in this post: What are you working on right now? What are you researching or making in the workshop? What barriers are you facing in making your product? What information do you need or supplies or help?
And you answered! So here's the plan...Each week I'll choose a comment and we'll troubleshoot the product together! We'll figure out what the product is, what it requires, what we can add, what each ingredient brings to the mix, what process we should follow, and so on. If it's your product we're making, it's your job to make the product and report back!
Please note, we are not duplicating products and we will not be creating a formula for you. We are helping to create something interesting and new or to help you figure out where you went wrong. Please do a search on the blog to see if we've already made a product like this - for instance, a body butter with lots of glide and low greasiness or a body wash with lots of moisturizers.
Anyone can send in a recipe for consideration - newbie, veteran, business owner, homecrafter, and so on. Be aware that any recipe derived through this process will be posted on this blog, and I consider it public knowledge that can be shared freely through the blog, a downloadable PDF, posts I might make on a forum, and so on. It is completely available to anyone who wants it. If you want to make it and sell it, that's great, but please don't try patenting it or doing something that would take it away from the people who helped you. That just seems ungrateful and mean.
This means we can't troubleshoot a recipe that belongs to someone else, something you found on a forum or a blog or a supplier's or manufacturer's site because we want the final recipe to be in the public domain, and that person might not want to give up their rights to it. Feel free to use any of my recipes as a starting point for this process.
So what do I want from recipe submitters?
1. Information on the product you want to create. Is it a lotion, anhydrous thing, foaming product? Be very specific about what you think it should be and your end goals.
2. Be clear about what you want this product to feel like - silky, glidy, sticky, tenacious, very foamy, low lather, etc.
3. The recipe you've developed. If you've already made this recipe, please include the exact process. If it's theoretical, include exact ingredients. It must be in percentage format. Include every single thing you can think of because everything is important.
4. The final result, if you've tried it. Include things like "it separated" or "it doesn't foam" etc.
What you agree to do after we review it...
1. Make the product according to the recipe in a timely manner. We get that you might not be able to get the ingredients for a while because of shipping and such, but it would be nice to see the product made within four weeks of posting the final recipe. If you can't do this, let us know and we'll see if we can figure something out!
2. Take notes and pictures and send those in with your review.
Hi Susan! I really want to make a creamy facial exfoliating cleanser but I can't seem to make this one work! I want it to be a lotion based product with no foaming that contains physical exfoliants. I'd like something with loads of slip and glide that can be rinsed off and leave behind a slightly oily feeling.
HEATED WATER PHASE
20% aloe vera
HEATED OIL PHASE
7% rice bran oil
3% cetyl alcohol
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
Process: Heated and held...Heated and held...mixed...bottled when it was warm/room temperature/etc.
To get ingredients, I have to send away, which could take as long as 8 weeks. I live in Europe, so it's hard to get some surfactants...Here's a picture of what it looked like!
And so on...
I see this series as the experienced crafters' version of Newbie Tuesday. We're here to help you brainstorm new ideas, possible ingredients, different processeds or methods - in general, we're your external brain to help you think about stuff that might not have occurred to you yet! I can't wait to see what you send in! This'll be fun!