First organic mango butter worldwide
Although mango butter is an important raw material for cosmetics manufacturers, it has never been available in organic quality. That is, until
Christine Ellinger – a raw materials purchaser at WALA Heilmittel GmbH, which produces
Organic mango butter – a processing project
Mangoes grow in many different parts of the world. Christine Ellinger travelled around different continents meeting potential business partners until she found the right one in 2008: Nanalal Satra, Managing Director of the Castor Products Company in India, which has already been producing organic cold-pressed castor oil for WALA for several years. “Nanalal Satra understood immediately what we needed”, says Christine Ellinger. In spite of this, it took some time to clear up the many questions associated with organic mango butter production. Christine Ellinger’s project was leading her into uncharted territory and there were many questions to be answered. For instance, how to extract the mango seeds from the mango stone. Or how to extract the mango butter from the seeds. Or how to ensure that the mango butter remains stable without using artificial preservatives? As Christine Ellinger reports: “In the beginning, we didn’t know what quantity of fruit was necessary to produce the amount of organic mango butter we required.” With a view to finding this out, the first processing attempts took place in 2009.
In order to obtain the mango butter, the stones first need to be dried in the sun for a number of days. Following this, the stones can be cut open by hand and the seeds removed for further drying. Quite a challenge, given that the rainy season begins shortly after the mango harvest. Because of this, it is usually necessary to dry some of the seats completely in ovens. In order to minimise the amount of non-renewable energy used, Nanalal Satra and WALA looked to solar energy. “We commissioned a study to ascertain the best way to dry seeds using solar energy”, says Christine Ellinger. As soon as all of the seeds are dry, they are sent by ship to Germany, where the valuable organic mango butter is extracted from them. WALA’s aim is to source the mango butter directly from India, so that a greater part of the value-adding process remains in the country. And even at this early stage, significant value has been added, given that the stones are no longer discarded or burnt, but are processed instead. The benefit for Nanalal Satra is that he can employ an extra 40 seasonal workers for the purpose of extracting the organic mango stones.
Mango butter – raw material with a melting texture
Mango butter has a similar consistency to cocoa butter. It nourishes the skin, providing it with various fatty acids and helping to keep it soft and supple. Mango butter also helps to reduce fine lines and is particularly effective at treating rough skin. It even provides light protection against UV rays. Mango butter is also edible and is used, among other things, to make chocolate.
Mango butter at Dr. Hauschka
The following Dr. Hauschka products contain organic mango butter:
- Firming Mask: smoothing, firming intensive care for dry skin that is losing tone
- Daily Hydrating Eye Cream: light, moisture-retaining and smoothing eye care that helps to prevent fine lines
- Lip Gloss 01 rose gloss
- Lip Gloss 04 cherry gloss
- Dr.Hauschka Med Ice Plant Face Cream: for very dry, flaky skin that is prone to itching. Daily facial moisturiser for neurodermitic skin
- Dr.Hauschka Med Intensive Ice Plant Cream – for treating areas of very dry, flaky skin that is prone to itching. Complements treatments for neurodermitic skin Dr.Hauschka Med Ice Plant Body Care Lotion – for very dry, flaky skin that is prone to itching. For daily care of neurodermitic skin