I'm sitting here writing this post while my adorable blonde dog snores beside me. She's really getting loud! That is a Christmas Opus toy she is destroying in the picture, and I thought it would be cute to put this picture with this topic!
Over the next week or so, I'll share with you some ideas on products you can make today and give next week, even if it's your first time making something!
If you've never made anything before, finding the right recipe is the first key to success. I know it's hard to find a tried and true recipe if you've never made anything before, so here are a few thoughts...
- Read the comments under the post. If people are saying things about the recipe that indicate it doesn't work, don't use it, no matter how pretty it might be.
- Find a few different recipes and look for similarities. If you are looking for a lotion bar, for instance, you'll want to use 1/3 oil, 1/3 butter, and 1/3 wax. If you see a recipe with 1/4 something, it might be out of whack. (Read the explanation when you see something like that.)
- If the recipe contains water and oil, it must have a proper emulsifier like emulsifying wax, Polawax, BTMS-50, and so on. Beeswax is not an emulsifier, nor is any other kind of wax (jojoba, sunflower, rose, etc.) And if you have water, you must have a preservative. (GSE is not a preservative!)
- Check the shelf life of the ingredients before buying them. For some reason, everyone seems to want to use grapeseed oil, which has a three months shelf life. (The first batch of bath bombs I made, I used grapeseed oil, and it went rancid in a few weeks!)
- Get all the ingredients together before even trying the product. Make the recipe exactly as it is written the first time. Once you master it, you can play around with it as much as you want.
- Have fun! When we have fun making something, it's obvious in what we product.
- And don't think of making anything to sell this year or even next. Making bath & body products is a skilled craft, and to think you can make something today and sell it this weekend is a bit of an insult to those of us who have worked hard to hone our skills and knowledge. Make something for fun - if it turns into a business, then it's lovely you're doing something you love!
Join me later on for our first newbie project - bath salts!
How can I tell if a recipe is good?
Beeswax is NOT an emulsifier
Grapefruit seed extract is NOT an emulsifier.
Question: How do we figure out shelf life?
Question: How can grapeseed oil have a shelf life of a year? (It can't!)