Halloween Lip Balms

Complete set of Halloween Lip Balms.
Complete set of Halloween Lip Balms.

As I told you on Friday, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I’ve decided that now I have some adorable Halloween labels, I have to put together some lip balm samples for the Shipping Department. If you are lucky enough, you will get one of these lip balms in your order when it ships this week.

I had fun making this recipe several times as I made a batch for each flavor featured on the labels last week. Let’s go make some yummy lip balm with the new flavors!

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Lip Balm Label Special!

The super cute Halloween Lip Balm label designs!
The super cute Halloween Lip Balm label designs!
If you have ever heard me plot for and gush endlessly on the subject of Halloween, then you know it is the number one ranking holiday for me out of all the holidays in the year! I always have my Halloween costume planned by early summer and spooky music is usually playing in my car after Easter. This year, I have the chance to share my love of Halloween with you in a new way!

I asked our Graphics Team to design several super cute Halloween themed lip balm labels using our new flavors. If you haven’t checked out the new flavors, STOP! Run, check them out and then come back to read about the label special I have for you.

Are you back now? Which flavor is your favorite? Are you excited to try Cantaloupe, Caramel Toffee or Green Apple? I love all of them, but the little kid in me absolutely loves the combination of Caramel Toffee and Green Apple for a perfect caramel dipped apple. Yum! Doesn’t that just say Halloween and fall to you?

Back to the labels! I loved the labels they designed so much, I asked if I could share them so you can have them too! Guess what? We’re printing a special run of these labels just for you!

Let me tell you about this awesome deal! Each style of label is available in a bundle of 50 labels. These labels are printed on vinyl with UV stable inks. This means these labels are basically water-proof! Can you say sweat-proof?(I still don’t recommend running your lip balm through the washing machine.)

How do you order these labels?

When you place an order, you can add a bundle of 50 labels to any order for only $4.00! Simply enter the item code for the design of your choice.
OCT1 = Green Apple Lip Balm Labels, Bundle of 50
OCT2 = Caramel Apple Lip Balm Labels, Bundle of 50
OCT3 = Caramel Toffee Lip Balm Labels, Bundle of 50
OCT4 = Cantaloupe Lip Balm Labels, Bundle of 50

Can you order more than one bundle? Absolutely! Order as many as you want for favors, limited edition lip balms, treats or even just for handing out to friends and family. The labels don’t have ingredients listings, so don’t feel limited to a specific formula.

Want to look at the labels a little more closely? Click on the image above to see all four labels in a larger format!

Don’t delay! The last day to order these adorable labels is October 20th, 2014!

Andee

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Salt Potpourri

Salt is a very diverse product. I use it for cooking, topping popcorn, mixing scrubs and even making salt potpourri. Salt potpourri is a simple way to incorporate your favorite scents into any space. I think that salt potpourri makes it so you don’t have to worry about hiding the bottle of room spray because the scent is coming from a part of your decor!

I enjoy walking into a softly scented room. It is so pleasant and refreshing, and it feels like a miniature celebration. Today I am going to make several jars of salt potpourri and use some of our recently released fragrance oils. Let me tell you about these yummy fragrances!

Amazon Fragrance Oil
This fragrance is a mixture of a tropical breeze and refreshing floral scent. A very fresh and delightful scent! I’m going to put a jute bag filled with Amazon salt potpourri into my car. It beats having the miscellaneous odors that come with having kids!

Coconut Cassis Fragrance Oil
You can never go wrong with a coconut scent and this scent has a wonderful mixture of coconut and currants! The cassis or currant part of this scent is sweet and fruity with a touch of spice that is paired perfectly with coconut. This is a new favorite of mine! This jute bag filled with Coconut Cassis salt potpourri will go into my office, for an uplifting scent for me to enjoy while I work. (Say it ka-sees and consider yourself a pro!)

Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
The mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail and one of my favorite to make. Made from one part chilled dry champagne or dry sparkling wine and one part chilled orange juice, it is a enjoyable way to get some Vitamin C. Dirty Mimosa is our take on this delicious cocktail. You get dazzling citrus and sparkling green leafy notes balanced with earthy tobacco, sugar cane, coconut and vanilla. I’m stashing a jar of the Dirty Mimosa salt potpourri in the living room to bring some cheer into the evenings when I’m not busy running kids around!

Napa Valley Vineyard Fragrance Oil
Our Special Reserve fragrance is filled with fruity and rich Cabernet grapes with complementary notes of berries, clover and musk. I think this luscious scent is wonderful soap, lotion and naturally, salt potpourri. This jar of Napa Valley Vineyard salt potpourri is going into my bathroom as a way to pamper and soothe the soul after a long day. Bubble bath, here I come!

Cabana Boys Fragrance Oil
A summertime dream of vacationing at the beach or poolside, enjoying pineapple packed beverages served by cabana boys while sitting in a chaise lounge enjoying the tropical scenery. A new drink fragrance with sweet pineapple and citrus (no speedos here). Cocktail umbrellas are optional, but I think it makes the drink taste better! I’m going to tuck the jar of Cabana Boys salt potpourri in the kid’s bathroom.

After describing all these fragrances, I’m feeling a bit like a mixologist. Are you getting the sense that cocktails are the word of the day?

Ingredients
Salt, Extra Large or Jumbo
Fragrance or Essential Oil
Equipment
Pipettes
Strainer
Containers of choice

Directions:

Take the size of salt you desire, either Jumbo or Extra Large, and place enough salt that will fill your container(s) of choice into your strainer. We want to do a quick rinse of the salt to remove the powdery coating on the salt. Check out the photos and you will definitely see how the rinsed salt has more shine.

After the salt has dried, it is ready to place into your container. I have shown two options 1) glass jar with a lid that has holes (I’m using those small glass cheese containers) and 2) jute burlap drawstring bags. If you prefer any small open bowl or container can work as well. Always choose a glass container or natural fabric bags for displaying your salts. Fragrance and Essential Oils are strong solvents and will break down plastics.

Once the containers are filled with salt, then you add 1-2 ml of any fragrance or essential oil of your choice directly to the salt. Place the lid on the glass cheese containers and give a little shake when you want to freshen up your space. For the jute bags close the drawstring and give it a squish. I placed the jute bags onto a cardboard piece until ready to use.

When your salt potpourri starts to lose its scent, then add another 1-2ml of the same fragrance or essential oil or use a complementary new fragrance oil and start the fun all over again.

Enjoy the Salt!

Tonya

Extra large and large sized salt. Salt Potpourri. blog.thesage.com
Extra large and large sized salt
Salt in strainer
Salt in strainer
Large salt rinsed off
Large salt rinsed off
Rinsed salt
Rinsed salt
Containers filled with salt
Containers filled with salt
Adding fragrance to salt
Adding fragrance to salt
Finished product
Finished product
Assorted containers
Assorted containers
Salt placed in bag
Salt placed in bag
Adding fragrance oil
Adding fragrance oil

Bags filled with salt potpourri
Bags filled with salt potpourri
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DayGlo Discount!

Soaps made with the gorgeous Dayglo colors!
Soaps made with the gorgeous Dayglo colors!
I love the holidays and they are fast approaching which means plenty of preparations need to be made. This is the time of year where my UPS man and Postal Lady become very familiar with each other. I have plenty of gifts or the materials to make gifts that start arriving in the mail. It also means that I do what I can to make sure that my money is being stretched as far as I can. This is why I am delighted to announce we are having a Dayglo discount!

The manufacturer of the Dayglo colors has discontinued this particular line of colors but not to worry. They are going to be releasing a new line of very similar colors. So what do this mean for you? This means that you get awesome colors at amazing prices! Don’t wait! These prices will only last as long as our limited stock. Treat yourself to some budget friendly fun!

