The Magic of Theobroma Cacao: Cocoa Seed Butter
The Magnificence of Mangifera Indica: Mango Seed Butter
Mango butter comes from mango fruit seeds. Yes, that annoying seed, from which we wrestle the delicious slippery sweet mango fruit, actually has a use. But, to continue, mangos are grown all over the world in places with warm climates like Mexico and countries in South Asia.
Why Cocoa and Mango Butter are Great for Your Skin
- Cocoa butter specifically is understood to contain natural antioxidants, which are “substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals.” Free radicals can be caused by internal inflammation (such as with autoimmune disorders) or external factors like sun or chemicals, according to some doctors. Cocoa butter is also a natural source of vitamin E, which is known to help repair scars.
- Mango seed butter, like shea and cocoa butter, is solid at room temperature, but melts onto skin and is easily absorbed without a residue. Mango butter contains vitamin C, long a skincare favorite. Vitamin C can “slow early skin aging, prevent sun damage, and improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne,” according to Harvard Medical School’s Health blog. It also contains vitamin A, which is a “retinoid” that can help collagen production and prevent aging, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.