I know I sound like the 21st century equivalent of a broken record, but if you've been apprehensive about actually making something because you're stuck formulating things on paper or you fear wasting supplies, you really need to get into your workshop and play! So many things we learn from being hands on like...
I need to get more ice cream pails! The one I was using cracked on the side and I had to find a new container. But I don't have something to hold 4 litres, so I had to get out a giant bucket!
How much fun it is to play with my pH meter! You'll be seeing some neat stuff in the very near future about altering pH I our products.
I should invest in a bath & body only stick blender. It would come in really handy when I need to mix something in a very very full Pyrex jug! I love my hand mixer, but a stick blender doesn't spray conditioner all over you!
Some of our ingredients smell quite strongly. Silk always has a funny smell to it - musty, but not too horrible. I think the smell of the green apple extract was enough to cover it up! Chamomile essential oil smells awful to me - musty and earthy. Ick! The last package of Incroquat BTMS-50 I bought smells really fishy.
It is far better to stir our surfactant based products with a fork. A study found a few years ago that it is better to stir in a zig zag or back and forth motion instead of a circular pattern, and I find this really works for things like body wash.
I really like listening to music when I'm in my workshop. I've found that I prefer working out at the YMCA by myself, rather than attending classes, because I really like my own music. I really am getting set in my ways as I get older!
Do your best to avoid bubbles in your surfactant based products. It can get so foamy that you don't have any liquid with which to make your products. The bubbles will come out eventually, but that doesn't matter when I want to play now now now!
What kinds of things can you share about your hands on crafting? Share your observations and thoughts!