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Chocolate is made from Theobroma cacao seeds. The seeds are roasted and ground and then flavored with vanilla.

The cacao tree seeds have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After they are fermented, they are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is then removed to expose cacao nibs, which can be ground into a cocoa mass, its pure chocolate form. Before chocolate is used with other ingredients, the mass is liquified into chocolate liquor. It can then be processed into two different components, cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Chocolate, as most of us know, it contains both cocoa solids and cocoa butter. This amazing seed gives us both the solids and the butter at the heart of two of the most skin-beneficial ingredients – Chocolate and Cocoa Butter!

Chocolate is full of antioxidants to protect you from free radical damage; with its sun protection properties, it helps shield your skin from detrimental UV rays. It is also a wonderful skin detoxifier helping slough off dead skin cells and exposing new fresh skin.

Cocoa Butter is filled with a rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants that make it ideal for most skin issues like reducing inflammation for psoriasis, eczema, and rashes, a barrier to protect against outside agents that cause irritation and damage to the skin. Those same antioxidants can also take care of most signs of aging.

What is given to us from the cacao seed is a super beneficial combo!

This is why at Soap Orchard, we wanted to put this awesome combo together to make a super skin-loving soap to protect and hydrate your skin. What came out of these wonderful ingredients was our Chocolate Almond Butter Soap!

We knew that these two cacao seed ingredients really would have been enough to make this soap super special, but we took it a step further and added one of our favorite ingredients Almond Butter. It added the perfect moisturizing and exfoliating properties to this wonderful soap bar.

If you want to really enjoy a Valentine's day treat with Chocolate, pop over and see our Valentine's Day offerings. Chocolate Almond Butter Soap, Give Your Heart Gift Box, and in the Vineyard Strawberry Champagne!

Spread love to others and yourself this Valentines' Day season.

See our forum post on a Hydrating Chocolate Body Mask and give it a try. It is a fun treat!

Happy Valentine's Day,

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