Monday, January 10, 2011
Experimenting in your workshop
The reality is that the best way to learn how to make products it to make them. Make it and use it. You'll get an idea of how it feels, what it looks like, and all those other important things like the process involved, the viscosity of the product, how easy it is to pour into a container, which container is best, and so on.
If you've got a recipe you love, start out by substituting one ingredient. I remember sitting at the coffee shop near my office trying to figure out if I could substitute avocado oil for sunflower oil in a foot lotion recipe I found on the Dish. Instead of getting into the workshop the next morning, I spent a ton of time debating it, writing down all the merits of each oil and what they brought to the party. When I finally used it, it felt really nice and made the cream thicker and more tenacious! So I use avocado in my foot lotions all the time now!
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Learn the rules of the game, then break them. Make the lotion exactly as described the first time, then try your own ideas the second time so you get an idea of the skin feel, the viscosity, the emulsification, and so on. This is really the best way to learn!