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Ingredient Profile: Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter, also known as Theobroma Cacao (translation: food of the gods), is a creamy brown coloured fat that is solid at room temperature. It is the base for all chocolate and has been consumed in Mexico for over 3000 years.

Benefits to the Skin

  • Creates a barrier to protect sensitive skin from the environment and helps retain moisture
  • Reduces appearance of stretch marks, likely due to its high levels of vitamin E
  • Relieves symptoms of eczema and psoriasis
  • Promotes elasticity
  • Great skin penetration with high levels of theobromine, an alkaloid known to stimulate the release of fat
  • Softens skin and helps with wounds and burns

Botany

Cocoa butter comes from the cacao tree, an evergreen that originates from South and Central American rainforests. The butter is contained within pods that are 6 to 14 inches in length.

Harvest

The pods of the cacao tree are removed and split open with a knife to extract the cocoa beans. The beans are fermented for a couple of days, washed and dried, then roasted and broken into particles called nibs.

Traditional Uses

  • Antidepressant
  • Normalizes body temperature
  • Prevents arteriosclerosis

Found in: Magic Bean Organic Body Lotion

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