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My Homemade Papaya and Mango Body Scrubs and Facial Masks

Thelma has lived and worked for almost three years in the Republic of Ireland as a spa wellness massage therapist.

Tropical Fruits

Papayas and mangoes are tropical fruits that are abundant in my home country Philippines. As I am here spending my winter time in my home country, I enjoyed eating papayas, mangoes and other tropical fruits which are in season. Those fruits are cheap at the moment from 30-60 Pesos ( 1€=58 Philippines Peso) per kilo. I don´t even have to buy the papayas. A papaya tree is behind my house bearing lots of fruits. Sometimes there are plenty to be eaten that I have to find a way to use them. I hate wasting food, so I create something.

Papaya and mango body scrub and facial mask recipes are the fruits of my creative mind to avoid wasting food that they could still be of use in one way or another. Be it in making a cake, smoothies and making fruit salads.

Papaya, A Tropical Fruit

Ripe Papayas

Ripe Papayas

What is papaya?

Papaya is a tropical fruit which is oblong in shape, green when unripe and has a lot of small black seeds inside. The color of the papaya will form from green into orange when it becomes ripe.

Green papaya is usually used for cooking soups and in making salads or pickles while ripe papaya is eaten as fruit salad, smoothie, milk shake, ice candy, ice cream, cupcake, cake and any other kind of desserts.

Papaya, A Healthy Fruit


This is everything you know about this healthy and delicious fruit. A health guide using papaya fruit.

The Health Benefits of Papaya

  1. Papaya contains papain, an enzyme which is good as a natural exfoliant for dry and mature skin.
  2. It has a Vitamins A, C and E.
  3. It has a lot of antioxidants which helps fight against the free radicals of our body.
  4. It helps get rid of age spots a mature woman can have.
  5. It gives a smooth, glowing, radiant and younger looking skin.
  6. It is a good moisturizer.
  7. It whitens the skin.

Simple Papaya Body Scrub

What you need:

4 length slices of hulled papayas, the "waste" of your papaya fruit.


  1. Shower your body and face first.
  2. Rub the inner part of hulled papaya "waste" on your skin including your face.
  3. Let it stay for 10 minutes on your skin. Then shower it off.
  4. No need to use a lotion afterwards as your skin will feel so soft and radiant.

Papaya Tree

Papaya tree in my garden.

Papaya tree in my garden.

Papaya and Calamansi Body Scrub


3 tablespoons of mashed ripe papaya fruit

1-2 drops of Lavender or Neroli essential oil (optional)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 Calamansi (small lemon) juice


Always make a skin test to know if you are allergic to any kind of essential oil you´re going to use. Just rub a drop of the essential oi on your pulse and let it stay for an hour or 2. If your skin reacted, like being red and itchy on the rubbed skin, then you are allergic to it. Don´t use it.

How To Do It:

  • Mix the mashed ripe papaya fruit, brown sugar, calamansi juice and Lavender or Neroli essential oil in a bowl.
  • Rub the Papaya and Calamansi body scrub gently on your skin including your face after a cleansing shower.
  • Let it stay on your skin for about 10 minutes and then shower it off your body.
  • Pat your wet body dry with a towel and apply a body moisturizer if you still have a dry skin.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is one of the best oil mixed into a basic beauty mixture but it should be 100% pure. I use this essential oil for mixing my papaya body and facial scrub. The fragrance is overwhelming.

A Simple Papaya Facial Mask


  • 2 tbsp. mashed ripe papaya
  • 1tsp. honey

How To Apply It:

  • Mix the mashed ripe papaya with honey in a small bowl well.
  • Apply this mixture with the use of a brush on your cleansed face.
  • Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it well with a lukewarm water.
  • Pat your face dry with a face towel and apply a day or a night cream after that.

Mango Fruits

Ripe Mango Fruits

Ripe Mango Fruits

What is Mango

Mango is a tropical fruit which is oblong or oval in form, green when it´s unripe and yellow to golden yellow when it´s ripe. It is a fleshy fruit and has a big seed inside. An unripe mango is sour while the ripe one is sweet. Mango is known to be one of the super foods besides papaya and avocado.

