products great for foot care! I was at a conference on Friday, and I was shocked to see the state of some of the feet in sandals out there! Holy cow! I thought my slightly dry feet were in bad shape? I encourage you to make these products for your friends and family and hand them out liberally! They will thank you for it!
Formulating with soy bean oil: Making a foot cream (part one)
Formulating with soy bean oil: Making a foot cream (part two)
Body lotion becomes foot lotion
Foot lotion becomes foot cream
Body butter becomes foot cream
Formulating with oils: Lotion bars for very dry feet
Emulsifiers: Thicker lotions with Ritamulse SCG
Foot cream with menthol and eucalyptus
Foot cream with dimethicone
how can I tell if it's a good recipe? I'm being visited by a lot of people who are asking me to help them fix recipes from other blogs that are done in volume. You can't do a recipe in volume! It's horribly inaccurate! Is the beeswax melted before or after measuring? Do you melt the cocoa butter, then measure it? As well, it makes a mess of loads of spoons and cups. Measuring by digital scale means you measure right into one container for easy clean up.
Secondly, if you get a recipe from blog x and it doesn't work, please contact the writer of blog x and complain about it. If someone posts a recipe, it's up to them to make sure it really works. I really don't have the time, energy, or inclination to try to fix a recipe that isn't mine. If it's my recipe, please contact me either in a comment or through email and I'll do what I can to get it working. You must include the complete recipe you followed in percentages and your exact process. Please don't send me the recipe I wrote from the blog and claim you followed every ingredient exactly unless you really did follow every ingredient exactly. I need to know the process you followed so I can see what went wrong!
Let me clarify this...If you have created a recipe yourself, I'm happy to help you troubleshoot it. If you have a recipe from Happy Mommies Blog and it doesn't work, please contact that blog, not me about it. I'm always happy to help you figure out how to make your own recipes. That's what this blog is about!
heating and holding your lotions is not an option, it is essential. When someone writes to me to tell me about a failed lotion, at least half the time it's because they didn't heat and hold. (The other almost half is thanks to inadequate levels of emulsifier or no emulsifier, like using beeswax.) I can't stress enough how much the heat and hold process contributes to the success of your emulsification. If you heat it until melting in the microwave, the odds are stacked against making that emulsification work for any significant length of time! Why not reduce the odds and make a great lotion by heating and holding for 20 minutes and creating something lovely?
I can't stress enough how much you want to read the FAQ when you are feeling stumped by something. I would say that at least 60% of the questions you pose in your email message or comments would be answered quickly with a trip to the FAQ. I'm trying to keep up with questions, comments, and messages, but it's getting harder with the increased number of visitors to the blog, and I hate to keep you waiting a week before getting an answer.
I think that's it for today. Hope you're enjoying Sunday in your part of the world! I'm spending today with my friends eating smoked ribs my husband is currently outside making!