You'd be amazed at how many little things can go wrong when making batches of butter cremes. I have one tricky part that I never get quite right and one mixing part that I finally conquered today. The tricky part is figuring out exactly when to put the distilled water and glycerin in the microwave to coincide with the oil phase of the mixture. One needs to be 120 degrees and the other 135. I find myself reheating one or the other over and over until they both end up where they need to be at the same time. Then when it's time to actually mix the water phase into the oil phase with the blender, I forget that the pan I'm using is really too small and when I turn on the stick blender, I end up with a mess all over my counter. Today, though, I managed to get pretty close on timing the temperatures and remembered to transfer everything to a bigger bowl and, voila! Gorgeous butter cremes. One's for the feet - appropriately called Happy Feet and it has Shea butter, Olive oil and Jojoba and is scented with essential oils of Peppermint, Lavender and Tea Tree; the other is just a great mental relaxer called Bliss and it contains Mango butter, Sunflower oil, Rosehip Seed Oil and essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, May Chang, Myrrh and Vetiver.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.