Cocoa Butter - Ingredient Highlight
Cocoa butter smells like a chocolate summer. Am I right? Who else is reminded of summer when they smell cocoa butter? For me I love using cocoa butter to lock in the moisture that my skin has lost after being outside in the sun for too long. It helps to extend your tan as well. I also love using it when I’m pregnant. Two babies later and no stretch marks... I know, I know genetics and other factors come into play regarding this as well. I really feel though that keeping my entire body moisturized with our Belly Balm helped me prevent them. I would use it 2-3 times a day on my belly and on my entire body every night. I used so many tubes of it it’s embarrassing but it’s the only thing I used and it really worked.
We all know there are environmental factors, stress and other external pressures that can cause damage to your skin Cocoa butter has antioxidants that help to reverse and protect your skin from such things. It reduces the extent to which oxidative stress affects us thus reduces signs of aging.
Cocoa Butter can be applied to scars and the surrounding skin to help repair the damage and even out the skins texture and tone to help the scars appear less noticeable and when used on a daily basis can help them diminish.
Cocoa butter comes from cocoa beans which are found inside cocoa pods that grow on cocoa trees. When we lived in Panama my sister had a cocoa tree on her property and I tried to harvest it and make my own chocolate and cocoa butter out of them... it didn’t turn out very well. Actually it was a disaster but it was fun trying and it gave me a whole new respect for being able to just go purchase cocoa butter instead of having to make it myself. I would definitely try it again and learn from my mistakes, hopefully it would turn out better next time.
Did you know that 90% of the world’s Cocoa is grown on small family farms of 2-5 hectares and only 5% come from large plantations of 40 hectares or more? In the Ivory Coast and Ghana 90% of the family farmers rely on Cocoa as their primary income. As a small family business we love to support small family farms and businesses