I’ve been thoroughly smitten with cocoa butter ever since my first tub of it arrived. This brittle, cream-coloured butter smells like super delicious chocolate, and it is a wonderful addition in all kinds of body butters, lotions, and balms. It melts around 34°C/93°F, which is slightly below body temperature, meaning it’ll slowly melt into your skin upon contact. It melts to a fairly thin oil that absorbs quickly, leaving you smelling lick-ably delicious. If smelling like chocolate isn’t your thing you can purchase deodorized cocoa butter, which works just as well.

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Because cocoa butter is so firm at room temperature it can be used to thicken up your concoctions, though it isn’t in the same league as beeswax, candelilla wax, or carnauba wax—the significantly lower melting point of cocoa butter means you need quite a bit of it to thicken concoctions. Check out this experiment I did on cocoa butter and olive oil combinations to see what I mean 😉

Cocoa butter is a bit lonely in its “brittle butters” category, with only kokum and illipe to keep it company. This means it is pretty hard to swap out; other common oils and butters like coconut and shea are far too soft to substitute for it. Most cocoa butter you can purchase is pale and cream coloured, but there’s also a dark option. I have purchased the dark version before and used it in a few recipes, but I’ve found it to be more of a novelty than truly useful, and I’ll usually choose the creamy, pale variety for most projects. You can “fake” the dark stuff by adding a bit of brown iron oxide or cocoa powder to your recipes, which will save you some money 😉

So, without further ado—10 awesome recipes to make with cocoa butter!

1. Cocoa Butter Bath Milk

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Amp up a pampering bath with this delicious (and simple) blend of cocoa butter, silk, and powdered milk. We’re taking advantage of cocoa butter‘s brittle texture to blitz it into a fine powder with the milk powder, giving us a lovely chocolatey scented powder that’s basically hot cocoa for your tub. Pair it with a healthy dose of Epsom salts and a good book for the best results.

2. Chocolate Lip Butter

This utterly decadent, slightly sticky, super hydrating Chocolate Lip Butter is amazing. Some added lecithin adds some stick to the otherwise silky, thin cocoa butter to make for a lip butter you’ll have a hard time sharing with your friends.

3. Naked Lip Balm

My Naked Lip Balm is a favourite with loads of friends and acquaintances, who often come back to me a couple weeks or months after I’ve gifted them a tube to tell me they don’t usually like lip balm, but mine is their favourite. BAM. This recipe blends honey scented beeswax, tropical coconut oil, and delicious coconut butter to create an incredible smelling fragrance free lip balm. Yum!

4. Creamy Cocoa Body Truffles

These beautiful body butter nuggets were inspired by a trip to a local chocolate shop; a creamy core of shea butter is enrobed in a crisp coating of glossy cocoa butter. I used dark cocoa butter, but you can definitely use the pale stuff (and add a touch of brown iron oxide to get the same look, if you want). You’ll definitely need to include instructions about these not being edible when you give them away!

5. Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

This luscious butter is a reader favourite, and its not hard to see why. Rich, thick, and creamy, it has a wee tingle from the inclusion of some menthol and smells like the forest on a crisp (and slightly minty) morning. The comments are full of some pretty cool stories—here’s one from Cristie:

” I slammed my toes into a door this week. I’m a toe stubber. Once a year I’m going to stub my toes and I know the series of colors and swellings that take place after one of these events. There’s no bypassing the unpleasantness. Until now.

1..stub toe. Excruciating pain. Swear words, teary eyes, chastises to my clumsy self.

2..next morning the expected swelling and scary deep red color. Now I know that the next day the purple is coming. It always does, then comes purple black, then black green and then yellow green and I’m good to go.

3..except purple never came. I rubbed this foot butter on GENTLY and the next morning said toe had gone from hot angry red to light red. Still hurts but even the swelling is down and I’m now on Day 5. No bruise. This should have earned me a beautiful purple bruise.”

6. Clay, Cocoa, and Shea Vegan Deodorant

I love this blend of cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil. Paired with clay, starch, and baking soda it makes a lovely wax-free deodorant that battles pit stink for hours. If you’d rather watch it, I’ve also made a video of the recipe!

7. Perfect Body Butter Bars

These bars are made from a finely tuned blend of cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax, and when you use the unrefined, scented version of each you’re rewarded with utterly decadent body butter bars that smell divine without any added fragrance. Swoon.

8. Easiest Body Butter Bars Ever

If we’re being honest, these body butter bars are so easy it’s pretty much cheating… but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. It’s really just melt and pour (measurements are optional) and you’ve got a beautiful cocoa-y bar in no time. Mmmm.

9. Cocoa Mint Whipped Soap

This fun whipped soap is really marshmallowy, which is pretty unique in the whipped soap world, thanks to the use of cocoa butter (rather than pure stearic acid) as the thickening/hardening fat.

10. Mocha Face Mask

I adore my weekly face masks for pore-purging, brightening my complexion, and helping to boost healing. This one features blitzed cocoa butter powder and coffee beans with clay to make for a lightly exfoliating mask that’s utterly lovely 🙂

Well, those are my top 10 recipes to make with cocoa butter! What do you love to make?

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