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Is Cocoa Butter Good For Tattoos?

The products that you put on your tattoos will have an impact on their overall vibrance and clarity for years to come. Using products with underwhelming ingredients can end up doing more harm than good, and not using products at all can leave your skin dry and irritated, which could make for a blurry final product after everything is done healing.

You can keep your skin hydrated by using moisturizing ingredients to support your tattoo’s healing process, making for sharper, more vibrant tattoos. With more people leaving medicated ointments and petroleum jelly in the past, there are new ingredients on the block ready to prove their worth in the tattoo world.

If you are someone who wants a product that uses clean ingredients geared towards inked skin, you’ve likely come across cocoa butter. Shelves are lined with a variety of products spotlighting cocoa butter on the front of the packaging, both specific to tattoos as well as just broadly meant for skincare. But when it comes to products with natural ingredients, you might struggle to find formulas that actually deliver on their promises.

So, is cocoa butter one of these ingredients that delivers?

Yes! Cocoa butter is one of the best ingredients to use in tattoo care, during the initial healing phase, as it is healing, and after it’s healed — talk about a badass botanical.

Mad Rabbit is here to talk about why we use cocoa butter in our own formulas, and it can help your ink shine. Literally.

What Is Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa butter is a vegetable fat that comes from cocoa beans, and it’s been used for thousands of years for beauty, health, wellness, food, and even bartering.

In order to obtain cocoa butter, cocoa beans are fermented, dried, roasted, and then pressed. This creamy substance is used in a variety of products that deal with moisturization and hydration, like lip balms and lotions.

Many of the health benefits are related directly to cocoa, and include soothing and antioxidant properties. Because it’s known that cocoa has these properties, it’s thought that cocoa butter has very similar benefits.

Cocoa butter can be found as its own product, but it’s more likely that it will be combined with other ingredients that are also good for your skin to make for an ultra-hydrating recipe. Essential oils, shea butter, and different extracts are often included in products with cocoa butter. These ingredients add an array of vitamins and minerals that work with cocoa butter to hydrate and nourish your skin.

What’s in Cocoa Butter?

The variety of minerals and vitamins that are in cocoa butter are what help to make it so effective.

Two of the most powerful components of cocoa butter include:

  • Vitamin E: Cocoa butter is a decent source of vitamin E, which acts as a powerful antioxidant that can battle signs of aging such as dullness.
  • Fatty acids: Cocoa butter has high amounts of fatty acids, which help to lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated to prevent your skin from drying out.

Is Cocoa Butter Better Than Shea Butter?

Both of these butters are commonly found in skincare, haircare, and overall personal care and beauty products alike thanks to their ability to intensely hydrate.

Cocoa butter is made from the cocoa bean, and shea butter is made from the shea tree. Both of these plants are botanical treasure chests that work hard to not only hydrate and moisturize skin, but to keep it that way by retaining that moisture, too.

Shea butter is another ingredient we include in our tattoo aftercare products, alongside cocoa butter. It doesn’t have to be either/or — cocoa butter and shea butter work harmoniously together to keep your art looking bright, nourished, and clean.

How Does Cocoa Butter Help My Tattoo?

Once you’ve gotten your tattoo, your artist will usually wrap it — sometimes it’s a tattoo film that you can leave on for the next day or so, sometimes it’s cling wrap that should be taken off within a few hours since it’s not a breathable material.

Every tattoo is different, and the healing process will slightly vary between each tattoo you get, especially when it comes to where you get it. What doesn’t change is the fact that you need to keep your skin hydrated through the healing process, and keeping a thin layer of a cocoa butter-inclusive formula can help with this.

You will notice if you look on the back of many skin moisturizers that cocoa butter is an ingredient. This is because cocoa butter is made up of fatty acids that work to form a protective layer over the tattoo. This helps to keep moisture in, keeping your skin nice and hydrated so it can heal properly. When your skin cracks and becomes too dry, it has the potential to mess up the lines of your tattoo or even cause some of the coloring to fade.

Not only does cocoa butter create a barrier to help lock in moisturizer, but it also creates a barrier that protects the tattoo from exposure to invasive germs you don’t want going anywhere near that open wound. Infections on a new tattoo are the last thing that you want because it can easily damage how the tattoo looks after it heals. If it’s healing process is interrupted, you might notice gaps in your tattoo later on at minimum, and worst-case, you can get an infection that completely botches your art.

Cocoa butter is loaded up with polyphenols and flavonoids antioxidants that nourish your skin and help to support your skin barrier. When your skin is moisturized and healthy, your tattoo heals better.

Using Tattoo Products That Contain Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is an ingredient that you can feel confident in using for your tattoo, knowing that it’s helping to protect your skin and rejuvenate it so your artwork heals as it should. If you are looking to improve your tattoo aftercare routine by making sure to include cocoa butter in your regimen, Mad Rabbit has got you covered.

If you haven’t picked up what we’re putting down, we are huge fans of this sultry plant extract. Cocoa butter just plain feels good to put on your skin when your ink has finally healed after about two weeks, especially when it’s combined with other ingredients that work together to help your tattoo shine.

If you are looking for cocoa butter products to use in your tattoo skincare routine, look no further.

Cocoa Butter in Mad Rabbit’s Tattoo Balm

Mad Rabbit’s aftercare products include clean ingredients that work to support and protect inked skin, whether your tattoo is fresh or you’ve had it for decades.

Mad Rabbit’s Tattoo Balm is made to electrify and enhance your tattoo by hydrating, moisturizing, nourishing, and restoring. Our balm focuses on maintaining the boldness and vibrance of grey, black, and color tattoos without blocking pores with greasiness or oiliness.

Cocoa butter’s moisturizing fatty acids and thick consistency make it ideal for skin that’s just finished the healing process (after about 14 days) — it nourishes, protects, and soothes to keep dryness and irritation at bay.

Tattoo artists are steering away from petroleum-based jellies for aftercare because these jellies tend to clog the pores of the skin, suffocate your healing wound, and put you at risk for infection.

With our cocoa butter-inclusive formula, you’ll get an easy, glide-on feel that is lightweight and breathable (while still providing skin barrier support and tattoo protection!).

Should You Use Cocoa Butter For Your Tattoos?

If you want your tattoo to feel moisturized and healthy with a vibrancy that can only be achieved with hydrated skin, using cocoa butter can help you achieve that.

We recommend our Tattoo Balm to see how cocoa butter feels on your tattoos and to see firsthand the difference it makes. Soon, you’ll be making sure that every moisturizer you buy includes cocoa butter in the ingredients so you can reap all the benefits!


Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease | NCBI

Polyphenols in Cocoa and Cocoa Products: Is There a Link between Antioxidant Properties and Health? | NCBI

Health Benefits of Cocoa Butter | WebMD

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