We all must have used cocoa butter or shea butter at some point, maybe for stretch marks or to relieve super dry skin.
Mangoes are delicious fruits that taste like heaven in your mouth. These luscious fruits contain seeds or stones that we usually throw away. But did you know that these seeds are used to extract mango butter?
Mango butter is natural plant butter – just like Shea or Cocoa butters and it’s immensely useful in the natural beauty world.
Mango butter is often found in cosmetics and soaps, as a moisturising ingredient. It is an amazing butter to have on hand for making your own body butters and hair treatments.
This butter is highly emollient, softening and soothing to the skin. It has protective effects against UV radiation and also helps treat skin rash, eczema, insect bites, and poison ivy. Mango butter can help protect and heal skin from the damage caused by sunburn and frostbite as well. While mango butter is excellent for skin, it is often mixed with other ingredients because it is much harder in texture than Shea butter.
WHAT IS MANGO BUTTER?
Mango butter is extracted from the shelled fruit kernel of the mango tree, which is a tropical evergreen.
As with most natural fruits, the seed has just as many benefits as the flesh. The mango seed can be formed into a powder, oil, or butter, depending on how it’s processed. Typically, the butter is cold-pressed from the seeds, and is said to be similar to cocoa and Shea butters, in that it’s moisturising without being greasy.
The mango itself comes from a tropical fruit tree (the Mangifera) native to South Asia, though the trees are cultivated in a number of locations now for their fruits, including India, China, Brazil, and Mexico. They grow up to be 130 feet tall with evergreen leaves and small white flowers. The fruit ripens in the summertime, and is usually a variety of yellow-orange color with a single flat pit that houses a single seed.
Once the mango butter is extracted, it is heated up and boiled to get the right consistency. Mango butter is off-white in color. It doesn’t smell like mangoes! It has a very mild/neutral smell.
It is semi-solid at room temperature and melts on contact with the skin.
Mango butter is rich on oleic acid and stearic acid. These fatty acids acts as emollients that soften and soothe the skin and hair. It has a high oxidative ability, wound healing and regenerative activity. It is high in antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and E.
Mango butter is quite hard at room temperature, making it difficult to use on its own. It is often mixed with oils to make it easier to apply. Mango butter has similar qualities as Shea and cocoa butter but it’s higher fatty acid content makes it a more intensive moisturizer. It has a lighter feel than Shea Butter, so if you find Shea butter too heavy, give mango butter a try.
The main fatty acids present in Mango butter are Oleic 46%, Stearic 44%, Palmitic 5.5%, Linoleic 6,0%, Aracinidic 3.0%
MANGO BUTTER SKIN BENEFITS
Treats Dry Skin
Mango butter is ultra-moisturizing. It hydrates skin, plumps it up and prevents dry itchy and tight skin. It’s perfect to be used as a hand cream, face cream or body moisturizer. Dry patches, flakiness, and even sensitive skin can benefit from daily application of mango butter, which goes to work deeply moisturizing. Mango butter works great as a lip balm.
It can help clear blemishes and dark spots using mango butter! You can mix in a little with your usual moisturizer.
Natural source of Vitamin A
Vitamin A is one of the natural ingredients that encourages a revitalized, glowing look. Since mango butter is a natural source of vitamin A, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increasing skin’s overall youthful look.
Rich in nourishing fatty acids and antioxidants, mango butter is good for smoothing fine lines and preventing wrinkles. It also deeply moisturizes skin which keeps skin firm, smooth and beautiful.
Since Shea butter and cocoa butter are very effective in healing scars at a fast rate, consider making a scar cream with all three of these butters combined together! While preventing stretch marks is easier than eliminating them once they’ve developed, you can use mango butter to help heal them, and other scars as well, like acne and even age spots. You can make a potent scar cream using mango butter combined with shea butter and cocoa butter.
Soothes Bug Bites
Mango butter is also very soothing for bug bites. It heals the skin, stops itching and reduces inflammation. Dab a little mango butter on bug bites. Its properties can help calm the itching and stinging so your skin can relax.
Maintains the Skin’s Elasticity & Flexibility
With its high linoleic and oleic acid content, mango butter is very good at maintaining the skin’s elasticity and flexibility. It also has vitamin C that boosts collagen production in skin. Collagen is a structural protein that keeps our skin looking smooth, soft and youthful.
Heals Minor Cuts & Rashes
Moisturize, protect and heal nicks and cuts using mango butter.
Heal sun damaged skin with mango butter. While you can use it on its own, rubbing the mango butter between your palms to melt it and then gliding it onto your skin.
For Soap Making
When used in soap making, mango butter produces a hard bar that gives enough moisturizing and conditioning lather.
Treat skin conditions like eczema & psoriasis
Mango butter is not only incredibly soothing, it offers anti-inflammatory properties that can treat inflamed, dry, itchy skin caused by eczema or psoriasis. You can easily make your own healing cream at home using mango butter.
MANGO BUTTER HAIR BENEFITS
Mango butter make is an excellent hair and scalp conditioner. It protects the hair and scalp from sun damage and keeps hair looking healthy by reducing breakage and dryness.
For thick and curly haired people, mango butter can be used as an excellent moisturizer. If you’re suffering from dry tresses, especially if your hair is thick and/or curly, mango butter makes a wonderful moisturizer.
Mango butter provides the hair with minerals and vitamins to help keep it strong and healthy. It will help lock in moisture and control frizz. The vitamins in mango butter can help with hair growth and the regenerative properties of this butter can help repair your hair.
- protects hair from sun damage
- prevents moisture loss
- makes hair soft
- restores damaged cuticle
When purchasing a body butter, it is important to look for a butter that is extracted using natural methods to ensure maximum nourishment to the skin. Look for the words “unrefined,” “cold-pressed” or “crude.” This means that the product was extracted from the shea nut, cocoa bean or mango using natural methods that don’t overheat the ingredient during the process, thus destroying some of its nutrients.
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So these were the benefits of Mango Butter. I use mango butter especially in winters. It hydrate and moisturises my skin. I love mixing Shea and Cocoa Butter with mango butter and use it on my skin and hair. Do try out mango butter and let me know how it worked on your skin and hairs in the comments below.
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