Local City Emergency! MMS Closed!

EmergencyMajestic Mountain Sage is closed today due to a local emergency in Nibley, Utah.

Diesel fuel was found yesterday afternoon in the city spring and all residents and businesses have been directed to not drink the municipal water. This do-not-drink order extends to avoiding use of the water for drinking, cooking, hand washing, bathing or watering animals.

To ensure safety of our employees and our products, we are closed today, April 23rd. We plan to be open tomorrow to ensure all orders are processed and shipped. If you have any questions or concerns, please use the Contact Us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding!

Andee

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Juicy Pear Room Spray with Spray Clear Emulsifier

Finished Room Spray
Finished Room Spray

I have a secret. I love to read. I love to read all kinds of books but that isn’t my secret. My secret is that I adore children’s romance/ fairy tales. There is a certain predictability in that the hero or heroine will win and I close the book with a happy sigh. The book I am currently reading is called Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. It is a delightful book about an unconventional princess who runs away from home to become a dragon’s princess. I have enjoyed this book so much that as soon as I have rushed through the house starting laundry, dishes and doing a quick pick up, I sit down in my over-sized arm chair and read.

Weighing Spray Clear Emulsifier
Weighing Spray Clear Emulsifier

I have found that there are some nights where you just need to do something deeply satisfying, something that feeds your soul. For me that means reading a book or making a bracelet or taking a bubble bath. One thing that I find is a powerful contributor to an evening of calm is scent. Today I wanted to share making a room spray using one of my favorite fragrance oils and our Spray Clear Emulsifier!

The spray we are making today in intend to be lightly scented. It is intended to create an aura of calm. You can always make a perfume or cologne but these products have higher usage rates of fragrance. These are wonderful products but I personally don’t think they are suitable to creating a zen area.  This room spray is soft and not in your face. I would be comfortable spraying this just before bedtime.

Ingredients
Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
Spray Clear Emulsifier
Water
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes
2 oz Bottles
Spray Heads

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
3.4 g Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
6.8 g Spray Clear Emulsifier
340.0 g Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.12 oz Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
0.24 oz Spray Clear Emulsifier
12 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
1% Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
2% Spray Clear Emulsifier
97% Water

 

Adding Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
Adding Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil

Weigh the fragrance oil and Spray Clear Emulsifier into a container. Mix well and allow to sit for 5-15 minutes. Add room temperature water. (Hot water is more likely to create a cloudy spray.) Mix well. The product will be cloudy for a minute or two but it will clear out momentarily. If it does not clear out quickly, allow the mixture to sit for several days. The cloudy material will either sink to the bottom or rise to the surface. Decant the clear material and put into your spray bottle. Label and spritz!

Taylor

Starting to mix fragrance and emulsifier
Starting to mix fragrance and emulsifier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixture after sitting for 15 minutes
Mixture after sitting for 15 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Water
Adding Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing in water
Mixing in water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room Spray clearing out
Room Spray clearing out

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Bottles
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Icy Water Roll-On Perfume

Finished Icy Water Perfume
Finished Icy Water Perfume

I love perfumes. I think they are my favorite thing to make and use. I mean you should see my vanity. I have a huge collection of perfumes, colognes and body splashes. I love it because I can choose what what I want to wear and it can change on a daily basis. I love that I can change what I wear on a daily basis.

Making your own perfumes is so easy and a delight. I love sitting down with a group of friends, smelling fragrances, creating blends then diluting into the chosen carrier oil and bottling. Today I wanted to share making a perfume using two fixed oils. Today I will be using a blend of Sunflower Oil and Castor Oil.

Weighing Castor Oil
Weighing Castor Oil

Castor Oil is a thick, viscous oil that helps slow the rate of how quickly the fragrance oil evaporates. This means that the fragrance “sticks” to your skin longer. The downside to use just straight Castor Oil is that is heavy and sticky feeling. Not exactly the most appealing feeling in the world. To combat that feeling, I mixed in some Sunflower Oil. I love the feeling of Sunflower Oil. It is light and smooth in texture. It is a favorite among massage therapists.