If you are looking for some inspiration, I recommend checking out Andee’s Music Inspired Swirl Soaps. If you have your own ideas, share them. We would love to feature you and your soaps. Happy soaping!

Taylor

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Planning for the Saponification Values of Rosemary Oleoresin 2% and 5%

Rosemary Oleoresin 2%
Rosemary Oleoresin 2%
I love to learn. It is my passion. It is what gets me so excited to get up in the morning and start my day. And you, dear readers, contribute so much to everything I am exposed to. You also encourage me to continue to the question the “familiar”. I have some exciting news to share with you. Are you ready? Drum roll please.

Rosemary Oleoresin 2% and Rosemary Oleoresin 5% both have saponification values. Now what does this mean for you if you add it to soap? Well, this is dependent on how much Rosemary Oleoresin you are adding to your soap. Anything that is added 2% or more will greatly affect the superfat of your soap. This means unless you account for the saponifation value of the Rosemary Oleoresin, you are actually superfatting at a higher rate than what you may realize. It doesn’t mean it is bad, it is just something for you to be aware of.

If you make soap with either Rosemary Oleoresin, you may notice that batches that use it have creamier, silkier lather. Later this week I will be making soap with Rosemary Oleoresin versus without for you to try in samples. Request a comparison in your order! Don’t wait though. I only have a limited amount of samples.

If you don’t want to wait, make your own comparison batches to see the difference. And before you go off to make those tests, allow me to tell you the saponification values. Are you ready?

Rosemary Oleoresin 2%
has a saponification value of 260 mg KOH / g of Fat.
Rosemary Oleoresin 5% has a saponification value of 295 mg KOH / g of Fat.

Wow! Can you believe those numbers? I was pretty astonished myself. Those numbers are pretty high compared to what we generally deal with. See how that can make such a difference in your soap? I am getting more excited for this comparison batch. Stay tuned to see what happens!

Taylor

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Specialty Ingredients: Ingredient Listings Do Change with Location

ExoticOilMy experiences in China have opened my eyes to how location changes the ingredients that are viewed as specialty and/or exotic ingredients. Here in the USA, we often use ingredients that bring exotic and unique locations to mind. Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Argan Oil are all oils that we consider to be specialty ingredients due to their exotic origins and the higher prices that are needed to bring them to the USA. Marketing for big cosmetic brands has also helped bring these ingredients to the forefront of our minds (and our customers too).

Yet in other countries and even regions within the same country, different ingredients may or may not be considered to be specialty ingredients. Here is a comparison for you. Soybeans grow in most of the USA and we use a lot of soybean oil in cooking and frying. It is easy to purchase anywhere, including most grocery stores. While I was in China I could not easily buy any type of Soybean Oil, liquid or hydrogenated. They eat lots of soy based products, but they don’t use the oil in cooking. When I did find it, the price was almost triple the price of Coconut Oil! Sometimes we don’t think about the oils that we find locally as special and it takes new experiences to remind us how special that oil is.

Do you remember my blog post about Snake Oil? Many of you commented about how you found the snake oil to be interesting and some of you even said it had you grossed out! Do you remember Jerry helped me get some Snake Oil so I could try making my own hand cream and soap? Here in the USA, we consider Snake Oil to be a specialty oil because it is something so unique to our markets.

Would you want to try a small amount of Snake Oil? I’ve been able to get a small amount of it for testing purposes and I would like to share it with you! It isn’t something that we will add to the catalog so when my *very* limited supply runs out, I won’t be able to get any more. How do you get some? Here are the steps:

  1. Go to the Contact Us page and select Blog Team.
  2. Send a message including your Name, Address, City ST ZIP, and a comment telling me what you want to do with the Snake Oil. Click SEND MESSAGE.

So, what happens after all of this? Well, I send each valid MMS customer who submitted information, a 2 fl oz sample of Snake Oil AND a handwritten note. (See the catch? You must be a Sage in order to participate.)

I hope I’ve given you some food for thought and even something to play with!

Andee

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It’s Our 18th Birthday!

It's our 18th Birthday! Grab some cake and celebrate with us. Birthdays are so much fun! Since it is our 18th birthday, I couldn’t resist doing something special for all of you!

We are offering a shipping special ALL month to you to celebrate our 18th birthday. If you were thinking about placing an order, then this month is the perfect time to do so!

  • Any orders that have an item total of $150 or more will have a $10.00 shipping discount.
  • Any orders that have an item total of $200 or more will have a $20.00 shipping discount.
  • Any orders that have an item total of $300 or more will have a $40.00 shipping discount.
  • If your shipping is less than the amount discounted, you get FREE shipping!

How do you get this awesome special? Enter the code 18-BDAY into the Item Code field in your shopping cart, then choose a quantity of 1 and you are ready to go!

This special ends on September 30th at midnight Mountain Time.

Don’t miss out on this awesome shipping special! Don’t have enough on your order to qualify? Get together with your friends, sisters-in-law, sisters, and even your neighbors to place a qualifying order! This special is the perfect reason to get stocked up for your holiday gift giving and/or sales. What will you get?

Andee

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Labor Day 2014

Labor Day2Somehow, Labor Day was able to sneak up on me this year. I don’t know why! It’s always the first Monday in September. I’m popping in to wish you a wonderful day and to remind you that MMS is closed today for the holiday.

We will be back tomorrow to process your orders and ship as many of them as possible. (We’re hoping to ship all of the orders placed over the holiday weekend!) We’ll also be back helping answer any questions you might have about products, recipe troubleshooting and more.

All orders placed after 12:30 P.M. Mountain Time on Friday, August 29th will be processed on Tuesday, September 2nd. Remember that UPS and USPS will be closed today and will not be able to pickup or deliver any packages. Both will resume their shipping services tomorrow.

If you need to travel today, please travel safely. I’m going to be staying home and enjoying a glass of Fresh Fruit Punch while I hang out with my family. I hope you enjoy your day and we will see you tomorrow!

Andee

P.S. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow because I have some really awesome news for you! I’m so excited that I’ve barely been able to keep this news under my hat for as long as I have and tomorrow I can finally share it with all of you!

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Creating Lip Tints – Sable Brown

I love lip products. Ask me how many lip balms I currently have in my purse. Okay, okay… I’ll just tell you. As of today, I currently have 3 lip balms, 2 lip tints, 3 lip glosses and 1 tube of lipstick stashed in my purse. If you ask anyone who sees me dig through my purse on a regular basis, they will tell you that this is a very small number. I love to have a collection of creamy, silky, smooth feeling lip balms at my fingertips. Today I am going to share how I make lip balms that have sufficient color to lightly tint the lips.

I will be using one of our lip balm solutions so we can keep it simple. Today I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions. If you want a more glossy product, I highly recommend using my personal favorite, the Mango Lip Solutions.

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Ruby Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Blue Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Coral Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Yellow Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Silver Mica
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: (Fills 10 regular lip balm tubes)

Recipe in Grams
42.5 grams Soy Lip Solutions
q.s. Ruby Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Blue Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Coral Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Yellow Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Silver Mica
Recipe in Ounces
1.5 oz Soy Lip Solutions
q.s. Ruby Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Blue Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Coral Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Yellow Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Silver Mica

Recipe Note:
Q.S. means quantity sufficient. The amount of color varies from person to person until you find the amount you like. Some of the colors in this need so little that it can be difficult to weigh the amount needed! So we use Q.S. to say use as much as you need to achieve the right color, flavor, etc.

