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  • Preventing Grains From Shea Butter

    Posted by Unknown Member on August 24, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Many of you may be familiar with the grains that form if you formulate a balm with shea butter. If not, Im including a link that explains the phenomenon well. Aside from having the customer re-melt and then freeze the balm, is there any way to actually prevent this from happening altogether?

    Graillotion replied 1 month ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Graillotion

    August 24, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    I stopped reading when the article when it said: “Once you start to DIY, your cabinet quickly fills up with everything from coconut oil to beeswax, citric acid, baking soda and even Shea butter.” My ‘cabinet’ has NONE of those ingredients. 🙂

    But to answer… we are all familiar with the concept of stearic acid granules (grainy) gathering to like kind to form grains. Please use the search bar on this site…and you will find hours of reading on the topic. Bottom line…you need to put pieces in place…that keep the like parts from regathering.

    The best one I have found to date…is leaving the greasy shea out….all together. There are so many other nicer options.

    Good Luck.

    • Perry44

      August 24, 2023 at 3:43 pm

      I’m just curious why there are radishes and cilantro in the product!

      • Graillotion

        August 24, 2023 at 3:58 pm


        Don’t you know the basics of beginner cosmetics? If it is good to eat…it is damn well ….. good for your skin!

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