UPS Shipping Alert! Severe Northeast Winter Weather Delays

ExclamationAs the news has kept us updated with the weather that has impacted the Northeast, I’m sharing the list of the states impacted by this as I don’t think you want me to share all 4,243 zip codes that have been flagged as no delivery/pickup areas.

Severe winter weather will impact service in the Northeast today. There will be no pickups or deliveries in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Continue to check UPS.com for the latest information on service impacts, including ZIP codes where no pickups or deliveries are being made.

We will work to ensure the safety of our employees while minimizing effects on service caused by the storm. Contingency plans are in place to ensure that shipments arrive at their final destinations as quickly as possible as conditions permit.

If you have an order that you are expecting, please check your tracking number to determine the package location. We hope that this winter weather doesn’t effect disrupt any more lives and that people are safe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or send us an e-mail.

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Just for Her – Light Hair Conditioner

Finished Conditioner
Finished Conditioner

As a woman, one of the first things I do when getting ready for a date is tackle my hair. It is unruly and baby fine which means I can have a constant frizz if the humidity is high enough. If you know someone who faces trouble with their hair, consider this hair conditioner. It may save her 30 minutes which means you can get on your date sooner. She is worth it and so is your date night.

Weighing Aloe Powder
Weighing Aloe Powder

It is light and won’t make the hair heavy or greasy and it is packed with hair loving goodness. Give her the gift of gorgeous, soft hair. She will love it!

Ingredients
Water
Meadowfoam Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Ivy Extract
Comfrey Extract
Horsetail Extract
Aloe Powder
Liquid Silk
Liquid Germall Plus
Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
700 grams Water
12 grams Meadowfoam Oil
40 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Ivy Extract
4 grams Comfrey Extract
4 grams Horsetail Extract
1 gram Aloe Powder
12 grams Liquid Silk
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1 gram Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
24.69 oz Water
0.42 oz Meadowfoam Oil
1.41 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Ivy Extract
0.14 oz Comfrey Extract
0.14 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Aloe Powder
0.42 oz Liquid Silk
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.04  oz Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
78% Water
3% Meadowfoam Oil
10% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Hydrovance
1% Ivy Extract
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Horsetail Extract
0.25% Aloe Powder
3% Liquid Silk
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Water Soluble materials
Adding Water Soluble materials

Weigh everything except the preservative, extracts and fragrance oil into a microwave safe container. We highly recommend that you add weigh your water soluble materials first. This helps insure the aloe powder dissolves without having to chase down every little clump. Heat the material gently until everything is liquid.

Weighing Water
Weighing Water

Using an immersion blender, mix everything well. Allow the mixture to cool. (Check on it every once in a while during the cooling stage. We don’t want it to separate.) Once the mixture is below 120º F, add the Liquid Germall Plus, extracts and fragrance oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into containers and enjoy!

Adding Meadowfoam Oil
Adding Meadowfoam Oil

Notes: I love using this conditioner on my hair. It keeps my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. I also don’t have any fly-aways. Bonus! I feel like I could be in one of those fancy hair commercials. Cue the music please!

Adding Conditioning Emulsifier
Adding Conditioning Emulsifier

All joking aside, this is a wonderful conditioner. I feel it is perfect for those with fine to mid-weight hair. I don’t know that it would suit anyone with thicker hair. Anyone willing to volunteer?

Taylor

 

Adding Extracts
Adding Extracts

P.S. I kept the amount of fragrance really low. The shower is an enclosed space and can intensify scents. I also didn’t want something so intensely scented, it would double as a perfume. It is light and subtle. Just enough to be there. Only people really, really close would be able to smell it. This allows layering of scents without dictating which ones you can use.

Mixing Conditioner
Mixing Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance and Preservative
Adding Fragrance and Preservative
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Beauty in Bloom Spring Swap

Flower fairyWe just released an exciting new swap on the forum. The theme is Beauty in Bloom. If you have never participated in a swap with us, then you need to sign up for this one. Our swaps are fabulous. You get luxurious goodies to pamper yourself with, awesome MMS products to play with and a complete recipe booklet for all of the goodies!

This is the perfect venue for learning something new, trying different packing or just allow yourself to play with those extra special ingredients! Past participants have likened it to “Christmas just for me” or  “the world of handcrafted cosmetics delivered to my door!” To sign up, head over to the forum and read the rules and guidelines.  If you have any questions, let us know. We are here to make this the experience of a life time!

Ok, the picture is just to see if you think we are offering for you to become a Disney princess. We aren’t. You are already fabulous, dahling. By the way, have I mentioned swaps are fun?

Taylor

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Just for Her – Too Sweet Massage Oil

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Finished Massage Oil

We all deal with great gobs of chaos and it gets stressful. It is wonderful to get little reminders to take 5 minutes and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  This is something Andee and I talked about the other day. We were talking about little rituals we do that are tiny but give us the ability to go back to the chaos. Andee’s favorite ritual is to make herself a hot drink. Mine is to rub a creams and lotions into my hands. It is perfect because I can do it while on the phone or doing other projects. So in honor of all those who find touch soothing, let’s make a massage oil!

