Mango Butter Soap Recipe

Mango Butter Soap Recipe

March 01, 2024

Soap making is a fun and rewarding project that can be done from the comfort of your own home!

Mango butter is a must have when making your own soaps. Not only does it add moisturising properties to the soap, but its creamy texture makes it perfect for nourishing and soothing the skin. 

In this mango butter soap recipe, we have used a beautiful blend of essential oils and a mixture of colours to create the perfect mango shade.

So let's get started with this new cold process soap recipe!

Mango Tree

Why use mango butter in soap making?

Mango butter is derived from the seeds of the mango fruit and is known for its moisturising and healing properties. It helps to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and glowing.

When mango seed butter is used in cold process soap making it adds to the hardness and creaminess of the bar. It also adds conditioning properties to the bar.

It has a comedogenic rating of 2, which means it is unlikely to clog pores. This makes it suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin.


Let's have a go at our mango butter soap recipe...

This soap recipe makes 9-10 bars of soap



To make our mango butter soap recipe, you will need:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Digital scales
  • Digital thermometer
  • Stick blender
  • Soap mould or DIY alternative (view our range of silicone soap moulds)
  • Silicone spatula
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Plastic measuring cup, ideally 2x 1L and 1x 2L


Sodium Hydroxide and water

1. Make the sodium hydroxide solution

  • Put your gloves and safety glasses on.
  • Open the window, the fumes will be unpleasant.
  • Weigh the water into a jug or bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, weigh the sodium hydroxide.
  • Add the sodium hydroxide to the water, not the other way around.
  • Mix well until combined.
  • Leave to cool down, it will be hot.
Melted mango butter, coconut oil and olive oil

2. Weigh and heat the oils

  • Weigh the olive oil, coconut oil and mango butter into a large bowl.
  • Heat over a pan of boiling water, or using short bursts in the microwave.
  • Mix well until combined and leave to cool.
    Yellow oxide, orange mica powder and essential oils

    3. Weigh the essential oils and mica powder

    • Weigh the lemon, rosemary, grapefruit and petitgrain essential oil.
    • Weigh the yellow oxide and orange burst mica powder and mix together.
    • Mix the oils and powders until fully combined.
      Test the temperature of lye solution

      4. Check the temperatures

      • Test the temperature of your melted oils, they should be between 35C and 40C.
      • Reheat them or leave them to cool more if necessary.
      • Test the temperature of the lye solution, it should be between 25C and 40C.
      • Leave to cool if necessary, but don't reheat if it's too cool. Just heat the oils a little more to compensate.
      • When the temperatures are right, add the lye solution to the liquid oils.
        Pour lye water and essential oil mixture into the melted oils

        5. Blend until trace

        • Mix with the stick blender and blend with short bursts.
        • Watch for the mixture starting to thicken.
        • Test for trace by dripping soap batter on the surface of the mixture. If the drips sit on the surface then your mixture has reached trace.
        • When your soap has reached a light trace, add the mica powder and essential oil blend.
        • Mix and blend with a stick blender or spatula until combined.
          Soap mixture in silicone mould

          6. Pour into moulds

          • Pour the soap batter into a mould.
          • Tap the mould to get rid of air bubbles
          • Decorate the top with a spatula or spoon.
          • Leave on a flat surface for 48 hours before unmoulding.
            Finished soap

            7. Unmould and cure

            • Unmould the mango butter soap and cut into even sized soap bars.
            • Put the bars with gaps in between them, and leave to cure for 4-6 weeks.

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