Summer is here, and with it comes the scorching heat that can wreak havoc on your favourite natural cosmetics. Unlike conventional products that contain synthetic stabilisers, natural cosmetics are more susceptible to melting in high temperatures. But don't worry, we've got you covered! In this blog post, we'll share some tips on how to protect your natural cosmetics in the heat and how to fix them if they do melt.
Why do natural cosmetics melt in the summer heat?
Natural cosmetics are made with ingredients derived from plants, flowers, trees, and other natural sources. While these ingredients offer numerous benefits for your skin and overall health, they can be sensitive to temperature changes. Without the use of synthetic stabilisers, natural cosmetics are more prone to melting when exposed to high temperatures.
How to protect your natural cosmetics in the heat
1. Store them in a cool place: Keep your natural cosmetics away from direct sunlight and store them in a cool, dry place. Avoid leaving them in your car or any hot areas of your home such as a window sill.
2. Use insulated bags or coolers: If you're travelling or buying skincare products from an outdoor market, consider using insulated bags or coolers to keep your natural cosmetics cool. This will help maintain their integrity and prevent melting.
3. Opt for travel-sized containers: Instead of carrying your full-sized natural cosmetics when travelling to warmer climes, transfer a small amount into travel-sized containers. This way, you can minimise the risk of ruining a whole jar of your favourite product and also lighten your luggage!
Why does my balm have a grainy texture?
There is a chance that products containing shea butter or mango butter can form tiny crystals which although do not affect the performance of the product will change the texture. These stearic acid crystals will melt on contact with your body heat and will not impact on the efficacy of a product.
These crystals can occur due to various factors, such as:
- Incomplete melting of ingredients
- Temperature Fluctuations
- Uncontrolled cooling
How to fix grainy balms
Although the performance will not be effected, graininess does change the texture and fortunately, there is a simple solution if you wanted to fix a grainy balm:
1. Re-melt using a double boiler
If your balm has a grainy texture, try melting it down again. Sitting the jar in a bowl of hot water can help ensure that your ingredients melt evenly in a gently controlled way.
2. Re-cool whilst stirring
Once all the crystals are melted, allow the balm to cool again, stirring occasionally. This will give the crystals a chance to reform in a more uniform manner, resulting in a smoother texture.
What to do if your natural cosmetics melt
1. Refrigerate them: If your natural cosmetics have melted, place them in the refrigerator for a few hours. The cooler temperature will help solidify them back to their original state.
2. Stir to gently mix: For products like balms or lotions, give them a gentle, but thorough stir periodically while they're cooling down. Then let them thoroughly set in the fridge. This will help redistribute the ingredients and restore their original texture.
3. Repurpose them: If your natural cosmetics are beyond repair, don't throw them away. Get creative and find alternative uses for them. For example, a grainy cleansing balm can be used as a gentle scrub.
Remember, natural cosmetics are made with love and care, but they require a little extra attention in the summer heat. By following these tips, you can protect your favourite products and ensure they stay in top condition throughout the season.
Enjoy the summer while looking and feeling your best with your natural cosmetics!