Scientists at Cacao Biotechnologies & Cacao Prieto have developed a new method of fermenting and extracting cacao beans that significantly increases the potency of natural antioxidants. The molecules being developed are Epicatechin based bioflavoniods with extraordinary antioxidant activity; more than 1000 times more potent than similar molecules derived from green tea.
In collaboration with ASP (Art, Science, Passion) and founder Rhett Butler, a facial soap was formulated with our developed Cacao Epicatechin antioxidant. The soap is truly a fountain of youth product formulated with natural and organic ingredients it posses a high percentage of functional ingredients. There is no “angel dusting” in this meticulous formula that spared no expense for function.
UV rays, IR radiation, pollution, and lifestyle factors generate damaging free radicals that can prematurely age skin. Antioxidants neutralize these unstable molecules, acting as a second line of defense against photodamage and accelerated aging. This soap will improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation by neutralizing free radicals and stimulating collagen production.
The unique soap’s ingredients include: Epicatechin antioxidants from Cacao Prieto, Widow Jane mineral water, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, almond oil, activated carbon, iron oxide, brown sugar, honey, green tea, urea, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, avacado oil, rose hip oil, grape seed oil, sheat germ oil, evening primrose oil, camellia tea seed oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, perrila oil, apricot oil, hazelnut oil, vitamin E, bentonite clay, honeysuckle oil, chamomile oil, blood orange oil, neroli oil, sweet orange oil, myrrh oil, cardamon oil, bergamot oil.
The soap will be branded and marketed by ASP later this year as part of their “black” line of natural products. The below samples were packaged by Cacao Prieto for our beta test panel of doctors and consumers.
Our scientists and “apothecary” laboratory is available for collaborations or developmental work. Please contact us to discuss your product development needs.
What is a clone?
Cloning is basically taking a cutting (a branch or growing portion of the plant, including a few small leaves to aid growth) of one plant, and placing it in a medium to take root on its own. This cutting then becomes its own plant, identical to the “parent” plant (the plant from which the clone was taken). Cloning has become one of the most efficient ways to grow a plant. Clones are the result of asexual or vegetative propagation, whereas seeds are the result of sexual propagation.
What is somatic cell embryogenesis and why is it important to the future of Cacao?
In just the same way a cutting can sprout roots, other portions of a plant can grow to form new plants as well. In somatic cloning of cacao we grow plants from a portion of a non pollinated flower.
Cacao Prieto and Cacao Biotechnologies are pioneering the use of somatic cell cloning or embryogenesis to preserve biodiversity and improve cacao production of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is one of the smallest producers of Cacao in the world producing only 1.4% of the world supply, but the Dominican Republic is also one of the most important producers as that 1.4% equals 70% of the worlds supply of Organic cacao produced each year.
Overview of the Cacao Prieto
Dominican Republic Plant Sciences Program
Nothing is as cool as giant machinery. It just gets our imagination running full speed. We just purchased a whole new group of farm machines for Coralina Farms and have shipped them all to the Dominican Republic where they will be used for our 2000 hectare expansion.
Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic was the first city founded in the New World by the Spanish. Catedral de Santa María la Menor was the first Church to be built there, construction starting in 1514 and it is now the oldest extant church in the Americas.
The intense colors and size of Cacao fruit was the first thing that captured the imagination of Daniel Prieto, founder of Cacao Prieto