Feelin' it Friday- Mango Butter

TGIF! Today we are looking at Mango Butter,  Mango butter is a hard, white fat which melts at 101-102 degrees F. It comes from the fruit seed of the mango tree, botanically known as Mangifera indica. Although this fruit is largely grown in the sub-tropics of India, it also grows in other parts of the globe. From the seed, a firm "butter" is rendered. This tropical butter is similar in composition to both Shea and Cocoa butters, although the fatty acid content is slightly different. In its natural form, Mango Butter smells slightly sweet and fatty, but when it's refined, it is a very mild odor, and the scent is easily covered in any formulation. Also, when it is refined, it more easily melts at skin temperature. While it really doesn't apply well in a stand alone application, it can be warmed and melted, then used on the skin. It then disperses evenly and smoothly, as it leaves an emollient and protective layer. This butter is a wonderful additive in many formulas, as it is quite nourishing to the skin. In fact, Dermatologists often recommend Mango Butter to treat wrinkles, and those that use it report seeing lines and wrinkles disappearing within 4-6 weeks of using it daily.

Mango Butter has been traditionally used in the rain forests and the tropics for its skin softening, soothing, moisturizing and protective properties, as well as its ability to restore flexibility and reduce the degeneration of skin cells. It also protects against UV radiation. Mango butter has natural emollient properties, wound healing, and regenerative properties. It relieves dry skin, heals skin rashes, heals peeling after sun exposure, clears blemishes and wrinkles, and relieves itching. It is a great additive (or base) for many body care products, so look for it in your soaps, lotions, massage creams, balms, and hair care products.

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