I made another five lotions this weekend. Out of the five I made, two failed and three turned out wonderfully. I consider that a success!
I am trying out my lotion formulation spreadsheet that I made and trying to see if my calculations produce a good lotion product. In most cases, they do, but sometimes, whether due to human error, or the lotion gremlins (which I suspect really do exist), some recipes just don’t work. I am not sure this weekend’s failures were due to the recipes, though.
This weekend I made five lotions:
- Coffee Sesame and Cupuacu Under Eye Cream
- Vanilla Cocoa Hazelnut Lotion
- Vanilla Aloe Mallow Lotion
- Lush Dupe – Pink Peppermint Foot Cream
- Lush Dupe – Softy Foot Cream
Continue reading “Successes and Failures – It’s all good experience.”
Wow, I am exhausted. It’s been another busy weekend, but I have a lot to show for it. I didn’t think so yesterday as I only got 2 things made, but then today, I came back strong and made a few more things, so now I feel like my weekend was well-spent.
I was actually very pleased with everything I made this weekend, and didn’t have to do any re-makes as the all turned out perfectly on the first try and I was able to get some decent photos. Continue reading “Oh, the things I made!”
Earlier today I posted about my exciting batch of failed soap. That was so much fun, I decided to be experimental again and try out a totally new (for me) thing with inventing “the perfect shampoo bar”.
So I thought, “What would be the perfect ingredients for a shampoo bar?”. Well, I decided to take the “kitchen sink” approach (more is better) and go for it (my hair needs a lot of help). Continue reading “In search of the holy grail (in a shampoo bar)”
Some days I am just drawn to certain things. Sometimes it is coffee, sometimes food, sometimes tea, and today, it is Oatstraw.
While it looks a lot like something a horse should eat, or perhaps a bird should build a nest with, and it doesn’t smell like anything spectacular, it does have a uniquely calming flavor.
Earlier today, I tried a brew of nettles, oat straw and red clover. I braced for the worst, thinking it might taste very awful, but to my surprise, it was actually nice (and perfect for my busy afternoon at work). It was about 1 tsp. of each herb into 2 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Continue reading “Today’s Favorite – Oatstraw (Avena Sativa)”
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my new love affair with herbs. I had purchased a few herbs and have been trying out some various recipes including some herb infused oils, salves, lip balm, tub tea, and drinking teas.
Well, I loved them so much, I bought myself an early Christmas present of more herbs. 🙂 My husband’s gift was that he didn’t complain about the money I spent on the herbs. (LOL). No, just kidding, he isn’t really much of a complainer about my craft spending, anyway.
I thought I would share my impressions and experience about the company I bought from because I think they are a lesser known company (at least I haven’t seen the mentioned often) and so far I am very happy with their product. Most of the herbal articles I see recommend Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest Botanicals, or some more obscure (and expensive) specialty herb stores. I have seen mixed reviews on some of these companies, but could not find much about the company I did eventually buy from, which is Glenbrook Farms. So I decided to give them a chance. Continue reading “More Herbs for the Apothecary & Product Review for Glenbrook Farms”
As I post this, I am aware that most people post vacation photos of their family on the beach, or at Disneyland. My vacation photos are composed of my accomplishments and creations instead. I don’t think this is strange at all. When I was younger I travelled a lot, but now that I am older, I enjoy staying at home and making things instead. We are where we are at in life, I guess, and my happy place is at home. Continue reading “Vacation is over, but it was a productive one!”
In my previous posts, I have mentioned that I have always wanted an apothecary, so finally, after all these years, I am building one — and I am in love!
Having recently acquired some herbs I never tried before, and organizing them all into jars in my apothecary (china) cabinet, I wanted to make a post about why I chose those herbs and my experience with them so far. Continue reading “I’m having an affair – with herbs”