How To Make Mango Body Butter


This DIY tutorial is all about how to make mango body butter. These healthy body butters are simple to make, have a wonderful sweet scent, and cost next to nothing! Here’s a great treat for your body in the form of a mango and shea butter body butter. It’s very easy to make and is great for your skin. Plus you can make it in the comfort of your own home!

Benefits Of Mango Butter On Skin + Mango Butter Body Butter Recipe

Have you been wondering what the benefits of mango butter on skin are? What about a mango butter body butter recipe? It must be your lucky day! In this guide, I discuss everything about mango butter skin benefits and how to make a mango butter cream for skin.

I had been looking for a nourishing and moisturising body butter recipe since beginning my quest to go all natural and chemical free with my skin care. I experience dry skin and I was looking for a recipe I could use everyday to hydrate and soften my dry skin.

Once I began searching through homemade body butter recipes, I was totally surprised at how easy making your own can be. I was also surprised at how simple and quick it is to make a variety of body butters for various skin needs.

Mango butter is an awesome skin care product and I love the way it feels on my skin, so this was an easy starting point. Mango butter can be a little greasy when applied onto the skin and for me, I was looking to create a body butter with a less greasy feel. My results of achieving this is what I share with you here.

Store bought mango butter recipes can be super pricey and creating your own is a more cost effective solution. This recipe that I have come up with applied really nicely onto my skin and leaves my skin looking even better than store bought body butters.

Below, I cover what mango butter is, the benefits of applying it to your skin and how it compares to shea butter, how to use it on your skin, why I recommend making a mango butter body butter and exactly how to do this. Keep reading to learn more!

What Is Mango Butter?

Mango butter is made from mango oil which is extracted from mango stones inside mangoes.

Mango butter is packed with nutrients from essential fatty acids (linoleic, oleic and stearic acids) and vitamins A, C and E. It contains beta carotene and minerals like calcium, potassium and folate.

These essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals hold skin strengthening properties that have many benefits to offer the skin from reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scarring to softening the skin and protecting the skin against sun damage.

A small study conducted on the efficiency of mango butter for treating cracked heels when compared with lotion produced results totally in favour of mango butter. The study showed mango butter worked better in reducing cracks and scars on the skin, has a better moisturising ability and holds a longer shelf life.

Mango butter
Mango butter

Mango butter holds very similar qualities to other butters like shea butter and cocoa butter. Mango butter is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and holds high antioxidant qualities and an additional antioxidant called mangiferin which neither shea butter or cocoa butter contain.

Mango butter is very lightly scented and the scent is barely noticeable. It is often used because of this reason. Shea butter and cocoa butter have more intense scents than mango butter. Mango butter contains more essential fatty acids than shea and cocoa butter.

Mango butter is anywhere from white to light yellow in colour and is a good choice of butter when looking for a mild scent.

What Are The Benefits Of Mango Butter On Skin?

Mango butter benefits for skin are aplenty. It can be made into a heap of different skin care products from a mango butter face cream recipe to mango butter hand cream recipe, balms, lotions, salves and more.

It has beneficial nutrients from essential fatty acids (stearic, linoleic and oleic acids) and vitamins and minerals that are all very nourishing for your skin.

Mango butter is moisturising and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. These qualities help to fight infection on the skin, reducing inflammation and encourage wound healing.

Mango Butter Vs Shea Butter For Skin

Wondering how shea butter vs mango butter for skin differs? Well, there isn’t actually much that set these two nourishing butters apart.

Shea butter shares a lot of similar qualities to mango butter. Both offer anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, mango butter contains an additional antioxidant called mangiferin that shea butter does not.

Shea butter has a mild, nutty and woody scent that most people don’t mind. Its scent is not overpowering. Mango butter has a lighter scent still and is a great option when looking for either an unscented body butter or to perfume a recipe as its scent will not overpower others.

Mango butter and fresh mango
Mango butter

Shea butter has an ivory colour and mango butter has a white to light yellow colour.

Both butters have plenty to offer your skin. They lock in hydration which helps to keep the skin soft and supple and moisturised. Mango butter has slightly more essential fatty acids than shea butter.

