The yin and yang of natural oils

While I’ve been working with natural oils and butters for a while, I appreciate that many of my customers haven’t, and that they might find products that morph as they sit on their dressing tables a bit alarming. This article also might solve the mystery of why your oil isn’t dispensing properly or at all.

In this climate, the infamous “four seasons in a day” disclaimer is true, even yesterday, the 26th of April: Bright sunshine and t-shirt weather quickly turned into a mini-gale with snow and hail. This change in ambient temperature will affect your natural cosmetics, as this post will show you without getting too geeky and scientific.

hair oil 50mlFor the purposes of illustration, I am using a 50ml sample of my SeaFlower hair + scalp oil in a glass beaker. The ingredients are about 70% liquid oil and the rest solid. I could have used a different grade of coconut oil and the product would have been a more reliable liquid, but this oil has got the goodness your scalp needs to stay healthy, flake-free and productive.

Because I’ve used raw, cold-pressed coconut butter in the mixture, the butter parts will reform into a solid when the temperature cools.

hair oil warm liquid

At a melting point of 24 degrees Celsius, the product will be completely liquid.  I set my beaker in a bowl of warm water for about a minute. There it is, beautiful and golden in colour, completely translucent.

But now, as it does, the temperature in the house falls to say 15 degrees Celsius. The coconut butter will start to reform and your oil will now look like this. And this may cause a bit of alarm. Understandably so. But nothing is wrong. This is just nature.

hs oil at room temp 15c

hs oil cold in fridgeBRRRRRR . . .

If you put your lovely hair and scalp oil in your checked luggage on the way to your skiing holiday, this will happen. (I have NOT been on a skiing holiday. I’ve just put it in the fridge.) It’s actually perfectly usable, but no longer an oil. In this state, it will not dispense from your serum pump or your dropper bottle.

Just leave it in a warm place for a few minutes and all will be back to normal. If you’re in a hurry, place it in a bowl of warm water.

The model for this photo shoot was our SeaFlower Hair + Scalp Oil, which is available in  a 50 ml blue apothecary glass bottle with dropper (£15) or a 125 ml aluminium charger with serum pump (£20). The recommended shelf life is 12 months once opened.

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