Help Wanted! Join the MMS Research and Development Team!

Help Wanted!Quick! Our Research and Development Team needs your assistance. They have become swamped with items to test, paperwork to fill out and the general day to day stuff they work on. They have a fragrance that they think deserves a place in our catalog but they need your help convincing the rest of the MMS Team that it belongs there.

Are you ready? The product is a fragrance oil called…. Rose Garden! We will be sending over 100 Rose Garden Body Milk scented samples to our shipping department. Tell us what you think. What products would you use it in? Does it inspire your creative side? Would your customers/family/friends like it?

The first 15 MMS customers to respond with their feedback will get a little special gift! Don’t miss this chance to try this fragrance or get a gift from the MMS Team!

Taylor

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Announcing our 2016 Calendar Contest!

CalendarWe are excited to announce the launch the 2016 Calendar Contest!

If your soaps, lotions, lip balms, bath fizzies and more are EXTRAORDINARY products and have what it takes to be featured in our calendar, we would love to hear from you. Share your pictures with us at Calendar@thesage.com (limit one photo per product). Or send us a product and we will photograph it for you with a set up equal to your awesome product!

The grand prize winner will earn the cover space on the front of our calendar and will also win a $200 Gift Certificate along with a complimentary copy of the 2016 TheSage Adventurous Makers Calendar. The 11 runner up winners will each receive a complimentary copy of the 2016 TheSage Adventurous Makers Calendar, along with bragging rights for being selected as a TheSage Adventurous Maker! Deadline for all submissions will be August 28th, 2015.

Submit your entry to Calendar@thesage.com

Andee

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Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 6

Today we are featuring the last formulation of our Formulating from your Cupboard series. While I am sad to see this series come to a close, I am excited to share Formulation #5. Come join me for a lip balm that is sure to knock your socks off!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

The goal for Formulation #5 was to have a soft lip balm with minimal shine. This lip balm does have a softer texture that glides smoothly when applied to the lips. Soft texture? Check!

The other goal for this lip balm was to have minimal shine. While it does not have the matte appearance that Formulation #4 does, it is not what I would consider shiny.

Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax

I also like how this lip balm stays on the lips without feeling heavy or greasy. It is light with great staying power. I think the icing on the cake in the recipe is the amazing honey flavor. Yummy!

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Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 5

Today’s featured lip balm is another vegan formulation. The goal was to have a vegan lip balm that was firm and had minimal shine. Let’s see how close we were to our goals!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

One of my goals was to have this formulation to have minimal shine. So you can imagine my surprise to find that after apply this to my lips there was no shine to speak of. It almost looked matte. I was astonished. I have never had a lip balm that was matte in appearance without the addition of colorants.

I am also delighted to learn that while this lip balm has a matte appearance on the lips, I didn’t need to sacrifice a creamy sensation on the lips to get it.

Weighing Soy Wax
Weighing Soy Wax

This lip balm had great texture and no shine to speak of. The one area it disappointed me was that it was softer than I wanted. While it has what I would consider a medium firmness, I must also remember that it is summer and the ambient temperature is higher than what it will be in the winter. I think this formulation would be perfect under winter conditions. For summer, I might consider making a small change to make the lip balm a little more firm.

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August 2015 Calendar

PrintAugust is almost here! Time to get kids ready to go back to school and it is time to start thinking about holiday shows, festivals and gifts. Ack!

Don’t forget to plan your orders around the last of your summer play time! We’re fast at shipping your orders out and if your order is in by noon (Mountain Time) we will try to do our best to get your order out the same day.

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!

Click here to download your copy now!

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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Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 4

We are halfway through our formulation project. Yesterday we made a vegan lip balm and it didn’t quite turn out the way I had wanted. It was close but it wasn’t there. ( I find creating vegan formulations to be my greatest weakness and it drives the perfectionist in me crazy!) To give myself a break, today’s formulation uses my favorite wax of all time – beeswax!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

The goal for Formulation #3 is to have a softer, shiny product. I am excited to report that I am pretty sure I nailed it. This lip balm is soft and silky when applied to the lips. It also gives the lips a beautiful shine.

Weighing Waxes and Oils
Weighing Waxes and Oils

Just because this lip balm is shiny doesn’t mean that it is heavy. I was very happy with how light it felt on my lips. This is perfect for individuals who want a shiny product without being heavy, sticky or even gooey! It stays on the lips well without feeling distracting.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

The last thing I really liked about this lip balm is the flavor. While I did add some Virgin Coconut Oil to this recipe, it is not enough to be distinctly coconut. Rather it adds dimension and intrigue to the Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil. Wow! For the flavor alone, this might be my new favorite lip balm!

