The juicy mango fruit is not the only healthy thing about the mango. Believe it or not the seed that we throw away after eating the mango possesses a high content of stearic acid, which is comparable to the amount in cocoa butter. The mango seed is expeller pressed; an expeller press is a screw-type machine that presses oil seeds through a caged barrel-like cavity. Raw materials enter one side of the press and waste products exit the other side. The machine uses friction and continuous pressure from the screw drives to move and compress the seed material. The oil seeps through small openings that do not allow seed fiber solids to pass through. Afterward, the pressed seeds are formed into a hardened cake, which is removed from the machine.
After the mango seed is pressed it resembles, Shea and Cocoa butter, the fatty acid content is slightly different from these two though. The mango butter in its natural form smells slightly sweet (not like mango at all) and it is fatty. It generally has a creamy color and is hard at room temperature. Thankfully it liquefies at body temperature and disperses smoothly when it is rubbed on the skin.
Why are we excited about mango butter?
We are excited about mango butter because it has natural emollient properties which promote wound healing and regenerative activity on your skin and scalp. We are doubly excited because it softens the skin, soothes, moisturizers and protects the scalp. It is also a very good sun block. If those reasons were not enough, recent studies show that after applying mango butter for four to six weeks daily on lines and wrinkles- these lines and wrinkles disappeared.
Other Mango Butter Effects Are:
- Effectively treats dry skin and scalp
- Relieves itching skin and scalp
- It makes a good shaving cream for a smooth shave
- Moisturizes and smooths rough skin
- Prevents stretch marks during pregnancy
- Relieves skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
- Treats eczema and dermatitis
How To Use Mango Butter At Home
You can use mango butter at home for: Shampoo, Conditioners, Moisturizers, Leave-In Conditioners, Lotions, Massage Creams, Lip Balm.
There are a variety of scents and other ingredients that can be added to mango butter to make it just the way you want it or you can chip off a piece and rub your hands together and apply it directly to skin and hair. Unleash your creativity and take advantage of this great ingredient. Please see Mango Nut Butter Hair and Skin Lotion for one way that mango butter can be used.