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Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter

goodie
Also-called-like-this: Cocoa Seed Butter
What-it-does: emollient
Irritancy: 0
Comedogenicity: 4

Details

Theobroma means "food of the gods" in Greek though probably "treat of the people" would be more spot on. The cacao fruits and especially the seeds in it need no introduction as everyone knows them as the magical raw material of the magical sweet treat, chocolate (the flavour is composed of more than 1200(!) substances, and the exact chemical nature of it is not really understood, so it's indeed magic. :)).

As for skincare, cocoa butter counts as a rich emollient that can moisturize and nourish even the driest skin (think chapped hands or lips). It's solid at room temperature and melts nicely when you smear it on. It's loaded with good-for-the-skin things: it contains fatty acids, mainly oleic (35%), stearic (34%), and palmitic (25%) and it also has antioxidant vitamin E and polyphenols.

An ex-vivo (made on human skin but not on real people) study examined the cocoa polyphenols and found that 0.5-0.75% of them improved skin tone and elasticity and had a similarly positive impact on GAGs (important natural moisturizing factors in the skin) and collagen synthesis than a commercial high-end moisturizer (it was an Estee Lauder one).

All in all, cocoa butter is a goodie, especially for very dry skin. 

Show me some proof

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Oct 1, 2008, Cocoa polyphenols and their influence on parameters involved in ex vivo skin restructuring

Products with Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter

10 Degrees Cooler 02 Cleansing Balm - Overnight Mask Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil Face Verso Lip Serum By Verso Benton Cacao Moist And Mild Cream Lanolips Lip Ointment Spf30 - Rose Lanolips Tinted Balm Spf 30 Meow Meow Tweet Lip Balm Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Antioxidant Enriched Natural Moisturizer Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm Sprouts Unscented Vegan Lip Balm Walton Wood Farm Hand Rescue In Birthday Girl Walton Wood Farm Hand Rescue In Canadian Girl Honeyskin Ultimate Face & Body Cream Kiehl’s Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream LACURA Hot Cloth Cleanser Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Lush Enzymion Moisturizer Marie-Stella-Maris Facial Cream No.37 May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Cleanser STEAMCREAM original Shea Moisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Co-Wash Shea Moisture Rose Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Lotion W/ Frankincense & Myrrh Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser The Divine Company Replenishing Lip Balm Burt's Bees All-Weather Spf15 Moisturizing Lip Balm Carmex Original Tube Dr. Macrene 37 Actives Extra Rich High Performance Anti-Aging Cream Evolve Organic Beauty African Orange Body Lotion Hurraw! Moon Balm No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Bust Cream Palmer's Cocoa Butter Original Solid RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up Body Shop Olive Body Butter Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser Ethique Eco-Friendly Face Cleansing Bar, In Your Face Frank Body Anti Drama Mask Frank Body Coconut Body Balm Glossier Stretch Concealer Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Martina Gebhardt Aloe Vera Face Lotion Medik8 Hydr8™ Night - Advanced Antioxidant Cream Nicolle Cocoa Face Bio Oil The Body Shop Hemp Hard Working Foot Protector Urtekram Vanilla Shea Butter Lip Balm ZUII Organics Flora Luminising Creme Acure Brilliantly Brightening Day Cream Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Facial Moisture Cream