I went to a 4-day workshop last March to learn to make cremes and butters from scratch but I've not yet become confident enough to stray from the recipe. The problem with that is that the recipe I leaned is for a batch of about twelve 4-oz containers. I happened across a quick and easy whipped butter recipe of Andrea Butje's in one of my aromatherapy journals and since it was for a single 4-oz container, I decided to give it a go. I must say it was quite simple and the consistency is lovely but it's really, really heavy. Fortunately, that's exactly what I needed but also one of the reasons I didn't want a bigger batch - I didn't feel like I'd have much of a market for anything that heavy. This one is for a young man whose hands are dry and cracked from weight lifting. My guess is that he's using rosin on his hands which, of course, further dries them out. This recipe has shea butter, coconut oil, Jojoba, aloe vera and my additions of Helichrysum and German Chamomile.
Sometimes the way to learn is through mistakes but I hate it when it's a three-week-in-the-making mistake. I put herbs aside and let them "steep" for three weeks before trying my hand at winter sore throat/cough lozenges. Of course, it would help if I'd follow directions, I guess. I didn't have a candy thermometer and used my laser thermometer instead. However, I've never made candy stuff before and it started looking like the sugar was burning way before it hit 165-170 degrees. I figured maybe 155 was close enough and finished it off, putting it in the pan to harden. I gave up after about five hours and stuck it in the fridge. It's now a week later and it's still sludgy. Expensive mistake and in the meantime, my winter could is resolved. Maybe next year.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.