Thursday, April 18, 2013

Creating whipped butters - a visual tutorial

This lying in bed in pain thing is really working for me! I've created another visual tutorial, making whipped butters, which you can find on SnapGuide.

I have a few more ideas, but I'd like to know what you think would work as a visual tutorial. Let me know!

14 comments:

David B. Powers said...

As of tomorrow, April 20th Susan will have been blogging here for exactly FIVE YEARS! Congrats and thanks for all of your hard work and inspiration!

Katherine Chiu said...

These snapguides are AWESOME! Sometimes a photo answers so many questions. Thank you so much for doing these. In addition to your fab recipes and guidance, these are the frosting on the cupcake.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi David. Actually, it's been since February 28, 2009 - my first bath & body post can be found here - which makes it four years and a bit. But I love the enthusiasm and kind words!

Diane said...

Thanks Susan, this is dodeca-clear.

David B. Powers said...

Sunday, April 20, 2008
Move along. Nothing to see here yet...
This is the first post to my blog. How exciting! I'm sure I should be putting something here about what I'm going to write about, what links I'll post, what exciting adventures I'm having, but I'd much rather say "welcome" and encourage you to come back another time when I have something to say. Right now, I'm sleepy. So I'm a bit quieter than normal.
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Susan, this is the first post I see every time I open my 3,143 page document entitled "Point of Interest"! Are you callin' me a liar? LOL

David

Chaeya said...

Thank you, Susan. I can't wait to try some whipped shea! My expensive scale is acting all wonky on me so I need to buy another one that measures grams very quickly. Just found out that I can purchase a good scale at the local bong shop. My girlfriend told me that I shouldn't worry since I "look" like I could smoke pot.

David B. Powers said...

http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.ca/2008/09 That's your first post in which you posted a "cosmetic formula" of yours! Happy 5th anniversary anyway! LOL

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi David! Wow! I had no idea! I consider February 28, 2009, as the real birthday of the blog as it was when I started making time every day to work on it. It was made originally to share handouts and links for the groups, on February 28th I thought I'd share the address with the world. I guess I have to be a bit like the Queen - I have an official birthday and an actual birthday. I will consider tomorrow my actual birthday, but February 28th the actual birthday! Thanks for the kind wishes and reminder!

Is there a chance you could send me your copy of my blog? I have only archived about 200 posts, and I was about to pay one of the kids in my group to start the process of me...but this would make my life so much easier. (Losing the Dish for almost a month has made me really really aware of needing to back up over and over again!) I could thank you with a couple of e-books?

Hi Katherine! I thought the visual tutorials might be a good idea, but I didn't realize they were such a hit! I have a few I'm working on, then I'll be actively taking pictures to add to the guides, so they'll be a bit prettier (I hope!).

Hi Chaeya! Ha! That's quite the compliment! I had to go to a hydroponic shop to get my pH buffers, and the whole time my husband and I were talking about cosmetic chemistry loudly, including "And not at all interesting in growing marijuana!" We live in BC, well known for its awesome "bud".

David B. Powers said...

Susan, can your email handle a 28MB file? If so, I would be happy to send it to you! Be mindful, I saved only the cosmetic posts but have most of everything you posted. Let me know and I'll email it to you...

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi David! My husband advises that my e-mail won't handle 28 MB. Is there a chance you could Dropbox it (or use another service)? I would be very very grateful. If not, we can figure something out.

Pat S said...

This was a great tutorial. I love seeing your photos, and it really helped me as I was making my whipped butter (1st time I've made it). My ingredients included 80 g refined shea butter and 19 g rice bran oil. After whipping it, the butter ended up a bit too stiff, but I believe that I whipped it just a smidge too long. It is still is beautiful, and melts on contact with my skin, but next time I will stop whipping sooner (I've made this same mistake a few times with whipped cream....you would think that I'd know this by now :)

Leman Aydemir said...

Hi Susan,

My first time doing wipped butter. Mine is a bit stiff too; I used 80% unrefined shea butter, 18% hemp oil, 1% Vit E, 1% EOs. I wipped it a lot, I thought the more you wip the the fluffier it would get?

amisha said...

Hi Susan,
I wanted to share that I made your hemp oil/ sal butter/ babassu oil whipped butter this weekend, but I substituted kpangnan butter for the sal because I had it on hand and wanted to try it. It came out really wonderful-- it's moisturizing but very dry-feeling on the skin, which will be perfect for the very hot and humid weather coming my way in Florida soon. I wondered if you have done any formulating with kpangnan butter? I haven't seen it for sale at most shops (I bought mine at Aromatics International), but it's quite an interesting-feeling butter... sort of like mango, but firmer and drier.

Diane said...

Hi Susan,

What a fun project, and easy too. I needed to make a cream, 75% water, and that was my first installation with a pastry (actually A FREEZER) BAG. Since I was in the mode, I made a couple of whipped butters; the one with kokum and kukui hardened up before I could package it; I think I will have to melt it down again and add more oil and maybe a softer butter too.

I do think the suggestion of 1 g essential oil is high - the general standard of EO conversions that I know (keeping in mind the comparison of any oil to water)is that 20 drops = a gram, Very Roughly. This is way too much. With a good EO all you want is a whisper, an essence. I used hyssop creeping type and tried to use 3 drops but went more like 5 or 6 (this is lighter than water) and that was fine. In the kokum/kukui work in progress again, 3 drops (100 g batches) of sea buckthorn berry was enough to definitely color the butter (and its properties are supposed to be effective at 1%. Working with a percent less than one for essential oils is the norm I always learned. I'm not sure of the necessary level of fragrance oils are but with the essential "oils", a little goes a long way.