It is called “food of the gods” in its homeland South America. Europe adores it from the time when the Spanish conquistadors brought it to the Old Continent. The evergreen cocoa tree is 10-12 m. high and is cultivated in America and Africa where it is grown in large plantations. It seems that all the word is crazy about cocoa. Why? The answer is in one magic word – chocolate!
An interesting fact about cocoa butter is that it is a byproduct of the process of making of cocoa powder extracting the fats, which are released during the pressing of the crushed cocoa nuts.
The cocoa butter (Theobroma oil) is white yellowish with a smooth cocoa aroma and pleasant taste. At room temperature it is hard and when it is applied pure should be melted in a water bath. Its composition is a combination of vegetable proteins, sugars, antioxidants (such as those in wine), theobromine (a mild stimulant), basic minerals (magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese etc.) vitamins (Е, С, А, В1, В2, В3, В5).
In the food industry it is used for the production of sweet chocolate and for enrichment of cocoa paste, in perfumery – for extraction of aromatic substances from the flowers of plants, in pharmaceutical industry - for the preparation of ointments, suppositories etc.
The aromatherapists prefer it as a base because of its effect on dry skin. They usually add essential oils with regenerative action – from rose, vetiver, ylang ylang, patchouli.
The cosmetic industry also loves the cocoa very much. It is basic for many quality products against dry skin, prone to wrinkles. It nourishes intensely moisturizes, improves skin elasticity, protects it from the harmful effect of the sun, reduces the negative impact of ultraviolet radiation, helps the skin to keep acquired tan longer.
May be the most important cosmetic quality of cocoa butter is its definitely proven effectiveness against the formation of stretch marks. That’s why the body creams with cocoa butter are recommended to pregnant women and to those who are on weight loss diet – in these periods the skin is under incredible stress that often leave unpleasant traces for life. The regular massages with a suitable product with cocoa butter will keep it healthy, strong and elastic for life.