 

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Sunflower Oil
Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
240 grams Castor Oil
240 grams Sunflower Oil
20 grams Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
8.46 oz Castor Oil
8.46 oz Sunflower Oil
0.71 oz Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
48% Castor Oil
48% Sunflower Oil
4% Icy Water Fragrance Oil

 

Weighing Sunflower Oil
Weighing Sunflower Oil

Weigh the Castor Oil and Sunflower Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!

Taylor

Adding Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Adding Icy Water Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirring Perfume
Stirring Perfume

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Roller Bottles
Filling Roller Bottles
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Coming Up: Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101

fragranceI had so much fun at the Central Soapers Workshop a few weeks ago and in the time that I’ve been back I’ve been asked lots of questions about fragrance blending. Since I gave a presentation on the subject I just have to share how easy fragrance blending and perfumery can be!

I’m giving you a heads up about this series so you can do some homework. Some of this may not seem very fun, but I promise it will be worthwhile!

Homework:

  • Create a master list: You will want to make a list of all fragrances and essential oils you have on hand right now. You don’t have to add anything to your stash, – yet! You probably already have some fantastic oils to blend and you may not have thought about blending yet.
  • Find a picture: You will want a picture (or several) that inspire you. Look for pictures that depict luxurious places, unique views, fascinating plants, delightful foods, and/or captivating towns. I find inspiration in magazines like Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, and more. Try to avoid pictures that have people as I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by people yet. If you find a picture that does have people in it, go ahead and cut them out.
  • Look elsewhere: If you have inspiration in the form of descriptions in books, music lyrics or movie references, you can use those too!

Recommended Equipment (aka) tools:

  • Notebook: I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve blended something and found that I forgot to take notes! For the sake of your sanity, and mine, use a notebook of any type to keep your blending notes. I like using a 3 ring binder because I will also store sample vials with my notes for future reference. This will cause pages to become bulky quickly!
  • Pipettes: I love using transfer pipettes for fragrance blending. Since we now carry the Micro Pipettes, I love using these for creating blends because it like I’m using “special” equipment for blending and helps set my brain on the right path.
  • Sachet Cards: These cards are invaluable for fragrance blending. This paper is not simply card stock, but a specialty paper designed for holding fragrances. My favorite size is the small 4.75 by 3 inch cards. The 100 pack of these cards will get you started and keep you busy for a little while!
  • Perfume Vials: I like using the Perfume Vials or the Glass Dram Vials for blending small amounts to see if I like a scent after it ages. These vials often are bagged and then taped to my notes in my notebook for reference at a later time.

Now that I’ve given you homework and the recommended tools list, I’ll be back next week with everything you ever wanted to know about fragrance blending and more!

If you have any questions about fragrance blending that you would like to have me address, just leave a comment or send us a message here.

Andee

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Global Shortages – What do you do?

PrintWe get to work with some of the world’s most amazing natural products. Think things like Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and even Cranberry Seed Oil. I find it just amazing. However, as all of these are natural products, there are some years when the supply is leaner than others. So I want to know, what do you do when an item that is part of your line is having a global shortage?

Consider this, if you have a product line that is reliant on Lavender Essential Oil, what would you do if there is a global shortage? How do you cope? How does it effect what you do and what you sell/market?

Every year we see a few things on the market that are having global shortages due to bad weather, disease, poor crop yields and even politics. This year we have seen a decrease in the availability of citrus oils due to a disease attacking the citrus trees. We have seen a global shortage of Seabuckthorn Oil due to frost and we have also seen a shortage of Organic Rosehip Oil. It is always a disappointment to see these items struggle because they are such wonderful products and we always want to have it available. Alas, that is not the nature of natural products.

We want to hear from you. Tell us how you deal with global shortages! We want to hear. Just comment on the blog and get a chance to win some goodies from my private stash.

Taylor

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April Special!

AprilFlyerI know everyone loves specials! Who wouldn’t? I’ve got an awesome special for you this month.

Ready for the details?

If you buy a 100 pack of the Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes OR a 100 pack of Oval Lip Balm Tubes and get a FREE Lip Balm Filling Tray! This awesome offer is only valid for the month of April, so get your order in now!

Here is another plus for the Slim Stick tubes. Did you know one jar of Lip Solutions will fill about 110 Slim Stick tubes? Talk about easy! Create your own kit with a jar of Lip Solutions, 100 of the Slim Stick tubes and a flavor of your choice, we will include the tray this month. Hurry before this fabulous offer ends!

