Mango Butter and Avocado Oil Moisturizer

07/24/2013 | By | More

mbutterI love mango butter, and avocado oil is my absolute favorite “go to” oil for both hair and skin. Mango butter melts easily and goes on silky smooth due to its emollient qualities.  Mango butter’s ability to moisturize makes it fabulous for the skin and scalp. Mango butter contains high levels of antioxidants such as  Vitamin A, Vitamin  C, and Vitamin E – all of which are reported to promote skin health and hair growth.

Avocado oil has naturally occurring hydrating proprieties – as it also contains essential vitamins/antioxidants (vitamins A, D and E) that provide a soothing and softening effect to skin. Avocado oil has two major proprieties that are highly beneficial for the hair – high levels of EFAs (essential fatty acids) that strengthen the hair and keep it moisturized, as well as proteins that help strengthen the hair.

Avocado oil is also purported to contain natural UV protective qualities (as does Mango butter), which means together they help protect hair and skin from sun and heat damage. How much better could this combination be for dry natural hair during the summer?

As I sat here earlier today looking at my crunchy hair, I wondered why I hadn’t thought to combine the two and use them to keep my dry hair moisturized during these hot summer months!

I came up with a little concoction that I thought I’d share with you. The ingredients don’t need to be whipped with a mixer; I used a plain dinner fork and everything mixed together just fine.

Keep in mind that the warm temperatures of California softened my mango butter in the container, so this “stir” was easy to do. If you aren’t in 90 degree heat, you may need to lightly melt your mango butter to get the same effect.p1cture

Take about 1/2 cup mango butter and place it into a small plastic bowl that can be sealed with a lid (I used a Rubbermaid container exactly like the one pictured).

Add approximately 1/3 cup avocado oil to the mango butter (add more or less to get to the consistency you prefer). Gently mash butter into oil until lightly mixed, then take fork and whip mixture vigorously by hand for about 60 seconds until thoroughly blended together. Add 10-15 drops of lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil and stir by hand another 30-50 whips. Cover with top until ready to use.avocado-oil

Best recommended use of this mixture is on your scalp and new growth if you are transitioning. Can use daily if your scalp is really dry and flaky or your hair is breaking. No need to refrigerate, though you will want to keep it in a place that is relatively cool.

 

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