Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Cocoa has been used in different cultures worldwide for hundreds of years. Cocoa was first developed as a crop in many ancient South American cultures, with the Aztecs and Mayans being the most well-known of these indigenous populations. Today, the Ivory Coast leads the world in production and export of cocoa beans and West Africa collectively supplies two thirds of the world’s cocoa crop.
Famously known for its involvement in chocolate making, cocoa butter is also great for the skin for a number of reasons. Cocoa butter is an amazing moisturiser because it’s rife with fatty acids. This chocolatey butter is high in antioxidants, which help fight off free-radical damage, which can cause skin aging, dark patches, and dull skin.