10 Great Ways To Use Cocoa Butter For Beauty

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Cocoa butter, also known as theobroma oil, is a natural (and edible) fat extracted from cocoa beans. Because of its silky texture, mild cocoa fragrance, hydrating benefits and emollient properties, cocoa butter is used to make chocolate, as well as ointments, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and food products. Cocoa beans are rich in antioxidants, and some of these antioxidants remain in cocoa butter even after it is extracted.

Cocoa butter offers several health benefits for skin and hair. Here are 10 ways you can boost beauty naturally with this super ingredient:

night

HELP REPAIR SKIN AT NIGHT

Cocoa butter is rich in vitamin K and fatty acids. Applying it at night can help your skin repair itself. It’s not ideal, however, for people with acne or oily skin, but it may help repair skin that is dull, mature, dry or flaky or scarred skin.

lips

HEAL CHAPPED LIPS

Cocoa butter is often used for lip care because it adds a protective layer of hydration. To make a homemade lip balm using cocoa butter, check out this recipe from blogger Tanya at Lovely Greens:

Ingredients:

7g (0.25oz) beeswax
15g (0.53oz) cocoa butter
30g (1.06oz) sweet almond oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
8 drops vitamin E oil
Lip balm tubes (makes 10) or lip balm pots (makes 3-5)

Directions:

1. In a saucepan or double boiler over gently simmering water, combine beeswax, cocoa butter and almond oil. Stir gently until melted.
2. Add essential oil (if using) and vitamin E oil. Remove from heat and pour into tubes or pots.
3. Set aside until cool and hardened. Apply labels and store away from heat.

pregnant

REDUCE STRETCH MARKS

Apply cocoa butter to a pregnant belly or other stretched skin to reduce the look of stretch marks over time. After a bath or shower, rub cocoa butter liberally over stretched skin every day.

rash

SOOTHE BURNS AND ECZEMA

Rub a small amount of cocoa butter on eczema, dermatitis, rashes and burned skin to soothe it and expedite healing. For this application, use pure cocoa butter that doesn’t contain any alcohol or fragrances. Also, use cocoa butter together with aloe vera gel or tea tree oil to help heal burned or irritated skin.

shave

MAKE YOUR OWN SHAVING CREAM

Shave your legs and hydrate your skin at the same time with DIY shaving cream made cocoa butter. Try this refreshing shaving cream recipe from Wellness Mama:

Ingredients:

¼ cup olive, almond or coconut oil
2-3 Tbs. cocoa butter
¼ cup aloe gel or honey
1 Tbs. kaolin clay or white cosmetic clay (optional)
2  tsp. baking soda
¼ cup liquid castille soap

Instructions:

1. In a saucepan or double boiler over gently simmering water, combine oil and aloe. Stir gently until melted.
2. Remove from heat and stir in kaolin clay (if using), baking soda and castille soap. Whisk or blend well for several minutes and remove from heat to cool. While shaving cream is cooling, check to make sure the ingredients aren’t separating. If they are, shake or mix well to re-incorporate.
3. Transfer to jar or container and store at room temperature.
4. To use, rub some natural shaving cream onto legs before shaving.  

hair

CONDITION HAIR

Rub a dime-size amount of cocoa butter into dry hair before styling to help reduce frizz. Cocoa butter also makes a great pre-shower conditioning treatment if you melt it and apply quickly (make sure not to leave it in hair longer than 20 minutes before rinsing out as it will solidify).

bath

MAKE YOUR OWN BATH OIL

Cocoa butter melts easily in hot water, making it a luxurious addition to your bath. Try this simple recipe for a cocoa butter drizzle, from bathaddicts.com, by pouring directly into hot bath water or over top of a fizzing bath bomb:

Ingredients:

⅓ cup cocoa butter
½ cup baking soda
2-4 scoops mica or other choice skin-safe colorant
2 Tbs. polysorbate 80 (optional)*

Directions:

1. In a saucepan or double boiler over gently simmering water, melt oil. Stir gently.
2. Stir in baking soda, mica and polysorbate 80 (if using).
3. Transfer to jar or container and store at room temperature.

To use, drizzle a small amount into hot bath water or pour over a fizzy bath both. Makes enough for 15 baths.

* Prevents color from sticking to your tub

collagen

BOOST COLLAGEN

Cocoa butter can boost your body’s collagen retention for healthier, more elastic skin. Make a topical lotion by combining ½ cup cocoa butter, ½ cup of shea butter, ½ cup coconut oil and ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil. If desired, stir in a few drops of essential oil. Store at room temperature in a mason jar and apply topically to keep skin supple and hydrated.

footbath

SOOTHE TIRED FEET

Pamper your hard-working feet and toes by soaking them in a tub or bowl of warm water infused with cocoa butter. Stir 2 tablespoons cocoa butter into hot water and let cool slightly until you can soak feet comfortably.

bodybutter

MAKE AN ALL-NATURAL BODY BUTTER

Cocoa butter is a perfect ingredient for making buttery blends that are all natural (and edible). Try making this Cocoa-Coconut Love Butter from Making Love Potions by Stephanie L. Tourles (Storey Publishing, 2016).

Ingredients:

5 Tbs. unrefined extra-virgin coconut oil
2  Tbs. almond or sunflower oil
1  Tbs. cocoa butter

Directions:

Combine the coconut oil, almond oil and cocoa butter in a small saucepan or double boiler and warm over low heat until all the solids are just melted. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring a few times to blend. Pour into a 4-ounce jar or tin. Cap and label. It’s best to use it within one year stored at room temperature. It’s slow to thicken, so it may require up to 24 hours to reach its final creamy, buttery texture.

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