I have been testing out natural butters for a long time and over the next few weeks, I will be covering all the natural butters available for hair, health and beauty, their uses and benefits and the best recommendations based on my research starting with mango butter for hair care.
We’re all familiar with the mango, a fruit grown in tropical regions of the world and is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and Philippines. It’s also the national tree of Bangladesh.
Mango butter is derived from kernels of the mango fruit and has a high fatty acid content. It doesn’t have a fruity smell as a result of being extracted form the kernel of the fruit.
Benefits of Mango Butter for Hair & Skin
- It’s high fatty acid content makes it an intensive moisturiser for hair and skin. It can combat dry and itchy skin and conditions such as eczema.
- Mango butter has excellent emollient properties making it a great sealing agent in the LOC method.
- Mango butter has properties, which can help protect the hair & skin from harmful UV rays.
- It’s rich in vitamin A, C & E, promoting firmer looking skin and giving an overall body glow.
Mango Butter Uses
Though a great butter, mango butter is somewhat hard and doesn’t play well alone. Dispersing it alone over hair and skin would take a while and prove very annoying. It’s best to mix it with another butter (my recommendation is shea butter) and a natural oil like grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil.
You can use mango butter on your skin as well as your hair. However, do not apply mango butter directly to your scalp. It can clog your scalp and start irritating it.
Mango Butter Smoothie Recipe for Hair & Skin
This is a recipe I used for skin care but it can also be used for hair. You will need mango butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, 2 tablespoons each of grapeseed and sweet almond oil, 1 teaspoon of argan oil, ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil (70,000 IU), 3 – 5 drops of lavender and/or ylang ylang essential oil and a 4 oz jar.
- Soften the butters over a bowl of warm water then scoop equal amounts into the 4 oz jar until it’s almost full. This is to make sure you don’t make too much.
- Pour the scooped butter into an empty bowl, then add the grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil.
- Get a fork and whisk until well blended.
- Add the argan oil, vitamin E oil and essential oils if using then whip again until it’s a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Scoop into the 4 oz jar. You should have just enough to fill the jar.
- Set in the fridge to harden for about 15 minutes. Your mango butter smoothie is ready.
Whenever you’re ready to use it, spread onto your palms and rub. It will melt readily once heated up between your palms.