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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:09 am 

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I made a whipped shea butter which actually feels great and sinks right into my skin so i like it but i was using shea butter from a different company and it was really grainy and did not go away during my whipping process. Because i like the formula otherwise i wanted to heat it to melt those little shea balls away. I have preserved it with optiphen + and know that it can withstand temps upto 176 F. Question: if i keep my temperature below that will i be safe not adding additional preservative? I don't want to make it irritating by over preserving.

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I would not heat it at this point. As soon as it cools off it can become grainy again. Did you temper your butter?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:43 am 

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No, i did not because it was already really soft and i thought it would be ok. I have been VERY disappointed with the shea butter from this vendor so back to my old vendor i go :)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:02 pm 

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UUGHHH - I just opened a giant box of shea butter (my first bulk order) to make whipped she butter and the whole box is very grainy. I tried whipping it anyway but it is very grainy! Can anything be done? Can grainy she butter be used in CP at least? Or is this whole box ruined?
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Try softening it, then whip it; but the grains might come back. You can use it as is for soap though.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:55 pm 

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Thanks Irena - well thank goodness I can at least use it for soap! I will probably just buy the good BB stuff for the whipped shea butter from now on...


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