Cocoa butter is a buzzy ingredient in all sorts of beauty products, touted for its skin care benefits. However, the amount of cocoa butter in commercial products is generally pretty low. More and more people are using it straight for a wide variety of purposes.
For example, did you know that cocoa butter is actually edible? It also smells delicious! We’ve searched up some of the most unusual uses for cocoa butter that you may not have heard. By the end, you’re sure to put a tub of it on your shopping list.
What it is
Cocoa butter, not surprisingly, comes from cocoa beans. History shows that humans have been using cocoa in some form since 460 AD! These days, the beans are first fermented, dried, and roasted before being pressed. The result of pressing is a creamy vegetable fat called cocoa butter.
Recent studies show that cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which help prevent cellular damage in the body. It may also be a natural anti-inflammatory that can offer some protection against disease and reduce pain. Of course, because it comes from the cocoa bean, it also smells like chocolate.
Understanding these basic properties of cocoa butter, let’s look at some of the interesting uses for this incredible product.