BOTANICAL NAME: Theobroma (Greek theos meaning 'a god', broma meaning food, food of the gods) cacoa
EXTRACTION: Broma process
DESCRIPTION: The cocoa, or cacao tree, is found originally in Central America where it was consumed by pre-Columbian cultures for many thousands of years. Nowadays, nearly 70% of the world crop of cocoa trees is grown in West Africa, as cocoa trees only grow in climates approximately 20 degrees to the north and south of the Equator. Historically, Cocoa was referred to as “food of the gods” due to its rich therapeutic properties. Cocoa butter has been used for centuries to protect, heal and moisturize skin that is exposed to the elements. Cocoa butter is obtained from roasted cocoa beans through a process called the Broma process. This method is carried out by hanging bags of roasted cocoa beans and allowing the butter, which melts at room temperature, to separate from the beans and collect below. Cocoa butter contains a high level of saturated fats proving to aid with skin healing, nourishment, and elasticity.
KEY COMPONENTS: Oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid