I've been working with mango (INCI: Mangifera indica) butter in various formulas since last Fall. Texture-wise, it's much softer than cocoa butter, and somewhat firmer than shea. The scent is mild, delicate, and unobtrusive – perfect for mixing with other ingredients. In short, mango butter is the perfect in-betweenie.
Quality Stuff For Skin
Mango butter has a light texture that is great to work with, but this mellow-yellow ingredient also has a generous amount to offer in the way of epidermal nourishment. The butter contains a generous portion of phytoesterols that work to help encourage the skins microcirculation as well as barrier function. The natural content of oleyl alcohol makes it a great emollient. Mango butter also boasts a natural content of a squalane and polyphenols such as catechin, epicatechin, propyl benzoat – antioxidants and free radical scavengers that all help stimulate collagen synthesis. Built-in antioxidant qualities help the skin restore its lipid composition (read: helps the skin rehydrate). Finally, it's also anti-inflammatory. Mango butter doesn't even stop there – it also loves hair.
Mango butter is rich in stearic acid, making it an ideal partner for damaged, coarse, coily or frizzy hair. Applied neat, mango butter will add shine, moisturize, and help prevent split ends. Compare mango (below on the left) with shea butter (on the right) and it's clear that the texture of mango butter is a bit more 'crumbly', but it has properties to offer that may outdistance shea in the way of hair nourishment. It also has a price tag to match, as it is a bit pricier than shea.
Although it is almost as temperature sensitive as shea, mango butter has proven to be a tad easier to work with than I expected. So far I've used it several products that are under development: a new cream, a lotion, a cleansing bar, a body frappé, and as part of a base mixture for a conditioner. I'm not really having any luck finding any downsides. I predict mango butter will be one of my staples from now on.
Upcoming LisaLise Products With Mango Butter
Melt-in Mango Frappé – a brand new whipped body butter – is undergoing testing as we speak. Like the original body frappé, this one has gotten thumbs up from my testers and may soon surface in a giveaway. Stay tuned!