Cocoa Absolute Essential Oil
Cocoa Absolute (Theobroma cacao) from France has an intense, deep, dark chocolate aroma. Like all of our essential oils, enfleurage oils, absolutes and blends, Artisan Aromatics Cocoa absolute is of the highest therapeutic quality bottled by hand in USA. Cocoa absolute is solvent-extracted from the beans (seeds) produced by the cacao tree, which grows in many tropical areas of the world. The beans are white when harvested but before they are subjected to extraction, they are washed, fermented, dried, roasted and reduced to powder. This absolute is used in perfumery and is also suited to candle and soap making.
Like all of our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, enfleurage oils, absolutes and blends, this oil has been carefully selected for its therapeutic quality. Then, to ensure maximum freshness and potency, this oil is bottled by hand in USA only after orders are received.
The edible chocolate that we are familiar with comes from the same botanical source as our Cocoa absolute. The cacao bean has been used by the indigenous people of Central America as food, as medicine, and as a ritual substance for thousands of years. In ancient times, and in some places still, it has been recognized and prized as an aphrodisiac and as a substance that gives a pleasurable, elevating experience. Even today, you will hear people describe themselves as “chocoholics” because they so love the feeling the get from eating chocolate. The famous 18th century botanist Linnaeus so appreciated cacao’s properties that the Latin name he gave it literally means “food of the gods”.
While you should never use Cocoa absolute (or any absolute) internally, for us inhaling its aroma really does impart some of the same “feel good” effects as indulging in a chocolate bar – and without the calories! Try it and see if it will “do it” for you.
Cocoa Absolute Uses
Cocoa absolute is used in natural perfumery, for soap and candle making, and for environmental fragrancing. It’s not usually used in aromatherapy because it’s solvent-extracted. For topical use, we recommend a maximum concentration of 0.2% in a suitable fatty base, such as vegetable oil or perfumers’ alcohol. This concentration can be achieved by adding 2 drops of cocoa absolute to one ounce of the suitable base. Because Cocoa Absolute is thick, it may clog some diffusers; the best type of diffuser to use with thick absolutes and essential oils is a fan diffuser with a replaceable scent pad.
If you love the exquisite aroma of our Cocoa Absolute, you may really go for our heavenly Vanilla Absolute
SAFETY: See dilution recommendations above for topical use.
IMPORTANT: All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age. Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant.