Wow, you've all been very active on the blog this week! I had a seriously busy day yesterday - Raymond and I played our recital and it was awesome! - and I have a busy day today, too, so I only have time for this adminstrative post....
I need to make this abundantly clear - I do not offer my help in duplicating commercial products. I'm not sure how much more clear I have to be about this, but I guess there's still some room for doubt? Please do not ask me to duplicate a product for you. Please don't send me an ingredient list and ask me to help you make your own version. Please don't send me a picture of a bottle in your bathroom and ask me to help you create something similar. Please don't send me a link to an Etsy site and ask me to make a similar product to that one. Please do not ask me to duplicate a product for you.
I stopped duplicating products for three reasons. The first is a simple one - I hope I have given you enough information to create your own products through the almost 2500 posts on this blog. My goal is to teach you what each ingredient brings to the party and how to use them, and when you know that, you can try to make your own product.
The second one is that it takes a lot of time, far more time than I have. What you're asking me to do is spend a lot of time to custom make a product for you based on nothing more than an ingredient list. I simply don't have time to do that.
The third and most important reason, though, is that I hate doing it. When I was offering duplicating help in the past, I started to hate the blog. I hated opening my e-mail, and I hated reading the comments. It wasn't fun for me, and I've always said that when it stops being fun, I'll shut it all down. I got very close to doing that four years ago, and I have been so much happier not duplicating products.
Please understand that asking me to do this after I have made it abundantly clear that I don't want to offer my help is showing me that you can't take no for an answer. Please recognize that if you think it's no big deal just to ask me this once that there are dozens of other people thinking the same thing, which results in quite a few of these requests a week. Please don't make me the bad guy beause I have to say no to your very simple request that'll only take a few minutes because I've made it very very clear that I don't want you to ask in the first place.
This does not mean I don't want to see your recipes. (In fact, I'm asking you not to ask me about duplicated recipes so I have more time to spend on your questions and recipe tweaks!) If you've come up with a recipe or tweaked one from the blog, that's an original recipe and I'm happy to offer what I can. What I'm talking about is asking me to duplicate a commercial product based on an ingredient list from the 'net or a container.
Join me tomorrow as we have some fun formulating a setting lotion!