- Natural cocoa butter of the highest quality (Pure Prime Pressed) with a wonderful scent of cocoa.
- Cocoa butter is suitable for the cosmetics and food sectors
- Has a soothing effect on the skin and leaves the skin feeling very soft
Cocoa butter is obtained by pressing the cocoa beans or the viscous cocoa pulp. The cocoa bean has a fat content of 50-60%. The cocoa tree can reach a height of 15 meters and an age of up to 60 years and is primarily native to the tropical regions of our world. Cocoa butter has a high melting point (32-36°C) and is the main ingredient in chocolate.
Use of cocoa butter in cosmetics
Cocoa butter has an excellent deep effect and leaves the skin feeling extremely delicate and soft. Cocoa butter is particularly suitable for dry and sensitive skin as it increases the elasticity of the skin and supplies the skin with moisture.
If cocoa butter is processed into emulsions, it is noticeable that the emulsion hardens. The emulsion can sometimes only reach its actual consistency after two days. This is due to the crystalline structure of cocoa butter.
In addition to its use in emulsions, cocoa butter is indispensable for the production of massage bars and body melts or bath chocolates. The hardness of the cocoa butter gives the final product the necessary feel, with the right melting point for slow melting upon contact with the skin.
To properly process cocoa butter, cocoa butter should be melted at 33-36 °C and then allowed to cool slowly. This means that the cocoa butter remains stable when it hardens again. If heated too quickly, the melting point of the cocoa butter may no longer be around 34 °C after hardening, but rather 30 °C or below. This would not be optimal for the production of body melts.
This is irrelevant for incorporation into emulsions. All vegetable butters, including cocoa butter, have a high proportion of saturated fatty acids. These are resistant to short-term exposure to heat.
Background knowledge about cocoa butter
Cocoa beans were of important economic importance to the Aztecs. For example, they were used as a means of payment. One rabbit cost 10 cocoa beans.
Origin: Ghana / Ivory Coast
C16:0 palmitic acid: 21 – 29%
C18:0 stearic acid: 31 – 39%
C18:1 Oleic acid: 30 – 38%
INCI name: Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter
Botanical name: Theobroma cacao L.
CAS number: 84649-99-0 / 8002-31-1
Saponification number: 192-198
Concentration of unsaponifiables: max. 0.4%