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Handmade Mango Body Butter

By: Lynda Heines from Bloom, Bake, and Create

During the chill of winter, body and hand lotions make good homemade Christmas gifts for everyone.  This Handmade Mango Body Butter from Lynda Heines is easy to make and will instantly remind you of summer! 

 Handmade Mango Body Butter


  • 40% mango butter (or another hard butter, cocoa or illipe)
  • 40% shea butter
  • 18% sesame oil (or your favorite oil)
  • 1% vitamin E (optional)
  • 1% Mango sorbet FO (or your fragrance oil of choice)



  1. To get started, melt the mango butter in a double boiler or in the microwave.

    Handmade Mango Body Butter
  2. After mango butter is melted, add the sesame oil. Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile place the shea butter in a container.

    Handmade Mango Body Butter
  4. Then pour this melted oil mixture over the shea butter. Shea butter has a tendency to turn grainy when it is heated and then cooled slowly. If you slowly melt it and not by direct heat, it doesn’t grain (you could also add the shea butter to your double boiler pan and let the shea melt with the other oils there).

    Handmade Mango Body Butter
  5. Continue to blend until the shea has mostly melted.

    Handmade Mango Body Butter
  6. Mix in Vitamin E and mango sorbet fragrance oil. Then set this melted mixture into a bowl with ice for five minutes.

    Handmade Mango Body Butter
  7. After the five minutes, whip the mixture for a minute or so and then set back into the ice bowl. Repeat this process (from ice bowl to whipping) until you like the consistency. It should take about three five-minute chills to get it whipped.

    Handmade Mango Body Butter

    Handmade Mango Body Butter
  8. Spoon into containers and enjoy.


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Having recently been introduced to DIY beauty products by daughter making sugar scrubs with essential oils and aromatics, I have decided that this is the way to go. I love fragrances and the thought of making my own combinations is very appealing. I would use these percentage measures in a proportional way depending on how much of this product I want to make. I'm also a fan of coconut oil so I think I will use that.

Can't wait to try this! Excellent article w/helpful photos not to mention the enlightening comments. Thanks to all who shared.

Simple research will let you know if refined or unrefined is the best option. Refined Refined shea butter is that which has been refined and processed using high heat and chemicals. The American Shea Butter Institute states that while this type of shea butter may have some moisturizing properties, it loses much of its healing and therapeutic properties in the refining process. Refined shea butter typically is odorless, with a pure white color. In some cases, hexane---a neuropathic toxin---is used in the refining process. Unrefined According to the American Shea Butter Institute, unrefined shea butter is the better choice if you hope to reap the full spectrum of benefits it offers. Unrefined or raw shea butter is extracted without the use of toxic chemicals or synthetics. It typically has a nutty aroma, and its color ranges from cream to grayish-yellow. Note, however, that while its fragrance is relatively mild, some people find the smell of unrefined shea butter off-putting. Read more: Refined Vs. Unrefined Shea Butter |

I will like make this body butter but don't understand the measurements. 40% of what? How many onces or tablespoons is 40%. Can someone help me?

My suggestion would be to measure the ingredients by weight. You can by a kitchen scale at most box store retailers, as well as kitchen specialty stores. The quantity of the ingredients is a ratio that when added up equal 100. Essentially weigh out a tablespoon of the mango fragance oil. Whatever that weighs, multiply by 1 for the vitamin E, multiple by 40 to get the amount of mango butter and shea butter and by 18 to get the amount of sesame oil. Here is an example. If your fragrance oil weighs 1/4 ounce, you would need 1/4 ounce of vitamin E, 4.5 ounces of sesame oil, 10 ounces of mango butter and 10 ounces of shea butter...The total recipe weighs 25 ounces (10+10+4.5+.25+.25= 25). Alternately, you could determine how much body butter you would like to make and take the percentages based on that. (40% of 25 is 10 ounces, etc.) Makes sense?

Because their are different types of Shea Butter for the consumer to purchase, I feel that people who write these recipes should indicate at the very least whether the consumer should purchase unrefined or refined....and from will definitely want to purchase the refined...maybe even the ultra refined.


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