Hello friend! Let’s begin our discovery of what makes a great body lotion (or body butter, which is a thicker, but not heavier, version of a lotion). Why should you use cocoa butter? Ah, keep reading, friend.
There are three parts to a healthy body lotion:
- An excellent base
- An effective carrier oil
- Appropriate essential oils.
In this post I’d like to introduce you to a favorite base of mine.
Why use cocoa butter? Let’s find out more about this awesome bean.
Cocoa butter comes from beans of the cocoa tree, which was first cultivated by the Mayans. Today most cocoa comes from trees located in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Cocoa beans have been used for many years in making chocolate, but have only fairly recently been realized for their amazing skin moisturizing and healing properties. Once the cocoa bean pods open, the beans are removed and then pressed into cocoa butter, which is technically a vegetable fat. It is best to find raw cocoa butter that is organic and unrefined. This means that the beans have been touched as little as possible by humans, so that they retain their inherently excellent qualities. In fact, when cocoa beans have been harvested, they can simply be put into sacks and placed in a warm room. The natural heat (no added heat necessary!) pulls the natural cocoa butter out so that it can be collected. It is then cooled and becomes a semi-solid form.
Why I Love Raw, Organic, Unrefined Cocoa Butter
There are a few base butters that I really like in body lotions and butters (shea butter is my second favorite), but cocoa butter is always on top for me (and it makes up a great proportion of my handcrafted Pronounce skincare items).
Sounds like pretty awesome stuff, huh!? I swear by this butter, as I have seen remarkable changes in my son’s skin and my own since we started using it. Not only in our eczema-ridden skin, but my family and friends who have used it have also raved about the moisturizing effects it has had for them.
Here’s my “beware” statement for this post…
Make sure that any products you are using with cocoa butter in them utilize raw, unrefined, organic cocoa butter; otherwise, many of the properties I explained above could become null and void… simply stripped from the cocoa butter.
Also, make sure that “cocoa butter” isn’t a mile down the list of ingredients in your products. Well, actually… you should not use products that have ingredient lists that long, but you should at least make sure that cocoa butter is in the top few ingredients listed in your products. If it is not, it is likely a marketing ploy, just making you think that you’ll get the benefits of cocoa butter, but in reality there isn’t enough to make a bit of difference.