This week someone told me I was rude when I asked her if she felt she was ready to sell a lotion she had made for what sounded like the first time. I don't think I was rude, but even if I was, I think it is a question that should he addressed by anyone running a business.
Time is the essence when creating products. I made a beautiful turquoise body wash that became a mossy sea turtle green over six weeks thanks to the fragrance I chose. I've made fluffy sugar scrubs and thinnish lotions that become too thick to get out of the bottle after a few days. I've made lovely vanilla smelling lotions using cetyl esters that turned chemically smelling and green tea lotions that turned browny green. And don't get me started on my cupcake bath bombs made with vanilla fragrances that turned brown brown brown! In every case, if I hadn't waited to see how the product stood up over time, I'd have given a really ugly product to someone I liked and/or loved!
Ugly products aren't as concerning as unpreserved or underpreserved products, those with short lived oils, or those that separate. And this is why we need to give our products time. Lotions and products with butters can take a few days to reach final viscosity as the various fatty acids solidify. You need time to see how the products stand up in different temperatures and humidities. There are so many factors to consider and you can't do that in one or two days or even one or two weeks!
Maybe I was rude by asking the writer of a comment to think seriously about whether she was ready to sell the product, but if I prevented her from selling a product that was ill conceived, underpreserved or unpreserved, or just plain bad, then I guess I've done my job.
I'll finish off this post with a picture if a very fat hedgehog I met a few weeks ago. Is there anything as cute as a chubby hedgehog?