Andee

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Paradise Roll-On Perfume

Finished Paradise Perfume
Finished Paradise Perfume

In recent posts we have talked about making roll-on perfumes. There are huge number of carrier oils that you can choose from and many reasons to choose one that best suits you and your needs. Today I wanted to talk about one of my personal favorites, Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil
Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil

If you are wanting to make roll-on perfumes, fractionated coconut oil is an excellent choice. It is a light weight oil that is easily applied and rubbed in without feeling heavy or greasy. It is also clear. For some people, color is important and clear is desirable. However, if you choose Fractionated Coconut Oil due to its color, remember that there are some fragrances and essential oils that will contribute their own colors to the finished perfume. Depending on the fragrance, your finished product may not always be clear.

Adding Paradise Fragrance Oil
Adding Paradise Fragrance Oil

The fragrance I used today does have some color but it is pretty minimal. When the perfume is transferred into the roller bottles, the material appears more clear than when in the mixing container.

 

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Paradise Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
480 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
20 grams Paradise Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
16.93 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
0.71 oz Paradise Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Fractionated Coconut Oil
4% Paradise Fragrance Oil

 

Inserting Roller Ball Closure
Inserting Roller Ball Closure

Weigh the Fractionated Coconut Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!

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Filling Bottles with Perfume
Filling Bottles with Perfume
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April 2015 Calendar

AprilApril is here! While the flowers are beginning to bloom and I’m finding that I need to keep up with the weeds, I’m excited to have longer daylight hours which means sunshine in the evenings!

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner! You will also see that we are closed on Friday the 17th!

Click here to download your copy now!

If you download the calendar, you will also find the monthly special! We hope you enjoy it!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

Andee

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Red Grape and Blueberry Roll-on Perfume

Finished Roll-on Perfume. Ready for Summer?
Finished Roll-on Perfume. Ready for summer?

We have recently talked about making a roll on perfume using Golden Jojoba Oil. There is a huge list of oils out there that you can choose from. You don’t have to choose just one. I wanted to share another roll-on perfume using a different carrier oil.

The carrier oil I wanted to use today is Sunflower Oil. Sunflower Oil is a lightweight oil that has a fabulous glide on the skin. I often include it in my formulations when making massage oils. Sunflower Oil can take a product from “Oh, that is nice.” to “WOW! I love that!”

Weighing Sunflower Oil
Weighing Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil is also an excellent choice for perfumes because it has a longer shelf life. This is perfect, especially for me. I tend to have little things like perfume, lip balm, lip stick and pens disappear into the bottom of my purse. The bonus is that every time I go down to the deep depths of my bag it is like Christmas! Or a treasure hunt. I haven’t decided which. wink2

Now that we have chosen a carrier oil let’s get to the fun part! Choosing a fragrance. I considered some real goodies, some of the things on my list were White Ginger & Amber, Tropical Kiss and Just for You. While all of these sounded wonderful, I found myself hankering for something more like sweet summer.

Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

I ended up choosing Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance. This fragrance is fabulous. This scent reminds me the morning farmer’s market. Sweet dewy grass, freshly baked treats and succulent berries waiting to burst. On a summer Saturday morning, I love to wander the market until the sun is high overhead and my bag grows heavy. I think it is the perfect way to spend a morning.

Ingredients
Sunflower Oil
Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
480 grams Sunflower Oil
20 grams Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
16.93 oz Sunflower Oil
0.71 oz Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Sunflower Oil
4% Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil

 

Weigh the Sunflower Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!

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Winter Soap Challenge Winners!

This is the type of winter morning that inspired this soap.
This is the type of winter morning that inspired this soap.

I love my job but as much as I am loathe to admit, sometimes I run around here like a chicken with its head cut off. Okay, that is it. It is time for less coffee and more tea. Whew! As I take a minute to sit down and take a breather, I wanted to share the winners of the Winter Soap Challenge.

Mo's Winning Soap
Mo’s Winning Soap

The winners are… (drum roll please) Mary and Mo! Congratulations! Watch your mail boxes for your prizes. There are some really fun things inside!

We had a really hard time choosing the winners. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! We had so much fun admiring your pictures!

Taylor

Mary's Winning Soap
Mary’s Winning Soap
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