Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
If your life’s a bliss because of chocolates, then you have cocoa butter to be thankful for. If you need to boost your heart and immune system, then you need cocoa butter in your diet. If you want healthy, smooth and moisturized skin, then you have Palmer’s Cocoa Butter to add to your beauty regimen.
Without doubt, cocoa butter, in general, is very much a part of our daily lives. From cosmetics to chocolates, and from skin care to heart care, cocoa butter is a key ingredient in basically all kinds of chocolates, and plays a huge role in the beauty and pharmaceutical industries. Extracted from fermented and roasted ground cocoa beans, this non-toxic solid that melts below human body temperature is responsible for the ultra-hydrating power, anti-oxidant properties, and healing capacities of many of our moisturizing and medical products.
For centuries now, this rich butter’s potent therapeutic and cosmetic value and properties have been highly utilized to do wonders for our skin and health. Its texture and aroma account for it being a favorite substance in almost any type of lotion and cream. Its mild fragrance and regenerative qualities make it a perfect solution for dry hair, lips, and skin.
Additionally, cocoa butter has high saturated fat content, which allows it to retain its nutritional and chemical composition even after being subjected to manufacturing processes. Such characteristic makes it an ideal base for some medicines used for treating different health conditions. Since it doesn’t spoil easily and become rancid under heat, it’s able to preserve its natural anti-oxidants.
This rich butter is made by fermenting and then roasting cacao beans, which are the seeds of a plant called Theobrama cacao L. The cocoa beans produced from the roasting process are pressed in a hydraulic machine to extract the cocoa butter from the beans. Once the cocoa butter has been extracted, the rest of the solids are collected to be used for making cocoa powder.
The use of cocoa beans for food, cosmetics, and medicines can be traced back to more than 3,000 years ago in history. Regarded as “food for the gods” during ancient civilizations such as that of the Aztecs and Mayans, and native to certain areas in the Central and South America, prized cocoa beans have been harvested in Mesoamerica and the Carribean for hundreds of years.
As the demand for it from different sectors and industries in different countries grew bigger and more diverse over the years, the technologies by which cacao beans are processed and cocoa butter is produced have also become more advanced and efficient. For it to be used in most cosmetic products, cocoa butter goes through deodorization and de-colorization processes so it comes out with a neutral smell and a pale-yellow color, which is more ideal for making moisturizing lotions, shaving creams, lip glosses, chapsticks, ointments and others.
While cocoa butter is definitely a staple in making chocolates, there are also certain uses of cocoa butter for which other alternatives such as shea butter and coconut oil may be used. Shea butter, which has a milder and more neutral fragrance than cocoa butter, may be used for moisturizing dry and sensitive skin or chapped lips but may not be used for cooking purposes. Some cosmetic products use it as an ingredient since it also works and blends well with other essential oils in terms of scent.
Another alternative to cocoa butter is the coconut oil, which is also used for moisturizing dry skin and hair as it contains fatty acid that’s very good for keeping your skin healthy and your hair shiny. The difference is that apart from its hydrating properties, coconut oil also has antibacterial properties. Both melts when heated and have the same smooth texture and pleasing taste and scent.
Now let’s move to the different uses of cocoa butter and its cosmetic, nutritional and medical benefits. Here, we’ll take a closer look at its specific properties, qualities as well as its common applications and potential benefits.
- Skin care
Coconut butter contains fatty acids that, when applied topically, shields sensitive skin from external elements such as the sun, which can cause skin dryness and damages. The shield or covering also help retain adequate amount of moisture in the skin to help keep it feeling soft, smooth, and supple.Apart from improving the skin’s moisture retention capacity and elasticity, coconut butter also helps ease discomfort from eczema and psoriasis as it contains Cocoa Mass Polyphenol (CMP), which hampers the production of immune globulin IgE, which can worsen cases of dermatitis and eczema. CMP also helps restrain the development of cancer cells.Aside from its saturated fat and CMP content that not only locks moisture in the skin but also protects it from harmful outside agents and prevents worsening of some skin diseases, coconut butter also contain natural antioxidants that help heal and protect the skin from the inside.Depending on your preferred textured and scent, you may mix cocoa butter with coconut oil or other essential oils, and apply it on dry, peeling, or cracked skin. If you have super sensitive dry skin, it’s recommended that you use cocoa butter in its pure form. Do a patch test first and see how your skin would react to it before applying more of it on your skin.
To melt solid cocoa butter so you can easily spread it on your skin, boil some water and pour it onto a certain amount of cocoa butter. Black cocoa butter doesn’t need much warmth to melt and is known to be the softest and easiest to spread on the skin.
