Cacao trees cannot tolerate a temperature lower than 15 ??C (59 ??F). It is important to harvest the pods when they are fully ripe because if the pod is unripe, the beans will have low cocoa butter content, or there will be insufficient sugars in the white pulp for fermentation, resulting in a weak flavor. After fermentation, the shell of each bean is removed to extract the nib. Finally, the nibs are ground and liquefied, resulting in pure chocolate in fluid ???chocolate liquor???. The liquor can be further processed into two components: cocoa solids (powder) and cocoa butter. The former contain alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It also contains several minerals including Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc and 230 mg of caffeine .
The latter contains softening and moisturizing properties and it is the major ingredient in the commercial production of both white chocolate and milk chocolate. This application continues to dominate consumption of cocoa butter.
Pharmaceutical companies heavily use cocoa butter’s physical properties. It is a nontoxic solid and one of the most stable fats known, a quality that coupled with natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity, grants it a storage life of two to five years. The velvety texture, pleasant fragrance and emollient properties of cocoa butter have made it a popular ingredient in products for the skin, such as cosmetics, soaps and lotions.
Terme???s Chocolate Treatment ??is done with cocoa solids (powder) and cocoa butter.
Sweet Almond Oil
Delicate and odourless oil especially recommended treating dry skin. It is obtained by cold-squeezing Sweet Almond seeds (Prunus dulcis). The tree is original from Asia and cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean areas.
Almonds have excellent energetic and dietary properties as they contain high quantities of proteins, fats, sugars and salts. The oil is rich in Vitamin E, which has wonderful softening and smoothing qualities; it is also ideal for oily skin as it contains few lipids. It leaves the skin hydrated and smooth, and prevents stretch-marks thanks to its anti-oxidising action.??
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