Beauty Out Of Waste!


This is mango season and all must be enjoying the king of fruits. Don’t throw away those pits. It will give you lovely and youthful skin and thick dark hair.

Fruits Like mango, avocado, apricot have big seeds or pits. These seeds are full of oil which finds multiple therapeutic  uses.[1,2,3,4]. One way to get benefit out of these seeds is to dry them and get the oil by cold pressing. Lots of trouble. Easy way out is to dry properly then  grind them finely and make a moisturising body polish. This is something which has been passed down my family and I have seen its benefits in many men and women.

Indian skin like its regional diversity is wide ranging in colour and type but I have found most of the skins benefitting by this recipe with little tweaking. So here comes my secret……

(1) Collect pits of fruits like mango, avocado and apricot ( avocado is best for ageing and blemished skin)

(2)  Dry them in shade and take out the outer thin layer or the husk to get the kernel.


(3) Grind them to desired fineness. People with sensitive skin need finer powder. This picture shows how a combined mango and avocado seed scrub powder looks like.


(4) Mix it with homemade organic virgin coconut oil( check web for methods) . If you can get pure VOC then go for it. My experience is most of the products in supermarkets even though for cooking, are not pure VOC.

(5) Add a drop or two of essential oil of your choice/skin type.  Tea tree for pimple prone skin, lavender for soothing ….

(6) Apply with light circular massage on face ,neck, hands. Leave for 15 minutes wash with warm water and dab dry. No need to put any other lotion or cream. Best done at night.

(7) Keeps in refrigerator up to six months. If you are a mango lover and have many mango pits. You can make and gift this wonderful scrub to your friends. As always do a patch test before applying. Individual skins differ.

(8) These seeds are very beneficial for hairs also. Soak it in coconut oil for some time and keep in sun like pickle. It is supposed to stop greying hair though I cant vouch as I don’t have grey yet. I simply make a fresh paste of kernels and peels , apply for sometime and wash hair with water. It cleans well and gives shine and bounce.

(10) Powders of these seeds are eaten also as medicine for many ailments. Some south Indian dishes have mango kernels in them too.

So this summer please don’t throw them out when you are not sure of it growing in a tree.


A physicist turned green living advocate.

7 thoughts on “Beauty Out Of Waste!

    • 27 June, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Indrani,
      Do write how you feel after using this. I could reduce my chickenpox marks with this. Do spread the word that there are really green and effective ways instead of using chemicals.

  • 28 June, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Another goodie from your stock…thanks for sharing..

    • 29 June, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Somali,
      It feels great to be appreciated. Hope you will pass this on to your friends and fellow green living enthusiasts.
      It would be great if you share your views on our green-portal too.

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