If you love shea butter and would prefer to use it in this recipe, go for it! You could also try using both by halving the amount for each butter and making a mango and shea body butter recipe.

How To Use Mango Butter For Skin

There are a heap of ways you can use mango butter on your skin. You can choose to simply apply mango butter straight onto your skin or even better – make it into a mango body butter like the recipe below to get even more benefits from the extra ingredients.

Mango body butter is not the only skin care product you can make with mango butter. Mango butter can be made into any number of skin and hair care products from ointments to salves, lotions to balms, there really are so many options.

Why Make A Mango Body Butter Recipe?

There are heaps of benefits of mango butter for skin, I go through some of these below!

Moisturising And Nourishing

Mango body butter is super moisturising and nourishing for your skin and hair. It contains high amounts of essential fatty acids that are great for your skin and hair.

The vitamins A, C and E and minerals are also fantastic for maintaining and enhancing the health of your skin.


Making your own mango butter recipes for skin is a fun way to experiment and customise ingredients to suit your skin and own personal preferences.

Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial And Antioxidant Properties

These properties found in my mango body butter recipe help to soothe the skin, repair the skin and kill bacteria on the skin.

Can Save You Money On Skin Care

Making your own mango body butter is a great option if you are looking to save money on skin care products. A little goes a long way and making your own is a cost effective solution, especially if you use it often.

Mango butter body butter
Mango butter body butter


Mango butter is considered low on the comedogenic scale and safflower oil has a comedogenic rating of 0. This body butter is therefore classified as non comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores.

It is a lighter weight body butter.

Eco-Friendlier Option

Store bought body butters often come in plastic tubs and making your own will reduce the amount of waste we can accumulate from purchasing these products.

Makes A Great Gift

Making your own body butter makes a really sweet gift and may get your loved ones interested in DIY skin care.

Ingredients For The Best Mango Butter Recipe For Skin

One of the best things about this delicious mango butter recipe is that you actually only need mango butter plus one oil that you love for your skin to make it work. You don’t have to use the oils I mention below and can really use any that suit your skin and give you results.

I recommend safflower oil as it is a light oil that isn’t greasy but it’s up to you.

Mango Butter

Mango butter
Mango butter

Mango butter is full of essential fatty acids, vitamins A, C and E, minerals and more. It holds antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Thanks to the nutrients found in mango butter, it is great at moisturising the skin and leaving it feeling smooth and soft. The antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties all help to reduce inflammation, encourage wound healing and fight skin infections.

Mango butter has a light aroma and is white yellow in colour. It is a great choice of butter to mix with essential oils as its scent will not overpower others.

If you don’t want to use mango butter, you could switch this to shea butter.

Safflower Oil

Safflower oil
Safflower oil

Safflower oil is an awesome ingredient in my mango body butter recipe. It is very light and absorbs quickly into your skin, making it a less greasy option than some other oils. Safflower oil is considered great for the skin as it is chock full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and scores a rating of 0 on the comedogenic scale (meaning it will not clog your pores).

There have been no formal studies to yet prove what benefits safflower oil has for the skin. However the amount of anecdotal evidence is enough to convince me!

Safflower oil is high in vitamin E and the essential fatty acid, oleic acid, making safflower oil a mild protector against UV rays and a fast absorber in the skin. The amounts of SPF found in safflower oil are not enough to protect your skin like sunscreen will. However, it still provides a small amount.

If you would like to try another ingredient, you could try swapping safflower oil for coconut oil as this too would make for a nourishing body butter. However, coconut oil is a lot heavier and a slower absorbing oil than safflower oil and will likely feel greasy on your skin.

Other ingredients you could try which are lighter options than coconut oil include grapeseed oil or rosehip oil.

Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot powder
Arrowroot powder

If you are looking to reduce the greasy feel of your mango body butter, adding arrowroot powder is a great option. Arrowroot powder is derived from the starch of tropical plants and it does a great job of absorbing the excess oils in your homemade body butter reducing oiliness.

