Cocoa butter is derived, yes from cocoa beans. Chocolate and absolutely intricate desserts have cocoa butter. They are the epitome of “a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”. It is graciously not so when it is applied on your skin. Cocoa butter is an oil or fat which is extracted from cocoa beans. Palmers cocoa butter lotion is laden with rich cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans which are taken from cacao plant. The beans are then roasted, stripped and finally pressed to extract the oil. The remaining seed is used to make the cocoa powder, we all love!
Cocoa has a strong history. Its been around for 3000 years and been used as currency by the Aztecs and Mayans. Recently, researchers came across compounds called phytochemicals which are found in the cocoa beans. They are believed to keep your body and skin in good health.
BENEFITS OF COCOA BUTTER
Cocoa butter is highly nourishing. The fatty acids in cocoa butter helps your body retain and block moisture inside your skin. This improves elasticity and also avoids any stretch marks. Hence Palmers coco butter is filled with natural ingredients most of which is all organic. Cocoa butter is known to heal skin issues like eczema and itchy skin. It also helps heals scars.
Cocoa butter is great moisturizer. If compared to other moisturizing agents like shea butter and coconut oil. Cocoa butter has a beautiful fragrance and it has a higher quantity of having moisturizing agents. Shea butter which is found in West and Central Africa on the Shea tree. It doesn’t have a distinct smell, but it is laden with vitamins thus being a great nourishing agent as well as moisturizing agent.
HOW TO USE IT?
Cocoa butter is very versatile and helps you decide on what you wish to do with it. Most lotions and creams have a small amount of cocoa butter along with other additives. Sunscreens, foundations and lip balms have cocoa butter. Thankfully Palmer’s coconut oil hand cream which has a considerable amount of shea butter isn’t laden with preservatives and additives.
You can also go ahead and get your own cocoa butter from the store. Melt it in a double boiler. You can add your fragrance or even extra butters. Pour it in some wacky design container and let it harden. Once done you have your own bar of cream. This is great for people who believe that there maybe additives in what you buy. In case you are lazy, which we all are! You can always buy Palmer’s cocoa butter lotion which is natural and helps keep your skin moisturized.
Although cocoa butter is organic, it can also have its drawbacks. Cocoa butter is of course a great moisturizer, but researchers in 2015 have found that a particular cocoa butter product has anti-estrogenic effects. Which blocks the estrogen in a female’s body. If you are allergic or are getting a certain treatment done its better, you consult a doctor before you use any products with cocoa butter in it. You can always do a swatch test where you apply a miniscule amount of the product which contains cocoa butter or plain cocoa butter and let it be for 24 hours. See how your skin reacts to it.
In conclusion, cocoa butter is highly nourishing but can have mild side effects. Use this on your cracked skin, lips, even hair if you have extremely dry hair. Cocoa butter has a great side effect that it makes your body smell like chocolate. You can also use it for babies because they are not as abrasive as a synthetically procured creams. Cocoa butter is even great if you wish to apply it without any additives, because it has its own natural, warm, woody scent. Palmer’s cocoa butter is one such product which gives the essence of the actual product, in this case cocoa butter. The fragrance is also similar to the cocoa butter. It also has great vitamins and nutrients which are great for your skin. It makes sure you do not have to worry about severely dry skin in the winters. A great combination is shea and cocoa butter combination too.