Chocolate is made from Theobroma cacao seeds. The seeds are roasted and ground and then flavored with vanilla.
The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After they are fermented they are dried, cleaned and roasted. The shell is then removed to expose cacao nibs which can be ground into a cocoa mass, its pure chocolate form. Before chocolate is used with other ingredients the mass is liquified into a chocolate liquor. It can then be processed into two different componenets, cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Chocolate as most of us know it contains both cocoa solids and cocoa butter. This amazing seed that gives us both the solids and the butter is at the heart of two of the most skin beneficial ingredients – Chocolate and Cocoa Butter!
Chocolate is full of antioxidants to protect you from free radical damage, with its sun protection properties it helps shield your skin from detrimental UV rays. It is also a wonderful skin detoxifier helping slough off dead skin cells and exposing new fresh skin.
Cocoa Butter is filled with a rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants that make it ideal for helping with most skin issues like reducing inflammation for psoriasis, exzema, rashes and it acts as a barrier to protect against outside agents that cause irritation and damage to the skin. Those same antioxidants can also take care of most signs of aging.
What is given to us from the cacao seed is a super benficial combo!
This is why at Soap Orchard we wanted to put this awesome combo together to make a super skin loving soap to protect and hydrate your skin. What came out of these wonderful ingredients was our Chocolate Almond Butter Soap!
We knew that these two cacao seed ingredients really would have been enough to make this soap super special but we took it a step further and added one of our favorite ingredients Almond Butter. It added the perfect moisturizing and exfoliating properties to this wondeful soap bar.
In February we know how Valentine’s brings chocolate to mind so we thought to kick off February celebrating the cacao seed, and its wonderful benefits, was perfect for this month’s blog. Chocolate Almond Butter Soap on its own is a great way to celebrate the chocolate season but of course, as we always do, here is a D.I.Y. skin recipe with Chocolate, Almond & Cocoa butter. Give it a try for a Valentine’s Day treat!
Hydrating Chocolate Body Mask
2 cups of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of sweet almond oil
1/2 cup of melted cocoa butter cooled to warm (if you cant find this use additional sweet almond oil)
2 egg yolks
Mix all of the ingredients into a paste. Apply onto clean, dry skin. Relax and keep mask on for 15-20 min before removing with luke warm water.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and try something new for February a body mask and Chocolate Almond Butter Soap!