This homemade mango moisturizer is my new favorite thing ever. It is healthy, lightweight, all natural, and my skin just can’t get enough.
I’ve just run out of my aloe vera moisturizer, so I figured it was time I whipped up a new one. I only recently have started using mango butter in my recipes, and it is a powerhouse ingredient. It is a natural emollient filled with lots of fatty acids that your skin loves- and even better, it is safe for acne prone skin!
I am so impressed with this powerhouse moisturizer! It is as luxurious as any expensive moisturizer I’ve ever tried- and it costs as little as $2.50 to make. It is so effective at moisturizing I need less than a pea sized amount to moisturize my whole face. Now that’s an amazing deal!
I like to explain the purpose of each ingredient in my recipes:
- Mango Butter: non-comedogenic moisturizer, natural emollient (attracts moisture to the skin), full of essential fatty acids (I used this one but I also like this one)
- Vegetable Glycerin: great natural moisturizer, makes the moisturizer feel more lightweight, acts as a natural preservative in high enough amounts (I used this one but this one is great if you don’t want such a large quantity)
- Beeswax: helps thicken and stabilize, while also being a great protective layer for the skin to keep moisture in (I used this one)
- Soy Lecithin: a natural emulsifier, which allows the mango butter and vegetable glycerin to mix and creates a nice texture (I used this one but I also like this liquid version)
- Acacia Powder (optional): makes the lotion feel a little thicker, natural emulsifier (I used this one but I also like this one)
- Essential oils (optional): for scent, and can also have different beneficial properties (I love lavender or orange for this recipe)
And the tools you’ll need are:
- a hand mixer, I like to use one with a whisk attachment
- an immersion blender, or lots of patience*
- a double boiler or makeshift double boiler (pot placed on top of pot of water)
- an airtight container to store your lotion
*If you can give this recipe a week, you don’t need the immersion blender. I’ll explain why in a minute.
This recipe can be made a few different ways. If you want to use liquid soy lecithin, you don’t need to use an immersion blender at all. But if you use soy lecithin granules (like I like to!), you either need an immersion blender or some patience.
Soy lecithin granules need to dissolve in water to work as a good emulsifier. Since glycerin is the “water” ingredient in this recipe, you’ll want to dissolve them in the glycerin. Except they dissolve much more slowly in glycerin than in water. I did a test to see how long, and it took me a full week for my granules to dissolve.
So anyways, if you’re less patient, you can also use an immersion blender on the granules to make sure they get mixed properly. That’s what I did, and it worked wonderfully. But it does require extra tools.
All right- let’s get to the recipe!
Homemade Miracle Mango Moisturizer
- 2 tablespoons mango butter
- 1 tsp beeswax
- 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
- 1 tsp soy lecithin
- 1/4 tsp acacia powder (optional)
- 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)
- Add soy lecithin granules or liquid to vegetable glycerin and set aside
- Using a double boiler or a pot on top of a pot of boiling water, melt the mango butter and beeswax until fully combined. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes or let come to room temperature
- If you’re using liquid soy lecithin or have let your lecithin granules sit for a week, skip this step. If you only let your lecithin granules sit for 30 minutes or so- you’ll need to blend them with an immersion blender. Simply use your immersion blender on the high setting in the glycerin until all granules are dissolved. If you prefer you can also use the immersion blender to mix in the mango butter beeswax mixture and skip the next step, but that is up to you
- Using your hand mixer, start whipping the mango butter and beeswax mixture. While whipping, gradually pour in the glycerin, and mix until fully combined. If you are adding acacia powder or essential oils, add them while mixing
- Store in an airtight container in a dark dry place and use to moisturize! A little really goes a long way with this moisturizer- if you’re using too much it will feel sticky
I really love this mango moisturizer. It makes my skin feel super dewey and wonderful. Like I said before, you only need a tiny tiny bit to moisturize with. If you slather it on it will feel sticky and take a long time to absorb. It’s so effective at moisturizing you really only need a little.
I like to use this for my face but you can use it as a body lotion as well if you prefer. It feels great on my hands.
Well, I hope you love this mango moisturizer as much as I do! Let me know how making your own mango moisturizer goes for you!