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3 Easy Raw Cocoa Butter Recipes

By MaryAnn Stanger ND  •  0 comments  •   5 minute read

3 Easy Raw Cocoa Butter Recipes

Raw cocoa butter has gained significant attention in the realm of skincare for its nourishing and moisturizing properties. Derived from cocoa beans, this natural ingredient is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, making it a valuable addition to any skincare routine.

As the demand for natural skincare solutions continues to rise, many individuals are turning to do-it-yourself (DIY) recipes to create personalized products tailored to their needs. In this blog, we'll explore the versatility and benefits of raw cocoa butter. Along with the benefits, we provide three easy-to-follow DIY cocoa butter recipes for skincare.

Whether you're looking to make lip balm, body lotion, or hand cream, these recipes offer simple yet effective ways to incorporate raw cocoa butter into your daily skincare regimen. Join us as we delve into the world of DIY skincare and discover the wonders of raw cocoa butter.


Understanding Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter, derived from cocoa beans, has a creamy texture and chocolate aroma. It stays solid at room temperature but melts upon skin contact, making it popular in skincare products like lotions and lip balms.

Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin, leaving it soft and hydrated. Cocoa butter also has compounds that reduce inflammation and protect skin from sun damage and pollutants. It helps with dry skin, improves elasticity, and promotes healthy skin.


Benefits of Cocoa Butter

Raw cocoa butter is highly prized in skincare for its moisturizing abilities, effectively locking in moisture to prevent dryness and soothe rough or chapped skin, notably in areas prone to dryness like elbows, knees, and heels.

Additionally, it nourishes the skin with vitamins and antioxidants, replenishing and rejuvenating it for a soft, smooth, and healthy appearance while protecting against environmental damage and signs of aging.

This versatile ingredient also improves skin elasticity and texture, firming and toning the skin to reduce stretch marks and promote a youthful complexion. Its emollient properties soothe irritation and inflammation, making it suitable for sensitive or problematic skin types.


DIY Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Recipe

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Recipe

Cocoa butter lip balm moisturizes dry, chapped lips, leaving them soft and smooth. Its nourishing properties restore moisture, promote healing, and protect against environmental damage. Regular use keeps lips supple, healthy, and protected.




  1. Combine the raw cocoa butter wafers, coconut oil, and beeswax pellets in a heat-safe bowl or container.
  2. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water to create a double boiler. Stir the ingredients occasionally until they are completely melted and well combined.
  3. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add a few drops of your chosen essential oil. Stir well to incorporate.
  4. Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm containers or small jars, filling them almost to the top.
  5. Allow the lip balm to cool and harden at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Alternatively, you can speed up the process by placing it in the fridge.
  6. Once solidified, cap the containers tightly and label them for future use.


Tips And Storage:

For a tinted lip balm, add a small amount of natural lipstick or beetroot powder to the melted mixture before pouring it into containers. Experiment with different essential oils to create your preferred scent combination. Store the lip balm in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent melting. Use within 6-12 months for the best quality and freshness.


DIY Cocoa Body Butter Lotion Recipe

Cocoa butter body lotion deeply hydrates the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Its emollient properties lock in moisture, making it ideal for dry skin. Rich in antioxidants, cocoa butter protects against environmental stressors, improving skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars.


  • 1/2 cup raw cocoa butter wafers
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil



  1. Melt the cocoa butter wafers and coconut oil until fully liquefied in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in sweet almond and vitamin E oils.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then transfer it to a mixing bowl.
  4. Using a hand mixer or whisk, beat the mixture quickly until it becomes creamy and whipped in texture.
  5. Once whipped, transfer the lotion to a clean, airtight container for storage.


Tips And Storage:

To customize the scent of your lotion, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, or citrus. Consider adding a tablespoon of raw shea butter or mango butter to the recipe for an extra luxurious feel. Store the body lotion in a glass jar or tin for best results, and keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.


DIY Cocoa Butter Hand Cream

Cocoa Butter Hand and body cream

Cocoa butter hand cream offers a wealth of benefits for dry, rough, or cracked skin on the hands. Its rich and nourishing properties deeply moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple, and hydrated. Cocoa butter is also known for improving skin elasticity, making it ideal for combating signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Cocoa butter protects skin by forming a barrier, keeping it safe from environmental damage and stopping it from losing moisture. Using cocoa butter hand cream regularly can make your hands smoother and healthier while soothing dryness and irritation.


  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa butter wafers
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 5-10 drops of essential oil for fragrance (such as lavender or peppermint)



  1. Combine the raw cocoa butter wafers, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil in a heat-safe bowl.
  2. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water to create a double boiler. Heat the mixture gently, stirring occasionally, until the cocoa butter and coconut oil melt completely.
  3. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  4. Add the vitamin E and essential oil (if using) to the mixture and stir well to combine.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a clean, airtight container like a small jar or tin.
  6. Allow the hand cream to cool and solidify at room temperature. Once cooled, it is ready to use.


Tips And Storage:

Consider adding a few drops of glycerin or shea butter to the mixture for enhanced moisturizing properties. Store the hand cream in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prolong its shelf life.

You can customize the fragrance of the hand cream by using different essential oils according to your preference. Be sure to perform a patch test before using the hand cream, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies to any ingredients.

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*FDA DISCLAIMER -These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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