Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Question: Do you find you use more when you make it yourself?

My best friend and I were surveying our products after our making day last week, and I joked that the 15 or so jars of sugar scrub should last us until Valentine's Day because we both burn through so much of it...and it got me to thinking about our use of our products.

Wanda mentioned how much she loved sugar scrub but lamented at the cost, so we made it. I know I use far too much body wash on my lime green pouffy, and I'm fairly sure I'm this close to being considered a foot lotion abuser as I slather it half way up my leg. I think I've mentioned before that I didn't use any lotions or moisturizers before I started making my own because I couldn't find anything that felt nice. Now I must have a bottle of hand lotion nearby at all times!

So here are the questions: Do you find you use more of your products because you know you can always make more? Are you using products you would never buy in the store, either due to cost or availability, or just not liking the skin feel? Are you making products you've never bought in the past because you can make it yourself?

As always, I ask because I'm curious!

13 comments:

Meaue said...

This is so funny because I was thinking of this yesterday as I slathered on my face cream (seemingly using tablespoon-fulls). If I was paying big bucks I would use sparingly - but since I can make more I use away.... and I think mine is so much better than store bought.

Sierra Snow Soaps said...

I remember my dear daughter when she was 9 years old calling from the shower, "Mom, we're out of sugar scrub!" That cracked me up so much that a 9 year old took it for granted that everyone had sugar scrubs in their shower and used them everyday instead of hoarding them for special occasions. Yep, I love making my own stuff.
Michelle in NV

Anonymous said...

I noticed that I wash my hair more often. Before I washed every 3 weeks or so (have dry hair) now I wash once a week - because I am experimenting with new self made of course, shampoo and need to try out my new "creations".

Hope you are feeling better!
Gina

Will said...

I never used hand lotion although I needed to badly due to wintertime dry skin, but now that I make my own and it's not greasy, I use it - a 100% increase.

Mrs B said...

My son-in-law love the fact his bath soap, hair shampoo, deodorant, foot powder,shaving soap all are custom scented to his likes. The Scrooge in him love how little they all cost to make compared to purchasing in store.

Frank said...

I know I'm using way too much hand sanitizer! I sell real estate part time and it seems everyone I work for has just sneezed and wiped or blown their nose. Gross. Is there any magic powder I can add to our home made lotion that is anti-germ? I don't have the materials yet to make a gel. Frank (and wife)

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking the other day how much I loved my creations (thanks to your help)! I'm a scrooge at heart who would never buy these in stores. First because I'm very sensitive to a lot of fillers but mostly because I simply forget to buy these types of products. Thank you for opening my eyes!

Nancy Liedel said...

Guilty. I use my hair conditioner like I have an eternal supply and with my crappy ends, which I refuse to cut, I will. If I have a commercial conditioner, not so much, cause. 1. It cost more and I've got better stuff in mine and no weird stuff. I don't mean stuff I can't pronounce, but things that just should not be in conditioner and don't benefit my hair. For me, cones are flat death. 2. It's cheaper to make 31 ounces of mine, then buy 4 ounces of anything I will actually use, cause I'm a body products snob and 3. it feels like waste when it comes in someone else's bottle and not in my travel jars. I put things I'm in the testing process with in canning jars that have been boiled and untouched and then use one uber clean spoon to spoon out what I need into travel bottles. I can't waste my inventory of bottles on me. They're for after challenge testing and selling time. Not one second before. I'd re-use other containers, but I trust my preservatives more. I have a wide variety of choices. I'm a preservative hoarder. Well, that's not right. I use them. So that's not hoarding. Maybe ho-ho-ho is better? :)

melian1 said...

omg do i ever use lotions and creams more! sugar scrub, you name it. several reasons... mine is better than what i get at the store (i can't afford to shop where the highest quality stuff is sold, lol), it's custom scented, the oils suit me, the feel is just how i like it with no compromising. it isn't cheaper, as i didn't use much before and i use it all the time now, so i'm actually spending more, ROFL... and loving it!

before i would use sparingly and now i use lavishly.

p said...

Right there with melian1... I never would have bought serums and sugar scrubs and all that, but now that I'm making them (and I know how beneficial they are), sure, why not! Bring on the products! Definitely not cheaper, lol. :)

madpiano said...

I never used Sugar S rub before I made it. I didn't really get the concept. Then I made the standard scrub and didn't like it (although found it good for feet). Since I made solid scrubs, I can't get enough of them and I use more than I sell. I just love the fact that I can chose between 15 fragrances every time I go in the shower without having to fork out a small fortune of buying a jar in each flavour. I would have never used sugar scrub if I wasn't making it. My latest thing is Lotion Bars. Never liked the shop bought ones, love my own though.

Aesthete said...

Ditto to everything melian1 posted. Thank you, Swift, you've made a difference in everything a make. I hope you're feeling better.

sfs said...

I used to drench myself in lotions and be dry again in a few hours. Now I slather on my homemade stuff and it actually works to moisturize my skin! So I'm using less lotion in the long run. However, I find myself giving away so much that I guess it might be a draw.

Now I'm starting to make hair care products... oh my!