Cocoa butter is derived from the same plant that is used to create chocolate – Theobroma cacao, which is found throughout Central and South America. Cocoa butter is a by-product in the production of chocolate. It is an all-natural, pure fat extracted from several cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is a very stable and highly concentrated natural fat.
Cocoa Butter is an excellent moisturizer due to the essential fatty acids that are found within its cellular structure. These fatty acids are able to penetrate the skin deep into the pores where they are able to hydrate the skin for longer periods of time.
Along with the fatty acids, cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants; oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. These antioxidants help to create a barrier on and within the skin to protect the skin from the natural elements and free radicals, to slow the ageing process and to reduce wrinkles by encouraging the production of collagen.
Cocoa butter is also a high-end beard conditioner as it will help to minimize split ends and promote the production of natural oils, which will result in longer and thicker hair.