summer care of natural products

Summer Care of Natural Products

Written by: | June 1, 2016 | 4 responses

It’s getting hot outside!

It’s only May and we’re already experiencing record temperatures across the country.  While the sunny days are great for all-day outdoor activities or an overnight jaunt to the beach, they’re not so pleasant for your bulk natural products back at home.  Inside each box that ships from Essential Wholesale, you’ll find a handy “care & feeding” card to help you care for products once they hit your doorstep.  But until they arrive,  you’ll need to think about preservation during the shipping process, too. Below you’ll find tips for summer care of your bulk natural products.

Shipping Options to Beat the Summer Heat

The first rule of thumb when shipping in the summer is to figure out the best way to get your products to you.  Some items may need to be shipped overnight or by a refrigerated carrier to maintain their consistency. For example, if your product has a lot of coconut oil in it, it will melt at 77F.  Paying for overnight or refrigerated shipping may sound like an unnecessary expense, but it may end up saving you time and money in the long run. Shipping your heat or cold-sensitive products in a temperature-controlled environment will allow you to proceed with filling or mixing with minimal reconstitution.

Once you know how your products will arrive, do some extra prep to make sure they land at your door in good order.  You’ll want to  remove your product from the front door step or any outdoor environment as soon as possible. If you are going to be out of town, your local delivery service may be able to delay shipment or arrange an alternative pickup upon your request to the carrier. TIP: Fedex will take your package to a nearby Fedex Office for pickup.

Upon Arrival – 7 Steps to Working with Natural Products

  1. Immediately open your products and stir until homogenized.
  2. Dry off the inside lid of your container
  3. Let your products sit to resolve any separation or viscosity issues.
    Summer – Place in an air conditioned or cool environment.
    Winter – Place in a room temperature environment.
  4. Pour off your products into resale or storage containers.
  5. Keep at room temperature (68° – 75° F)
  6. Store your products in tightly sealed containers with minimum “headspace”.
  7. Protect your products from moisture, extreme temperatures, and direct UV light.
  8. Pour off Essential Oils into dark glass bottles.

You’ll find that by following these directions most finished products will usually balance their composition.

If you have any questions, you can always reach out to us at (866) 252-9639 or info@ewlnatural.com. We are happy to help with this or any other questions you have about your Essential products.

 

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5 years ago

Good afternoon,
What container do you recommend for the shaving creme. I’ve tried over-filling the jars to reduce head space but it seems to be a problem even in transportation. When customers receive product it has already separated. Is it only the coconut oil that causes the separation or the soybean oil as well? Looking for some best practices for shipping individual jars. Please help.

4 years ago

That’s a great question. Most oils will separate at temperatures above a certain degree. Coconut oil has a low melt point of 76F while kokum butter is closer to 100F. You might consider including directions with your product, highlighting the benefits of a natural product and that separate is part of it. One company says “We do not use synthetic stabilizers or waxes.” That said, it doesn’t look great when your product separates, so you could try an opaque airless pump or jar. Your customers can stir (you can include a wooden spoon or spatula) and refrigerate and in most cases the product should come back together just fine. You can test this yourself a few different ways. You could also add some additional butters with higher melting points. For shipping, you can add insulation, like bubble wrap, recycled paper or padded envelopes. Fedex offers Cold Shipping Packages that have a one-time use – http://orderboxesnow.com/. Good luck!

3 years ago

I’ve been asked to ship a serum to Arizona IN THIS HEAT! The serum contains L-Ascorbic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic acid, DMAE, Sea Kelp, Vitamin E, Distilled Water and Germall. What will heat do to the above ingredients? Thanks.