Cocoa butter, also called theobroma oil, is a pale-
yellow, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean.
It is used to make chocolate, as well as some ointments,
toiletries, and pharmaceuticals. Cocoa butter has a cocoa
flavor and aroma. Its best-known attribute is its melting
point, which is just below human body temperature.
Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, a quality
that, coupled with natural antioxidants, prevents rancidity,
giving it a storage life of two to five years.
The velvety texture, pleasant fragrance and emollient properties of cocoa butter have made it a popular ingredient in products for the skin, such as soaps and lotions.
The moisturizing abilities of cocoa butter are frequently recommended for prevention of stretch marks in pregnant women, treatment of chapped or burned skin and lips, and as a daily moisturizer to prevent dry, itchy skin.