Cocoa butter is derived from Cocoa beans. It's both an emollient (softening\/hydrating ingredient) and thickener. Cocoa butter is completely natural, sustainably sourced and totally biodegradable. It's also a fantastic moisturiser, forms a great protective barrier on the skin and smells incredible! Our cocoa butter comes from a variety of different sources and it's an ingredient we are working on better sources for. One of these sources is the CONACADO cooperative in the Dominican Republic whom TradeAid work with. The Cocoa butter supply chain is filled with child labour and we are working on ensuring ours is completely free of it.