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Shea Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
56 grams Shea Oil
43.5 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
0.5 grams Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
1.98 oz Shea Oil
1.53 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.02 oz Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Fractionated Coconut Oil
28% Shea Oil
21.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
0.25% Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil

 

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Weighing Oils

Weigh everything into a mixing container. Stir well. Pour into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Taylor

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Weighing Oils
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Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirring Massage Oil until clear
Stirring Massage Oil until clear
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Just for Her – Glossy Lip Balm

Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool
Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool

Valentine’s Day is next month and I am so not ready. Valentine’s is when my friends, gals and guys alike, ask for help making personalized products for their special someone. The problem is my thoughts are scattered! Come join me as I settle my thoughts so we can create the perfect gift baskets together!

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

I wanted to start with things for the gals and the first product I wanted to make is lip balm. Why lip balm you ask? Lip balms are great because they help create soft, kissable lips and give a soft, gorgeous shine. Heads up guys! By the end of this week, you can give a gift that will make her swoon.

The lip balm is perfect. It has a fun, flirty flavor, superb texture and amazing shine. You must try it. If you hurry, you might get one in your next order. I am sending over 200 samples to the shipping department!

I also wanted a hint of color in this lip balm and none on the lips. No color on their collars!

 

Ingredients
Candelilla Wax
Carnauba Wax
Mango Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Oil, Semi Solid
Macadamia Nut Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
17 g Candelilla Wax
15 g Carnauba Wax
36 g Mango Butter
26 g Deodorized Cocoa Butter
36 g Castor Oil
40 g Shea Oil, Semi Solid
24g Macadamia Nut Oil
2g Vitamin E Acetate
4 g Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.60 oz Candelilla Wax
0.53 oz Carnauba Wax
1.27 oz Mango Butter
0.92 oz Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1.27 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Shea Oil, Semi Solid
0.85 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.14 oz Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
8.5% Candelilla Wax
7.5% Carnauba Wax
18% Mango Butter
13% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
18% Castor Oil
20% Shea Oil, Semi Solid
12% Macadamia Nut Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Vitamin E Acetate, Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil and Ruby Lip Balm Color into a microwave safe container. Heat in short spurts until everything is almost melted. Stir the lip balm until the waxes have fully melted. This method helps prevent super heating your lip balm.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Once everything has melted, add the Vitamin E Acetate and Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil. If you want the finished lip balm to have a pink color, add a little of the Ruby Lip Balm Color. (I ran out of toothpicks so I used the tip of a clean thermometer. I guess I need to create a shopping list!) If you want to see what it looks like, try the plate test!

Taylor

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Melting Lip Balm
Melting Lip Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fully melted lip balm
Fully melted lip balm

 

 

 

 

 

Testing texture and color
Testing texture and color

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Color
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Adding more color
Adding more color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing color again
Testing color again
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Special Production Run – Paradise

MangoAre you ready? I have another special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Paradise to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!

Can’t remember the description? Tropical and fruity with a twist of mandarin orange. This is my favorite mango scent of all the fragrances we have ever tested. Do you like the fruity citrus scent of Bath and Body Works Mango Mandarin? Use 2 or 3 parts Paradise and 1 part Tangerine Essential Oil. I can’t think of a better duo! Mango away!

If Paradise is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
help@thesage.com
to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Paradise is January 28th, 2015.

We will need your contact information and the quantity of Paradise that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Paradise.

Don’t delay!
Andee

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Special Production Run – Amber Romance (type)

amberAre you ready? I have another special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Amber Romance to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!

Can’t remember the description? Yet another in the Victoria’s Secret lineup. This rendition has rich amber notes, complimented by fruity top notes of irresistible black currant, plums and juicy pineapple. This fragrance will discolor cold process soap to a marvelous amber. We loved it, very unique!

Amber Romance scented soap on the left and control on the right.
Amber Romance scented soap on the left and control on the right.
If Amber Romance is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
help@thesage.com
to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Amber Romance is January 28th, 2015.

We will need your contact information and the quantity of Amber Romance that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Amber Romance.

Don’t delay!
Andee

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Special Production Run – Somali Rose

Rose2Hear ye, hear ye! I have a special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Somali Rose to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!

Can’t remember the description? “A customer called us desperate for a fragrance he could no longer get. Can you imagine a masculine rose? Here it is! Rose with chocolate, sandalwood, anise, musk and a twist of green moss. A unique smell that had many staff members say “mmmmmm”! Now don’t be too concerned about the rose in the name or the blend, this isn’t a strong floral type. Very masculine and sexy.”

If Somali Rose is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
help@thesage.com
to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Somali Rose is January 28th, 2015.

We will need your contact information and the quantity of Somali Rose that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Somali Rose.

Don’t delay!
Andee

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Liquid Shea Oil VS Semi-Solid Shea

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Semi-Solid Shea vs Liquid Shea Oil

Have you ever compared our Liquid Shea Oil vs our Semi-Solid Shea? Both are awesome products but what is the difference? Why use one over the other?

