Cocoa butter has been a long time favorite of mine and I have used it in a broad amount of skin care products since several years ago.
It is one of the main ingredients in chocolate and has a very noticeable chocolate-y scent as well as a light brown color.
It is a very brittle butter which makes it a perfect addition to soap, lotion bars, and any kind of oil based product that you would like to thicken up or add a pleasant scent to.
Moisturizing | Cocoa butter is naturally moisturizing since it is filled with fats that help to heal dryness and cracking all over the body.
Cocoa butter is also an emollient which means that it adds a protective layer over the skin, sealing in the moisture as it does so. This ability makes it an excellent choice for a homemade lip balm.
This particular butter is a popular choice amongst those with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis since it deeply moisturizes while still being gentle on sensitive skin.
Anti-Aging | There are many skin care related ingredients that have numerous claims of being anti-aging and what it usually comes down to is using simple ingredients on your skin.
As I mentioned earlier, cocoa butter is an emollient which allows it to create a protective and nourishing layer over the area of skin that it is applied to.
It acts as a very mild, natural sunscreen which helps to preserve young and supple skin and it also contains three types of fatty acids that help to keep pollutants and free radicals off of your skin.
The antioxidants in cocoa butter can help to lighten age spots, even out skin tone, and help to reduce the appearance of scars.
Cocoa butter is also popularly used to treat stretch marks though there is no positive testing to back that theory up.
Cocoa butter is an all around, wonderful ingredient to have around whether you are a creator of your own skin care or you simply need that extra bit of moisture for your skin.
Even all of my soaps contain a small percentage of cocoa butter because it’s just that good.