Did you know that cocoa butter is natural fat taken from a cacao bean? This is also known as the oil of the obroma and is characterized by the yellowish color and a faint chocolate smell and is the one of the ingredients in white chocolate.
There are a lot of positive things that you can get out of cocoa butter. It can help lower cholesterol and prevents cancer-causing cells. It can reduce scars and hydrates your skin. Cocoa butter also has lots of natural anti-oxidants, which is great for your skin. That’s why cocoa butter is being studied by cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies for its many practical uses. You’d be surprised how many products in a woman’s purse contain cocoa butter: lip balms, lotions, shampoos, soaps, and the list goes on!
You can make your own cocoa butter from the comfort of your own home just by following the instructions below:
- 6 oz shea butter
- 3 oz cocoa butter
- 3 oz liquid oil
- Take a soup pan or a saucepan and put it over medium heat. Put all of your ingredients in and heat it until everything melts. Make sure that there are no solid chunks left and that the liquid has a uniform consistency.
- Pour the contents into a bowl and blend them together with an electric mixer. Mix it thoroughly and make sure that you’re ingredients are all properly mixed in.
- Put the bowl in the freezer and leave it for about 5-7 minutes. Don’t worry about the temperature of the heated mixture. By the time you finish blending the ingredients together, the mixture would have cooled to a good enough degree to put in the freezer.
- Pull out the bowl and whip it with your electric mixer. Use the whip setting for around 2-3 minutes.
- Repeat Step 3. In the ref it goes.
- Repeat Step 4. Whip it good again. At this point, you can put in crushed 600 mg of IU Vitamin E or a few tbsp of sunscreen.
- Repeat Step 3 again.
- Finally, repeat Step 4 one last time. Whip it until you get the consistency of whip cream.
- Pour the whole thing into an airtight container like a Tupperware tub or something that seals freshness in. You need the cacao butter to become firm so you won’t have problems putting it on. You can put it in the fridge for around 24 hours.
- In the event that the cocoa butter becomes too hard, put in a few drops of jojoba oil and use the electric mixer to whip it again.
Warning: If you’ve got kids at home, be careful to label the Tupperware tub in your fridge. Keep in mind that your cocoa butter smells faintly of chocolate and may be mistaken by small children as some kind of snack.
You can always buy the expensive brand name cocoa butter out in the market but making one is way more affordable and you get the same benefits anyway.