The tropical fruit, mango, is generally regarded as a delicious snack, which many use as a main ingredient in smoothies, desserts, and salads. Mango is rarely thought of when it comes to moisturiser.
Sheabutter Cottage, however, have tapped into the nourishing properties of this exotic fruit and sell Mango butter (mangifera indica), on their website. You can purchase the mango in 50g/100/200g tubs; I chose 100g and paid £6.30.
Native to India, mango is the fruit of hotter climates and can be found growing abundantly throughout Africa, Indonesia, and the Caribbean.
Mango Butter is obtained from the seed of the mango, and pressed from the kernels. Mango is rich in fatty acids, including both oleic and stearic as well as omega-9. The presence of such fatty acids make it comparable to Cocoa butter in humectant (moisture sealing) properties.
However, unlike Cocoa butter, Mango ubtter is soft and pliable with a relatively low melting point (86-94 fahrenheit), making it very easy to work with. It melts on skin contact, and works well on curly or afro hair.
Mango butter does not smell like mangoes (sadly), since it is not derived from the fruit pulp, but from the seed.
When I first removed the lid from my pot of Mango butter I saw that it has a considerable resemblance to Shea butter and a similar consistency. It is reported that, much like Shea butter, Mango butter is a natural form of sun block, however I would advise using a rated bottle of the stuff. Nonetheless, I infer such an idea as a way of highlighting the nourishing and hydrating properties of the butter.
I use mango butter much like I would Shea, or coconut oil, and apply it to my whole body after a shower, or rub a small quantity into my scalp after washing my hair.
Feel free to use Mango butter in soap because it has saponifying properties, like coconut oil, and will moisturise as well as cleanse your skin, should you wish to use it that way.