Oil extracted from cocoa beans, used as an emollient and with properties similar to those of other nonfragrant plant oils. Cocoa butter is a rich source of antioxidant polyphenols; in vitro research has shown it helps improve skin elasticity and promote healthy collagen production (Source: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
, October 2008, pages 339–345). Contrary to popular belief, topical application of cocoa butter during pregnancy does not prevent or reduce the number of stretch marks (Sources: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
, January 2010, pages 65–68; and BJOG
, August 2008, pages 1138–1142).
natural moisturizing factor (NMF)