Thursday, January 19, 2017

The newbie section and FAQ are great places to find information!

If you're a beginner and you're just starting out, please check out the newbie section to see all kinds of posts on topics from when to add a preservative, when to add an anti-oxidant, what the difference is between these things, how to make products, and so on. You can find all kinds of starter recipes there, too, like a beginner's lotion, body butter, whipped butter, lotion bars, and more.

Where's the newbie section? Take a look at the right hand side of the blog where it says "Links to lists" and there are all kinds of sections listed there. If you can't find that section, maybe do a page search - I know it's command F on a Mac, not sure about other operating systems - and find it that way.

In that Links to Lists section, you'll also see the Frequently Asked Questions part of the blog. There are tons of interesting things there, like where to find supplies, why we heat and hold, and so on. I encourage you to check out that section as well. Again, if you can't find the FAQ section in the links to lists section, maybe do a page search - again, that's command F on a Mac - and see where it's located.

When you're reading a post, click on some of the links to learn more about the topics I discuss in that post, or check out the "related posts" section I often create at the bottom of the post. It's a pain in the bum to create those links, and I probably spend as much time doing that as I do writing the post, it's just so much work, so knowing that you value them and use them is a pretty big deal to me.

I'm writing this post to let you know I won't be answering any questions posed via comments, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. or showing you the way to those sections in the future or responding to questions that could easily be found by clicking a link or two. It seems like a very poor use of my time to answer the same five questions over and over again, especially when I've created whole sections in which I've done that repeatedly. If you feel you can't find something, there's always this tour of the blog I've put together - again, you can find this link at the top right hand side of every page - or you could do a search to see what you find.

I'm so happy you want to make lovely things responsibly and safely, but consider that part of the adventure is looking for information yourself. Searching is fun as you never know what you'll find! Remember Terry Prachett's saying from the Discworld series - "Build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." This blog is all about setting you on fire (figuratively, of course...)

I remember doing a search on the Dish forum to find out why my bath bombs failed, and I found all these wonderful posts about making lotions, shampoo, conditioner, and more, which lead to all that you see here! Why would I deprive you of all that joy of discovery? 


Sabrina K. said...

So true and nicely said, it starts with a question and here goes a long and beautiful quest! I would add not to neglect the experimenting, no matter what we read, if we touch it, smell it, feel it, we might remember better. My very favourite way of learning is to try, to fail, think, read, re-think, try again, succeed, modify, etc. This comment is only meant as a big and warm thank you. In my own experiments, when I fail or have a question, your blog is one I go to for answers and it generates more thinking, more experiments, more joy. Thank you so much!

firegirl said...

The only problem with doing a lot of 'digging' is that you find more and more ingredients you must have 😉! Btw, thanks for the links at the bottom of posts - they are fab.

Jessica said...

LOL'ed at the Terry Prachett quote, thank you :)