There are different kinds of mangoes which are also in different sizes. It depends where they are planted. The smallest mango is 2 inches long and 1 inch wide and the biggest I know of is around 12 cm long and 6 cm wide.

Uses of Mango Fruits

  • For making fruit salads.
  • For making a healthy smoothie and juice.
  • Baking mango fruit cake.
  • Mango ice cream.
  • Include mango fruit pieces to your yogurt dessert.
  • Making mango jam or marmalade.
  • Mango cream sauce.
  • DIY Facial masks.
  • DIY Body scrubs.

Easy Mango Body Scrub and Facial Mask


1 ripe mango

1 teaspoon honey


  1. Wash the whole mango.
  2. Cut the whole mango lengthwise on both sides.
  3. Scoop the mango fruits from the cut mango sides. Mash 2 tablespoon of the scooped mango in a saucer by using a fork or a blender and add 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix them well. Set aside as this is your facial mask.
  4. Don´t throw the skin, you´ll use it for the body scrub.
  5. Peel off the skin on both sides of the seed and put the seed on a plate together with the scooped skin.
  6. Use the hulled inner parts of the mango skins and the seed in scrubbing your washed and moisty skin. You can start with your arms, neck, shoulder and downward of your body. Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, apply your easy facial mask (no.3) on your face with the use of a facial brush. (Of course you can do the facial mask first before the body scrub.) Don´t forget to apply the mask on your neck as well. Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  8. While waiting, you can eat the remaining mango fruits.
  9. Then rinse your face and body with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.

Vote Please!

Success Of The Experiment

Experimenting those papaya and mango body scrubs and facial masks was a great success. My skin felt smooth, radiant and vibrant after those treatments. Although I´m not fond of whitening my skin, the color was indeed a bit lightened compared to before applying those body scrubs and facial masks.Those treatments were very good to my dry and mature skin.

All the recipes here are my own and was well thought of. It´s not only cheap but healthy as I used the normal products. I would say an organic product as I used the papaya fruits from my own garden. Of course the mangoes are from the market which I think is "normal" produced as well.

Health Benefits of Mango

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© 2014 Thelma Alberts


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 17, 2019:

Hi Sharon. You are very welcome to try that facial mask. Thank you for dropping by. Have a nice day/evening to you.

Sharon Lopez from Philippines on October 16, 2019:

Impressive and useful post! I also love eating fruits but have yet to try to use it as a facial mask or other skin beautifying purpose. This is a must-try. Thank you for sharing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on December 21, 2017:

Hi Dianna Mendez. That´s great. Yes, you can try this facial mask. Thank you for dropping by. Merry Christmas to you.

Dianna Mendez on December 19, 2017:

Here in south Florida we have the pleasure of eating mangos quite often. I have had them in smoothies and salads but will try the facial mask you list as well.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 21, 2015:

Yes, I agree with you beautyandremedy. Thanks for your stopping by and happy weekend!

Elnita Zahlie from Kingdom of Heaven on February 20, 2015:

One of papaya's enzymes called papain is an active compound that's is useful for health purpose.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 21, 2015:

Yes, I have never thought of that either Peggy until I tried it and did a research about those fruits. It would be great if you can plant your own papaya. Thanks for your visit. Good night!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 20, 2015:

I love eating mango and papaya but never thought of them as having another use as a body scrub or facial mask. Will think of it the next time I eat those fruits. I should try growing my own papaya trees here. I saw a friend do it successfully from seeds so I know it is possible in the Houston climate.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 27, 2014:

Hi anglnwu!

