Sunday, May 6, 2012
Query: Why are you trying to make recipes from scratch?
My suggestion is this - find a recipe you really like for the product you might like (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and so on) and make it. Figure out what each ingredient brings to the product, and figure out which ones you could leave out, which ones you could alter, and what you could include. Make that version. Switch up the ingredients again and again and again. Continue until you can quite literally break down any recipe you see for that product and explain what each ingredient does. Then create your own recipe from scratch. As you can imagine, you aren't going to make your first lotion on Saturday then create a recipe from scratch by Sunday - like anything in life, it takes time to get good at it, but it's so worth it!
I can make pretty much any recipe I want, but I still have a few recipes I found on my early days on Dish that I make the way the recipe writer intended. I love the body mousse with about 6 ingredients and nothing excessively fancy: Why mess with perfection? And I still use recipes from other people because it's nice to get out of my little box of preferred ingredients and try other things!
My suggestion is this - if you've never made a product before, find a recipe with great feedback and make it. If you like it, make it like that again. If you don't, figure out what each ingredient brings to the product and modify it. But start with a recipe. It really is so much easier than re-inventing the proverbial wheel every single time you have an idea!