Our Ingredient for today is Cacao Butter (Theobroma Butter), the unprocessed, raw version of Cocoa Butter. Commonly identified as the main ingredient of chocolate, Cacao Butter is derived from the cacao beans contained inside the pods of the Cacao Tree.
The beans have been harvested for centuries, in West Africa, and in parts of Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. This smooth emollient with a mild aroma has been used for centuries as a moisturiser that heals and protects skin and hair from the harsh effects of the sun and the wind. Aside from that, and its culinary uses, Cacao beans were used as currency and continue to be used as such in parts of South America.
Used topically, it melts at body temperature and works to naturally soothe dry, sensitive skin while reducing and preventing the appearance of scars and unwanted marks. Its richness in vitamins and antioxidants makes it ideal for use as a moisturiser that promotes skin health and relieves the itching, chapping, peeling, or burning discomfort associated with conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
So what makes this rich butter so special?
OLEIC ACIDS: Maintains the softness, suppleness, and radiance of skin, while reducing the appearance of ageing, such as premature wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also what impact the hardness or softness of the butter.
STEARIC ACID: Has cleansing properties that purge dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin, and also softens and conditions. It also helps products remain potent when stored for long periods of time.
PALMITIC ACID: Gives the butter its emollient properties, and softens the skin and hair without leaving a greasy or sticky residue
VITAMIN E: Has antioxidant properties that slows the look of ageing and boosts circulation, repairs scarred and blemished skin, and prevents moisture loss from skin and hair.
VITAMIN K: Reduces swelling and bruising, Helps prevent acne and reduces the appearance of scars caused by acne, and slows the look of ageing by preventing wrinkles