- Lip care
With cocoa butter, and whether it’s windy or sunny, you can kiss your dry and chapped lips goodbye and say hello to soft, plump and kissable lips. Just dab some cocoa butter stick on your lips and you’ll be ready with a perfect pout in an instant.Known as an emollient, cocoa butter has natural hydrating properties that can protect our lips from dryness and damages that may be caused by extreme weather conditions. To keep your lips healthy, make sure you have enough daily water intake and that you use the proper moisturizer such as lip balms or chapsticks. You can use cocoa butter to make your own lip balm at home and mix it with other essential oils and tints based on the flavor, color or scent that you want for your lips.
- Scars and stretch marks
What’s in cocoa butter? Just everything you need to win the battle against scars and stretch marks. Not only does it contain natural antioxidants and hydrating agents, it’s also loaded with Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E that help speed up the skin’s regeneration process.With proper and regular application, cocoa butter’s non-toxic healing properties actively and effectively work on the skin to reduce discoloration of affected areas, and to lighten scars and stretch marks leaving your skin evenly fair and smooth. So whatever season of life you’re in, you’ll find some great use for this gentle natural healer.
- Inflamed, irritated, and infected skin
Apart from its hydrating and healing properties, cocoa butter also has soothing properties that help relieve discomfort from inflammation, irritation and infection due to burns, sores and rashes.As a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants, cocoa butter is able to instantly soothe sensitive skin and ease soreness and itchiness from psoriasis or eczema. With proper application, cocoa butter can also effectively help heal and restore burnt skin.
- Mouth sores
Being an effective moisturizing agent, cocoa butter is also named as one of the highly recommended solutions for mouth sores. So not only can it keep your lips looking soft and well-moisturized on the outside, it can also help keep the inside of your mouth healthy and free from painful blisters.
- Smooth Shaves
For a pleasant shaving experience while you’re bathing in your tub, you can get a handful of cocoa butter and melt it in your tub with warm water. The warm water will also open up your pores so your skin can better absorb the natural moisturizers and antioxidants from the melted cocoa butter as you shave. This is will make your skin feel smooth and supple giving you a perfect after-shower shave that’s free from irritations.You may also slather it on your face and legs after taking a shower and mix it with your preferred shave lotions or cream. Because of cocoa butter’s creamy texture, the razor can glide smoothly on your skin and give you that great and clean after-shave look and feel.
- Hair care
Your hair is your crowning glory and deserves to be pampered and be taken care of as much as your skin does. Dry and damaged hair and scalp can cause dandruff, split-ends, and hair loss, which can lead to an early onset of baldness especially among men. So to keep your hair shiny, soft, smooth, strong, and smelling great, you can use cocoa butter to moisturize your hair from root to tip.When rubbed on your scalp and applied on your hair, cocoa butter acts as a conditioner that helps the scalp produce enough oil to keep dandruff from forming. It also strengthens the hair’s follicle beds so your hair can grow thicker and stronger. With regular use, cocoa butter can definitely let you have the bouncy, manageable, and healthy hair that you’ve long dreamed of.
- Age Spots
Cocoa butter is high in antioxidant compounds, CMP and active reagents such as oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid, which help neutralize free radicals in the skin. Being so, and when applied topically, it helps nourish the skin from the inside and protect it from harmful outside elements that can make the skin age faster, and prone to wrinkles and age marks. It also helps improve the skin’s moisture and collagen retention, which then results in better skin tone and elasticity.While you cannot fight time and stop aging, you can slow down the signs and do something about your skin early on so you can keep it healthy and radiant as you go through your life’s seasons.
- Stress relief
Too much stress as well as lack of sleep and rest can make the skin look dull and lifeless. So if you want to relax and unwind after a tiring day at work, you can go for a long calming bath in a tub of warm water with about 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter and a few drops of essential oils with your favorite scent. Not only will it give your skin a soothing and fragrant pleasure, it will also melt the stress away and help you get a relaxing sleep when you go to bed.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
Thankfully, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products have made it even easier for us to enjoy the benefits that this vitamin-rich emollient can give our skin when applied topically. Its products are categorized into Daily, Intensive, Tone Correcting, Bath, Tanning, Men, Scar Care, and Hair Removers, that score high in terms of price, texture, scent and efficacy, and won’t leave your skin wanting for more moisture, nourishment and protection.
As an excellent moisturizer, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotions and creams may be applied topically all over the body and is great for moisturizing dry heels, elbows and knees. It also helps even out scars, blemishes and skin complexion. It is thick in texture, spreads easily, and may be used for dry to normal skin type.
This luxurious and affordable cocoa butter formula lotion also smells heavenly and absorbs quickly so it instantly locks in moisture and shields your skin from harmful elements leaving your skin feeling healthy, smooth, supple and smelling great all day long.
So if you’re looking for some real and pure goodness in a jar, go for a Palmer’s Cocoa Butter product and start pampering your skin with some tender loving care.