How to Deal with Melty Products
Many florapothecarie products contain natural ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil that tend to melt in temperatures above 80°. I stop selling Brightening Eye Balms, Makeup Remover, Nourish Balms, Solid Lotion Bars, and Whipped Body Butters during the summer so they don't arrive melted! But what if you've already got some of these products and they're melting in your house? Here are some tips for dealing with melty natural products.
1. Store melt-prone products in cool, dark areas - away from direct sunlight and sources of heat. You can even put them in the refrigerator which will also give you the benefit of cooling you down on hot summer days!
2. Already melted? Mix it up! If your product has become goopy, stir it really well with a clean, sanitized spoon or stirring stick, then pop it in the fridge to re-solidify. Please, please make sure your stirring implement is clean and has no water on it or you'll introduce bacteria to your product which could cause it to grow mold! This method will work to restore most products back to their natural texture, but not so with Whipped Body Butter. Because I literally whip air into this product to get it nice and fluffy, once it melts and re-solidifies, it kinda loses that light, airy quality. It's still totally safe to use it, it'll just be more of a butter consistency than whipped frosting.
3. What if it's kinda lumpy? If your product has some parts that are melted/goopy as well as some beady or lumpy bits (kind of like the Brightening Eye Balm pictured above) you may need to melt it down further to get it to be all one consistency, then stir it, then put it in the fridge. To melt it, you can do this in the microwave on low power in 15-second bursts to preserve the qualities of the ingredients and essential oils, or use a double-boiler, being careful not to get any water in the product.
Why do I have to deal with this?!