Soothes and softens
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. These pods, in turn, yield up to fifty seeds.
To make cocoa butter, these seeds are fermented, which removes their 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. It is rendered into a creamy coloured 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. It can be used in combination with other natural butters to create rich blends. In our massage bars - cocoa butter works with the other natural ingredients, reacts to the temperature of the body and melts over the skin, making it supple and smooth.
The butter is a natural emulsifier and softening for the skin and hair. We use it across our entire range of products for its moisturising and conditioning properties.