I made my first batch of shea butter body cremes this weekend and named them exactly as they've turned out: To Die For. Fabulous. Texture is amazing and aroma is, well ... to die for. The base of the blend is shea butter and safflower oil and the essential oils are Lavender, Jasmine and Vetiver. The batch recipe I had turned out eleven 4-oz containers and two 2-oz containers. I'll have those up on the website shortly for purchase. I put some on to test it out before I met my brother and niece for dinner and it has lovely, soft staying power. My skin tends to be fairly dry and it usually sucks up anything I put on it but this lasted for several hours. Next up? Some herbal recipes for herbal certificate course I"m taking. I have to create an herbal emergency kit to keep on hand and try out an herbal Stimulation blend to very gently give my system the energy it needs to keep going comfortably all day. Who doesn't need that? I'll put those recipes in a blog next week.
Last weekend, I made a batch of bath melts to help soothe tired muscles. They contain Shea and Mango butters, powdered milk and essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary (ct verbenone), Peppermint, Black Pepper and Birch. So, hopefully, while the essential oils are relaxing my muscles, the butters and milk are conditioning my skin. I plan to try it out tonight.
Today I made a batch of solid salt scrubs. I can't wait to try them out and see how I like them. In addition to the cocoa and shea butter base, they have Sweet Orange and Vanilla essential oils. In getting them wrapped in their colored foils, I had a chance to experience the texture of the mix from bits left over on the sides of the molds and I think it's just right - not too scratchy but a nice, gentle exfoliant for the shower. The whole process took a lot longer than I expected - about three hours but I'm still adjusting to making my own products from scratch. Hopefully the time will improve. Next up? Solid bath melts - similar to my bath fizzies but without the fizz. Just great texture and aroma.
This weekend, one of my projects was to create a clay mask, get all the ingredients input into my documentation software so I know exactly how much I used of each ingredient and how much it cost, create the label and then get a description of the product, along with a description of what it does for you on the web site. All of that is quite time-consuming! The mask I created has White Kaolin Clay, Rose Clay and ground up red raspberry seeds and rose petals and buds. Feels fabulous. I had to change the theme for my entire site this weekend as well, which involved recreating a few items, so I figured I might as well be industrious and get some of the new products I've been formulating on there while I'm at it. I hope to have the perfumes, dream pillows, lip balms and bath fizzies on there as well but that may be just a tad industrious for one weekend.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.