Why Do Beard Balms Get Gritty?
Natural beard balms are great for both your skin and your facial hair. However, they can be really sensitive to temperature. When it gets warm, the fats in the butter will melt and liquefy at different temperatures, causing your balm to "sweat." When the temperature cools again, these droplets will re-harden, causing crystals to form on the surface of your balm.
One of the causes of a grainy balm is summer shipping. During the warmer months, the product may heat up while in transit or while sitting in a mailbox, then cool down again when brought into the home. When that happens, the balm may develop a slightly grainy and gritty feeling.
Moreover, the place where you keep your beard products can also be the culprit. I'm talking about hot bathrooms.
However, I want to emphasize that there's nothing wrong with the balm. What's happening is completely normal for products that contain shea butter or other plant butter – although it might be a bit annoying.
Fixing gritty beard balms
If you're using butter or oil-based balms, then it might be possible to press the "reset" button and make it like new again. All you might need to do is melt it, pour it into a container, and flash cool it in your fridge.
But if your beard balm contains glycerine or water, you might want to throw it away. Products with water-based ingredients can't return to their original state even after reheating and cooling. If this kind of balm goes gritty, then it might have gone bad and should be tossed.
Now, here's a quick and easy fix for your beard balm:
Step #1: Using a small spoon or rubber spatula, scoop out the grainy balm and transfer it to a clean, microwaveable dish. Keep the original container, as you will use it later.
Step #2: Microwave for 10-15 seconds and stir. Repeat this process until the balm is fully melted. Never overheat your beard balm, as it can ruin the butter and the scent in it.
Step #3: Let the melted balm sit for 2 minutes so it can slightly cool before you put it back in its original container. You don't want to damage your balm's container by pouring hot butter into it, right?
Step #4: Place the original container on a tray or small dish before refilling it. This way, you can avoid spills. Don't put the lid on yet, as doing so might trap moisture. Let the product breathe during the cooling process.
Step #5: Keep it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The bigger your container is, the longer it should stay inside. It can help your beard balm solidify fast and make sure that all those crystals are gone. Once it's ready, you can put back the lid and enjoy using it on your amazing beard. It includes what they do, how long they've been at it, and what got them to where they are.