Embrace the Beauty of Nature: Understanding Crystallization in your Holy Balm
As I'm writing this blog, we're in the middle of the warm summer days in the Netherlands. And as the Dutch temperatures rise and fall, I want to address a topic that may have caught your attention: the appearance of white grainy spots in your beloved Holy Balm. Despite this being a completely natural and normal process, I understand that it may raise some questions.
Rest assured, your balm is still perfectly fine! The crystallization, as it's called, is a natural process and does not detract from the Holy Balm's beneficial properties.
What Causes Crystallization in Holy Balm?
The Holy Balm is enriched with nourishing and pure Organic Shea Butter. Shea Butter, being a rich source of various fatty acids, has a tendency to crystallize when exposed to the temperature fluctuations we usually have during summer. Some of the fats melt and then re-crystallize, resulting in a sandy texture. These crystals truly are concentrated fatty acids! They are a sign of nature's fluctuations, showing the purity and liveliness of our products and the rich botanical ingredients we use. They probably just want to show off ;-).
This crystallization is not an indication of any product defect or expiration. In fact, it's a natural occurrence that can be easily resolved.
Methods to Restore the Smooth Texture
To restore the smooth and soft texture of your balm, I recommend two simple methods:
- The quick fix: melt the balm in your palms before applying it to your face, and the crystals will melt away. Massage the balm over your skin and give it a minute to soak in.
- Reheat and cool: warm the Holy Balm using the au bain-marie method (with the lid still on). This is a gentle and effective way to melt the balm without exposing it to direct heat. By placing a heat-resistant bowl on a pan over a layer of boiling water, the balm will be re-heated by the steam. Allow it to melt gently. Once melted, simply place your Holy Balm in the refrigerator, and within minutes, it will regain its smooth texture.
If you want to minimize the occurrence of these natural crystals, I recommend keeping your Holy Balm in a cool place at room temperature - for example in a bathroom cabinet - or even in the refrigerator during very warm days.
Remember, the presence of these crystals do not impact the quality or efficacy of your balm. They are a sign of nature's fluctuations, showing the purity and liveliness of the products.
As always, I am here to support you on your journey to healthy and radiant skin. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Wishing you a summer filled with sun and joy!
With a lot of love,