Weigh 1.5 oz of Soy Lip Solutions into a small microwave safe. Heat the material gently until it has melted. At this time, I added approximately the same amount of two large peas of Red Lip Balm Color and one medium pinhead of Blue Lip Balm Color. Stir the material well. Place one drop of the mixture of the lip tint onto a cool plate. This is what we call the plate test. This helps you to make sure you have the desired color.

After my first round of the plate test, I added one large pinheads worth of Coral Lip Balm Color and tested the color again. Then I added about one medium pinhead of Yellow Lip Balm Color and the tip of a pin of Blue. Play around with adding various amounts of color until you are satisfied with the finished color. My finished color works for me, but your personal preferences may change the amounts used.

Once I was satisfied with the color, I added the Silver Mica to give my lip tint a shimmer. For this particular batch, I added 1 of our .15 cc scoops to the mixture. Stir well and fill your desired containers. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Note:
I did not flavor this batch of lip tint, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t. Add your favorite flavor and take pleasure from your own unique lip tint that is personalized to suit you and your fabulous tastes!

Taylor

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm
Melted Soy Lip Solutions
Melted Soy Lip Solutions
Collection of Color and Silver Mica
Collection of Color and Silver Mica
Adding Red Color
Adding Red Color
Adding Red Color
Adding Red Color
Mixing REd Color
Mixing REd Color
Adding Blue Color
Adding Blue Color
Mixing Blue Color
Mixing Blue Color
Testing Colors
Testing Colors
Adding Yellow Color
Adding Yellow Color
Mixing the lip solutions
Mixing the lip solutions
Color Progress
Color Progress
Adding Silver Mica
Adding Silver Mica

Adding Silver Mica
Adding Silver Mica
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After Exercise Massage Oil

One thing I really enjoyed during my stay in China was visiting all of the beauty and personal care shops. Some of the items seemed normal, while others were very exotic. I saw products that were to help lighten the color of your skin. I saw additives like lotus extract, snail secretions, and even hydrolyzed bird’s nest. Needless to say, shopping in these stores was an adventure. Since my return, I have been talking to my coworkers about my adventures overseas. One of the gals on staff, Hyun, is from Korea. Just the other week we got talking about the differences and similarities of Chinese, Korean and American beauty trends. We have embarked on a rather exciting project. We will be making some recipes that are common among handcrafters from each country. If you have recipes from abroad, please share them! We would love to post them on our blog.

One thing that Hyun had mentioned that I had noticed but never paid much attention to was an after-exercise massage oil. After exercising and getting all hot and sweaty, people was up and then apply a massage oil that gives a cooling sensation to the skin. I have seen people applying it after going hiking, running, dancing, etc. However, I never really thought of the specifics of the product. Come join Hyun and I as we make a wonderful after-exercise massage oil.

Ingredients
Calendula Extract
Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Menthol Crystals
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
60 grams Calendula Extract
32 grams Jojoba Oil
4 grams Vitamin E Acetate
1 mL Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 mL Lavender Essential Oil
1 mL Peppermint Essential Oil
1 small crystal Menthol Crystals
Recipe in Ounces
2.12 oz Calendula Extract
1.13 oz Jojoba Oil
0.14 oz Vitamin E Acetate
1 mL Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 mL Lavender Essential Oil
1 mL Peppermint Essential Oil
1 small crystal Menthol Crystals
Recipe in Percentages
59% Calendula Extract
31.75% Jojoba Oil
3.5% Vitamin E Acetate
0.5% Tea Tree Essential Oil
0.5% Lavender Essential Oil
0.5% Peppermint Essential Oil
0.25% Menthol Crystals

Weigh the Calendula Extract and Jojoba Oil into microwave safe container. Heat them gently until they are warm. Add the essential oils and menthol crystal. Stir until everything is cohesive. Pour into bottles. Cap and label. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Skin Soother
Finished Skin Soother
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Adding Vitamin E Acetate
Adding Vitamin E Acetate

Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
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Thoughts and ideas from the world of Majestic Mountain Sage.