From time to time, our tallow body butters misbehave themselves. See, we don't use ANY preservatives, synthetic ingredients or toxic chemicals in our products. In fact, we select the least refined version of every ingredient we use to ensure it is as close to nature as Mother Nature intended it to be. Because of this, from time to time, our body butters can develop little tiny balls of fat. This is a common response from the queen of moisture herself...raw, unrefined shea butter directly from Africa.
This isn't a problem for most people as just a little warming of the butter in your hand before applying will melt them pretty quickly. However, we know that some folks just don't like them. And that's ok. For us, this is a minor trade off for knowing that what we are putting on our skin will actually feed our skin instead of harming it. So, if you're one of them and want to get rid of the shea butter beads, follow the directions below for returning your body butter to a smooth, creamy texture.
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 4 hours. 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 fatty acids back together again to create a smooth, creamy texture and eliminates the fat beads all together. However, while this remedy should prevent the fat beads from ever developing again, changes in temperature and humidity can bring them back so store body butter in cool, dark location out of direct sunlight. There is no need to refrigerate the jar of tallow body butter, but if you choose to do so, simply warm in your hand before use.
If you get hung up on how to do this, just give us a call. We'd be happy to walk you through it!