With the search for more natural products becoming the norm, many people are wondering which natural products they can use for personal lubrication. Since cocoa butter is one of the most delicious tasting and smelling natural oils, it's commonly wondered if you can use cocoa butter as a lubricant. The answer to that question is a resounding, orgasmic, chocolatey yes.
As if it needs any introduction, cocoa butter aka cacao butter is the majority of what comes from aged and roasted cacao beans. The rest is cacao liqueur and cocoa powder. Together they make chocolate, but separately they add another super nutrient rich solid oil for a ton of hygienic and beauty needs!
Like many of the other butters we carry, cocoa butter features 3 of the healthy fatty acids: oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. Uniquely, it features them in roughly equal parts and make up 95.7% of the fats in cocoa butter. It's amazingly rich in Omega 6, 9, & 7 and other antioxidants.
Cocoa Butter Fatty Acid Composition:
· Saturated: 61.5% (as palmitic acid, stearic acid, myristic acid, arachidic acid)
· Monounsaturated: 34.8% (as oleic acid omega-9, palmitoleic acid omega-7)
· Polyunsaturated: 3.2% (as linoleic acid omega-6)
In practice, this makes it great for anti-aging, healing scars, stretch marks, treatment/preventing chapped or burned skin and lips. It's also an amazing daily moisturizer to prevent dry, itchy skin.
My cocoa butter comes unrefined or undeodorized. So, it carries that wonderful chocolate smell. Plus, all of its natural nutrients, unlike other kinds that are bleached and filtered.
As a lube, cocoa butter is thin like coconut oil but with a more texture slip. There’s not really any research on the topic of cocoa butter in the vagina but Diagnostic Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology (2018) does mention it for the management of atrophic vaginitis. “Some authorities recommend topical application of cocoa butter, beeswax, or mineral oil to aid with sexual activity.” In fact, from the colloquial knowledge of people with vaginas, cocoa butter seems to be one of the powerful solutions to vaginal dryness available.
For folks with vaginas, yeast infections and UTIs are typically a top concern. Luckily oils and oil-based lubricants are typically antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial due to their fatty acid components. Meaning oil will literally massacre candida, the fungus that causes yeast infections and thrush.
The two most well-known fatty acids to help cure yeast infections are lauric acid and caprylic acid. But those aren’t available in Cocoa Butter. Luckily, palmitic acid also helps make candida less virulent (severe) by destroying the cell structure.