Hi shortncurly, you can start by making very simple things, for instance by using only two or three ingredients.
I make an excellent whipped cream using just shea butter and olive oil. Measure equal parts of shea butter and good quality olive oil, place the shea butter in a glass container and place it in a bowl with hot water till it melts totally, then add the olive oil.
Stir a bit and then put it in the freezer for just a few minutes till it forms a slight film. Take it out of the freezer and whip with an electric mixer, till it becomes a creamy texture.
This cream is wonderful as a hair cream and as a body cream, and lasts for weeks.
It is a bit oily though and takes about a minute to absorb.
If you want a less greasy cream you should add water, but then you have to use a good emulsifier. It will then last a shorter amount of time without a preservative.
I hope this helps, if you have any questions, feel free to ask