When someone mentions mangoes, we immediately drift away to some far-away tropical island beach! Unfortunately, it is only our vivid imagination! However, our love for mango is real as it can be and we are sure you are going to feel the same way once you read how beneficial it can be, especially when it comes to your skincare.
Therefore, if you want to learn how to make mango butter that will make your skin soft and silky, do read the following text- we are sure you are going to enjoy it as much as we enjoy the exotic smell of mango fruit!
What Is Mango Butter And What It Is Used For?
Mango butter is a natural skin care product (although it can be used for some other things as well) made from mango fruit and its seeds powder. The seeds, as well as mango flesh, have numerous beneficial properties.
Mangoes grow on mango trees that are native to South Asia but are also cultivated in Mexico, Brazil, and even China and India. The tree can grow up to 40 meters tall, and has large green leaves and grandiose white flowers. The mango fruits are harvested during the summer season. Mangoes usually have yellow-orange color, and each one hides a single seed we need to make the actual mango butter.
Once made, mango butter looks almost the same as shea or cocoa butter, and shares a lot of common properties with the two as well. Its primary use is for skin treatment. It is actually a skin moisturizer that will feed your skin and not make it too greasy.
Moreover, mango butter can also, like cocoa butter, be used for cooking too. You can actually use mango butter to substitute regular butter in a vast selection of dishes. It will give your culinary specialties an exotic feel and tropical flavor that is quite interesting. The mango butter can also be combined with herbs and spices to boost up its flavor properties.
How To Make Mango Butter
Now that you know what mango butter is, what it is made of and what you can use it for, you are surely going to be delighted to hear that you can make it on your own quite easily. As always we are here to guide you through the process and make it extra easy, so simply follow the subsequent instructions!
The great thing about this particular mango butter is its versatility. Namely, it can be used for your body but also in your kitchen!
You Will Need
• One cup of unsalted butter
• One cup of mango (pureed or chopped)
• Plastic wrap
• Mixing bowl
• Air-tight container
The Preparation Process
Start by preparing the mango. Choose a fresh, ripe fruit and cut it down the middle as to remove the big seed from it. Next, scoop out the flesh and then chop or puree it. Finally, put the mango in the blender and make a smooth paste.
Use the mixing bowl to unite the mango paste with the unsalted butter. When the two are well mixed- your task is done! The mango butter should be stored in a clean, air-tight container and kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.
The mango butter you prepare in this manner can be used for cooking and adding flavor to your dishes, but can also make a great face mask that will soften your skin and make it sleek- just make sure to rinse it off!
Our second version of the mango butter recipe includes the first version of the mango butter but has only one fault-it cannot be used for eating. Otherwise, it is even better than the first version when it comes to skincare. It is a great beauty product that you can make at your home and be 100% positive that it is free from any harmful substances.
You Will Need
• Half a cup of mango butter (prepared by following our first recipe)
• 25 drops of mango essence oil
• Half a cup of almond oil
• One cup of Shea Butter
• Airtight Jar
• Large Pot
• Mixing bowl
• Glass bowl
• Stirring spoon
The Preparation Process
Take a large pot and fill it halfway with water. Position the glass bowl inside the pot with water. Turn your stovetop to medium heat and start warming the water. In the meantime, place the mango and shea butter into the glass bowl and allow them to melt (it will happen when the water starts to boil) Remember to stir the butter all the time. After the content has completely melted, remove the glass bowl from the pot and add mango and almond oil.
Next, the mixture needs to be put in a fridge for chilling. It will take at least 20 minutes to cool down as needed and when that happens you need to whisk it until it becomes soft and creamy. Transfer your ready-to-use mango butter into an airtight jar and store it in a cool and dry place for up to four months.
This version of mango butter is meant to be massaged into your skin. It should make your skin soft as a baby bum in no time!
Why Use Mango Butter?
Now that you are able to make your own super-healthy mango butter, you should also know why you should do it as often as you can. First of all, as we have already mentioned, preparing your own skincare products will guarantee that there are no harmful substances that commercial products most often include- even when labeled as all natural. We have comprised a short list of mango butter benefits you should definitely read:
1. Anti-Aging Properties
Thanks to the Vitamin C which naturally plumps up your skin and makes it firmer, the fine lines and wrinkles will lessen, and you will look younger. And who does not want to appear younger these days?
2. Moisturizing The Skin
If your skin is dry, mango butter can be just the thing you were looking for. Namely, it is a great product to treat dry skin as it has ultra-moisturizing properties. The oleic acid and stearic acid, two fatty acids that are present in the mango butter, will make your skin soft and shiny.
3. Calming The Irritations And Insects Bites
Mango butter can be a great first-aid measure when the insect bites you; your skin becomes irritated due to too much sun exposure or any other reason. It will work great to relieve you from the discomfort poison ivy causes too. Simply dab some butter, and the itch will subdue allowing for quicker recovery.
4. Fighting Acne
We all know how serious a problem acne can be, and mango butter is a great ally in fighting to get rid of this problem. Mango butter will improve your complexion and help clear it up but also prevent scarring.
5. Reducing Scars
As we have already implied when discussing the acne problem, mango butter can help your skin heal faster and better. Be consistent and rub the mango butter onto your scars and stretch marks for some time and your skin will become flawless once again.
The mango butter is not only good for your skin but also for your hair, especially if your hair is curly or dry. It will keep the hair well hydrated and give it the moisture it needs. It actually makes an excellent conditioner to use when washing your hair.
7. Healing Minor Wounds
Besides protecting your skin from damage, mango butter can also help once your skin has already been damaged too. It will speed up healing of small cuts or wounds. For best results, you can mix it with tea tree oil and make an all-natural healing balm which will help renew your skin.
8. Treating Eczema And Psoriasis
As it calms down inflammation processes, mango butter is a great choice for all those who have eczema and psoriasis problems. It can help control these conditions, especially when combined with coconut oil.
9. Soothing Sun-Damaged Skin
Sunburns can be both painful and ugly. Sun-damage is dangerous for your skin and should be dealt with immediately so that your skin can regenerate more quickly. A cooling cream made from mango butter, aloe vera gel and a few drops of peppermint oil will help cool down the sunburns, relieve the pain and discomfort and recover the skin to its normal state.
10. Soap Making
If you have made your skin care cream on your own why not go a step further and make yourself a handmade soap too? Mango butter is a perfect ingredient to use for this purpose.
As you can see, mango butter is hard to beat when you want to pamper your skin. It is filled with antioxidants and essential vitamins such as vitamin A and C. Therefore, it not only serves to smoothen your skin but can also help it heal and stay young. For all these reasons listed, you should definitely learn how to make mango butter in your home and do it regularly!