Originally Posted by shelby16
Haha, I thought so, just making sure. I'm new to this and want to do everything right!
Now, do you guys use gloves, goggles, ect?
Some basic advice and a couple of tips from an amateur:
Try to use gloves. I buy latex gloves from a pharmacy, the kind they use in hospitals. A box of 100 costs around $6 in my country.
Googles: as I am old, I use glasses for reading. I feel protected enough in case a drop jumps towards my eyes. Cheap clear sunglasses would do I guess.
Work area. Better work on glass. Some products are abrasive to wood and (specially) synthetic surfaces. I use a rectangular piece of thick glass on my wood table.
Basics: Paper wipes or towels, a bin for recycling, small bottles, plastic pipettes, labels. Have them handy.
For a beginner, best solvent is alcohol. It is hard to get pure alcohol in the States, it seems. Strange in my view. Harder to get than a gun, which seems crazy this side of the world. Everclear is the next best choice for you American amateurs.
My recommended procedure to start your journey is to dilute your samples in alcohol at 20% (4 parts alcohol, 1 part oil). Keep them in small labeled bottles. Most substances are hard to appreciate undiluted. Some of them smell awful in high concentrations. Do your smell tests with diluted oils. Also, diluted oils are easier to mix.
Use drops as a measurement unit. It is not very precise; measuring by weight is better, but too troublesome in this stage.
A useful advice from elsewhere in this forum. Don´t throw away failed experiments. Drop them in a large bottle. Over time you will find a surprisingly fine-smelling concoction.
Be fearless. As the knowledgeable DuNezDeBuzier said above, any aberration you do will be a victimless crime. I don´t agree with him with the "go slow" part, though. You seem young, you don´t need to get bored with a slow proccess. It will take years to be good at this, but you can get rewarding results quite soon.
Last, but not least. Write everything you do in detail. This way you will learn more and will be able to reproduce anything of value you might do.
Good luck, and welcome!