Ingredient Love: Mango Butter
As a dry-skinned gal by nature, I love body butters. Sometimes DIY is the way to go since I’m sensitive and picky about scent. I usually work with shea, which I still love, but picked up some mango butter a while ago on a whim. And that turned out to be a fabulous idea.
Don’t dismay if you aren’t into DIY. You can use mango butter straight, and it’s pretty easy to find a jar online or in your local spot for healthy skin products. The butter comes from the seed of the mango, and seems to vary in consistency, ranging from similar to shea to more like cocoa butter, depending on where I’ve bought it. I found the batch I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs was gritty, so I heated* it double-boiler style and smoothed it out with a hand blender before pouring it into glass jars to set. Used alone, it has virtually no scent and melts right into the skin. It mixes well with other butters and various oils.
So here’s what really blew me away about mango butter. It does a better job of healing irritation than anything else I’ve used. Everything from cuts and scrapes to irritation from hair removal to those random patches of dry, aggravated skin disappear in short order with its use. I just smooth it on, feel soothed, and a bit later the inflammation is gone. And get ready for this: those angry underarms from your natural deo will cave to mango butter.
Maybe it’s the high concentration of fatty acids or vitamins A, C and E. But it feels like magic. Mango butter doesn’t clog my pores the way cocoa butter does, and for those with nut allergies that may be sensitive to cocoa and shea butters it’s the perfect alternative. I’ve got lots more in store for my mango butter when I have more time. I’m thinking lip balms, and I’m going to perfect one of my deodorant recipes. Best DIY mistake I ever made was blowing my measurements, running out of shea butter and having to make a batch with mango butter instead.
It seems like mango butter is appearing as an ingredient in clean cosmetics more and more. What have you used with mango butter?
*DIYers note: don’t let your butters get too hot, just melt to the point where you can stir it easily.
First published on NMDL in October 2013.