Sunday, July 5, 2015
Some summer tips for our products and ingredients
Our lotions take some time to cool down to the final temperature with some thickeners and emulsifiers taking up to 48 hours at room temperature to make it to the final viscosity. In general, we want our lotions to be around 20˚C or 70˚F, and when it's 30˚C in the house, this may take some time to reach. You could put your lotions in the fridge to cool down, but I don't recommend you put anything that contains water into the freezer.
This also applies to conditioners, which are effectively lotions, and things like body wash or shampoo. If you're planning to thicken anything with Crothix, remember to wait until it reaches room temperature!
Remember to hide your coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, and babassu oil in the fridge or freezer as they will melt at 76˚F or 24˚C, temperatures that are easy to attain in this weather. Remember to keep your oils in a cool dark place or in the fridge/freezer as higher temperatures can speed up oxidation, which means a shorter shelf life.
Heating, holding, freezing, and thawing our oils
This may not be the weather to make or transport anhydrous whipped butters, balms, or emulsified scrubs. Beware when you put things in your purse or backpack because they could melt - I'm thinking about lip balms and other balms here - and be careful what you leave in your car as it gets hot in there very quickly.
And keep hydrated! It's horrible out there!!!