Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
The cacao tree (Theobroma cacao – ‘the food of the gods’) is native to tropical America and can grow up to approximately thirty feet tall. The tree yields fruit in its fourth year in the form of dark red or brown pods. These pods, in turn, yield up to fifty seeds.
To make cocoa butter, these seeds are fermented, which removes their bitterness. They are then cleaned, roasted and cracked to remove their hard shells. These 'cocoa nibs' are ground to a thick, oily paste called chocolate liquor.
The fat removed from the liquor goes through high pressure to separate the cocoa butter and cocoa powder. The butter is more than 50 % of the cocoa bean. It is rendered into pale yellow cocoa butter. Unlike most fats, the butter is not greasy. It has a hard consistency and smells like chocolate.
We owe our knowledge of cocoa to the Aztecs. They created the original form of hot chocolate, which was a fiery, chocolate drink.
The butter is a natural emulsifier and softening for the skin. It is said to effectively relieve itchy, dry skin when applied topically. We use it across our entire range of products for its softening, moisturizing and conditioning properties.
Cocoa butter is a stable and dry butter. It can be used in combination with other natural butters to create rich blends. In our massage bars, including Wiccy Magic Muscles, Therapy, Heavanilli and Strawberry Feels Forever, cocoa butter works with the other natural ingredients, reacts to the temperature of the body and melts over the skin, making it supple and smooth.
We use cocoa butter in our luxury bath melts, Floating Island, MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment and You’ve Been Mangoed. As they melt in the hot water, the butter disperses and your bath becomes a decadent treat, softening your skin and hair.
Our body butters contain a generous helping of this delicious butter. In Buffy, the cocoa and shea butters soften and nourish the skin, while the ground rice, aduki beans and almonds exfoliate and scrub away dead cells.