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Plants For President | Shea Butter and its Quirks.

I often take shea butter for granted. I’ve been using it for so long that I forget just how awesome it is. Shea butter is a natural fat taken from the shea nut; it nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin- and help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair. Also, shea butter easily penetrates the skin allowing the skin to breathe and it’s noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores). We use an incredibly beautiful, nutty-smelling, fair trade, certified organic West African shea butter in many of our products.

As much as I love shea butter, it is THE PITS in the summertime! Ever received a balm from us and it’s separated or grainy? The shea butter and product have not “gone bad”. Shea butter becomes grainy after it’s heated and cools down too slowly. All of the fats that are molecular-ly similar are attracted to one another and form little fat “crystals”.  The crystals will melt when they contact your skin but it does make for a oddly textured balm or cream.

We’ve got a simple, fast fix!

1. Place your grainy product, tightly capped into a shallow bowl.

2. Pour boiling water so that the water sits just under where the cap meets the jar bottom- you don’t want water getting into the product. And be careful not to burn yourself!

3. Leave the product in the bath until the water cools, or 15 minutes.

4. Pull the product from the water bath, dry it and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Voila! All better. This fix can be done with any of our balms and creams.