Oh, the body scrub really smells refreshing and awesome. I hope you will try this soon. Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful week.

anglnwu on October 19, 2014:

Mango is one of my favorite fruits. I see you've included kalamanci as well. I can only imagine how nice these body scrubs and facial moisturizers will smell. I really should get in the routine of using natural skin savers. Thanks for sharing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 20, 2014:

Hi livingabroad, I miss this body treatment as I am back again in Germany. Papaya and mango are very expensive here. I am only able to do this treatment at home as I have papaya plants in my garden. Thanks for your visit. Have a lovely weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 20, 2014:

Hi Rajan! That´s right. Everytime I have eaten magoes and papayas I used the hulls for my body scrubs before throwing those in the bin. As for now I miss that ritual as papaya and ripe mango is not abundant here in Germany. I can do that only when I am in my home country. Thank you very much for your vote and sharing this to others. Have a happy weekend! Take care.

livingabroad from Wales, UK on September 16, 2014:

Hi Thelma, a great hub featuring some great tips and advice! It makes me miss my second home (Thailand) where these fruits where abundant and available everywhere! I look forward to reading more.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 16, 2014:

Some very useful scrub recipes with fruits hulls that we commonly throw away. So these body scrubs are going to be almost free.

Your favorable personal experience with using them is an added plus point.

Voted up, useful and sharing this hub, my friend.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 07, 2014:

Yes, I agree with you midget38. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice Sunday!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 06, 2014:

Wonderful use of my favorite fruit!!

Kenneth Avery on May 21, 2014:

Thelma, you are welcome. And I am honored to have a friend/follower with your talent, caliber and drive.

Have a peaceful day. And do keep in touch with me.


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 21, 2014:

Thank you Kenneth for your kind comment. I´m honored to have a fan like you. I appreciate that. Have a nice day and Good Night!

Kenneth Avery on May 20, 2014:

Hi, Thelma

You are welcome, but do not be astonished at the truth, for that is what I said to you.

You are a very-talented writer and big things are coming your way.

I try to be as tactfully-honest as I can because another person's feelings are one of the most-important things in the world.

I welcome your questions anytime you feel a need to ask me something. Not that I am a genius, but with God's help, I will do what I can.

And I am the one who is honored and blessed to have you as a follower, Thelma.

Your nice and humble spirit just adds to my desire to keep on writing on HP.

God smile upon you.


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 20, 2014:

Hi Kenneth,

I think this is the longest comment that I ever have here in Hubpages. Thank you so much. I appreciate your very kind comment. I´m speechless reading this as I am astonished about how you feel towards my writings.

I´m glad to be one of your follower and I would gladly ask you any kind of help when that time comes. Of course your honest comments and feedbacks on my hubs are very much appreciated.

I did not know that my Fan Mail slot is not working. I have to check it. Thank you once again. Have a great day my friend!

Take Care,


Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 15, 2014:

Hi, Thelma, loved this hub. Voted up and away. Very professional and well-written.

Your Fan Mail slot to send you emails is NOT working, so my note of thanks for following me is below:

Dear Thelma ,

I wanted to take the time to send you my Personal Note of Sincere Thanks for becoming one of my

cherished-followers. This gesture means the world to me. I just hope in some way, I can pay you back


And I want you to always feel free to write me about anything you want with total-confidence. I am

always up for new ideas in hub-writing, healthy criticism, and good input on how I can make my hubs


I just want you to know that I respect as well as love your work and encourage you to use your gift of

writing as you do in your works that I have read, and you will touch a lot of lives.

Thank you again for being in my world.

If I can ever be of help to you, just email me at kennethavery5376@yahoo.com and I will do what I can to

help you as much as I can.


Your Friend for Life,


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 24, 2014:

Yes, please try this Sandyspider. I hope you´ll like it. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day!

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on April 22, 2014:

This is something I think I will try. Thanks for all the information about it.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 29, 2014:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan!

Papaya and mangoes are definitely abundant in your country. I hope you´ll enjoy trying these beauty treatments. Thanks for your visit and have a nice weekend.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 29, 2014:

Hi Crystal Tatum! I agree about no mystery ingredients. You know what you put on your body.Thanks for sharing this hub to others. Have a nice weekend!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 28, 2014:

Very useful and interesting hub!

