I've been trying unsuccessfully to figure out how to swirl micas through my batches of body balms so they look like desserts and I can call them "body parfaits." I discovered the trick but it's time consuming. You have to put the mica in a glass container (I use a small blue one I originally bought for poaching eggs) and then pour a small portion of the hot batch in, mixing it thoroughly. I used two colors - blue and yellow - so I had two containers, each with a pinch of color. I turned the burner to as low as it would go and still be warm. Then I poured a base layer of the batch into the push-up container and let it almost set before pouring in a layer of color (I started with the blue). I tipped the container so it would form an angle in the container. While that was setting, I rewarmed the base oils which I added on top of the blue layer. While that was setting, I rewarmed the yellow mica on the burner and then poured that one, finishing off with the last bit of regular batch. Here's the problem (well actually, there are two problems). One, the beeswax in the blend already gives it a yellowish color so the yellow mica doesn't show up well. Next time I'll stick with my purple, green, orange and blue. Secondly, I decided to use High Altitude Lavender, Neroli and Jasmine sambac. When I broke down the costs, each of the two push-up body parfaits ended up costing me about $21 to make. I'd never be able to sell those. Fortunately, one is for me and one is a birthday gift, but lesson learned for next time. Oh yes, and my base blend contains Shea Butter, Coconut Butter, Grapeseed Oil and Sesame Oil.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.