Is Cocoa Butter Vegan?
Used in everything from chocolate treats to beauty products, cocoa butter is a precious ingredient to many. But is it vegan? Find out here.
What is cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from cacao beans, and over half of the makeup of cacao nibs actually consist of cocoa butter. This can be used in its raw form for a variety of purposes, including cooking, baking and beauty products. Its popularity has soared in the last decade as people become more health conscious and look for healthier sources of fats.
Is cocoa butter vegan?
It’s another yes and no situation here. In its raw form, yes — cocoa butter is vegan. This is because it derives only from cacao beans thus making it plant-based. However, cocoa butter is often used as a main ingredient in beauty products in particular, and there is a high possibility that these aren’t vegan as there may be non-vegan products added to it. This is especially the case for skincare products, where collagen may be added which is often derived from non-vegan sources. It’s always worth checking the ingredients label to make sure!
There you have it. Have any more questions for us? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get answering.
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.