Mango season has arrived in India and Papaya is found throughout the year. Therefore I am definitely going to try them. I know about the scrubbing benefits of Papaya and have even tried them but Mango scrubs look interesting to try.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on March 27, 2014:

These seem very easy to make and no worries about mystery ingredients. Sharing this hub - great job!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 27, 2014:

Hi, ologsinquito! Yes, it´s very easy to make. Lavender oil is awesome. I always have that too at home. Thanks for your visit and for sharing this to others.

ologsinquito from USA on March 27, 2014:

These scrubs look pretty easy to make and the lavender oil adds a nice touch. This is one oil I never want to be without. It has so many uses. Voted up and shared.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 19, 2014:

Thank you Susan Recipes for your nice comment. I appreciate that. I hope you´ll like the body scrubs and facial masks. Have a nice day!

Susan from India on March 19, 2014:

Wow... What a wonderful hub. I would love to try it once. Thanks Thelma for sharing this. Voted up and awesome.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 12, 2014:

Hi vespawoolf! Yes, the papaya gives us a soft and radiant skin. It´s very healthy. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like those treatments. Have a nice day!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 11, 2014:

What a great idea! We love papaya in every form. I plan on trying the face mask tonight. I used to puree the seeds and use them to do a facial peel. It leaves tour skin so soft and pink! Thanks so much for sharing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 27, 2014:

Thank you Anil and Honey for your nice comment. Yes, those fruits are yummy! Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 27, 2014:

Hi, fiftyish!

It´s nice to hear that you are living in Thailand and you lead a very healthy life. I´m here in the Philippines escaping the winter in Germany and so I´m appreciating the life and the foods that I have no access in Germany like the papayas, mangoes and many others.

I wish you a happy and healthy life. Thanks for the wonderful comment. Take care!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 27, 2014:

Thank you rebeccamealey for your wonderful comment. Yes, those fruits are indeed healthy, in and out. Have a lovely Friday!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 27, 2014:

Yes, you can try those body scrubs and facial masks from those fruits. They are very good for our skin. I was surprised by my idea of using the inner side of the papaya skin. I did not think that it was good, but it was really good. Thanks for your visit Blond Logic. Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 27, 2014:

Yes, it was very good for my face and I´m sure on yours, too ChristyWrites. Thank you for stopping by. Have a nice day!

Anil from Kerala on February 27, 2014:

Very powerful, nice and beautiful hub, I like PAPAYA, and mango, both are tasty fruits

Andy Aitch from UK & South East Asian Region on February 26, 2014:

Nice Hub that Thelma, voted up ;)

As I get older, so I become more health conscious, and that means learning more about the kinds of foods I shove down my gullet. Being a bloke, I don't go in for facial scrubs or any other such cosmetic enhancements though ;). For healthy skin, I tend to make sure I'm hydrated at all times and eat healthily. Papaya is one such fruit that I eat almost every day, along with fresh pineapple, and watermelon, mixed together with a handful of almonds and some raw oats.

It's easy for me to consume such foods daily, and effortlessly because I live in Thailand, and can buys all this wonderful fruit from almost every street corner.

Andy Aitch

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 26, 2014:

Good inside and out! These exotic fruits are awesome, and your photos and scrub recipes really do them justice. Thanks!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on February 26, 2014:

I should have a go with the papaya one. I am in Brazil and we have those trees here as well.

I never thought of using the inside of the skin as a rub.

Interesting and useful, thanks.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on February 25, 2014:

This is certainly a useful way to use the fruit - and I bet it would be great for the face. Really good details here, Thelma!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 24, 2014:

You mean the papaya tree. I´m sad to say that this papaya tree was destroyed by the typoon, but I planted another one. Thanks for your stopping by Glimmer Twin Fan. Have a great week!