Arrowroot powder contains B vitamins that are known to help the skin absorb ingredients easier. This means it will help your skin to absorb all the nutrients that are found in the other ingredients in your body butter. Arrowroot powder can even help to improve the blood flow to your skin.

However, if arrowroot powder isn’t your thing or you don’t have it on hand, you could try using tapioca flour or cornstarch instead.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is a fantastic oil for the skin and it has to be my personal favourite.

Lavender oil is antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammtory, fungicidal and more. It is a good choice of essential oil for all skin types. However, it has been known to cause dermatitis in those who have overused it.

This awesome oil has the potential to promote growth of new cells (making it a good choice for aging/mature skin), healing burns, cuts, bites, rashes, scars and it can even soothe dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Lavender essential oil is said to be a good choice for those with oily or acne prone skin as it can unclog your pores and kill the bacteria on the skin. It is also a great product for smoothing out wrinkles and reducing the look of scars and stretch marks.

Thought I was done? Nope! Other awesome benefits of lavender oil include its ability to ease muscular pains, joint aches and inflammation. It is helpful for reducing anxiety, depression, stress, and is great for aiding relaxation and encouraging sleep.

Ylang Ylang and Lavender Oil Essential Oils
Ylang Ylang and Lavender Oil Essential Oils

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang essential oil is another great oil for use in skin care and can be used by all skin types. Particularly dry, mature, oily or sensitive skin types and it has a heap of benefits to offer your skin.

This essential oil is an aphrodisiac and an antiseptic and it can even help regulate sebum production on the skin. It is super hydrating and moisturising for your skin and leaves the skin feeling soft.

Ylang ylang essential oil can increase the blood flow to your skin and even lower blood pressure. It’s aroma is uplifting and sensual which is said to reduce insomnia, sadness and stress and a great way to encourage relaxation.

I particularly enjoy using ylang ylang oil because it really helps me feel sleepy and relaxed which makes it perfect for evening use. However, if you are looking for a more energising essential oil, you could try other essential oils.

Essential oils are not mandatory to end up with a great mango butter whipped body butter recipe. However, they do improve it. If you want, you can switch these essential oils to other or decrease the amount. If you don’t plan to use this butter in the evening then I would switch Ylang Ylang to rosemary or mandarin or something that is more invigorating.

You also should not increase the amount of essential oil in this recipe. It’s not recommended to use more than 2% essential oils in your skincare, and this recipe is using the full 2%.

How To Make Your Own Mango Whipped Body Butter

I was pretty surprised at how easy making my own body butter could be and my whipped mango body butter recipe is super easy to make and based around ingredients I enjoy using on my skin.

Whipping the mango butter and safflower oil
Whipping the mango butter and safflower oil

All you need to do is mix the ingredients together and its done! Simple.

If you want to substitute, remove or add any ingredients from the recipe list below, go for it. You can customise this body butter to suit the needs of your skin. I have provided a number of substitutes above if any of these ingredients do not suit your skin needs.

Mixing in the essential oils to perfect this mango butter body butter
Mixing in the essential oils to perfect this mango butter body butter

Once you have made your mango body butter, it should be stored into an airtight container. Place your homemade body butter in a dry and cool place and keep any moisture away from body butter.

Glass jars that seal make a great way to store your body butter and particularly if you want to gift them. Otherwise any sealed container you have is fine.

DIY Beauty: Homemade Mango Body Butter Recipe

A luxurious body butter to soothe and nourish dry skin

DIY Mango Body Butter Recipe

Sometimes your skin just needs a little extra TLC and this DIY body butter recipe is the perfect remedy!

This all-natural homemade body butter recipe is made from a few simple ingredients and will help to deeply rehydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple. 

Now I know what you’re thinking, making your own skincare sounds a little overwhelming right?

But don’t be intimidated by making your own natural skincare products at home. This creamy mango body butter is super easy to make in just a few steps and doesn’t require any special tools other than your basic kitchen wares.

So keep reading and get ready to give your skin a luxe little treat with this DIY mango body butter recipe.

DIY Body Butter

Conventional skincare products can often include preservatives, synthetic fragrances, parabens and other dubious ingredients.

