Cocoa butter is a wonderful natural ingredient that is applauded in skincare for its antioxidant powers, ability to fade stretch marks and scars, and its effectiveness in hydrating and moisturising skin.
I used to use Palmer’s cocoa butter as a body moisturiser years ago, but given its far-from-natural ingredients it would irritate my skin so I stopped using it. Over the years, I have used extra virgin oils on my skin, including coconut oil and almond oil, but as I’ve begun to take a more holistic approach to my health from the inside out, I’ve noticed that my skin requirements have changed.
The decision to start using cocoa butter on my body again coincided with the search for cocoa butter in its most natural state. So then I recently came across Nurifi’s Pure and Unrefined Cocoa Butter. I knew I’d found a good product that would work well on my skin when I was intuitively guided to buy a 1kg bucket of the stuff.
Nurifi’s Pure and Unrefined Cocoa Butter is hand cut so it comes in blocks of pieces. Since it is a solid bar, the best time to apply the cocoa butter is on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower, so it absorbs into the skin easily. The cocoa butter leaves the skin silky smooth without looking greasy, and with a natural cacao scent.
If you are used to applying lotion on to the skin, then using cocoa butter in its more natural state may take some getting used to, but your skin will be thankful for it. Apparently Nurifi’s cocoa butter is food grade so you can even use it in baking if you desire.
At £10.95 for a 1kg tub, Nurifi’s Pure and Unrefined Cocoa Butter is an affordable natural skincare product, and it is very effective at moisturising the skin. When I discovered Nurifi, I particularly resonated with the statement they made on their website, which said: “The Nurifi journey began after the personal search for natural health, food and beauty products led to a feeling that many of the products on the market were over-priced. We wanted to launch a brand where everyone striving for a healthy and relaxing lifestyle could find high quality products at reasonable prices.”
A family-run business based in London, Nurifi works directly with producers across the globe to bring their product range which includes Pure Organic Argan Oil, 99% Pure Aloe Vera Gel, Pure Organic Shea Butter, among others. They also sell an African Black Soap, which I also bought. Nurifi African Black Soap is made the old fashioned way through a process of saponification ensuring it is 100% pure, preservative and chemical free. Although the soap is not aesthetically easy on the eye, it is one of few bars of soap that has not left my skin feeling dry. That said, my skin’s experience of Nurifi’s products can vouch that these are no frills beauty products at no frills prices that provides skin with exactly what it needs – nurturing and nourishment.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com