This Mango Body Butter Recipe gives a soft, fluffy cream that melts easily onto your skin and is perfect for nourishing dry skin. It is also very easy to make which is good as I haven’t yet picked up the courage to try any of the more complicated sounding recipes. As I’m trying out different recipes for various natural skin and hair care products, I’m starting to learn the difference between creams, balms, and butters. Balms and butters differ from creams in that they don’t have any water added so they don’t need any preservative. Even though this isn’t officially a ‘cream’, it is a soft, fluffy, creamy butter that is a delight to make and use. I like the delicate lemony floral scent but you could experiment with different oils and increase the quantities a bit if you like a stronger fragrance.
250g mango butter
100g shea butter
50g apricot kernel oil
1 tsp turmeric (BE CAREFUL WITH THIS – CAN STAIN LIGHT COLOURED CLOTHING)
45 drops lemon essential oil
15 drops lime essential oil
10 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
Melt mango butter and shea butter together in a double boiler. This is quite quick.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool. This will take a while. After about 20 minutes when it was considerably cooler but still liquid, I put the bowl in the fridge. It took about an hour to start to turn solid but still soft.
Add the essential oils and the turmeric. Use an electric hand mixer to whip until it is fluffy. Most of the recipes for other cosmetics use a stick mixer but that doesn’t work for this, you need to use an electric beater to get it really fluffy.
Transfer to containers and store in a cool, dark place. Makes about 400g.
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