Claudia shares her love of the blessed Mango..
My family home houses a beautiful Mango tree, so on Mother's day, it feels like the right ingredient to be writing about. My Mum doesn't actually like the taste of mangoes, but she does enjoy the beauty of the tree ( and my enjoyment of the mangoes ).
Whether it be the fruit in your morning smoothie or a nourishing ingredient in your skincare product, mango has been cherished for hundreds of years for its sweet taste and unparalleled nutritional benefits.
The “King of Fruits” is used topically in the form of butter, known as mango butter. Mango butter is excellent for supporting skin structure as well as for treating dry skin, thanks to its astringent and emollient properties.
Who else knows about this? Well, peoples of Asia and Southeast Asia have been using the mango to treat various conditions for centuries.
From Buddha to Emperors to Modern Day Cosmetics...a little trip through history
Before finding its way into modern cosmetic products, Asia and Southeast Asia had its claim to mango's many purposes. The mango fruit comes from the Mangifera indica botanical, also known as the mango tree. Asian nations traditionally used this fruit for healing purposes, as well as for moisturizing and rejuvenating wounds and skin. The Mangifera indica herb has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine, believed to possess the ability to improve heart and brain activity, as well as boost the body’s immunity.
Aside from its significance in the medicinal world, mangoes are also known for their presence in religious ceremonies. It is believed that a mango grove was donated to the Buddha, and it was here lessons were taught to monks regarding concentration, morality, and wisdom. The most well-known Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great, loved mangoes so much that he planted an estimated 100,000 mango trees in eastern India.
Mango trees made their way into the Western Hemisphere in the 1700s and eventually came to the Americas. Around the 1930s, mango butter was considered as a cocoa butter alternative in the making of confectionary products.
Once the fruit is eaten, the large pit that houses the seed that is the source of the sought-after mango butter is revealed.
So, how is mango butter made? To make the butter, the seeds are placed inside a hydraulic press machine and undergo high pressure and friction to release the oils. The oils seep through small openings in the machine and into the pressing barrel to produce a highly nutritional, light yellow mango butter.
While this is the most typical way to create mango butter, it can also be made through solvent extraction. First, the seeds are washed immediately upon collection and then dried in the sun. They are then roasted inside a drum roaster and have their hulls mechanically removed. Next, the seeds are sent to a hammer mill and turned into pellets. They are placed inside a cooler and are then moved to the plant for solvent extraction.
Regardless of the method, once the mango butter is extracted from the seeds, it is heated and boiled to achieve a rich, creamy consistency. Just like that, the seed is turned into a highly nutritional natural butter. While solid at room temperature, mango butter melts easily with body heat.
Mango butter is packed with nutrients that will have your skin singing its praises. Mango butter’s main fatty acids are oleic acid (omega 9), stearic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid, and arachidic acid. It has one of the highest unsaponifiable contents of all oils, which includes Vitamin C and E, and polyphenols caffeic acid, mangiferin, and tannins.
So, how exactly can your skin benefit from mango butter?
Considered an active principle in formulas¹, mango butter’s fatty acid profile and rich polyphenol content provide emollient and antioxidant properties that help to soften, nourish and support skin moisture levels. The astringent properties of mango butter give it a light, fast absorbency and help to firm and tone the skin, and mango butter’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a fabulous treatment for itchy skin.
Mango has been a key player in the world of medicine and skincare for a long time, and the fruit is cherished around the world for its impressive variety of skin and health benefits. They don’t call it the “King of Fruits” for nothing, now.
Whether you like the taste of mangoes or not, you can start reaping the many advantages that mango butter boasts. We fell in love with mango butter some time ago, and include it across our formulas for all the skin~loving benefits it has to offer. My Mum uses our mango butter enriched products and claims her skin has never looked better, stating that she now has a deeper appreciation for the beautiful tree that adorns her morning view.