Benefits of Cocoa butter for Skin and Hair ( Free body butter recipe)

Cocoa butter is also known as theobroma oil. It is obtained from cocoa beans. To extract cocoa butter, whole cocoa beans are fermented and roasted. When the hull is separated, the residue that remains is cocoa butter. It can also be extracted from ground coffe beans or chocolate liquor. It has strong aroma and flavour of cocoa. It is a solid pale yellow fat. It is primarily used in chocolates. It is also used in beauty products and pharmaceuticals.

Properties of Cocoa butter (The geeky stuff)

Cocoa Butter is rich in fatty acids, but it is devoid of caffeine unlike its parent cocoa beans. It is mainly constituted of oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats. When combined with antioxidants, it has a long shelf life. It melts just below the human body temperature. It has a smooth texture and pleasant aroma. It is a good emollient. It is also an excellent moisturizer. All these properties make cocoa butter a popular ingredient to be used in various skincare applications – for example, in soaps and lotions etc.

Uses of Cocoa butter

Apart from being an important ingredient of chocolates, cocoa butter is also useful as a skincare and hair care ingredient. Some of the benefits of cocoa butter for skin and hair are as follows:

  1. For stretch marks: cocoa butter is emollient in nature. It soothes dry skin and makes it smooth and supple. This is effective in combating scars and stretch marks.
  1. Moisturizer for dry, itchy skin: Cocoa butter is an anti-oxidant. This makes it a good remedy for itchy and dry skin. It locks the natural moisture of the skin and prevents drying. It is effective on eczema. It can also heal burnt skin by creating a protective barrier. Cocoa butter is greatly effective for moisturizing sensitive skin, as it is natural and free from chemical additives. Cocoa butter can also help in curing dermatitis and rashes.
  1. Care for chapped lips: It is a deep moisturizer that nourishes skin. It can cure chapped lips effectively. It helps lips to stay soft and smooth in dry, cold weather and rejuvenates sun damaged lips too.
  1. Treats mouth sores: being an edible moisturiser, cocoa butter can be used in curing mouth ulcers.
  1. Anti Aging: Cocoa butter is rich in polyphenols which are antioxidants. These help in fighting signs of aging, either on external application or as a food ingredient. They help prevent degeneration of skin. It helps in collagen retention and formation. It keeps skin hydrated and improves skin tone and elasticity. Thus it helps in regenerating and maintaining a youthful skin. Thus cocoa butter is a favourite ingredient of anti-aging recipes and skin creams.
  1. Shaving cream: Cocoa butter can be used as a shaving cream. It prevents nicks and cuts, occurrence of bumps after shaving. It also leaves shaved skin smooth and glowing.
  1. As a hair and scalp treatment and conditioner: Cocoa butter is great for hair too. It makes hair manageable and strong. It rehydrates dry and damaged hair and restores their sheen and lost oil. It moisturises hair and prevents breakage. It also adds volume to fine hair. Apart from all these, it also smells pleasant. It can be massaged on hair and scalp thoroughly before shampoo like hair oil. It can also be used as a conditioner after hair wash on hair tips.

Pure Cocoa butter can be used by itself as a skin moisturizer, massaging agent, cuticle cream, lip balm, shaving cream etc, conditioner and hair oil among plenty of other uses. It is also used in various skincare recipes like lotions, soap bars, body butters, lip balms etc.

DIY whipped Cocoa Body Butter:

Make this incredibly simple and good body butter at home and enjoy a beautiful, glowing and fragrant skin.

  1. Melt equal quantities of coconut oil and cocoa butter in a bowl and refrigerate the mixture to set.
  2. Add a few drops  your favourite essential oil (we love lavender) and allow the mixture to become semi-hard.
  3. Whip it up until light and fluffy and fill in a jar.

Enjoy the goodness!

Have any other body butter recipe to share with us? Do let us know

Have You Tried Washing Your Hair With Clay?

Commercial shampoos might have Silicones that coat hair to give that extra shine and smoothness.They also contain toxic surfactants like lauryl sulphate, which help the shampoo to stay close to natural hair pH. These additives are toxic in nature though and build up in the hair after a long period of regular use.

Thus, to transition to natural shampoos, one require to first get rid of all the built up toxins. Clay is a great option for detoxifying hair. During the initial transition to natural shampoos, hair might look dull and tangly. After the detoxification is complete, the hair root become ready to absorb moisture well and hair gain their natural look and sheen.

