The Ithaca weather lately has alternated between blazing hot and rainy drab. Today is blazing hot! Our balms and butters do not love this heat; they are designed to melt at skin temperature–around 90℉ or so. And if that’s the temp of your house today, well…
If possible, keep your Body Butters, Scrub Bees, Beekeeper’s Buddy, All Purpose Balm, and Lip Balm in a cool-ish spot. Stash them in the fridge, if needed. The All Purpose and Lip Balm have more beeswax in them, and will hold up better–but the heat will eventually get to them. The Lotion Bars are fully 1/3 beeswax, and so are very heat tolerant, but even they will soften up when the mercury is high for hours.
Our Hand & Body Lotions won’t be affected by the heat… unless you leave them in a hot car or the like. Prolonged high temps could break the emulsion. And that would be a shame. Because if that happens, you should pitch it.
So what to do if one of the scrubs, butters or balms melts? If a Scrub Bee melts, put it in a container, mix it up, and chill it in the fridge. It will come back together, though it will likely be not pretty. Ah well. Your skin will still feel lovely.
Melted Body Butter or Balms? The texture might change (the whipped body butters will deflate!), they might get a bit grainy (think chocolate that wasn’t tempered), but they are perfectly good to use.
When you make things from natural oils, butters, and waxes, they are a bit more sensitive to the elements than commercial products, but we think it’s worth some care.
How about mailing these products? If you order them online, I do my best to package them carefully, and I take them directly to the post office rather than leave them for a high-temp pick up.
Unfortunately, I don’t control the truck, and the weather in your part of the US might be really different from mine! Ideally, get them out of your mailbox quickly on a hot day, put it in the fridge for an hour or so, and then open and enjoy.