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Mango butter and mango oil: what differentiates them?

The terms "mango butter" and "mango oil" are frequently found on cosmetic products. Originating from the same fruit, one might wonder what the differences are between these two ingredients and whether they possess the same properties. This is the question we address in this article.

Published March 13, 2023, updated on January 31, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

Is there a difference between mango butter and mango oil?

When we talk about mango butter (INCI name: Mangifera Indica Seed Butter) or mango oil (INCI name: Mangifera Indica Seed Oil), we are actually referring to the same substance but in a different physical state. The mango butter has a semi-solid texture at room temperature. However, when it comes into contact with the skin or when the external temperature exceeds 30°C, it becomes melting and is then referred to as mango oil. This yellow-coloured ingredient has excellent stability to oxidation, and emits a soft and vegetal scent. It is extracted by cold pressing the mango kernel.

Mango butter and mango oil thus possess the same properties and the same biochemical composition. They predominantly contain saturated fatty acids, such as stearic acid, at almost 50%. Their occlusive action allows them to promote the maintenance of the hydrolipidic film, present on the surface of the epidermis and playing a protective role. In mango butter or mango oil, we also find phytosterols for anti-inflammatory properties, as well as polyphenols, antioxidants. Finally, this natural extract contains unsaturated fatty acids, like oleic acid, an omega-9. This active ingredient is an emollient, and contributes to the elasticity and suppleness of the skin.

In which skincare products can one find mango butter?

Typology has incorporated the mango butter (INCI name: Mangifera Indica Seed Butter) into three treatments.

  • Repairing Lip Mask : Composed of 98% natural ingredients, this treatment combines the lipid-replenishing action of ceramides (INCI name: Ceramides NG) with the moisturising effect of the hyaluronic acid (INCI name: Sodium Hyaluronate) to repair chapped lips. After 15 minutes of application, the lips are more comfortable and supple.

  • Hair Repair Mask : this treatment enriched with biomimetic ceramides repairs and deeply nourishes the hair fibre to soften the hair and prevent the appearance of split ends. This mask is used 1 to 2 times per week. Its creamy texture instantly coats the hair fibre and softens the hair without weighing it down, thanks to the presence of avocado oil (INCI name: Persea Gratissima (avocado) Oil) and mango butter. It is applied to washed and towel-dried hair from mid-lengths to ends. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

  • Radiance Mask : containing turmeric (INCI: Curcuma Longa Rhizome Powder), lemon verbena hydrosol (INCI: Lippia Citriodora Leaf Water) and yellow clay (INCI: Kaolin), this treatment is an ally for restoring skin radiance. The synergy of these ingredients revitalises the epidermis and protects it from the effects of oxidative stress, by neutralising free radicals. Moreover, this mask prevents the appearance of pigmentation spots, for a uniform and luminous complexion. After application, it leaves the skin soft.


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