By Jillian Fleischman


If you’re anything like us, you’re always on the lookout for a great moisturizer that you can rely on in even the coldest and driest of climates. Yet even in today’s product-saturated world, with a seemingly endless number of choices, this search has proven difficult. How many times have you had high expectations for ‘lasting smoothness’ from your newest moisturizer, only to be  dry and flakey shortly thereafter? (It’s happened to us too many times to count .) Tired of being lured in with enticing promises only to be disappointed, we’ve turned to a tried and trusted old school standby that has withstood the test of time: cocoa butter.

Yes, chocolate lovers, cocoa butter is the basis for that sweet treat we all know and love, but it’s also been called the ultimate moisturizer.  With its unique ability to melt at body temperature, this super-butter (what we’ve been calling this wonder cream,) is instantly absorbed into the skin, making it an ideal method for keeping all your precious parts soft and moisturized.

If you love chocolate, you’ll love this!

Cocoa butter is not only a completely natural hydrator (unlike some of those other chemical-laden products on our bathroom shelves), but also an inexpensive choice. It helps the skin retain its natural elasticity and moisture, (which is why it’s been a longtime go-to for pregnant women looking to prevent stretch marks,) is non-greasy and has even been shown to soothe sensitive skin conditions like eczema.

Hair dry too? Try this!

At The Beauty Bean, we’re loving Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula. They’ve been creating a fantastic line of cocoa butter products since the 1840s (basically forever) and we recommend it with confidence. Our top pick: The Swivel Stick. Rich in Vitamin E, it soothes chapped lips and even helps marks and blemishes on the spot. Let’s just say we’re crazy for cocoa over here!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick, $3.49,