Funny how some details are fine and you'll focus and be meticulous about them. But then there are others that drive you crazy and you'd rather go to the dentist and listen to that annoying high-pitched drill than sit down and finish the last little details. Inputting recipes into my software program is like that for me. It's a great program - originally meant for soap makers (thus the name SoapMaker) but you can input ingredients for herbal stuff and essential oils and it will break down the costs for you and keep a record of each recipe and/or batch so you can easily retrieve it. Well, "easily" as long as you sit your butt in the chair and do the input work. Why that's so difficult for me, I don't know. I line up all my ingredients before starting my project, figure out all the proportions, mix and blend, pour and label. But somehow, I feel like I should be done after that. Having to sit down and put everything into the program is sort of like starting over. Okay, I can hear you saying, "Why don't you input before you start?" I could I suppose, but I also put in notes about what I'd change next time around, what the retail cost is and if the recipe needs alterations next time so I'm not losing money on it (which I have a tendency to do), etc. Now I hear you saying, "Input the ingredients and get that out of the way and then go back and add any notes later." Waaaay too logical! Just let me bitch about it, okay?
Today, I made batches of my "Happy Feet" Shea Butter Crème. It's a great combination of soothers and healers, from the crème base to the essential oils. I use Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Jojoba as the base and then incorporate essential oils of Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree. It smells divine and then, of course, it has the added benefit of the antifungal Tea Tree and the analgesic Peppermint. I keep a jar handy most of the time and put some on my heals (when I remember). You'd think someone who makes all kinds of skin cremes would be good about using them, but I'm not. Most of the time, I forget but when I do remember, Happy Feet is my go-to product for my dry heels. I also sometimes make this in a thicker butter but the lightness of the butter crème is really my favorite.
I'm often asked if I have a favorite scent. I have different favorites for different things. For instance, if I'm blending something, Lavender is a favorite because it seems to balance out almost any combination. As for single favorites just to sniff? I have a few: High Altitude Lavender, White Ginger Lily, Bergamot, Palo Santo, Black Spruce and Jasmine Sambac. It's always interesting to me to see what others prefer. I've heard a couple of people talk about how much they love the smell of Frankincense. Seriously? Not me. I don't care for the dry down scent. I have one customer who loves Patchouli. For me, it sort of resembles flavored dirt (I know that doesn't seem to fit but it makes sense to me). And then there are the intrepid few who tell me they could sniff Ylang Ylang all day. For me, Ylang is way too flowery to do that. Got any favorites you care to share and why you like them?
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.