Almond Butter - Well, Not Quite
Sometimes I get so excited about discovering a new ingredient that I forget to read the fine print before ordering. My recent purchase of almond butter is such an example.
It's Organic! Go For it!In my quest for exciting and exotic butters to find the 'perfect butter for lotion bars' test, I was overjoyed to discover a butter I'd never seen before. The supplier had placed it right on the front page of the butters section with a splashy little 'new item' icon next to the name – almond butter.
Even better - it was organic almond butter.
Perfect! The oil in the test lotion bars is almond oil. "Pairing almond butter with almond oil will probably make for a deliciously smooth, marzipan-scented lotion bar", I thought as I added it to my order without a thought of checking the product description in detail.
This really isn't my usual behavior when ordering ingredients, but I was excited about 'my discovery'.
The ArrivalWhen the order arrived, it turned out the almond butter consisted of shea butter with almond oil added.
This just wasn't what I was expecting.
And they mixed it into shea. Really, shea?
Sigh?Now, I love shea butter to pieces and use it in several products. But in my experience, it's really a bucket of worms to work with. Graininess is a constant battle (an upcoming post on this soon).
And let's face it, no one on the planet wants graininess in their lovely cream or whipped butter, do they?
Grains are so.. so.. grainy.
But Maybe This Will Be DifferentI opened the container.
Visible graininess all over the place.
(Insert rolling eyes and theatrically loud sigh of adolescent-style disappointment here).
What did I find when I (finally) checked the information sheet?
"This almond butter can sometimes be grainy due to natural crystallisation. To remove the graininess, melt the butter completely in a water bath, then cool rapidly."
Sometimes be grainy? This jar was through and through 'sometimes'.
To make matters worse, the butter was really, really soft.
"OK, it's here now, so let's just run with it. We'll use it in a lotion bar" said the no-nonsense part of me to the part that was still busy acting like a spoiled child.
In the LabBecause the texture of the butter was so soft, a harder butter had to be added to the mix if there was to be any hope of creating a lotion bar that didn't turn into lotion mush at room temperature. Cocoa butter was introduced to the formula. The proportions are evident in the pic above. The almond butter is practically nonexistent in this lotion bar. Therefore, it hasn't been included in the butter comparison test.
I'll be trying to find a different use for this butter in the near future.
Or maybe not.
You are such a wealth of information......I never knew Shea was known for it's graininess. Now I know why my lotion was grainy. Thank you again. JNC
Thanks in advance, Tina
I just checked out the link you attached - the text is a bit confusing. It mentions apricot butter, yet the product is almond butter. The text looks like it has been copy/pasted from their page with apricot butter. I think their ingredients explanation is misleading as there his no INCI list at all. Without an INCI list, it's just not certain what the ingredient is. I would ask them for complete INCI description if I were you.
So I emailed them and asked and of course you clever ladies are right - its almond oil in a base :-(
I feel cheated!
This is what they say:
"All the fats i.e. Mango, Avocado and olive all use a vegetable fat base which is then blended with the named oil."
I have written them back asking that they provide this information and list ingredients in the base they use, thats just not OK to leave out! Maybe I should have know but I didn't, and I'm sure others dont either. Since they list almond oil they should list the other ingredients as well. Like you said, I am not sure I can trust this company now and wonder if oils I bought are what they say they are. Annoying.
Thanks for alerting me! Tina