Cocoa butter - chocolate for your skin.
I just LOVE cocoa butter! When I open the jar the chocolaty smell is so strong and gorgeous it fills the whole room🥰 This is not the only great thing about cocoa butter - it is exceptionally good for your skin - after the first use your skin is silky soft and you smell like a bar of chocolate😍 🍫 🤎 Mayans and Aztecs 3000 years ago used it for medicinal, beauty, consumption purposes and even as a currency💰
Cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao) comes from cocoa beans - beans are first roasted, their hulls are removed and then cocoa nibs are pressed - cocoa butter separates out from non-fat part.
Some interesting facts:
🤎 it is absolutely edible - it will melt in your mouth
🤎 it is very hard in room temperature but melts fairly easy in contact with the skin
🤎 has divine smell ( I had to write it again 😁 )
🤎 it is an occlusive ingredient - it forms a physical barrier on the skin which helps keep the moisture in
🤎 it is very commonly used during pregnancy - it helps with stretch marks
🤎 it feels very rich and luxurious on the skin, doesn't sink in quickly
Helps to soften the skin and protect the hair form damage.
The most common saturated fatty acid, it has emollient characteristics.
Due to the high percentage of saturated fatty acids: stearic acid and palmitic acid, cocoa butter is very hard.
Oleic acid ( also known as Omega 9)
Helps to maintain softness of the skin and hair, has anti-ageing and antioxidant properties - both very desirable, especially after you turn 30😉
Linoleic acid ( known as Omega 6 or Vitamin F )
Has anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties, helps to lock the moisture in the skin, has soothing and healing characteristics.
Cocoa butter has a trace amount of arachidic acid, palmitoleic acid and others.
Cocoa butter is a source of phytochemicals - plant compounds that can protect from UV rays which cause skin ageing.
Formula for chocolaty whipped body butter😍😍😍
I think this is my favourite so far!
This is to make a 100g batch.
It takes few hours for body butter to set completely. Remember to whip it from time to time to get as much air in it as possible. I used a stick blender and the results were fantastic!🤩 Keep it away from sources of heat and direct sunlight - if it melts it will lose the whipped consistency. We added vitamin E to prolong the shelf life and for cosmeceutical purpose - vitamin E is an antioxidant. This body butter can be stored safely for 6 months.
I experimented a little and made one batch following our recipe and another one where I decreased the amount of apricot kernel oil to 14,5g and added 10g each of shea butter and cocoa butter. The consistency is a lot heavier and I will use this one as a foot moisturiser rather than body butter😉 so you get here 2 products really that are based on the same recipe. I encourage you as always to experiment as well! You can use different oil (jojoba, sunflower, grapeseed), you can increase the amount of the liquid oil and make a body lotion/milk - there are countless possibilities and that is why I love to make my own skincare products💞
Our body butter feels very rich on the skin and smells like heaven! You can smell the coconut as well!🥥🥥🥥
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Here are mine body butters - the one on the left is fluffier then the other one. Both smell and feel lush on your skin ✨✨✨