Homemade skincare treatments are a great natural alternative that allows you to know and control all the ingredients that go into your products and on your skin.

This DIY body butter recipe contains plant-based ingredients, essential oils, and nourishing plant and nut oils that moisturize that help to nurture and protect your skin in a gentle and natural way.

Because body butters are thicker than lotion and richer than regular body lotions, they’re very moisturizing and great for softening those tougher, dry spots, such as knees elbows and feet.

Body butters also contain high amount of natural butters from shea, cocoa or mango butter, as well as natural oils like almond, jojoba, grapeseed, or coconut to deeply hydrate and protect your skin.

DIY Body Butter – Key Ingredient Benefits

Homemade body butter recipes are basically made by combining oils that are liquid with butters that are solid and whipping them up to create a rich luxe creamy consistency.

Commonly used oils for homemade body butters include coconut oil, almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil. For this DIY body butter recipe I’ve decided to go with almond oil for our liquid oil base.

Commonly used butters for homdemade body butters include shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter. And for this DIY body butter recipe I’ll be using a combination of shea butter and mango butter.

Below you can find the benefits to each of the ingredients for this recipe.

Mango Butter Benefits:

Derived from the rain-forests of the world, the deliciously sweet fruit of the mango is full of moisture. Mangoes not only nourish the body internally, but they also provide skin with sweet treats.

Mango butter include moisturizing abilities and vitamins A, C and E, which work to combat free radicals that age skin over time.

When applied to the skin, mango butter has the ability to protect it from the sunburn and dryness as well as sooth sunburned skin.

Shea Butter Benefits:

Shea butter is a proven moisturizer for your skin. It’s derived from shea tree nuts and has high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter an ideal ingredient for softening skin.

Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using shea butter on your skin can help to condition, tone, and soothe your skin.

Almond Oil Benefits:

Almond oil has been used for centuries in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic practices to help soothe and soften the skin and to treat minor wounds and cuts.

Almond oil contains Vitamin A and E, as well Omega-3 fatty acids and Zinc which makes a nourishing ingredient for hydrating and softening the skin.

Ingredients for Homemade Mango Body Butter Recipe:

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup mango butter
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 20-25 drops mango essence oil

Tools/Supplies required:

  • whisk or electric mixer
  • stirring spoon
  • glass bowl
  • mixing bowl
  • large pot
  • air tight jar for storage

DIY Mango Body Butter Instructions:

  1. Your first step is to fill your pot with water so that your glass bowl can sit in it half immersed. Then take your shea butter and mango butter and place them in glass bowl. Turn your stove on to medium heat and bring the water to a low boil to melt your butters down. Stir often while melting.
  2. When the butters are completely melted, carefully remove your glass bowl from the pot of hot water. Stir in the almond oil and 20-25 drops of mango essential oil.
  3. All the mixture to cool by chilling in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled, whip it with an electric mixer or whisk until you have soft peaks and a creamy texture.

Voila! Now you have your on homemade body butter that’t ready to massage it into your skin for some body butter bliss.

To store, place in an airtight container and set in a cool place—it should keep for about 4-6 months.

Keep reading for some helpful pro-tips for making your body butter just perfect..

Pro Tips for Making DIY Body Butters

  • Having your mixture chilled to the right consistency will make the whipping process a lot easier—I recommend checking on it every 5 minutes once it reaches the 10 minute mark. Once it reaches a slight thick soupy consistency, it’s ready to whip!
  • It’s helpful to have an electric mixer on hand for that, but a regular whisk will do just fine (see how we kicked it old school? Bonus: you’ll get a mini arm workout!). If you’ve left your mixture in the fridge for too long, don’t worry, just place your glass bowl in warm water and stir till the mixture has softened.
  • If you ace that part but over whipped, there’s also a fix. Just melt it back down and repeat the process. It’s pretty much a fool-proof recipe.
  • Lastly, let’s talk storage: an airtight container like a mason jar will do just fine. It should keep about 2-3 months if stored in a cool area. If you live in a warm climate over 75 degrees, you may want to keep it in the fridge to prevent it from melting anywhere but on your beautiful skin!

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