Different butters perform each of these functions to a different degree.
Good Substitutes For Mango Butter:
In the cosmetics industry, seven butters are considered substitutes for each other: cocoa, illipe, kokum, sal, shea, mango and palm but they are not perfect substitutes.
Mango butter has a closer fatty acid profile to shea butter than to cocoa butter so they are better substitutes for each other. That said, mango butter is less moisturising than shea butter. Products containing both mango butter and another soft butter like shea butter will result in a better feel on hair (and skin).
Don't blend mango and avocado better - they are not the best combo - they can be a little drying.
Fat Composition Of Mango Butter:
Mango butter contains tannins, this gives a drier feel compared to other butters. That said, tannins give mango butter more anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties; this is why I use it in some of my "Soothe Me" DIY Hair Recipes for the scalp.
Overall, my reading led me to conclude that mango butter is better for oilier hair types - or for skin butters; to be used in hair I would always combine it with another greasier butter or oil for added moisture.
Melting Point Of Mango Butter: 30–37°C (86–99 °F)
It is softer than shea butter. This means it will melt quite easily when you rub it in your hands to put it in your hair.
It doesn't smell like mango because it is extracted from kernel not the juicy fleshy fruit.
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