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Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 3

Today we will be making Formulation #2. I targeted this lip balm to be vegan, firm and yet shiny. I have found sometimes it is really hard to formulate a vegan product. It is easy to make them overly stiff and waxy. It can also be hard to obtain a smooth product. Formulating today’s recipe was a big challenge for me. Come join me to see how well it turned out!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

After applying Formulation #2 to my lips, I was a little unsure about the lip balm. It was a soft lip balm and it had a very different texture. Though it is a softer lip balm, the application wasn’t particularly smooth and creamy. It almost had an ultra-fine gritty texture to it. As I let it sit on my lips, it started to warm up. I rubbed my lips together and I was surprised how the texture had changed. My body heat let it melt and it felt I had applied two products rather than one.

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

It felt like I had first applied a stiff, durable lip balm to my lips. Then to make sure my lips rubbed smoothly against each other, a tiny amount of a liquid oil was applied. I like this because my lips feel well protected while still allowing a little slip and glide.

While I did like this lip balm, I wasn’t particularly pleased with the slight grainy texture the lip balm had in the tube. This is where the Conditioning Emulsifier comes in. I think all I would need to do to ensure a smooth texture is increase my Conditioning Emulsifier just a little.

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Formulating from Your Cupboard – Day 2

For each of the lip balms we will be making this week, I gave myself a target. Did I want it to be vegan? Did I want it shiny? Soft? Firm? For our first formulation, I targeted a glossy yet firm lip balm. Come join me for how I approached using materials in my cupboard to make this lip balm.

Finished Lip Balm - Formulation #1
Finished Lip Balm – Formulation #1

When I first applied Formulation #1, I was struck by the creamy sensation of it gliding across my lips. I liked how it felt a little heavier and intense. While it wasn’t as firm as I was expecting, it wasn’t extremely soft either. If I wanted to make this formulation a little more firm, I might consider adding up to 5% of Carnauba or Candelilla Wax.

Weighing Waxes and Oils
Weighing Waxes and Oils

I was also pleased with the light glossy appearance it gave the lips. It wasn’t bright like applying a thick yet still liquid lip gloss. Instead this gave the lips a healthy yet natural looking shine. I think this makes this a great formulation for both men and women.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

The last thing I might change about this formulation is the usage rate of the Peppermint Essential Oil. While it wasn’t painful, it was strong. It definitely made my lips feel cool. While some people like that strong tingly sensation, I tend to like a more mild lip balm. Each to their own, right?

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Formulating from Your Cupboard – Day 1

ChemistOne question I hear on a regular basis is “How do I formulate with materials I have on hand rather than needing to place an order for XYZ product(s)?” This week I will share my secret by showing how to make a variety of lip balms. Once you learn this method of formulating, you will never want to go back!

The first thing we will need is an “inventory” of all of the materials we have on hand. I like to separate them into categories. I have waxes, liquid oils, solid oils. (I like to separate my solid oils into two categories. Things that are brittle at room temperature and the rest of them. This makes formulating much easier.) I also have categories for my extracts and flavors.

If I have it on hand, I will include Conditioning Emulsifier in my list under the waxes category. The Conditioning Emulsifier gives emolliency to the lip balm but it also makes it easier to use vegetable waxes without the formulation becoming to brittle or hard to apply. Consider Conditioning Emulsifier to being the secret to making a superbly successful vegan lip balm.

Once I have my “inventory” listed in a spreadsheet, I make notes on what I would like my finished formulations to be like. If I want a formulation to be vegan, I note that so I don’t forget during the formulating process. I generally don’t name my formulation until later but feel free to name yours anytime inspiration strikes!

When I start to formulate, I fill my boxes with numbers with the assumption that they are a percentage. This way it is easy to convert from a small recipe to a large recipe. I can even make a small 100 gram test batch!

Check out how I set up my formulation spreadsheet!

I like to use spreadsheets because I can add new products when they arrive or delete ones I have run out of. I always know what I have on hand. I can also make sure that my total is exactly 100. No need to track down floating numbers in my notebook. For me, that is a relief.

For the rest of the week, I will be making all of the lip balms that I formulated today. You will get to see how it is made, why I used the oils I did, what I thought of the formulations and the fabulous labels that Shayla has created for us! Stick around. This week is going to be awesome!

Taylor

 

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Pioneer Day 2015

Pioneers and their wagon.
Pioneers and their wagon.
Today is a Utah State holiday we call Pioneer Day. We will be closing at noon today so we can enjoy time with our families.

Our wish for all our employees and Utah customers is to have a safe and enjoyable holiday! If you need to travel, please travel safely. If you are lighting fireworks, please have some safety precautions for you and your loved ones. Your safety is extremely important.

All orders through 9:30 am this morning have been processed and shipped. