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Mango Butter Soap Recipe

Cold process soap recipe using mango butter for extra moisture

A recipe for cold process soap using mango butter: rich and nourishing, this soap is great for hands or for the shower.

mango butter soap bar on tile with flower

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

As great as it sounds. Seriously, who can resist something called MANGO BUTTER? It’s just delightful sounding. Luckily, it is also one of the greatest soap ingredients of all time. It is super moisturizing but doesn’t soften the bar since it is a very hard butter. It is quite expensive as far as soap ingredients go, but a little has a big impact. This recipe pairs it with avocado oil to keep with the tropical theme. I wanted to keep this recipe beginner-friendly so it is mostly palm, coconut, and olive oil. I added my favorite fruity fragrance oil, Mango Mango, because, obviously. This is a great hand soap because it is hard, very cleansing, but not drying at all. If you are interested in soap making this would be a great starting point.

Beginner-friendly. This recipe is definitely suitable for beginning soap makers. The process is the same for any soap, but this one does not have too many oils in it (not that it is hard to measure oil, it’s just that the simpler the better when you are just starting out.). I do have a super simple tutorial for a cleaning soap using only one oil, but this one is WAY more fun.

You will love the finished bar with this recipe.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

You’ll need the following for this mango butter soap:

  • mango butter
  • avocado oil
  • olive oil
  • lye
  • water
  • Mango fragrance oil (optional)

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  • digital scale
  • containers
  • large pot
  • stick blender

🍴Instructions

  1. Using a digital scale, weigh your water and lye in separate containers. Add the lye to the water (SNOW FLOATS ON THE LAKE), and stir until dissolved. It will shoot up in temperature. Set your lye water in a safe place, marked as poison.
  2. Using your digital scale, weigh your oils and butter and put them in a large pot. Melt over low heat until they reach 140 degrees.
  3. Allow your lye water and oils to cool to 100-120 degrees. They should be within ten degrees of each other.
  4. Prepare your mold, color, and fragrance before blending. When you are ready, pour your lye water into your oil pot and blend using a stick blender. You are looking for “trace”, which means your ingredients have combined into a soap batter. You will see no visible oil spots, the mixture will appear somewhat opaque, and if you lift your stick blender, a trail of batter will sit on top of the liquid instead of immediately sinking in. When the trace is reached, stop blending.
  5. Mix in any color you would like to add and stir by hand. Add fragrance last as it will cause the soap to set up quickly. Add one tablespoon at a time and stir by hand after each addition.
  6. Quickly pour it into your mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent soda ash, if desired. Place in a turned-off oven and allow to cure overnight.
  7. When soap is finished curing, it will not give off any heat. Unmold, cut into bars, and allow to finish curing in layers of newspaper, turning occasionally, for three weeks.
mango soap bar standing upright next to white flower

🥫 Storage instructions

You can store this mango butter soap in storage containers in a cool place away from humidity and sunlight after curing.

🔍 FAQs

Can I make soap without using lye?

No. If it does not contain lye, it is not soap.

Can I double a soap-making recipe?

As long the recipe is accurate, you can certainly double it. Refer to the percentages that I provided below if you want to resize the recipe.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Working with soap can be dangerous and even deadly if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Make sure to wear gloves and protective eye gear at all times, as any contact could lead to significant burns on your skin and damage your eyes. Additionally, make sure you’re working in an adequately ventilated area because the fumes can be rather toxic.
  • When you’re in a hurry or under a lot of stress, don’t try to make soap. You’re more likely to make mistakes, and they are difficult to fix afterward.

If you would like to resize this recipe using a soap calculator, here are the percentages:

  • Avocado oil: 10%
  • Mango Butter: 10%
  • Olive Oil: 25%
  • Palm Oil: 27.5%
  • Coconut Oil: 27.5%

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Mango Butter Soap Recipe

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Cold process soap recipe using mango butter for extra moisture
Prep Time:1 hr
cure time:2 d
Total Time:2 d 1 hr
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4.94 ounces lye
  • 9-12 ounces water
  • 3.5 ounces avocado oil
  • 9.625 ounces coconut oil
  • 9.625 ounces palm oil
  • 8.75 ounces olive oil
  • 3.5 ounces mango butter
  • 3 tablespoons mango mango fragrance oil

Instructions

  • Using a digital scale, weigh your water and lye in separate containers. Add the lye to the water (SNOW FLOATS ON THE LAKE), and stir until dissolved. It will shoot up in temperature. Set your lye water in a safe place, marked as poison.
  • Using your digital scale, weigh your oils and butters and put them in a large pot. Melt over low heat until they reach 140 degrees.
  • Allow you lye water and oils to cool to 100-120 degrees. They should be within ten degrees of each other.
  • Prepare your mold, color, and fragrance before blending. When you are ready, pour your lye water into your oil pot and blend using a stick blender. You are looking for “trace”, which means your ingredients have combined into a soap batter. You will see no visible oil spots, the mixture will appear somewhat opaque, and if you lift your stick blender, a trail of batter will sit on top of the liquid instead of immediately sinking in. When trace is reached, stop blending.
  • Mix in any color you would like to add and stir by hand. Add fragrance last as it will cause the soap to set up quickly. Add one tablespoon at a time and stir by hand after each addition.
  • Quickly pour into your mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent soda ash, if desired. Place in turned-off oven and allow to cure overnight.
  • When soap is finished curing, it will not given off any heat. Unmold, cut into bars, and allow to finishing curing in layers of newspaper, turning occasionally, for three weeks.
Keyword: mango butter soap
Author: Katie Shaw
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34 thoughts on “Mango Butter Soap Recipe”

  1. Is there a substitute that I can use to replace the palm oil? I won’t buy palm oil, but this recipe looks wonderful. Thanks

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  2. I’m just wondering why you use palm oil in your soap recipes when the manufacturing of palm oil has caused the destruction of so much of the habitat that orangutans need, and continues to threaten their existence. Please stop using palm oil. These precious animals need our help.

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  3. Hi Katie

    If I’m using titanium dioxide to whiten, would there be a water discount to the recipe or should I error on the lower end of the recipe?

    Cathy

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    • Hi Katie, I’m a beginner in the soap making. I’m goint to try your recipe, it looks divine! and looks simple, beautiful and easy for my level. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! Will let you know how I did.

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  4. Hi, This looks like a lovey recipe to try as a newbie, but I’m confused by the last ingredient being 3 TBSP mango butter? I didn’t see the amount of fragrance oil to use or what the superfat percentage is. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge & recipe videos for us that are just learning.

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      • Thank you so much for your quick response. Getting ready to order the mango butter & fragrance oil. Looking so forward to trying your recipe, it looks beautiful & sounds divine. Thank you again.

  5. Can I switch out the water and use our raw nigerian dwarf goats milk instead?
    Love your videos
    Thank you

    Not sure how to use calculator for soap making yet

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    • sorry tamara but it will probably be too harsh. there will be a lot of lye left the batch without the olive oil to balance it. You could try it but my guess is it would be very, very drying 🙁

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  6. My oldest daughter is very interested in soap making. I was going to try it years ago when all of my children were little, but was super intimidated by it! My chemist son has been wanting to make his own lye with wood ash, so maybe its time we give this a try! Thank you for the tutorial!

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