Mango Butter vs Shea Butter

Mango Butter vs Shea Butter? It’s a frequently asked question whether to use one over the other. For me, it’s not a difficult decision to make, and you’ll see my opinion at the end. Let’s start by looking at the Mango Butter in more detail, and I’ll do the same for Shea Butter on another blog.

What’s not to love about Mango Butter? It’s soft and creamy and has virtually no aroma. It sinks into very dry and parched skin in an instant without leaving any greasy after feel. Not only that, but it’s safe enough to use neat on a baby and it’s so compatible with so many ingredients, does it even have to be Mango Butter vs Shea Butter?

People have asked me how to make Mango Butter. Well, it’s not something you can easily do at home and to be honest, there is no need to.

Mango kernels (the pits of the fruit) are collected after the tinned mango and juice industry have taken the fresh fruit away. Using the pit is actually upcycling and using what used to be thought of as a waste product.

The pits are densely packed with nutrients and essential fatty acids. They are dried (usually in the sun) so that the hard outer shell can be cracked to get to the inside of the kernel. The kernels are then put into a hydraulic press and crushed slowly.

The high pressure heats it a little just by the sheer friction. This liquifies the fat and allows it to drip out as mango butter oil. The oil is filtered to ensure no fleshy fibers get through, and that is it! When the oil cools down, you have Mango Butter.

There are several companies that then blend this with hydrogenated vegetable oils to extend it. Nothing wrong with that as long as you know that is what it is. However, I recommend you look for non hydrogenated mango butter, so you know you have the pure butter.

Shea Butter is produced in a slightly different way, and you can read more about that on another blog post. So back to the initial question – Mango Butter vs Shea Butter?

One of the most popular ways of using Shea Butter is as a whipped body butter. Shea Butter whips up a little better than Mango Butter does by giving a greater volume, but not by a huge amount. That still means that Mango Butter is a great choice. 

People often find that Shea Butter can become a little grainy in texture and there is a way to combat that which works just as well with Mango Butter. The first thing is to store your Mango Butter properly. It is frequent temperature changes that cause the graininess. So, if you keep your Mango Butter in the garage which gets hot during the day but cold at night, this temperature change will cause your butter to granulate.

Keep it somewhere cool and dry. This might even be in a drawer inside the house that has a stable, cool temperature.

The second secret is to heat your butter for a little longer when you use it – not hotter, just for longer. Mango Butter is heat tolerant, so it can be heated gently in a double boiler / bain-marie. This prevents the precious nutrients from being damaged. 

This longer heating allows the fatty esters to thoroughly melt. Then, keep stirring it as it cools down, but cool it down quickly over some iced water. The faster cooling means there is less time for the fatty crystals to reform. Having it in a container above the boiling water 

Mango Butter is so versatile that you may consider buying a larger amount of it to get a better price break. I don’t actually mean to buy your Mango Butter wholesale but certainly know, that as long as you keep it in an airtight container in a cool, stable temperature, you will have a good shelf life and probably a good year to use it up.

Benefits For Skin

Mango Butter melts at about 86 °F / 30 °C, so you can see that it melts at below skin temperature. It is rich in vitamins A,C and E and these are three really important vitamins that tackle free radicals. Free radicals are what damage the skin and cause it to age faster and develop wrinkles. So do we want something to tackle those free radicals – hell yeah!

You can use it neat on the neck and décolleté, and it won’t feel greasy or sticky, but will give your skin a delicate sheen.

One really important factor is how gentle Mango Butter is. People with sensitive skin can trust that mango butter will heal and regenerate their skin, keeping it soft and moisturized. It’s gentle enough to use on a baby’s skin.

It has some protective properties against ultraviolet rays and provides a natural SPF of about 4 to 6. However, this is reduced when it is blended with other materials and is not high enough to consider going sunbathing with only that. It is, however, useful to have in a product you might use on a daily basis, like a mango butter lotion.

It is a natural emollient, which means it locks moisture into the skin and keeps the skin soft, hydrated and flexible. It prevents chapped skin and is excellent to use if you have cracked heels on your feet.

Mango Butter soap is excellent if you are a soaper and make your own. Use it at about 15% or less in your cold process soap. Using much more than that can cause your soap to be brittle and crack.

As mentioned above, Mango Butter gives some protection against the sun. However, it can smooth and soothe the skin after you have had too much sun, and it can also lighten sun damage spots. This is not by bleaching, but by the natural healing process.

It can also lighten your skin to some extent, but I want to be clear about this. It is not a chemical bleach for changing your natural skin color because some jerks in society think you should not be who you are.

However, it can even out a skin tone. You might have darker shades where you have nicked yourself shaving and the mark stays even after it has healed up. Whenever I get insect bites, the area is always darker for a long time after the sting has gone away. Mango Butter works well to lighten these areas. This works for acne scarring as well.

Lots of people of whatever skin color find that their knees and elbows look darker. Get some mango butter on there and even out the skin tones. An added bonus is that mango butter also tightens and tones the skin as well.

Mango Butter for stretch marks should, by now, come as no surprise. Blend it with Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter and Rosehip Seed Oil and a little Rosemary Antioxidant to protect it all, and you will be amazed how well it works. Including some Shea Butter for stretch marks makes it even better. Not only for stopping stretch marks from happening, but to treat long-standing stretch marks that you might have had for years. There is a great mango butter recipe on the blog.

Benefits For Hair

Yes, you knew I’d get here eventually. OMG, it’s amazing for hair! It locks in moisture to dry and brittle hair. Over processed hair loves it. It nourishes the scalp, keeps dandruff at bay, stops an itchy scalp and makes a great hair pack – just massage a small amount into your dry hair and scalp and then put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in a towel. Leave it to do its work while you watch a movie or get on with something else for an hour or so. Rinse with a mild shampoo and use a conditioner if you normally would. 

If you have frizzy hair, you can use it to slick back your hair if you are sporting a headscarf that day, or just comb it through and slick it back. This is ideal to use if you are spending the day on the beach. 

You should also know that this is a natural treatment for scalp psoriasis and if you blend it with specific essential oils for psoriasis, it is excellent. I will be writing more about that in another blog post.

Whether you buy organic Mango Butter or non-organic Mango Butter, they both still have a very similar essential fatty acid profile that is typically like this;

Those last two acids (Eicosenoic and Behenic) seem to be such a small amount that you could be excused for thinking they don’t matter. In fact, they make a huge difference and are partly responsible for smoothing the skin and ensuring mango butter does not block the pores. They also contribute to the beautifully silky texture of the butter and help to maintain the ideal sebum balance in your skin.

That massive amount of Omega 9 helps with stiff and aching joints and because the mango butter is heat stable, we can include it in our cannabis infusion and that also helps with those stiff and aching joints. Double winner! The Omega 9 also keeps the skin really supple and slows down the formation of wrinkles. Well, that’s a bit of welcome news as well!

I hope I have convinced you by now that Mango Butter is a bit of a good idea. Mango Butter vs Shea Butter? Just make sure you get a good quality, pure mango butter and use both. Your hair and skin will be forever grateful.

Here’s a free recipe for making a Whipped Shea Butter and Mango Butter.


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