Cocoa Butter: This oil is a hard solid at room temperature, making the term "butter" a bit misleading. It is an edible vegetable fat that is obtained from cocoa beans, and it has a very mild chocolate-y aroma. Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable fats and also contains natural antioxidants. It is reputed to provide a barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture in your skin. This butter is different than our other butters like Mango or Coffee Butter which are soft to the touch. If you hold a piece of solid Cocoa Butter against your skin, it will start to melt in the way a chocolate bar does, but stays solid at room temperature.
Note: To avoid crystallization when melting cocoa butter, it is best to temper it. It's simple to do: raise the temperature on your melting cocoa butter slowly, over 45 minutes. Then, turn the heat off, cover the cocoa butter and let it cool for approximately 10 minutes. Use this method to achieve smoother lotion and lip balms.
INCI name: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter.
Why does Cocoa Butter crystallize?
Reply from Bramble Berry
Cocoa Butter is actually different than most of our butters because it has a solid state and does not melt to the touch, making the term "butter" a bit misleading. It is a hard butter and we wanted to make sure our customers knew that, so we did notate that in the description above. If you are having trouble melting it, we suggest tempering it like you would chocolate. To do this, raise the temperature on your melting cocoa butter slowly, over 45 minutes. Then, turn the heat off, cover the cocoa butter and let it cool for approximately 10 minutes. Use this method to achieve smoother lotion and lip balms. Here are a few recipes that we've actually used the Cocoa Butter in:
Tiger Stripe Bath Bombs
Bramble Belly Butter.
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