CHARACTERISTICS Cocoa butter is a mixture of semi-solid and semi-liquid fat: its fatty acids have different melting points. Cocoa butter melts at 34–35 ° C. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, containing natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity and give it a storage life of two to five years. USES Cocoa is known as Theobroma which means “food of the gods”. Cocoa butter is an ingredient often used in skin care and cosmetics because it has powerful virtues. Africans already used it to protect, heal and hydrate their skin exposed all day to the sun. Cocoa butter has an off-white or ivory color. It gives its creamy and soft texture to chocolate. In addition, it is very resistant to oxidation, which makes it possible to keep it for a long time. SOME BENEFITS OF COCOA BUTTER 1-Hydrates the skin Cocoa butter is a wonderful natural moisturizer that melts in your hands thanks to your body heat. It is rich in fatty acids which penetrate the skin for deep hydration. One of the best ways to reap the benefits of cocoa butter is to make your own whipped body butter. Here is a simple but effective recipe that your skin will love: Ingredients – 110 g shea butter – 110 g cocoa butter – 125 ml of organic coconut oil – 125 ml almond oil – 20 drops of lavender essential oil How to – Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, except the essential oils, then melt them together over medium heat, stirring constantly. – Remove from heat and let cool slightly, then add the essential oil. – Place the mixture in the refrigerator for about 1 hour so that it hardens slightly. – Finally, whisk with an electric mixer for about ten minutes or until a frothy mixture is obtained. – Return to the fridge for about fifteen minutes. – Store the whipped butter in a glass jar with a lid in a cool place. The creamy texture of this whipped butter hydrates your skin and leaves it feeling soft. It is an excellent product to prevent the skin from drying out and being irritated, especially in winter. 2-Nourishes hair Cocoa butter is also very effective on the hair. Here is an easy recipe for leave-in conditioner for your hair. They will be well nourished and also very fragrant. Ingredients – 110 g cocoa butter – 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil – 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil – 6 drops of vanilla essential oil How to make – In a small saucepan, mix all the ingredients except the essential oil and melt them over low heat, stirring constantly. – Remove from heat and pour into an airtight container, allowing to cool for ten minutes. Then add the essential oil. – Place everything in the freezer for about 15 minutes. – Take out the mixture and let soften until the consistency of the butter and apply it on clean and dry hair. This balm can be applied to your hair before going to bed and rinsed off the next morning. Or you can just apply it to your hair (like styling mousse) and style it as usual. Contrary to what you might think, this fairly oily balm limits the production of sebum in the scalp, which minimizes the appearance of dandruff. The hair is also much healthier, thick and shiny. Goodbye split ends and brittle or dull hair. Hair grows better and stronger. 3-Slows the aging of the skin Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants, especially oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. These fatty acids are particularly beneficial for the skin, because they protect it from external aggressions and free radicals. This slows down the aging process while acting as a sunscreen. Your skin will look more beautiful from the first days. The appearance of wrinkles is also slowed down thanks to cocoa butter. No more overpriced wrinkle creams! 4-Takes care of the skin Time, hormones and age all have a greater or lesser impact on our skin. Cocoa butter is a gentle, non-toxic way to counter these many signs. Almost all pregnant women will tell you that they have used cocoa butter for stretch marks. And they all show positive results. The antioxidants mentioned above also lighten age spots, even out the complexion and erase scars. Others even recommend cocoa butter to calm and heal sensitive skin or skin irritations like eczema. This is an opportunity to replace store-bought ointments and creams which are usually full of harmful chemicals. 5-Serves as base for shaving foam Thanks to its creamy texture, cocoa butter is often used in lotions and creams. Added to soap, it gives a very good shaving foam, rich and hydrating. Ideal for men’s beards or shaving women’s legs. This simple recipe saves money, but also nourishes your skin with good products: Ingredients – 110 g cocoa butter – 125 ml of coconut oil – 20 drops of essential oil (lavender is ideal for girls but boys prefer sandalwood) – Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat and mix well with a wooden spoon. – Then remove from the heat and add the essential oil, allowing it to cool. – Mix with a whisk until a frothy mixture is obtained. – Store in an airtight container and in a cool place. Cocoa butter lightly scents the skin and allows the razor to slide well. 6-Moisturizes lips Our lips are one of the only surfaces on our body that does not self-hydrate. This is why we are constantly moistening our lips or putting lip balm throughout the day. Choose a 100% cocoa butter balm. Cocoa butter, thanks to its creamy texture, perfectly hydrates the lips. You can easily melt the cocoa butter, add the essential oil of your choice and your favorite color to create your custom balm. The caffeine in cocoa butter makes lips plump. You have the beautiful smile with soft, luscious and beautifully tinted lips. 7-Strengthens the immune system Cocoa butter strengthens the immune system. It could suppress the activity of T cells in our immune system. Thus, it would effectively reduce inflammation. To take advantage of this little-known benefit, simply add a little cocoa butter to your diet. This will restore your hormonal balance. It is particularly recommended to limit heart disease, mood disorders, psoriasis, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and arthritis. 8-Improves heart health It is often said that fat is bad for heart health. As a result, it is better to use healthier fats in our diet. Cocoa butter is a perfect example. The polyphenolic components of cocoa butter lower the inflammatory markers that make arteries harder. It therefore naturally reduces the risk of heart attack. 9-Avoid transient constipation Cocoa, contained in cocoa butter, is also a recognized laxative that fights natural constipation. Regular consumption of cocoa products promotes intestinal function. The stools are healthier and the digestion time decreases. This is especially useful in children who have transient constipation. 10-Makes you happier The fact that chocolate makes you happy is a reality, but it is quite simply linked to the fact that the person who eats chocolate likes chocolate, its aroma, its taste, the way it melts on the tongue, the sweet taste in the mouth … To this is added the habit of eating chocolate at particular times. So chocolate has a strong emotional meaning, whether as a consolation or as a reward, and this habit takes root in the brain. As soon as chocolate is consumed in such a situation, the brain’s “reward system” reacts and the dopamine transmitter is released. The feeling of happiness when eating chocolate is therefore triggered by dopamine, not because of its presence in chocolate, but because it is the brain itself which releases it. WHERE TO FIND COCOA BUTTER? Cocoa butter is easily found in organic stores, supermarkets, but also online here at Dadjio Trading Company. Prefer organic and unrefined cocoa butter? Have you ever used cocoa butter? Tell us in the comments if it was beneficial for you? We can’t wait to read you! Do you like this trick ? Share it with your friends on Facebook and your various social networks.
- Agricultural products
- 9 July 2020