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Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter

COCOA BUTTER

Cocoa Butter is derived from the seeds of the cocoa fruit, which is usually better known as the source of chocolate. Cocoa butter is perhaps the hardest of the nut butters, which makes it a good vegan alternative for beeswax with the additional benefit of enriching home-made cosmetics with its nutritional, emollient and moisturizing properties. It is neutral in smell and melts at body temperature, making it ideal for lip balms, ointments and creams. Its emollient properties add soothing and skin softening qualities to soaps and lotions.

COSMETIC RAW MATERIALS

Star Child offers an extensive range of base products for the creative kitchen alchemist, who likes to make her own potions and lotions from scratch. We carry pure vegetable oils, infused oils, vegetable 'butters', waxes, flower waters and clays, as well as a wide range of essential oils - all you need to make your own range of natural cosmetics.
Making your own cosmetics, lotions and creams is not just great fun, but also allows you to choose exactly what you want to put on your skin. Thus you can leave out the preservatives, which are a standard addition to all ready-made cosmetics. Keep in mind though, that preparations without preservatives won't keep as long. For best results make small batches, use darkened bottles and store them in a cool, dark place.

The basic process of blending your own creams and lotions involves combining a watery element with a fatty base by means of an emulsifying agent, which gives them a creamy consistency. Each type of oil has its own properties and is suited to a particular types of skin and blending processes. You can also make your own soaps, which can be an endlessly creative pursuit and one that your friends and family will greatly appreciate. A good book on homemade cosmetics should cover the properties of all the different base ingredients in detail, as well as provide clear instructions, measurements and some yummy recipes to get you started.

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