protect your skin from free radicals that damage DNA and contribute to cancer.
The Ultimate Lip Butter
Rich, moisturizing Unrefined Cocoa Butter is one of the best ingredients around for making lip balms, lipsticks, and other lip products. Its dense texture forms a barrier over the lips, helping to keep moisture in and dryness out. Plus, using Unrefined Cocoa Butter on the lips is a great way to enjoy its incredible aroma.
Heavy-Duty Hair Conditioner
For those with very dry hair, tight curls, or a coarse texture, Unrefined Cocoa Butter can make an incredible hair conditioner. Whether used as-is or included in a hair oil, pomade, or curl cream, Unrefined Cocoa Butter acts as a potent moisturizer–sealing, lubricating, and hydrating hair with ease.
Unrefined Cocoa Butter has the remarkable ability to soothe and calm itchy, irritated, and sensitive skin. It is commonly used to treat rashes and common skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. The emolliency and anti-inflammatory properties of Unrefined Cocoa Butter make it a prized ingredient for troubled skin.
Unrefined Cocoa Butter’s deep conditioning benefits can help increase skin’s elasticity. This makes it an extremely valuable tool for expecting mamas, growing teenagers, and anyone else battling stretch marks or scarring. Unrefined Cocoa Butter is loaded with Vitamin E and fatty acids that help the skin remain supple as it changes and heals. Even after scars and stretch marks are visible on the skin, this kind of intense moisturizer can help improve the comfort and appearance of distressed skin.
How to Use Cocoa Butter
Unrefined Cocoa Butter has a relatively hard texture compared to other plant-based butters like Shea or Mango. Unlike those softer butters, Cocoa cannot be scooped easily and must either be chopped or melted before use.
To use Unrefined Cocoa Butter out of the package, chop a small, pea-sized chip from the container using a butter knife. Rub the chip of butter between your palms until it melts, then massage the melted butter onto your skin or hair. You can also try chopping a larger piece of butter, warming it between your palms for about thirty seconds then using it like a lotion bar–rubbing it across your arms, legs, and torso. This is a great way to moisturize the whole body quickly and easily.
The moisturizing qualities and rich chocolate aroma of Unrefined Cocoa Butter make it a marvelous ingredient for DIY skin and hair care recipes. For recipe and project ideas, check out our Free E-Book and our blog.
Melting Cocoa Butter
Due to its firm texture, Unrefined Cocoa Butter should be melted down for use in DIY beauty recipes like lip balm, lotion, and body butter. This rich butter can even be used as a main ingredient in from-scratch liquid and bar soaps. The very best way to melt Unrefined Cocoa Butter is with indirect heat using either a double boiler or a heat-proof jar placed in a saucepan of simmering water.
If necessary, Unrefined Cocoa Butter can be heated in the microwave, but it is important to do so carefully as over-heating the butter can damage its beneficial properties. To melt this butter in the microwave, place it in a small, heat-proof container, then heat it in short, 30-second bursts until it has melted through. Stop and stir the butter between bursts to make sure it heats evenly.
To make a simple lip balm, melt 1 tablespoon of our awesome Cocoa Butter with equal portions of sweet almond oil and beeswax. We have two types of beeswax you can try out, a 1 LB block that is sourced from beehives in Austin, TX, and easy-to-measure Beeswax Pellets. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, then pour the mixture into tiny jars or lip balm tubes. Allow the balms to cool and harden completely before use.