What Vine and the Better Butter Test Caused
A very lovely lady named Nancy commented on a post I did on the app called Vine not too long ago. The post was a quick view of 5 lotion bars – fresh out of the lab and ready for testing.
Nancy had nearly used up her own favorite lotion bar with her 'must have' ingredient – lanolin – and her supplier was no longer available.
When she saw I was working on lotion bars, she sprang into action. It wasn't too terribly long before Nancy's lotion bars with lanolin were being packaged and sent.
Lanolin - But of Course!What an excellent idea – adding lanolin to a lotion bar! Lanolin is a great ingredient, but it's also a bit challenging to work with.
On its own, lanolin is a rather sticky substance that feels heavy and waxy. It also has a very distinct scent that many describe as 'the smell of wet wool'.
The good news is, lanolin has several excellent skin-loving properties and is particularly ideal for soothing winter-dry, sensitive, and chapped skin.
Even though the 'wooliness' does have to be taken into account, it is possible to create a scent that will magically remove any association to wet wool without the end product having a heavy base note. I prefer using essential oils to create scents for my products because they double as active ingredients, but fragrance oils are also an option.
Testing TestingTo get the texture just right, a few sample-sized bars with different amounts of lanolin were made and tested.
After the initial tests were done and the texture and feel was perfection, Nancy and I discussed her scent preferences and the final bit of the formula was tweaked to her specifications.
While I was testing her bars, I fell in love with both her ingredients choices and scent preference. I've had one of Nancy's bars on my nightstand ever since I made the first test bar.
My customers really are the best source of inspiration.
Thank you Nancy!