Using clays for regular hair washing is a good way to cleanse hair, because clays are highly absorbent, exfoliating and moisturising at the same time.

All these properties make clay a complete hair care package. Different clays have different properties and hence they can be used for different types of hair.

 

Here is some more about the types of clay that can be used for hair wash:

1. Rhassoul clay: it is mineral rich and absorbent. It can effectively exfoliate hair and remove oil build up. It also reduces dryness and improves hair elasticity. It is helpful in treating scalp conditions like dandruff and psoriasis.

2. Bentonite clay: It is a very powerful clay that has the ability to draw out impurities, toxins and build up. It effectively detoxifies hair, removes oil build up and imparts sheen to the hair. Bentonite clay powder can be mixed with aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar, along with olive oil to be used on hair.

3. Kaolin clay: it is a very gentle clay. It is highly absorbent and is a gentle exfoliant. It is not quite effective on oily hair, but is great for dry hair. It can absorb toxins and work as an anti aging agent for hair, making them strong and elastic. Powdered Kaolin clay can be mixed with hot water and applied on hair.

4. Multani Mitti / Fullers Earth: The most easily available clay, is great for all hair types and is great at improving shine, excess oil and gives bounce

How to use clay for washing hair

For a good consistency and ease of use, mix the required amount of clay with water or apple cider vinegar to a consistency that you would want to apply, which should ideally be the consistency of a thinned shampoo. Apple Cider Vinegar should be used when extra cleansing is required. The clay should be blended before mixing to avoid clumps.

Wet your hair and apply this mixture. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes, depending upon the oiliness and frequency of hair wash. Rinse it well with water. Clays have an alkaline pH which might make the appearance of hair dull after this wash. So a final rinse with apple cider vinegar mixed with equal amount of water is recommended for shine and volume.

 

So will you give this must-do-hair care ritual a shot?

My 5 Favourite Affirmations for Happiness

I had read somewhere that your thoughts become your words and your words become your beliefs. Your beliefs become your actions and actions form your habits. Your habits gradually become your nature and your nature defines you as a person. In short you become what you think. So, if our thoughts hold all the power to mould our personality and direct our whole life, let’s make them positive. It is human tendency that we may not feel positive all the time, due to stress, work pressures, tensions etc. But what is possible is to affirm positive thoughts to ourselves. These help in channelizing our thoughts and actions into positive directions. Affirmations are the key to guiding oneself towards becoming a better and happier person.

Below are the best five affirmations that are a must if it is happiness that you are seeking:

1. “I love( myself, everyone)”

Love makes the world go round. The first and foremost prerequisite to a happy soul is love. In order to be a loving person, one should first love themselves. Affirm that you love yourself. Say it out loud or quietly think it. Say that you love all human beings and accept them for what they are. Believe everything that you say and you will surely know that you are a radiant source of love and warmth.

2. “I forgive(myself, everyone)”

It is difficult to be happy when one’s heart is being weighed down by regrets for their own actions or anger for others. Keeping grudges makes a person bitter and grumpy. To get rid of this burden is to know the real happiness. Affirm ‘I forgive myself’ or ‘I forgive them’ and feel the bitter clouds wafting away.

3. “The best is yet to come”

Wise people say that the night is the darkest just before dawn. So whenever you feel bogged down by pressures and challenges and nothing seems to go right, remember that nothing lasts forever. In the grand universal plan, everything happens for a reason and something good will always come out of it. Affirm that ‘the best is yet to come’ and at each new step, you will find miraculous happy surprises. It is an old, tried and tested affirmation that my college professor taught us. Believe me, it works!

4. “I am strong”

Fear, like death, is a universal truth. It may challenge even the bravest. Even seemingly easy to conquer fears like fear of people or fear of unknown future may become huge causes for failure. Overcome your fears by evoking your inner strength. Declare ‘I am strong’ to yourself and mean it. A strong and fearless person is a happy person who can enjoy their life without ever worrying about challenges.

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5. “I have everything in plenty”

Being ambitious is great. But blindly running behind material comforts may lead to irritation, sense of underachievement and unhappiness. One who is satisfied is also happy. Sense of contentment is a precursor to happiness. Affirm to yourself each morning that ‘I have everything. I am blessed. I have a beautiful life and everything required to be happy is within reach.’

A happy life is a successful life and happiness is the whole point of living a fulfilled human life. To me, being aware that I am happy is the highest point of happiness. Positive affirmations help open your eyes to happiness and you just might discover a new and happier self.

So have you decided your positive affirmation of the day yet? Share your happiness with us.