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Difference Between Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Mango Butter

3 body butters for healthy glowing skin
Difference between cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter at The Mockingbird Apothecary

If hydrated and glowing skin is your dream and ultimate skincare goal, give body butters a try!

Body butters are a richer alternative to moisturizers and are more effective at nourishing and rejuvenating dry skin. Body butters have a long shelf-life and have a variety of uses for body and face care and even help in removing makeup.

The most common body butters available are cocoa  butter, shea butter, and mango butter. We’ll take you through the difference between cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter and similarities of these three butters so you know which will suit your skin the best.

Cocoa Butter is obtained from the cocoa beans which are actually the seeds of a pod that grow on the Cacao Tree. Rich in vitamin E and natural antioxidants, the cocoa butter is known to help fight stretch marks and signs of aging. The butter smells amazing and can hydrate and soothe your skin well as it penetrates the skin easily.

If you are looking to deeply hydrate your skin, then try our Mocha Java Coffee Exfoliation Organic Soap. It's not only refreshing, but also packed with antioxidant-rich organic cacao powder, soothing Organic and Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Butter, and scented with sweet vanilla and coffee essential oil. This organic soap bar is made with a bold, organic and Fair Trade Certified Sumatran coffee that provides great exfoliation and is an invigorating bar to use first thing in the morning! 

Shea Butter is fat extracted from the seeds of the African Shea Tree and has been popular since ancient times. It is high in vitamins A, E and F and provides collagen helping you fight aging and wrinkles. It also does not clog your pores or cause acne making it perfect for oily or acne-prone skin. Shea butter has a nutty and woody smell that gives it its personality. 

Our Alpine Glow Herbal Facial Cream is hand made with potent essential oils and is excellent for dry, sensitive and mature skin types because it naturally provides collagen that helps fight aging and wrinkles. In addition to the shea butter, it's loaded with other nutrient rich ingredients like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and aloe vera gel. This humble but luxurious face cream is a natural healer for people who suffer from dry skin and eczema. 

If you like to be out in the sun, then the After the Sun is Gone Lotion, is a great skin revitalizer and skin protectant. It is high in vitamins A, E, Omega 3 and antioxidants to fight free radicals and help prevent skin damage. This body lotion includes natural ingredients that include shea butter, aloe and hemp oil that help to reduce dull looking skin and help relieve and ease sun-tanned skin. 

Mango Butter is made by cold-pressing the pulp found inside the seeds from the tropical Mango Tree and has a melty, creamy texture. While mango butter is softer than shea and cocoa butter, it contains more fatty acids making it a more intense moisturizer. It has little to no odor and being rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it helps ease dry skin conditions and slows down degeneration of skin cells.

Looking to get this highly nutritious butter onto your skin and into your blood? Try our Ultra Rich Aloe Vera Lotion handmade with 100% naturally derived ingredients for seriously deep care, especially for itchy and super dry skin. 

The best way to use body butters is to apply them right after you take a shower. Take care to pay special attention to your hands, feet, elbows and knees as they need to be hydrated more. 

Now that you know the difference between cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter and which body butter does what, which one do you look forward to trying? Let us know in the comments below.



Definitely the mango butter as my skin dries out really bad bc of my psoriasis and the cold weather. Also, some of your products look great and I’ll be ordering some as well :)

Emily Victoria

Can I mix all three together? I’m making my own body moisturizer and I have used coconut oil, Shea butter and essential oils. I was going to use Shea butter but I think mine went bad so I went to order more and saw mango and coco butter. Now I’m wondering if I should mix all 4 together in my moisturizer? Can I still add essential oils and how do you feel about vegetable glycerin added to the mix?


I am making a soap for a young lady that has oilly skin, I will use the shea butter with oatmeal and tea tree oil

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