Sunday, October 26, 2014
Weekend Wonderings: Some rambling thoughts for the day...
why are you trying to make recipes from scratch? I address this question to the newbies amongst us. I think it's wonderful that you want to make something your own, but I ask you consider this...would you make a cake from scratch without ever having made a cake or without knowledge of what a cake should look or taste like? If you have an idea for a lotion you'd like to make with sweet almond oil and shea butter, find a recipe that has generic entries like "oil" and "butter" - like this newbie recipe I designed - and try that out. Do everything exactly as it is written - cut no corners! - and see what happens. If you like this recipe, then make it again and again and again. If you think it needs tweaking, get online and look into how you could tweak it with different ingredients. But don't start off thinking that you will make a recipe from scratch with adequate amounts of thickeners and emulsifiers and oils and so the first time you make a lotion (or conditioner or other product) because it's highly unlikely to work. I don't mean to be a downer, but making bath & body products is a craft and it takes time to learn how to do it. You can't design and sew a dress perfectly the first time you sit in front of a sewing machine, and you can't design a complicated product like a lotion from scratch and expect it to work. Find a recipe that has some reviews on it and try that!
I'm not saying that you can't eventually create your own recipes, but it will only end in tears if you begin your formulating career this way. I'm not saying this to keep you from being creative; I'm sharing this because I want you to have good experiences that encourage you to continue making awesome products. If you fail the first time out, you're not likely to want to keep going!
Newbie section of the blog
How do tell if it's a good recipe?
foaming rice facial wash and how long it lasted! I made 100 grams in May, and I'm just running out. Those foamer bottles have a way of stretching out our products so we're only using a titch every time! Here's a version I made with foaming silk surfactant and here's a version I made with foaming oat surfactant.
As an aside, if you're looking for suppliers for bath & body products, look no further than the section about this topic in the frequently asked questions section of this blog. Readers like you have made suggestions about your favourite and least favourite suppliers (with explanations). You know which ones I like the best - remember, I'm not paid by anyone, these are my honest opinions - but it's nice to know what else is out there. Feel free to add your favourite suppliers to the list!