mango butter benefits and uses

Little-known Mango butter benefits: 6 miraculous uses of Mango butter for healthy skin and hair

Sharing is caring!

Mango butter deserves more hype than it gets. It’s not as popular or commonly used as its cousins’ shea butter or cocoa butter, but it isn’t less beneficial. In this blog post, you will learn about the benefits of Mango butter and how to use Mango butter to transform your skin and hair.

I first came across it because shea butter was too heavy for my natural hair, and I needed an alternative. When you use start to use Mango butter, you’ll find that in some ways, it’s better than shea butter, especially when it comes to hair care. 

Comparison between Mango butter and Shea butter

What is Mango butter?

Mango butter, as the name implies is the fat derived from the mango seed. Like most natural butters, there’s refined and unrefined mango butter. It’s solid at room temperature but melts easily on contact with the skin.

Fresh Mango butter

I am not ashamed to share this story with you, even though it’s a bit embarrassing. When I first ordered Mango butter, I half expected it to smell like Mangoes. I also imagined it would have a yellow colour similar to unrefined shea butter; I was wrong.

Yes, Mango butter is derived from mangoes but, it doesn’t smell like mangoes or have a yellow colour. It’s almost odourless and has an off-white colour. This is because the butter is extracted from the seed and not the pulp of the mango fruit.

I am not sure it’s possible to make mango butter at home, except you have a hydraulic press laying around. To extract mango butter, the seed which contains fat is placed in a hydraulic press where pressure and friction are applied to expel the oil. 

Like shea butter, pure mango butter is edible and consumed to strengthen the heart and increase immunity, lets see some of the mango butter benefits.

Benefits for skin

When applied topically, Mango butter can nourish the skin. It can also:

  1. Firm up the skin: Mango butter firms up the skin by boosting collagen production due to its vitamin C content. Collagen has and is probably still a beauty trend, there are lots of youtube videos talking about taking collagen supplements. If you don’t trust supplements (and I don’t think you should) then use Mango on your skin to give your a collagen boost.
  2. Softer skin: Applying mango butter on damp skin makes your skin stay moisturized for longer. The water on your skin hydrates your skin, while mango butter forms a protective layer to keep the water on your skin for longer. Since the water can’t evaporate, your skin stays hydrated and moisturized resulting in softer skin over time.
  3. Protects the skin from UV rays: Remember the Vitamin C in mango butter I talked about earlier? Well, Vitamin C does more than boost collagen in the skin. Mango butter can also protect the skin from harmful UV rays and damage caused by sun exposure. Don’t skip sunscreen though, it’s best to think of mango butter as double protection not a replacement of sunscreen.

How to use Mango butter for the skin

You’ll find something common with natural products. They can be used on different parts of the body in different ways. Mango butter is no exception. As a plus, Mango butter is lightweight, non-greasy and non-comedogenic.

Mango butter
  1. Mango butter body scrub: If you want extra moisture from your body scrubs, then add some Mango butter. You should try this turmeric mango butter scrub, it’s easy and simple to make, and will moisturize, soften your skin and give it a natural glow.
  2. Make a body butter: Since mango butter is great at keeping the skin moisturized, it only makes sense that if you have dry dull skin you use mango butter as a skin butter. Since it is lightweight and non greasy, it’s good for all skin types and can be used on the face.
  3. Use as a lip moisturizer: Cracked lips be gone! Mango butter is better than commercial lip balms since it can keep the lips soft and supple. On top of that pure mango butter is edible, so you don’t have to worry about ingesting chemicals when you are eating.

Benefits for hair

Shea butter got most of its hype because of how it can transform dry hair. Mango butter works the same and has the advantage of not causing product buildup. Here are some mango butter benefits for your hair

  1. Conditions the hair: Mango butter has lots of oleic acids that can coat the hair, making the hair more manageable. The oleic acids in Mango butter also eliminate dandruff and strengthen the hair. That’s not all, the stearic acids in Mango butter not only condition the hair, they also protect the hair from damage while giving it shine.
  2. Softer hair: Mango butter has palmitic acid. This is what makes mango butter an emollient, this means that mango butter can form a film around the hair. This film seals moisture in the hair and softens the hair and the best part is that unlike shea butter it does this without leaving a greasy or sticky residue.
  3. Stimulate hair growth: Oleic acids can stimulate the growth of thicker stronger hair. You don’t have to worry about scalp buildup, since mango butter is lightweight and non-greasy, applying it in moderate quantity to the scalp won’t cause buildup or block the hair follicles.

How to use for hair

Whipped mango butter
  1. As a conditioner: Shampoos can strip the hair of oils leaving you with dry matted and brittle hair, add Mango butter to your conditioner to give your conditioner extra slip and conditioning ability. You can also use mango butter as your conditioner, add some natural gel to melted mango butter and apply to damp hair. See how to make natural gel
  2. Use as cream: To take advantage of the fact that mango butter can retain moisture in the hair, using mango butter hair cream means that your hair will stay soft and moisturised for longer. If you want to go the extra step, make a chebe infused mango hair butter to keep your hair soft and strengthen brittle hair. Here’s how to make yours
  3. Hot oil treatment: If you have itchy scalp or struggle with dandruff, make a hot oil treatment with mango butter and coconut oil and apply to your scalp. Cover your hair with a cap to allow the oils to penetrate and rinse off with water. The best part about this is that it would not only stop itchy scalp, it can also stimulate hair growth.

Shop amazing ebooks and other digital products on sale today! Take advantage of these limited-time-only deals!

What are the side effects of Mango butter I should know about?

Pure mango butter is generally safe, except you are allergic to mangoes, so you can enjoy mango butter benefits without fear. Notwithstanding, if you have never used mango butter, it is better to do a patch test to make sure you are not allergic.

Is Shea butter better than Mango butter?

Both kinds of butter are similar, but there are some differences. Which butter you choose will be based on your preference.

  1. Scent: Shea butter has a nutty smell while mango butter doesn’t have a distinctive smell.
  2. Color: Mango butter has an off white colour while  shea butter has a yellow color.
  3. Absorption: Mango butter is lighter and absorbs faster into the skin.

See this post on the difference between Mango butter and Shea butter.

What tips do I need when using Mango butter?

I have been using mango butter for over a year. Here’s what you should look out for when buying and using mango butter

  1. Buy pure unrefined mango butter. The essence of using a natural butter is to get all the benefits and reduce your use of chemicals so make sure to confirm that your butter doesn’t contain any chemicals or additives
  2. Use a dry spoon to scoop out your butter. Due to the stearic acid in mango butter, it can stay potent for as long as 6 months. However, if you put water or contaminate your mango butter, you will have to throw it out earlier.
  3. Buy in bulk when you can. Buying in bulk is always a good idea to save some money. Like I said the butter can stay for up to 6 months. If you want to keep it keep it form melting, store in a cool dark environment or in the fridge.

The Takeaway

If you want smooth, soft skin and hair, try Mango butter, especially if you don’t like the smell or feel of shea butter. Mango butter benefits for hair and skin are numerous. Would you be using mango butter on your skin and hair? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Till next time stay clean inside and radiant outside.

Shop amazing ebooks and other digital products on sale today! Take advantage of these limited-time-only deals!

More articles for you!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *