Mango Nut Butter Hair and Skin Recipe

This recipe can be used on hair in lieu of moisturizer or on skin instead of commercial lotions. No water is used in this preparation so expect it to be creamy not runny, a little goes a long way.

1/3 cup Mango Butter
2/3-cup Shea Butter
8 drops essential oil (choose your favorite)

2 tsp. almond oil

2 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. Vitamin E oil


1. Put your mango butter and shea butter in a bowl that is hardy enough to be placed in boiling water.

2. Add water to saucepan that is bigger that the bowl with your butters, test the level of the water to make sure that you can place the bowl with your butter in it, without the boiling water spilling over or entering your butter mixture. Bring the large saucepan with water and then place the bowl with your butter in it.

3. Allow the butters to melt, turn off the fire and remove the bowl with the butter, be careful when handling the containers.

4. Add the remaining ingredients to the melted butter using a metal spoon to combine (wooden spoons will absorb your essential oil scent, got this timely info from (

5.  Whip the butter continually for several minutes (just like you would frosting.) You can use an electric hand mixer, to save you time and energy from doing it manually. As you keep mixing, it will start to look like whipped cream. The more you whip it, the lighter it will be.

Note: If you want a lighter mixture, you can use less mango butter and more shea butter.

If the consistency is not to your liking you can melt it back down and add more shea butter and whip it again.


  • Anne said:

    I have had shea butter turn grainy after melting for a body moisturiser. What will prevent this from happening with this recipe?

    • Brenda said:

      To prevent the grainy effect, melt the shea butter until it is just liquid, let it cool but not until it is solid and then mix it until it is creamy, beat it like you would sugar and butter to make icing. A hand mixer does the job very well. Use the same method for mango butter and the graininess will be avoided.

  • Ronnell Armbrister said:

    Since this mixture is not water based and you suggested using a water based moisturizer then an oil, what would I do if I used this moisturizer? Would I just apply it to wet hair since the coconut oil penetrates the shaft?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Ronnell,
      This works very well on damp hair to seal in moisture. It can also work well on dry hair, it gives hair a soft feel. If your hair is dry, use it on damp hair and then style as usual. If your hair just needs a pick me up in the week, you can use it on your dry hair paying special attention to the ends.

  • Adeola A. said:

    Hi Brenda, I love your blog it is a godsend for me! Would this recipe be suitable for deep conditioning treatments? IF not, what deep conditioners would you recommend?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Adeola, I use this as a hair lotion and body lotion instead of the store bought versions. I use it very sparingly because a little goes a long way. I guess it could be used as a deep conditioning treatment. Are you asking for store bought recommendations or homemade ones?

  • Anne said:

    Would this be more moisturizing without the carrier oils? I would seal with jojoba oil or something after using it.

  • Jacqueline said:

    Hello I really thank you for sharing it’s going to help me a lot I really didn’t want to perm my hair have not had a perm in 2 years I have permed it, now I am trying to keep my hair healthy and breakage free

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