Claudia Mitchell on February 23, 2014:

I'm impressed by the mango tree in your yard. And these body products are so easy to make and good for us too. Nice hub.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 15, 2014:

You can try that next time you have those fruits, rls8994 Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 15, 2014:

Thank you Midget38. Have a nice weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 15, 2014:

Thank you Prasetio for your dropping by. Yes, you can use those fruits for beauty treatment, too. Have a nice sunday!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 15, 2014:

Thank you Victoria Lynn for your nice comment. I appreciate that. Happy weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 15, 2014:

It´s not much of a mess Nell. You´ll manage. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Enjoy trying it. Take care;-)

rls8994 from Mississippi on February 13, 2014:

I love eating these delicious fruits but I have never used them in a face mask. I will be doing that now though :) thanks for sharing this! :)

Michelle Liew from Singapore on February 13, 2014:

This is so cool, Thelma, natural and effective!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 12, 2014:

Very informative hub. I had never about this fruit useful for body scrub and facial masks. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up :-)


Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 12, 2014:

How creative you are! I like papaya. I've had it in salad, and it was wonderful. I might actually try this. Great ideas!

Nell Rose from England on February 12, 2014:

I love this Thelma! I am always experimenting with new face creams scrubs and so on, so I am definitely going to bookmark this, and probably make a real mess in my bathroom but hey who cares! lol! wonderful! voted and shared! nell

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 12, 2014:

I agree with you Abby Campbell. You have said it beautifully. Thanks for your visit. I hope you´ll try this. Have a nice day!

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 10, 2014:

Mmmm... love papaya, Thelma. There's nothing like that feeling of love for self when one feels great, especially after a nice hot bath and skin treatment. I may just fall in love with myself again after your recommendations here! Thank you for sharing!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 08, 2014:

Yes, those fruits are too expensive in Germany that´s why I appreciate them so much when I´m in the Philippines. Thanks Janet for your wonderful comment. I hope everything is ok with you and your family. Have a lovely weekend! Thank you, I will enjoy my time here.

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on February 08, 2014:

Thelma, these are absolutely great ideas for body scrubs and facial masks. Both fruits have so many healthy benefits both internal and external. I really miss those fruits from the Philippines. Buying them here in Germany is too expensive and they don't taste that great as there. A very well-written, informative and easy-to-follow, useful, great hub with beautiful photos. Enjoy your time in the Philippines!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 07, 2014:

Thank you DDE for your nice comment. I hope you´ll try it. Have a lovely weekend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 07, 2014:

My Homemade Papaya and Mango Body Scrubs and Facial Masks is a well advised hub. It has a unique and is worth a try for Body Scrubs and Facial Masks. Simple tips to try and explained to the point.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 05, 2014:

Thanks for your visit and your wonderful comment randomcreative. Have a nice day! Take care;-)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 05, 2014:

What a great way to maximize the life of the fruit! Thanks for the detailed instructions. I'm sure that these beauty products both feel and smell amazing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 05, 2014:

Yes, these fruits are expensive in other countries like in Australia or Germany, that´s why I use other fruits when I´m in my adopted country for the beauty treatments. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 05, 2014:

Hi, younghopes! I´m find. I hope you, too. Yes, those fruits are yummy. I could not even resist eating some of the facial mask leftover after applying it. LOL! I hope you´ll try those treatments. Thanks for your visit.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 05, 2014:

I can see that Billy. I hope Bev likes mango and papaya on her skin. Thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful day, too.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 05, 2014:

The fruits look divine in the photos and I can only imagine what they're like for a facial scrub (they can be expensive where I live). However, I do know about the antioxidant properties and effect on skin, so I'm sure they would work well. Mangoes are delicious I love to add the pulp to water in a fruit salad "sauce". Thanks for a beautiful hub, voted up and useful!

Shadaan Alam from India on February 05, 2014:

Hi Thelma how are you, these are such tasty face masks. I love both of these fruits but have never tried them on my skin, its good you did it

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 05, 2014:

I can't see myself using this but I can see Bev doing it...so passing this on. Have a wonderful day.

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