Mango butter is a type of body butter that is made from the kernels of the tropical mango tree. Mango kernels located in the middle of the mango fruit, provide a variety of benefits to the body and skin. Mango butter is highly hydrating and moisturizing, when applied to the skin it feels light and isn't greasy.
While Mango butter has a similar feel and structure to Shea and Cocoa butter, it contains more fatty acids, making it a more intense moisturizer. Mango butter is a natural emollient that offers skin softness, calming and moisturizing properties. It is white in colour, and has a slightly sweet smell.
Mango butter is rich in several vitamins and minerals. It contains essential fatty acids, vitamin A E, B6 and C.
Mango butter also known as mango seed fat, or mangosteen contains about twice as much vitamin E as comparable products, it is also an excellent source of antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Benefits of Mango Butter
Mango butter is one of the must commonly used butter in homemade body butter recipes. Mango butter has a firmer texture than Shea butter, but is softer than Cocoa butter. It begins to melt upon contact with the skin and has a shelf life of 4 to 6 months. However, can be kept for up to 1 year if it is frozen.
The medium texture (not too soft, not too hard) makes it a go-to choice for many crafters. Mango butter contributes a small amount of firmness to soap, but not nearly as much as cocoa butter.
Due to the slightly firm texture of Mango butter, we recommend adding it to products in melted form. It’s not the best butter choice if you’d like to whip the butter; we recommend melting it first and whipping it as it cools. Check out the recipe below for mango butter ideas.
Mango butter is a great alternative to Shea butter, which is used in many commercial lip balms. Mango butter does not clog pores, unlike many of the petroleum-based ingredients that cause reactions and are bad for your skin in general. The antioxidants in Mango butter help prevent premature aging as well, making it a safe option for your daily moisturizing needs. People find its slight fruity smell very pleasant in products such as lip balms.
Its high vitamin, antioxidant and nutrient content makes it a popular anti-aging ingredient for a glowing and youthful look.
The quick absorbing mango butter instantly increases moisture and production of collagen to aid in skins elasticity while slowing the degeneration of skin cells. Some swear by the benefits of Mango butter for almost endless topical uses such as helping frostbite, skin rashes, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or frizzy hair while also relieving the itchiness from insect bites. Mango butter can also be used for pregnancy stretch marks, to soothe acne scars, to calm allergies or stimulate the scalp for healthy hair growth.
Whipped Mango Body Butter Recipe
Step 1 Cut the Mango butter into small pieces.
Step 2 Scoop the Mango Butter into the bowl.
Step 3 Using an electric mixer whip the Mango butter, starting on a low speed and then gradually increase the speed to high.
Once the Mango butter is a smooth consistency add the coconut, almond Oil and essential oil.
Using the electric mixer whip all 4 ingredients on low speed for a couple minutes until they are all blended well.
Increase speed of the mixer to high for a couple of minutes or until the body butter reaches the desired consistency.
Once you are happy with the mixture, pipe into your jar and store in a cool dry place.
Use once or twice a day.