cocoa butter

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Deep Radiance Gel Oil

When I saw this gel oil on the shelves earlier this week  I just had to get some to try for a number of reasons. Firstly it’s always great to find new ways to moisturise when you are a chronic eczema suffered – my skin gets VERY dry – and secondly I am always being asked for ways of making oils thicker.

So, on the first point this is a very convenient oil for those living in a hot climate, beach lovers or people who like to use oils to moisturise but don’t want to risk the lining of their handbag (that is a real problem BTW).  It is great for those people because unlike straight oils that tend to get runny and leak in hot weather this one holds its form while providing super long-lasting moisture locking power to boot.

Looking at the formula this absolutely isn’t something for natural product lovers.  There’s nothing wrong with it in my opinion but it is held together by a chemical ingredient that is best described as liquid plastic. The ingredient I’m referring to is Hydrogenated Styrene/ Butadiene Copolymer which, according to my literature search is a great film former, oil thickener and scalp and hair protectant.  Before you get worried about slathering plastic on your skin this ingredient is an approved cosmetic additive and as its job is to sit on top of the skin where it can lock in moisture it should be quite safe. Oh and lastly it is such a big chemical that it wouldn’t fit through the usual channels.

Another interesting ingredient in this product is also a mouthful to say – Ethylene/Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene Styrene Copolymer.   This equally technically great synthetic polymer […]

Cocoa Butter

At Realize Beauty HQ we get to work with some wonderful ingredients and this, natural coco butter has to be one of my favourite base ingredients as it looks good enough to eat! 

Cocoa butter comes from the cacao bean and is often seen on cosmetic labels as theobroma cacao.  It is often used as part of the oil phase of a product as its rich, creamy and slightly waxy nature give it a protective and nourishing skin feel. It is also prized for its naturally high antioxidant properties meaning that it is unlikely to cause many problems with regard to formula stability.

The melting point of around 38C makes it a safe wax for curious kids to experiment making lip balms and creams with – many such as beeswax don’t melt until around 65C and that’s why we’ve started using it in our Cosmetic Kitchen workshops (which are as scientific as they are fun)!

Finally this good-enough-to-eat butter comes with a beautiful milky chocolate aroma which blends well with either vanilla oleoresin, sandalwood or benzoin resin to give your finished product the most wonderful natural aroma.

We get ours from New Directions who stock an organic and a standard version. I believe that you can also get this as fair trade certified so what’s stopping you?   There is some more information on how cocoa butter is grown and harvested here.

Take Five – Cosmetic’s that are good enough to eat!

This cold weather is making me hungry, what happened to summer? If you are feeling the same way and are looking for 100% gratification with 0% calories then try this menu for size:
Green Tea Spritzer from Ultraceuticals.

Cleanse the pallet and the skin with this Green Tea spritzer from  Ultraceuticals. This light and cooling spritzer delivers a heady blend of antioxidants to tired skin. Prepare to be cleansed!  Buy online here.

The Body Deli Fresh Cell Blueberry Fusion wash.



This promises to be a feast for the skin, enhanced with natural exfoliating goodies such as Lactic, malic and citric acid, and acai berrry blended together with blueberry puree. Yumm.

You can get more information on the Body Deli product line at their website.



Skin Juice Quench Moisturiser.
What this space for innovative and exquisitely smelling salon quality organics.  The brands signature blend of Pomegranate, Red Raspberry and arctic cranberry this is one skin smoothie that you wish will never end. Best of all, its organic and guilt free!  Skin Juice featured their new range at the Sydney Beauty expo in August and look set to go onto bigger and better things next year.
Palmers Original Cocoa Body Butter.

It’s hard to beat this rich and deeply nourishing formula. A great treat for hungry summer skin in need of intensive care. Palmers has been used for centuries now as the perfect pregnancy skin feeder and a great way to keep stretch marks at bay. This is partly due to the creams high levels of Vitamin E (skin food) and partly due to its rich and nourishing texture – see more here.

After Dinner Teaser.
Lipfresh by Angelique.


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