Shea, in all of its various forms, is a wonderful product. I really prefer the Liquid Shea for lighter applications. Think massage oils and even hair serums. These are places where you want the delights of Shea without the heavy feeling.

Semi-solid Shea is fabulous in lip scrubs, body scrubs and even in lip balms and glosses. It adds a fabulous creamy texture without feeling too dense and heavy.

Shea Butter is the solid stuff we are all familiar with. It is heavy and is great for lip balms, lotion bars and soap. We don’t always want this heavy form of shea so having alternatives is awesome.

Taylor

 

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Hydrovance Lesson

We receive a ton of emails each week. Some are so easy to answer and others really challenge our brains. Sometimes I sit in front of my computer rubbing my forehead and reading your emails over and over again. I learn as I go. Not only does making things in our lab challenge my thought process but also your questions. Sometimes I must lean on hobbies outside of work to answer a few of your emails. Today’s email is one that really stresses “how” to work with a product and the reasons “why” we add in the first place. Read on for a quick lesson in how to use Hydrovance – which is my favorite humectant.

From the email bag:

Happy New Year! To say that this is my favorite site to research and order my goodies is an understatement! I absolutely adore you guys and look forward to another year with The Sage.

To the question at hand, I live in the desert and its INCREDIBLY dry here with little humidity as it is in Utah. My poor skin is having a devil of a time holding on to what little moisture (read lots of water drinking and using a humidifier) I can get. I’ve been using a butter mixed with lanolin, argon, comfrey, horsetail, vitamin e, lavender and or chamomile, meadowfoam, allantoin and beeswax for a few years, and wondered if adding Hydrovance was a successful possibility. I know that Hydrovance is lovely in lotions but I’m just trying to figure out any other goodies I can add in to help my poor skin. I’ve taken to applying the butter right out of the shower and following it up with a nice layer of lotion and that seems to help, but it is more to do. I don’t have any allergies nor am I taking an medications; I’m pretty healthy overall.

I’ve been with the Sage team for 10+ years now and follow the blog with all of those great ideas. I know if anyone can help me improve this recipe, you folks can!
T

The only alterations I have made to this email are for clarity and for privacy. Here is my answer:

T,

I would not recommend Hydrovance in this situation. Hydrovance is a water soluble ingredient and your mixture is anhydrous. Years ago I thought this would be OK because the lanolin can hold 2 times its own weight in water. What happened was a superheated liquid on the bottom of the pan (all the oils floated on top) and when it started to boil it foamed out of control. Up over the top of the pan and much like a lava it flowed and oozed across the stove. To move the pan I jumped in and pulled the handle, just as the hot oil and Hydrovance flowed over my thumb. It resulted in the worst burn I have ever had. The oil mixture was sticky and I could not wash it off. I tried wiping but it just clung to everything and was so hot I cried. It doesn’t take much to get to this stage. Oils hot enough to melt the beeswax (140°F) will burn the body terribly. So, based on this experience I would skip this idea.

What I would do are two different things. First, I would add Orchid Extract to your list. I know it is one more thing but I really find that this one extract is a powerhouse. Holy cow! I can leave
calendula oil extract alone if I had to take only one extract with me. Calendula is my second favorite extract. Now, I would make a lotion that I apply before the shower. I know this seems counter
intuitive to apply a moisturizer and then go wash it off but the Hydrovance in the lotion makes the shower more hydrating. AMAZING! Once out of the shower I would apply a tiny bit more lotion once I was dried off. Then I would follow up with the butter in really tough areas (elbows, feet, hands, knees).

Butters can really help, but only if they don’t get in the way of living life. Ultra thin coats that can be reapplied during the day are awesome butter applications for the skin.

I hope this helps. May I use your question for our blog? I think you have some great things to share here.

T graciously gave permission to use this email question on the blog. YEA!

Here are some bullet points for using Hydrovance:

  • Use when you have an emulsifier or can use water. This product is water soluble and not oil soluble.
  • Use in smaller percentages when you change from another humectant to Hydrovance. If your recipe uses 3% glycerin, just swap out the glycerin and swap in the Hydrovance. Don’t jump to 10% Hydrovance immediately. Most often we find Hydrovance to be very effective at lower rates.
  • Watch when heating. All water soluble ingredients will be on the bottom and the oils will float to the top. If you have a small quantity of water soluble items they can easily heat to boiling while the top part appears to be melting. Stir often if not constantly.
  • Apply lotions containing Hydrovance to the skin before showering, bathing or swimming. If your schedule allows apply the lotion 30 minutes before entering the water. This pre-water application will make a huge difference to the skin.
  • If you are going outside don’t forget your sunscreen. I know applying a lotion feels like you have already coated the skin but sunscreens are important, don’t forget them!
  • If your skin feels like it needs more help trapping moisture inside then drop all fragrances (they are solvents and essential oils are included in this restriction). Apply your lotion and follow up with something heavier like a butter or lotion bar stick.
  • Great question! I hope everyone liked today’s lesson.
    Tina

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