Cocoa butter is a common ingredient in lotion, shampoo, medicine and as a stand-alone product. It is a widely embraced product in the African-American community as a moisturizer for both hair and skin, but it is a universal product that can be used for other cultures as well.

Tattoo Surgery

After a person has laser surgery, some laser cosmetologists suggest using cocoa butter after seven days of using vaseline and Polysporin (or Neosporin, if the tattoo owner is not allergic). Cocoa butter helps smooth out the remaining sore that laser surgery leaves behind.


Cocoa butter is especially helpful on thick skin commonly seen with foot sores.


Cocoa butter helps to heal burns and scars. If used daily, cocoa butter can sometimes eliminate scars.

Hair Oil

African Americans often oil their scalps to moisten hair and detangle coarse hair, so cocoa butter in oil products is common.


Cocoa butter and soap products work well together because cocoa butter aids in pulling off dry layers of skin so the underneath layer can be cleaned.

Skin Protectant

Cocoa butter can be used as a sunblock to keep skin from tightening from sun rays. It is ideal to use on a sunburn.

References and Resources

Palmer's Cocoa Butter