Value of Notes: Testing Oils

I always feel that notes are my best friend, no matter the project I am making. Today, I’m going to share the PDF that I designed for writing note about oils I test and my comments about the oils. The value of keeping such notes will save you in the long run when you are trying to create a new recipe and you can’t decide which oils to include. As some say, “The value of my notes. Priceless!”

Here is the PDF for you.

How do you test the oils? Place a few drops on the back of the hand and inner forearm. I test these two places because my hands can be rough and this allows me to test the oil on soft skin and on rough skin. If I am considering on using the oil in a lip balm or gloss, then I also test the oil on my lips. I make note of ALL the properties of the oil because one day, those notes will allow me to decide whether or not to include the oil in a new recipe.

Can’t think of properties? Let me help. Does the oil absorb into your skin quickly or slowly? Does the oil feel light, mid-weight, or heavy on your skin? Did the oil feel light and velvety or oily? Do I like the feel? Does it last on the skin? Does it have an odor or taste?

Record the date the oil was tested, because an oil that you enjoy in the winter, may not be as enjoyable in the summer.


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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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