My CJ's BUTTer has become grainy. Is it ruined? What causes this and how can I fix it?
CJ's BUTTer that has become a bit grainy in texture is still completely fine to use, there's nothing wrong with it. Since CJ's doesnt add any kind of stabilizer to their formulation and all CJ's products are all natural, BUTTer will sometimes need a little more TLC than you may be accustomed to compared to all those commercial products with the ingredients you cant pronounce!
What causes it to become grainy?
Shea butter will sometimes become grainy due to the heat during transit in the summer or because of temperature fluctuations. Its not a problem, unless you dont like it grainy, and it DOES NOT mean your product has become expired or gone bad.
How can you fix it?
If youd prefer your BUTTer to be creamy, just remove the cap and microwave it for about 45-60 seconds (standing up in a microwave-safe cup if its a tube). Then replace the cap and shake the bottle well or stir well if its a jar or tub.
Place it in the freezer to re-harden and it should be smooth and creamy again. Melting the BUTTer melts the crystals in the shea butter and cooling it quickly in the freezer keeps the crystals from reforming.
And so there you have it! A simple solution to a common side effect to using all natural products. CJ's BUTTer or not, now you know how to take care of any natural shea butter product that may seem a little grainier than you'd like.
Christi k Date 3/19/2013
Great tips! Thanks for the advice :) I thought their formula changed or I got a bad batch. Good to know :)
Sarah E. Date 3/20/2013
Thanks for the info! I will give this a try.