Tuesday, December 2, 2014
How do you know you've found a good recipe? Christmas edition
I think what I find really frustrating is that I see these horrible recipes linked on Pinterest, Flipboard, Craft magazine, or other outlets that have large readerships, while they ignore with tried and true recipes from places like the Soap Queen, Adventures with the Sage, the Dish forum, or (may I say it) my blog. (I know part of it has to do with affiliations and advertising, and I know the compilers of "23 great homemade gifts to make this season" haven't tried a single thing on that list, but it's still frustrating!)
I really encourage you to read this post - how can you tell if it's a good recipe? - for more information on determining if you have a good recipe or not.
Avoid these recipes if you find them on Pinterest?
Creating products: Choosing your recipe
Lotions: Is it a good recipe?
Why shouldn't we use coconut oil as the primary oil in an anhydrous or oil only product? (For more information check out these posts - Why don't we use coconut oil in sugar scrubs? and Making a coconut oil whipped butter.) Coconut oil melts at 76˚F or 24˚C, which is a very easy temperature to reach in a warm bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or car and very easy to reach in a pocket or purse. This lovely product you've spent so long making will melt into a puddle of oily liquid that can pour all over that lovely purse or car seat, or end up oozing all over your floor or the back of your toilet! If you really want to use coconut oil, use it in small amounts - say 10% to 25% in an all oil product - with another butter with a higher melting point. (This isn't applicable to products that contain water, like lotions.)
Links to all my Christmas posts
It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas! Suggestions and ideas!
A few thoughts about making Christmas presents