Q: What are the ingredients in CJ’s BUTTer?
A: The only ingredients in original BUTTer are shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, lanolin, beeswax, cocoa butter, Vitamin E and colloidal oatmeal. The Quick Stick has the same ingredients, except there is no lanolin. Fragrance or essential oils are only added if you choose to have it scented. For our PLUS formula we exclude lanolin and oatmeal, and add sesame and neem oils.
Q: Why does CJ's BUTTer say that it contains nuts?
A: While coconut is in the palm family it has been determined to be a tree nut by the FDA for purposes of labeling. Shea Butter is a vegetable fat yielded from the Shea nut. Shea Butter is also considered a nut for labeling purposes.
Q: Why does CJ's BUTTer say that is contains soy?
A: The Tocopherol (Vitamin E) used in our products is derived from soy.
Q: Does CJ's BUTTer contain gluten?
A: No. CJ's BUTTer products are all gluten free. The colloidal oatmeal used in several of our products is certified gluten free.
Q: Does CJ's BUTTer contain any parabens or phthalates?
A: No. We have been very careful to insure that all of our fragrance oils are free from both parabens and phthalates.
Q: I just received my CJ’s Original BUTTer®. It seems kind of separated and grainy, unlike others I’ve received. What’s wrong and can I fix it?
A: You'll be glad to know that there is nothing wrong with your BUTTer®. Since we don’t add any kind of stabilizer to our formulation and all the products are all natural, BUTTer® will sometimes need a little more TLC than we are accustomed to in commercial products or those with all the ingredients you can’t pronounce! Shea butter will sometimes become grainy due to the heat during transit in the summer or because of temperature fluctuations. It’s not a problem, unless you don’t like it.
If you’d prefer your BUTTer® to be creamy, please follow these instructions.
Take the lid off of your jar/pot/tub or the cap off of your tube. If using a tube, grab a coffee mug and stand the tube in the mug, with the opening up. Put your container in the microwave for 15 - 30 seconds (depending on size). When finished, open the microwave and check the temperature of the container. If it is hot, wait for a minute or so until it is cool (we don't want the container to melt). If using a tube, check the container, keeping in mind that your coffee mug might be hot. Repeat this process, checking the container each time and allowing it to cool to prevent the container from melting, until the BUTTer® is liquid. You want to ensure all of the BUTTer® is completely melted. Remove the container, using a potholder (especially if you have tube in a coffee mug; we don't want you to get burned, either). From here, you can allow the BUTTer® to set back up at room temperature. Wait at least 5 hours before putting your lid back on. Your crystals, so long as the BUTTer® sets back up at a steady temperature, should now be gone.
Q: Is CJ’s BUTTer completely cloth diaper-safe? Even when used with synthetic fibers? Do I need to use a liner?
A: Yes!! CJ’s BUTTer is completely cloth diaper safe. No liner needed. It will not cause repelling OR staining and washes out easily with hot water and detergent/soap. There is only a very small amount of lanolin in the formula and it melts away easily in the wash.
Q: My child (or dog) just ate some CJ’s BUTTer. Should I be concerned?
A: CJ’s BUTTer® is edible (although I don’t think it tastes particularly delicious) and is made with food grade ingredients. If a large amount is ingested, you may notice a slight laxative effect when it reaches the large intestine, but unless your child (or dog) is allergic to one of the ingredients, you shouldn't notice any adverse reactions. If you’re still concerned, please call poison control. (This is what we were told when we called.)
Q: How can CJ's BUTTer® PLUS be used to help with cradle cap?
A: Apply the PLUS liberally and massage gently. Reapply as needed, especially immediately following bathing as traditional shampoos can often increase drying.