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Coconut Mango Body Butter Recipe

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 6 comments

Coconut Mango Body Butter Recipe

A few weeks ago I finally dug into a box of new butters and essential oils that’s been sitting around the house for months. Life’s been hectic and I’ve been slacking on making my own skincare products. I was able to get away with that this summer because I discovered a shaving cream recipe that was so rich, I rarely needed to use a post-shave moisturizer.  But as the cold weather began to set in I had to get back into the kitchen to mix up a batch of body butter.

This coconut mango body butter recipe, inspired by a recipe from Natural Girls Rock, has quickly become a personal favorite. Mango butter moisturizes and softens skin. It’s said to help regenerate skin as well which can help diminish the appearance of scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. Fractionated coconut oil absorbs quickly so it’s a great carrier for essential oils.

Both mango butter and fractionated coconut oil have very light scents which can be enhanced with essential oils. Inspired by the tropical ingredients and the fall weather, I mixed sweet orange essential oil, cinnamon leaf essential oil and Tahitian vanilla fragrance oil. The result is a spicy, warming scent that’s perfect for this time of year. Plus, the cinnamon leaf improves circulation so the body butter has a warming effect – a nice bonus in colder weather.

This body butter makes a great hand cream too because it is not greasy.

Coconut Mango Body Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 2.7 ounces mango butter
  2. 1 ounce fractionated coconut oil
  3. 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E
  4. 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  5. 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
  6. 4 drops Tahitian vanilla fragrance oil
Instructions
  1. Melt the mango butter in a double boiler.
  2. When the mango butter is melted, add the coconut oil, vitamin E and essential oils. Mix the oils together for a few minutes using a hand mixer. I use a whisk attachment, but beaters would work well too.
  3. Pour the liquid into a jar and let it cool. Leave the top off while it's cooling. You can put the mixture in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  4. When the mixture is cool and has thickened, but not yet solidified, mix it again for a minute or two to combine the ingredients.
Notes
  1. Yields 3.5 ounces.
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  1. Shonda B.

    I will be trying this and other recipes from your site during the holidays. I will have some free time and I am going to get my DIY on!! Thanks for this cool site :)

    • Kim

      Glad you’re enjoying our site and good luck with your DIY projects! Let us know how they turn out.

      • Elizabeth

        what is the consistency of the butter? Also, do you think it would work with coconut oil or would it be too hard?

        • Kim

          It’s been a few months since I made this, but from what I remember is was a thick, creamy consistency. If you’re looking to substitute coconut oil for the liquid fractionated coconut oil, yes, I think the end result would be too hard. Usually you want a liquid with a solid like coconut oil or a butter.

          If you’re looking to substitute the coconut oil for the mango butter, that might work although you may want to play with the ratio of solids and liquids to get the right consistency.

  2. Helene Colaizzi

    Hey Kim!!

    Awesome post. Like Shonda above, I too will be making some gifts for the holidays.

    Quick question(s)- What would be the best container for me to purchase to give this as gifts?

    Personally,I am not fond of having to dip my fingers into a cream and prefer the ” squeezy bottle”. Would a bottle like that work for this recipe? If so, what are your suggestions?

    Also, does this recipe multiply well for larger batches?

    Have a nice day- Helene

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