Summer Butter Blues!
You get a pop-up on your phone that your recent order for some amazing beard products were just delivered. It’s currently sitting on your front porch or mailbox and probably has been sitting in the sweltering Postal truck for hours. You run out and grab your order, come inside and tear open the package. After carefully unscrewing the beard butter jar the butter looks like it may have partially melted. It looks a little strange and feels a bit gritty and/or grainy.
When we started shipping butters in 2020 for the first time in this unbearable heat it wasn’t long before we started getting messages, emails, and phone calls for help. We began adding butter rescue cards in all butter orders (the first company to do so!). We even applied a Warning sticker on top of all butter orders.
Why does a butter get grainy? It’s all about the Fatty Acids.
Every Butter and Fixed oil used in making the beard butter contains its own unique fatty acid profile. Shea butter, for example, contains the following fatty acid profile: Oleic, Stearic, Linoleic, and Palmitic acids.
When a butter sits outside or in a warm bathroom all those fatty acids may melt or partially melt. Unfortunately, when they start cooling down the butter will cool too slowly and each fatty acid cools at its own rate. Keeping butters at a cool even temperature is best but nothing always practical. To get your beard butter back into perfect shape rapid cooling is the answer.
*Let’s first get rid of the misconception that the butter is ruined. The butter is perfectly fine with or without the graininess. If you don’t care if the butter is grainy or gritty just melt it down in your hands and use as is.
If your butter arrives completely melted just place it directly in the freezer for approximately 1 hour. Thereafter leave the butter to set up for 24 to 48 hours. Once thawed you can use the butter but it does take several days to fully set up.
Here are the steps to take to get your beard butter back to it’s original form.
**First, please make room in your freezer or refrigerator where a small microwave safe plate will fit before starting the below process. You'll save yourself a lot of scrambling around later.
-Remove the lid from the butter jar and place the jar on the microwave safe plate. Put the plate with the butter jar in the microwave and heat for 20 seconds at 30% power. Please do not go higher than 30% or longer than 20 seconds. You don’t want to overheat the butters so please be patient while doing this. Continue with this until the butter is completely melted. Immediately remove the plate (with the butter on it) from the microwave and place directly in the freezer for up to 1 hour. You can also use the refrigerator, however, you will need to leave it in there for up to 2 hours.
We strongly suggest not putting the lid on the butter before placing in the freezer or refrigerator. This could possibly trap moisture inside.
Once the butter looks solid take out and let rest for about 30 minutes then put the lid back on it. Allow the butter to thaw out before using and remember it could take several days before it’s set up completely. Also note, there is a possibility that the butter will set up softer if you are storing in a warmer area. We definitely suggest storing your butters and all beard products in a cool darker area.
You can do this with any beard butters that feel gritty or grainy.
Enjoy that incredible butter.