Tuesday, June 26, 2012

There are no stupid questions!

Julie was embarrassed to use her name when she asked the question - what happens if our recipe totals more than 100%? - because she felt it was a stupid question. 'Twas not a stupid question, Julie. It was a great one that hadn't been addressed before.

Stay curious! Ask questions! The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. And be open to making mistakes because that's how we learn.

I drive my instructors insane by asking question after question, but I do it because I want to learn more. I feel I get a lot out of my classes by asking questions. Some instructors might see your questions as a challenge and others might be flustered because they don't know the information, but there are some great ones who will encourage your questioning and help you learn even more than you expected!

I love questions, so feel free to e-mail or comment (and let me know if it's okay to post your question on the blog if you've e-mailed it to me): It inspires me to write things I might not have researched before! The only thing I ask is that you check out the frequently asked questions section of the blog to see if it's been asked before.

Why do I have Professor Farnsworth with his Finglonger as a picture for this post? Because I love his comment to Fry in one of the Tales of Interest, "That question is less stupid, but you asked it in a profoundly stupid way." It's not a reflection on Julie's question - I just watched that episode last night and it stuck in my head. Has anyone else seen the first episodes of the new season yet? Awesome! 

Related posts:
Overcome your crafting fears! 
Experiment! Experiment! Experiment! (scroll down a bit)
Don't fear the science! 
The newbies series on lotion making (11 posts, I encourage you to go to the beginning and work your way back or it won't make much sense!)


PauLa said...

Sorry if I'm not commenting where I (I am Spanish and do not know much inlgés), but I'd love to know how to mimic the smell of the massage stick "heavanilli" Lush
In Spain, have retired and I know the ingredients but not the quantities :(


Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Paula! Take a look at the ingredients...
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkil) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Perfume , Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia) , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale) , Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata) , Hydroxcitronellal , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , D&C Red 30

This would be very simple to make. It's a lotion bar made with cocoa butter and shea butter, and coconut oil. You'd have to play with the butters and oil to find the perfect balance of ingredients, but it would be very simple. I think you'll also have to play with the vanilla, jasmine, and gardenia to get the right fragrance combination.

Click here to learn more about making lotion bars. Click "newer post" at the bottom of each post to see the next entry.

Nedeia said...

no question is stupid. I learned that the hard way, when I was younger I was ashamed to ask because I thought I am asking questions anyone should know the answer to. My bad :). Nothing is as stupid as believing you know everything :)

Nancy Liedel said...

Okay, here goes. I feel so dumb asking this question. If you make a facial serum out of oils and extracts with vastly different specific gravity, how do they stay together without shaking, or an emulsifier? I've seen plenty of shops on Etsy selling these. I make a product, but I use Cera Bellina to hold it all together. Not a true emulsifier, but a nice product that you should get and play with.

I make my serums creamy, not clear and just oils and oil soluble extracts. If I do that, my E settles on the bottom. It's frustrating me to pieces, cause non of them seem to have a problem, although I'm not sure I'd want to do that, mix just oils and pray the mix comes out evenly when pumped and I'd NEVER ask a customer to shake anything. GACK!!!!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

My sewing teacher told me this story...She was the only woman in a class on mechanics, and she felt stupid asking questions. Then she realized that everyone else knew as much as she did, and decided she would ask her questions. She learned more, and the men in her class would sidle up to her and thank her for asking the very question they wanted to know.

We aren't born knowing everything about the world, so we have to ask! The only silly thing is not to ask the question!