Updated: Jun 12, 2020
One of my biggest challenges as a formulator of natural skin care products is controlling the effect of outside temperature. There are times I create an excellent product during the cold winter only to discover the product is too soft in the summer.
Our goal is to create the best natural, wholesome, nourishing skincare possible, so we formulate our products without synthetic stabilizers or waxes.
Commercial products must have a long shelf-life and cannot melt so they contain phthalates to stabilize and maintain viscosity (thickness), Cocamide DEA, MEA to thicken, stabilize and emulsify, petroleum based oils and waxes to thicken and stabilize and other additives to ensure that their products maintain the same consistency through all temperature variations. Our natural organic products do not contain these or any other synthetic additives.
Also, to keep our body and face creams light and fluffy we do not load them up with beeswax.
Our balms, whipped butters, deodorants, salves and lip balms, high in natural oils and butters, are formulated to be a semi-soft solid at room temperature. When applied to our warm skin, they instantly melt, providing an emollient, nourishing and penetrating product.
These delicate, natural products are sensitive to temperature changes.
The Melting Problem Starts After Leaving Our Shop
We have the same problem as companies who make and ship fine chocolates during summer months!
During very warm weather, some products may soften or even melt during their travels or after their arrival while sitting outside on your warm porch or mailbox.
Since melting is a natural reaction to heat and we have no control over the conditions during transit or delivery, please understand that we cannot be responsible for melted products.
What To Do About Melting
On sunny or warm days it is best to refrigerate BEFORE opening the jars. If you open items to check if melting has occurred, they may spill out and make a mess!
The quality and healing properties of our products are not affected by melting
Whipped Butters: Place it in the refrigerator. The melting will not affect the quality of the whipped butter as a great moisturizer, but the whipped consistency will change. It will become more like a body balm.
Whipping adds tiny air bubbles (just like whipping cream) that increase the size, lighten the density and change the texture, making the butter light and fluffy.If a whipped product melts, the air bubbles are collapsed, so the volume is decreased. So although the jar was filled to the top, if the butter melts, there will be less volume in the container. The container may actually look half full.We have had customers scoop out the butter and whip it back up with an electric whisk beater. The butter has to be very cold for this to work.
Sugar Scrubs: Place in the refrigerator. As it begins to harden up--give it a stir and place it back in the refrigerator until firm. Again because it is a whipped product, the container will have less volume as the whipped butters melt.
What We Are Doing To Help The Problem?
While we have no control over the temperature conditions once your package leaves our shop, we do our best to protect our products from melting in transit.
We check every product before it is packed for shipping We use more protective packaging in the heat of summer.
We wrap our delicate products in bubble wrap or another padding to add another layer of insulation. As a result, most products shipped in warm weather arrive without melting. But please understand, there is no way that we can ship products to completely control for the high heat temperatures of summer, trucks, and mailboxes.