A few points of interest for the last Sunday in February...
I've been asked to write a monthly column for Handmade magazine, and the first one just came out - The Science Behind Citrus! I just received my copy on Friday, and I'm thrilled to bits about it!
For those of you asking about my back, thank you for your kind thoughts! Things were really bad this week. I was off work again and was feeling kinda hopeless. And then yesterday, I had an epidural shot of steroids into my back, and already things are feeling so much better! (My calf muscle has been in a Charley horse spasm for over two years, and last night was the first time it didn't hurt since January 2014. That is what I call a freakin' miracle!) I have two more shots to go in the coming weeks, and I should be good for three to six months! I'm feeling well enough to back to work tomorrow and do some writing today, which is amazing!
I'm milking this shot-into-my-spine thing for all it's worth! "I'm allowed to have five cookies! Did I mention I had a needle going into my spine this morning""
As a result of all this exciting pain, I've fallen behind on posts and answering email and comments. Please be patient with me! I will catch up soon. (I find it hard to write huge posts and longer comments when lying on my side in bed with my iPhone. You may have seen me on Facebook writing things. That's because I can type short notes very well on my phone!)
Let's talk about lotion thickening! In general, a lotion won't reach its final viscosity for 24 to 48 hours after making it. This is one of the reasons I suggest letting the lotion cool to room temperature before bottling it. You don't know if you have a body butter or a body lotion until it reaches that final thickness, and you won't want to put something in a treatment pump bottle if it needs a jar! Some emulsifiers thicken quicker than others - I'm thinking about Ritamulse SCG here, which can be super thick in as little as half an hou...