Our Amazon Rainforest nature born Cocoa butter is a healthy, mostly saturated fat such as coconut oil. The amount of saturated fat it contains (as opposed to unsaturated fat) is between 57% to 64% of the total fat content, depending on the exact type. Among the different types of fatty acids are:
Stearic acid (about 24% to 37% of the total fat content), Palmitic acid (24 percent to 30 percent), Myristic acid (0% to 4%), Arachidic acid (about 1 percent), Lauric acid (1 percent)
Some Benefits and Uses of Cacao Butter
Prevents dry skin and peeling
Cacao butter makes an excellent moisturizer for the skin, but it does more than just moisturize the skin. It helps heal it from the inside out as well. It is a great source of natural antioxidants that are found in cacao beans (the same types found in real and dark chocolate that are linked to benefits like heart health and better cognitive functioning). Saturated fats are especially beneficial for curing dry and chapped skin because they are easily absorbed and remain on the skin for hours.
Heals chapped lips
One of the most popular ways to use cocoa butter is on the lips, especially homemade lip balms. It can be used with essential oils like grapefruit, vanilla, orange or peppermint oil to create tasty lip balms that are moisturizing to the delicate skin.
Cacao butter is an emollient, which means it adds a protective layer of hydration to your lips, useful for blocking the effects of very cold temperatures, sun damage or internal heat that can leave your lips dry.
Fighting the signs of aging
Cacao butter contains compounds called polyphenols from cacao mass which some studies have found can help decrease the signs of aging as well as relieve sensitive skin that suffers from dermatitis or rashes. Polyphenols are types of antioxidants that promote health internally when consumed and when used topically on the skin. Cacao polyphenols have been found to combat various chronic diseases, skin degeneration, sensitivities, and even cell mutations.
Research shows that its polyphenols have several positive indicators for skin health, including improvements in skin elasticity and tonality, better retention/production of collagen and better hydration. When comparing cacao butter with commercially available products, both presented positive results, but only cacao butter is free of potentially harmful or irritating ingredients.
Softens burns, rashes, and infections
Rub a small amount of pure cocoa butter on the burned skin to help replenish the skin. It is even gentle enough to be used as a natural treatment for eczema or dermatitis. It is also a natural rash remedy.