A wonderful alternative to Shea Butter, Mango Butter has a firm texture, little to no characteristic aroma, and a creamy white color. Mango Butter is emollient, nourishing, and can help soothe dry, chafed skin. This butter can sometimes have a slight fatty acid smell, but it does not generally carry a strong aroma, making it a great ingredient for use in solid perfumes or hair care formulations. Mango Butter makes a great main ingredient in balms and butters due to its ability to soften and moisturize the skin without being overly greasy. Though it is hard at room temperature, Mango Butter melts upon contact with the skin, making it a great choice for massage and lotion bars. Mango Butter can also be used as an alternative to Shea Butter in the creation of whipped body butters. This easy going butter does not tend to crystallize the way that Shea Butter can, and can be less frustrating to work with. Mango Butter can also be added to soaps, lip balms, fresh creams, and lotions. If you haven't tried working with Mango Butter before, try adding it in place of Shea or Cocoa Butter in your next simple formulation. This should give you a good idea of the differences in Mango Butter's texture and appearance.
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