ingredient spotlight: cocoa butter April 23 2014, 0 Comments


In honor of all of the Easter candy still lying around and the end of Passover, we decided to pay tribute to one of our all-time favorite Stewart & Claire ingredients: cocoa butter. A longtime beauty staple that makes up the base of our Bare balm, cocoa butter is the rich oil pressed from roasted cocoa beans. While it contains the name “butter”, cocoa butter is actually a vegetable oil. If you’re interested in learning more about the process and where cocoa beans come from, the awesome crew at Brooklyn’s own Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory have some great videos about their suppliers and farms.

As a beauty balm, cocoa butter has a lightly woodsy and warm chocolate scent that makes it feel especially luxurious, and like coconut oil, it’s solid at cooler temperatures but melts in your hands, meaning it absorbs quickly into skin. Basic cocoa butter is available everywhere, but if you really want to get the best, look for products made with raw or cold pressed cocoa butter, which is extracted at low temperatures to keep the cocoa butter’s natural antioxidants in the mix.  One of the coolest DIY uses we’ve come across lately is this totally luxe milk bath. We took the liberty of listing some of our favorite Brooklyn-based treats below that use sustainably-sourced cocoa. Order one, mix a milk bath and erase away all those waxy, overly sweet Easter Bunny memories for good.

Mast Brothers Sea Salt Bar

Nunu Chocolates Caramels

Liddabit Sweets Snacker