Category: 

What Is Cocoa Butter Oil?

Article Details
  • Written By: Deneatra Harmon
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 14 November 2016
  • Copyright Protected:
    2003-2016
    Conjecture Corporation
  • Print this Article
Free Widgets for your Site/Blog
President Richard Nixon had an entire speech prepared in case the Apollo 11 astronauts became stranded on the Moon.  more...

December 8 ,  1965 :  Pope Paul VI promulgated Vatican II into ecumenical law.  more...

Cocoa butter oil comes from the cocoa bean plant, also known as Theobroma cacao. The cocoa beans must endure a variety of processing methods before it becomes oil. Once it is extracted, the oil may be used in a wide variety of products ranging from food to skin care. Cocoa butter oil has also been said to have plenty of health benefits.

Harvesters from Asia, Africa, and South America gather the cocoa beans to prepare them for production. The cocoa bean comes from the cocoa tree found in many parts of the world, including Africa, South America, and Asia, and the tree itself grows as high as 50 feet (approximately 15 meters). The beans are extracted from the cocoa pods and then dried in the sun before shipment to plants. The cocoa butter manufacturers first inspect and clean the beans from any debris before roasting them at high temperatures so that the shells can be easily removed in a process called winnowing. Left behind are dry-roasted broken bits of the beans known as cocoa nibs.

Ad

To obtain the butter from the cocoa nibs, several more steps are required. The nibs are usually then ground into a paste known as chocolate liquor. Using hydraulic presses, the liquor is squeezed to extract the cocoa butter, which leaves behind cakes of cocoa powder. The cocoa butter appears as yellow, buttery-colored liquid at room temperature, which can easily be turned into a solid by cooling. The extracted yellow cocoa butter is actually a vegetable fat that smells and tastes like chocolate in its original, unrefined form. The cocoa butter produces a strong chocolate aroma, so manufacturers may put the oil through a refining and deodorizing process to minimize the scent.

There are many uses for the cocoa butter oil, both in everyday and medical uses. It can also be found as an ingredient in massage oils, creams, lotions, and other cosmetics since it protects the skin against many natural elements. Also known as theobroma oil, this oil is often used as a skin moisturizer, which is generally bottled and sold in most stores and pharmacies. Cocoa butter oil also reportedly heals stretch marks and prevents new ones from forming during pregnancy, and is also used in suppositories and many topical ointments since it is so natural and mild.

Cocoa butter oil also boasts antioxidant and rejuvenating properties. It contains vitamin E, which is said to reduce signs of aging and keep the skin healthy. As an edible ingredient, cocoa butter oil is often included in chocolates, desserts, and other snacks. In addition to hydrating the skin, the oil reportedly helps the immune system and reduces stress.

Ad

You might also Like

Recommended

Discuss this Article

burcidi
Post 3

Cocoa butter is great for scars and blemishes. But it's difficult to use in solid form, it doesn't absorb easily. In oil form, it's easy to apply and it absorbs much faster.

fBoyle
Post 2

@donasmrs-- Yes, I recommend cocoa butter oil for stretch marks, but only if it's all natural.

Unfortunately, some cocoa butter oils sold at stores are not entirely cocoa butter oil. I bought one like that and the first ingredient was canola oil. I couldn't even pronounce the second ingredient and cocoa butter oil was the third ingredient. It also had a bunch of synthetic ingredients in it and fragrance. It's not surprising that a product like this doesn't work too well.

Now I use an organic, all natural cocoa butter oil. It doesn't contain anything else and it works great. I highly recommend getting a natural cocoa butter oil like this.

donasmrs
Post 1

I used cocoa butter body lotion during my first pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and unfortunately it didn't work too well. I'm sure it made a little bit of difference because it moisturized my skin, but I still got a bunch of stretch marks and they're still there.

I just found out that I'm pregnant with my second child and I don't want to experience the same thing this time. I'm thinking of trying cocoa butter oil instead of the lotion. Has anyone tried cocoa butter oil for preventing and treating stretch marks? Does it work and would you recommend it?

Post your comments

Post Anonymously

Login

username
password
forgot password?

Register

username
password
confirm
email