Cocoa Absolute (Chocolate)
Plant Origin: France
Method: Solvent extraction from beans
Cultivation: Unsprayed (organically grown but not certified)
Food Grade and suitable to be added to food and beverage
The chocolate aroma is known to reduce stress and anxiety. It may also help reduce appetite cravings and addictive issues. We offer this absolute for those who want a food-grade chocolate essence in their personal care products such as soaps, lotions and salves.
The cocoa beans are unsprayed (organically grown but not certified), and the end product is considered "food-grade," although it is not an essential - distilled - oil, but an "absolute. Absolutes are solvent extracted products. The maximum level of ethanol (grain alcohol) in this Cocoa Absolute is 1.9%. According to EWG's Skin Deep, "Potential risks from ethanol in personal care products are significantly smaller than the health risks posed by the consumption of alcoholic beverages."
Absolutes are solvent extracted products. They are produced by a multi-step process which involves first extracting the flower (or other biomass) with a non-polar solvent such as hexane. After the hexane is evaporated, a waxy product is obtained called the concrete. The concrete is then extracted using a polar solvent such as ethanol, a grain alchol such as Vodka. The polarity of ethanol allows extraction of the volatile aromatics from the concrete while leaving behind the non-polar plant waxes which don't dissolve well in ethanol. Finally, the ethanol is evaporated to leave behind the absolute, which will typically have 1-5% ethanol remaining in it and sometimes a trace of hexane, depending on the method used. When hexane traces remain, they are present in parts per million. To offer some perspective, a chemist wrote that a burning a typical paraffin candle disperses 10-100 grams of petrochemical contaminates into the air of the room.
Blends well with
1. I tried about 5 drops of Cocoa on my homemade ice cream - WOW! This is fantastic!
2. Your Cocoa is great added to smoothies, and it just takes a few drops - it goes a long way.
3. I made the most luxurious soap with the Cocoa and Vanille. I gave it out as gifts to our family members, and they were really impressed.
Avoid contact with the eye. Essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eye and skin. Essential oils are hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Wiping with carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eye. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your doctor if necessary.