The hardest part of preparing lotions, cremes, light body butters or traditional butters - even the lip balms and perfumes is the preparation and clean-up. Much like cooking, if I could hire someone to chop up all the veggies and get everything measured and sitting out all nice and pretty in the order in which I need to use it, I'd enjoy it a helluva lot more. Same thing with my products. If someone would come measure the grams of oils, water, glycerin, butters, E-wax, antioxidant, preservative and essential oils, I'd be much more willing to get off my butt and get the work done. Then I'd want them to input the recipe (with any adjustments) into my database and make the individual labels for me. I know; that's asking too much. I love it once I get started. It's just the thought of all the little pieces that need to be done. At any rate, I had a successful Sunday afternoon and got all my products made. Okay, not labeled yet but at least they're made. Just the recipe input and labels left to do.
On my recent visit to Costa Rica, I had two different coffee plantation tours - one from a large property and one from a smaller property. The tour itself was interesting and informative and they included a coffee tasting where you learn to identify different "notes" and how to determine good from bad. That got me to thinking about proposing that a small portion of the land be put aside to the cultivation of the coffee plant for the distillation of its essential oil. Maybe they could include a second tour that explains how the plant is grown, the distillation process and the variety of essential oil products that could be sold. Since I specifically went there to check out Costa Rica as a possible retirement destination, that might be a nice way to make a small stipend. I'll be thinking about that one in the next few weeks for sure. In the meantime, I guess the next step would be a distillation class.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.