Our products are 100% natural, therefore, natural elements, such as temperature fluctuations, can affect our products. Below are three images showing a change in texture that sometimes occurs in our body butters because of the finicky nature of shea butter.
We like to show what this "beady" texture change looks like to try to provide you with the most upfront experience BEFORE you choose to purchase a body butter from us.
We DO NOT use chemicals, synthetic stabilizers or emulsifiers, therefore, the natural behavior of the completely pure ingredients reigns supreme. And we're not alone. Many formulators of natural products such as fine chocolates and unrefined shea butter creams share in this phenomenon due to shea butter's fatty acid composition.
But in the end, this minor change, which is easily fixed by melting the body butter in the palms of your hands before applying it to your skin is a reasonable trade-off to ensure that what you put on your skin is as natural as natural gets. And don't worry...the nourishing and moisturizing benefits are not affected by this texture change.
This image below shows what the shea butter beads look like from inside a jar. They may not develop right away and they may not develop at all, but if they do, this is what the natural transformation looks like.
This image shows what they look like close up...on my finger...
And this image shows them on my skin when I did not melt them in the palm of the hand, then apply. Within seconds, these beads will melt and soak into your skin. My son actually loves them, he says they are "moisture beads that give you extra moisture".
Now if you're a texture person and want to eliminate them altogether, follow the directions below to melt the tallow body butter in a double boiler.
Fill small sauce pan half way with water. Set on stove over med heat.
Remove lid from tallow body butter and set jar into the saucepan, carefully avoiding getting any water inside the jar of body butter. Water should only be halfway up the side of the jar. If the water is higher than this, remove jar, pour out a little water, then return jar to saucepan and sauce pan to stove burner.
Allow body butter to melt completely. Stir body butter occasionally with toothpick (again careful not to get any water inside jar).
When body butter has melted completely, remove from saucepan and place inside freezer for one hour. Remove from freezer, let sit at room temperature until thawed and start using as soon as you want.
This double boiling technique effectively merges the shea butter's fatty acids back together again to create a smooth, texture. However, while this remedy should prevent the fat beads from developing again, changes in temperature and humidity can bring them back.
Always store body butter in cool, dark location out of direct sunlight.
If you get hung up on how to do this, just give us a call. We'd be happy to walk you through it!
And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime.