Cocoa butter is an easily absorbed emollient, which helps the skin retain moisture and to keep faces, bodies and hands feeling soft, smooth and flexible. It’s rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E, helping your skin defend against ageing and even stretch marks.
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. Each of these pods, yield up to fifty seeds.
To make cocoa butter, these seeds are fermented to remove the 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!
Cocoa butter is a stable and dry butter. We grate it so it melts easily into the oat milk base during the steam process. It works beautifully with the other natural ingredients in STEAMCREAM to make your skin supple and smooth. It’s also the cocoa butter that gives our cream its rich, glossy texture.
As a natural emulsifier, Cocoa butter softens the skin to effectively relieve itchy, dry skin.