Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter are similarly prized as luscious moisturizers that drench your skin in hydration. Both contain fatty acids, which improve skin moisture retention and elasticity. Both are also effective in easing skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
Shea butter is also known as karite butter, made from the nuts of the Karite (or Shea) tree found in West and Central Africa. Cocoa butter is extracted from cacao seeds, also known as cocoa beans. It's native to the Americas and is a traditional moisturizer in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. Both butters are highly concentrated in fatty acids, which melt at body temperature, quickly absorbing when you apply them to your skin.
We use Cocoa Butter in our MILK+MANUKA™ Coconut Milk + Manuka Honey Moisture Cream. It contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), which helps ease dermatitis or rashes. According to studies, CMP may also inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and tumors. Rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, Cocoa Butter offers protection from free radical damage from environmental pollutants and stressors. Acting as a barrier on the skin, it slows water loss and locks in moisture, keeping your skin soft and supple.
With strong anti-inflammatory properties, Cocoa Butter is renown for its anti-aging qualities. It promotes collagen production to plump skin to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin tone and elasticity. It also helps heal and fade scars and age spots, soothe chapped skin and lips, and heal irritated or damaged skin.
We use Shea Butter in our SEA+TEA™ Dead Sea + Black Tea Mud Mask. It’s is a solid source of Vitamins A and E, which strengthen your skin and promote cell regeneration to help it repair damage. Shea Butter also combats potential damage from UV rays and environmental stressors that lead to dry, damaged, and dull skin.
Shea Butter is especially useful for acne-prone skin. It is non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores, keeping your skin clear and free of blackheads and excess oil. Its antimicrobial properties help to reduce the appearance of scars and discoloration, while fighting off skin infections. It’s also a great defense against dry skin, rashes, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. Similar to Cocoa Butter, its abundance of Vitamins A and E strengthen and repair the skin, boost collagen levels, and enhance skin elasticity and tone.