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Cocoa butter crystals and tempering?

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aimee

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I bought some cocoa butter (I think it is slightly refined) and tried making a body butter with 20g cocoa butter and 60g olive oil. At first it looked ok but a couple of days later and now it seems to have tiny lumpy crystals of cocoa butter in it. I did a search on google and found that it needs to be 'tempered' but I don't know what this means.
What I did was heat the cocoa butter and oil together until it all melted. So can anyone tell me know to do it right?
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pepperi27

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tempering means heating up the butters at certain temperatures and keep it at that temp for a however long it takes to melt but I've never had a problem with cocoa butter. Check out this page on brambeberry and scroll down to cocoa butter.

http://www.brambleberry.com/oils.html
 

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Thank you too cause I forgot about that. Out of habit of using it for so long I just normally heat it up for a short period of time and thats it.
 
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