Agree or disagree? Can an unsuccessful attempt at something turn into a successful end result after all?
I believe so. It's all about perspective. From my own, being my own harshest critic, I know what I have pictured in my mind when I start out to create something. But what if there's one factor that stopped that attempt from being a success as originally planned? Do you dump it or turn it around and make it anyway using a new or different twist?
I guess the biggest obstacle preventing it, aside from your own self-doubt, is what that product is. Now if you left out the sugar in a cake or used salt by accident (I'm sure that was an accident, right?) then yeah, I might be inclined to dump it out and start over. But what if it's just a design you are trying for the first time? We all know how hard that first one can be, so don't be hard on yourself if it doesn't work out as planned. Give it a twist and change the course so it still works for you. Try that new design idea again later. You have time and now you have a bit of experience in it, too. No one is judging you. .
That has happened more than once with me, Way more than once actually, Each time has taught me what not to do, just as it did with Edison and the famous lightbulb experiments. We learn by doing what not to do first, then narrow the field down to what is as yet untried and go for it.
My sink strainer swirl was a bit too thin at pour, so what do you do with what's already in your pouring bucket? Leave it. Don't move it at all. It will thicken as is and be the right consistency when you finally tip it over the mold and pour. Maybe the first few colours are murky. Who cares if it's smeared a bit? It's still just soap, cleans just as any other would have, and that scent, oh my, how that scent will prevail over the worst of times. So that was my expereince with the first run at a sink strainer pour for cold process soap and though it was not the design planned it still is a winner for what it does look & smell like. A modified Taiwan is always fun, easy, pretty and can cover a multitude of sins.
Does a certain scent bring a specific color to mind when you smell it? Does it evoke memories of years ago, your childhood, a favorite moment, a loved one or vacation spot? Everyone's perceptions about scent are different. I'd be curious to know if you can see an image/color very clearly in your mind when you smell, say, a freshly cut lawn or sliced watermelon, a leather-backed chair or old an book. On that same line of thought, I'd also be curious to know if you see a color in your mind despite being color-blind.
My father was color-blind. He loved to paint but eventually resorted to doing pictures in a paint-by-numbers method to overcome the colorblindness he suffered from as adulthood faded into more advanced years. I am a carrier but have no problem discerning magenta from plum. To my knowledge none of my sons are profoundly color-blind.
Additionally, I also blend colors in my mind to see what it would be before using any micas for a custom blend in a soap. That mental blending also applies to fragrances, which is handy since some are rather expensive and now more than ever it helps save time & money with the global shortages of many fragrances & aromachems following industrial fires and plant production losses.
So far, I haven't gone 'nose-blind' and hope (knocking wood vigorously here!) I never do. My husband was my professional 'nose' for my business for several years but with some of his medications affecting his sense of taste and by extension smell, it's often a broad difference of opinion on what smells good to me versus him. I wish he could smell things the way he used to, but sadly those meds are too important to give up for a chance to taste or smell things as they should be.
If sniff sticks are blind tested, bottle labels not visible, one with notes of cucumber or honeydew melon would smell green to me.
Coconut + lime+ verbena would smell white despite the lime because of its accompanying notes. Clean cotton or a clothesline fresh scent would also be a white scent. Tiare flowers, jasmine and gardenia are white.
Roses vary greatly in fragrance oils as widely as they do when sniffing a blossom in full bloom due to the variations in their colors. Reds smell nothing like peach, yellow or white roses. One of my fragrance oils places me in a florists shop with notes of cool, dew-kissed green leaves and soft peachy-pink petals.
Amber, myrrh, frankincense would be golden. Warm .
Woodsy notes, some mossy notes (a greenish gray or greenish brown), would be brown like a tree's rough bark beneath a bright sun.
Lemons would be yellow, light, bright yellow. Pink Grapefruit is pinkish-yellow and slightly sweet. Limes are still a bright color of pale green with hints of pale yellow.
Marine notes would be sunbleached blues to deep, intense blues.
Purple is berries or grapes in my mind.
Bay Rum reminds me of my grandfather. A tall man with a sharp mind and big, open heart that whistled in chords and sang tenor in his church choir. Wicked sense of humor as well.
What do you picture when you smell these things? Do you think your mental visualization is influenced in any way by personal experiences, people from your past or present, places you've traveled?
Whether you draw, quilt, sew, crochet, make baked goods, cook, do other crafts with any other types of tangible goods, build websites or make bath & body products you know from personal experience thre are many parts you wish you'd done differently. Something about the results just doesn't look, feel, fit or taste right. You're not happy. It bothers you until you can either
1) fix it
2) replace it
3) do it over again
and hope you like it better the second go-round.
Such is the case with a beer shampoo I made recently. I still haven't listed it on the web site. Why? It's too dark. I just can't get past how dark it is and that people will take one look and think "No way am I putting something that dark on my hair!" Particularly if that customer is a blond. I've never heard a case in which the color of the shampoo changed the color of someone's hair though with hand-crafted shampoo, it can wash out hair color quicker than their syndet counterparts. That's a different matter. But this one is about the same color as molasses. Not happy.
So there it is. It won't go out there. Not even with a pearlizer to lighten it up to a pale beige. I'll use it here for body wash and shampoo for myself for the next year or so and craft a fresh batch for public consumption. A really nice beer shampoo is wonderful to use but this one is just too dark, though it does lather beautifully, can smell fantastic when scented, cleans the hair and doesn't leave it feeling stripped out or greasy. Just clean, soft and shiny. Lke healthy hair should feel. I'll try some other beverage that cooked out lighter next time. Maybe a nice pale ale or a mead. Matter of fact, I still have some of that moonshine left.......
What have you made lately that you weren't happy with? What didn't you like about it? What would you do differently next time?
Hi and welcome to the Bubble Hut! I'm Neecy, aka Dee (Denise) Gunter. I'm the solo maker of Neecy's Necessities, which has been around since 2010. I'm a certified advanced soap maker and member of Hand Crafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild as well as a member of Indie Business Network. I'm an adventurous soap maker, frequently trying new things to make things even better yet I know when to stop when it's just fine as is. Follow along with my work in the lab in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.