It is hot out there. I grabbed this fancy map from Wunderground.com this morning to illustrate.
“Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. In 2001, 300 deaths were caused by excessive heat exposure.” The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Now that you have been educated on the fact that summer is hot, and right now is just ridiculous, I wanted to update you on some products that may be having issues with this heat…
Whipped Up Sugar Scrub • I have received a couple emails that sugar scrub has arrived ‘runny’ and leaking a little. This happens because the heat is warming up the cream base and melting/dissolving the sugar. To help with this I have double layered the liner seals and increased the sugar amount in the scrub.
Organic Glycerin Soap • Although I have not received any reports of heat damaged products, these would be the most susceptible to the high temperatures. Always let your soap cool before handling, or set it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Please do not leave packages or soap in your car as they will melt.
Lotion, Cream & Butter • Since I use no chemical hardeners in any of my products, lotions, creams and butters are also susceptible to heat. Extreme temps may cause slight separation and “thinness”. I use natural butters like Shea, Cocoa and Kokum to thicken and harden products, and these butters have melting points of around 97-104º F. Simply return product to room temperature and stir.
As always, if you have experienced any problems at all with your products, please do not hesitate to contact me any time.
So, what do YOU do to keep cool when it is simply miserable out? We don’t have air conditioning on our living floors and it has been sitting around 93º F with 50-60% humidity, in the house, all day and night. Booooo!! However, the work floor has to be climate controlled since all of the raw materials are stored up there and that is where production takes place. This means I stay at work as long as humanly possible. The kids have been up there with me, quietly coloring, or they get sent back down to the heat…
I would love to hear how you deal with the hot summer sun! Any ideas on what to do with the kids or what to cook that does not require the damn stove/oven?
Stay safe out there. ♥