Cocoa Butter Pastilles: This oil is a hard solid at room temperature, making the term "butter" a bit misleading. It 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. 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.
Test results for stand alone cold process recipe with 100% Cocoa Butter:
Lather: Dense with some small bubbles! Fluffier than 100% palm oil soap. The more you use it the creamier the bubbles become.
Lather Stability: Average/poor
Hand Feel: Normal
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.
These pastilles have a fairly light scent. If you are interested in a stronger scented cocoa butter, check out our Cocoa Butter Cubes. If you would like cocoa butter with no scent, check out our Deodorized Cocoa Butter.
Botanical Name: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Common Name: Cocoa Butter
Why does Cocoa Butter crystallize?