By Butter Queen, May 24 2016 09:15PM
If like me you have been using cocoa butter most of your adult life because you were told that it reduces the signs of stretch marks or scars then pull up a chair, we are in the same boat. Before studying oils and butters I was an avid user of cocoa butter in a bid to rid the stretch marks on my bottom. I used it religiously twice a day but my stretch marks did not seem to fade. I am here to say that cocoa butter does work! It is not a myth but the reasons why it never worked are below.
During my studies I learnt that cocoa butter does indeed reduce stretch marks, scars and blemishes as well as give skin elasticity that keeps your skin looking youthful, believe me I was dubious and it took a lot of convincing! So why were my stretch marks still prominent after all these years of making cocoa butter supplying companies rich? The percentage used. It is really that simple; the higher the concentrate of cocoa butter used the stronger chance of it working. What most companies do is fill their products with other ingredients and put in about 5-20% of cocoa butter depending on the brand, this gives other ingredients the chance to really work and give you skin the nourishment, gloss or softness that we all love but that does not take away from the fact that it’s not doing what we want it to do which is getting rid of the marks!
The easiest way to find out how much cocoa butter is in the product is to look at the ingredients; don’t pay attention to what the adverts say because they are doing what they are supposed to do, that’s entice you to buy the product. By law as product manufacturers we are required to label our ingredients starting with the highest percentage ingredient first. The higher an ingredient is on the list the higher the amount it is in the jar. There are also other ingredients that provide amazing results for getting rid of stretch marks, blemishes, scars or liver spots such as shea butter, rosehip oil, avocado oil, glycerine and jojoba (ho-ho-ba) oil to name a few.
So when buying products for stretch marks or other purposes keep a look out for the key ingredients. I usually look at the first five; if the key ingredient is not in the top five then there probably is a very low percentage of it in there meaning it’s not going to be beneficial for what I want it for with the exceptional of essential oils. With these you only need a few drops in order for them to work otherwise they might cause skin irritation.
Never one to miss out on an opportunity to advertise; BQLondon has Cocoa Shea which has Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter as its main ingredients. We have also added Cocoa Butter which is going to have cocoa butter as the main ingredient, first on the list! This is a prime example of a butter that will help eliminate and prevent stretch marks, blemishes and scars.