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Cocoa Butter For Your Beard

By May 24, 2018March 9th, 2022No Comments
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Cocoa Butter has a great reputation for skin and hair care, and when men are looking for grooming products, some like to use cocoa butter on their beards.  After all, it is in so many beauty products for both men and women.  Based on that, it has to be a fantastic option for beards, right?

You can put cocoa butter in your beard, but it is not the best option for beard care.  This butter may clog your pores under your beard. This is especially true if you have oily skin. There are so many better options for moisturizing and styling your beard. Beard balms and beard butters are better choices for beard care.

It is good for your beard in some ways. It does provide moisture to your facial hair, and it does condition the skin under your beard. What it basically does is soften your beard hairs. While this is great if you have an itchy beard, but there are better alternatives to stand-alone cocoa butter.

Some better products are beard butters, beard balms, and beard oils.

What Is Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is a solid butter that comes from the Cacao tree.  It is an off-yellow vegetable fat that comes from the cocoa bean.  It is solid at room temperature, and it melts around 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is rich in Vitamin E, and it is loaded with antioxidants.  It has a pleasant aroma and a nice velvety texture when melted.

This natural ingredient is used in many cosmetics, and it has its place.

Cocoa Butter In Beard Care

Looking at cocoa butter for beards, this article discusses the use of pure cocoa butter or products that are mostly cocoa butter.  When you go to the beauty section and you see a multitude of “cocoa butter” products that you want to use for beard care, look at the ingredients listed on the jar.  You will see that most of them are not pure cocoa butter.

Take a look at this popular product on amazon, and scroll down to the ingredients.  You will see a long list of ingredients including, dyes, synthetic fragrance, and alcohols.  There is no doubt that using this product will help moisturize your beard and skin, but it is not pure cocoa butter.  In addition, it contains a lot of ingredients that are not natural.

If you were going to use cocoa butter, this product would be a much better choice.  It is simply Certified Organic Cacao Butter (Theobroma cacao.)

The biggest issue for using this product for beard care is its high comedogenic rating.  Comodewhaaat?

Certainly you have seen beauty products advertised as “non-comedogenic.”  Without getting too technical, we will go over this and why it is important for your beard and skin.

Comedones are bumps that can form on the skin.  If you get an excess of sebum in your pores or bacteria in your pores, these can develop.  Skin care products that are comedogenic can cause these unwanted bumps.  If you want to geek out, take a look at this article on wiki.

Great News!  Very smart people have put together a rating system of ingredients to determine how likely they are to cause these bumps or “acne.”

The Comedogenic Rating System

0 – Will Not Clog Pores

1 – Low

2 – Moderately Low

3 – Moderate

4 – Fairly High

5 – High probability it will clog pores

If you are on your heels now wondering where cocoa butter falls on this scale, your wait is over:  4

That’s right, the product that you are looking at putting on your beard and face has a rating of 4, which is fairly high.  This means that if you have oily skin or acne prone skin, this is not the best product for you.  Even if you have normal skin, it is still not the best product due to its rating.

This is why we say that there are other products that are better for your beard grooming routine.

If you are still set on using it on your beard, here are some good methods to apply it to your facial hair.

How To Use Cocoa Butter On Your Beard

This butter is solid at room temperature, and it is fairly hard. The best way to use it to condition your beard would be to warm it up in your hands. To do this, simply place a small chunk in your hands and use friction to warm it up. This will melt a little bit in your hands.

Once your hands are covered in the butter, simply run your hands through your beard and massage it into your face. This should coat all of your facial hair as well as the skin under your beard.

You should have some left over cocoa butter, so just return that to the container.

This is the fastest and easiest way to get it into your beard hair.

Another way would be to melt the butter. Once it is melted a bit, take some and rub it into your beard. Make sure not to do it when the oil is too hot. The butter will turn into an oil once it is warmed up.

You can use it to coat your facial hair for an hour or so before a shower. Simply rinse it off in a warm shower, and your beard show feel softer and less tangled.

You can also leave it in all day. This will provide maximum conditioning. Do remember, that if you have oily skin, cocoa butter may help to promote acne if you leave it on too long.

Alternatives To Cocoa Butter For Beards

There are so many options for beard care today, there really is no need to use pure cocoa butter or “cocoa butter” type products found in pharmacies.

Amazon has many beard balms and beard oils available, and you should be able to find a high quality product that moisturizes your beard and skin.  Be on the lookout for balms that contain cocoa butter and pay attention to where it falls on the ingredients list.  Ingredients should be listed in order of most to least, so cocoa butter listed as one of the first couple of ingredients means it contains a high percentage.

That does not mean that beard balms that contain cocoa butter are bad for you.  It means that you should recognize how much is in it, and you should be careful depending on your skin type.  If you have severely oily skin, it may be best to stay away from any beard balm with cocoa butter in it.  If you dry skin, a small amount of cocoa butter in your beard balm will probably not be an issue for your beard and skin.

Here are 3 alternative products to use instead of cocoa butter on your beard:

Beard Butters

Beard butters are a mix of natural oils and butters. It has a soft creamy texture. There are some beard butters that even contain cocoa butter.

These are designed to deep condition facial hair, and most of them are scented, so they will make you smell great. These are a great option to use instead of plain cocoa butter.

One of our favorite beard butters is The Executive by Live Bearded. It can be found at Amazon.

Beard Balms

Balms are similar to butters except they are designed to provide some hold. This will help to style your beard more. While they still moisturize and condition, most of them are not as good as beard butters in that regards.

Beard Balms are a mix of oils, butters, and waxes. There is usually an ingredient like beeswax included to help provide some hold for your beard. These will be better than plain cocoa butter for styling your beard and providing conditioning.

Beard Oils

These are basically mixtures of liquid oils like Argan oil, Olive oil, etc. Once you warm up cocoa butter, it basically becomes an oil. A mixture of oils in a branded beard oil is a better choice because it has a mixture of different oils that provide unique benefits. Plus, most of them are scented which makes you and your beard smell better!

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James Woods

James Woods

Hi, I am James Woods, the founder of Beardedblade. I have extensive experience working in the men's grooming industry. I have worked in the beard care and shaving industries, so I have first hand experience working with products in those areas. I also enjoy all things outdoors and topics related to men's lifestyle. I am an avid camper, hiker, biker, and all around outdoor enthusiast.

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