Thursday, October 8, 2009

Journey of the Body Butter




December 2008- finally have extra time on my hands, decide to play with a body butter recipe. People have been asking us for a lotion to match their soap for years. Research recipes and ingredients with giddy anticipation....

Later that day- Order ingredients needed then impatiently start a test batch with oils and butters already on hand. Whip like crazy, getting butter on my hands, apron and more. Hands are slippery, I've got butter in my hair now, what was I thinking?

The supplies arrive- I can't wait to start a "real" batch. Follow the recipe exactly, the butter looks great- so excited! Wait, why is it so greasy? More research...

January 2009- Try again. This batch is less greasy, but feels like I have chalk dust on my hands after I use it. Shoot! What do I do with all this body butter? Take a break to regroup.

February 2009- Better! Put batch aside and bask in the victory. Go back a week later and the oil has separated out of the butter....another failure, more research, more ingredients....

So goes every new product- try and fail, try and fail, try and fail not so badly, adjust, try and better, keep trying and finally- perfect! The body butter is in our shop after almost a year of tweaking, we love it and hope you do too!

3 comments:

JustJaynes said...

Laura, I've never met you, but I picture covered in butter! It's great to know the research and work you've put into it so that the buyer knows it's tried and true!

WindyLou said...

I can't wait to see all the scents you come up with. It looks fabulous!

Mom N Mia Quilts said...

Persistence pays off! Can't wait to try it Laura. And still laughing at the image of you with whipped butter splattered everywhere! lol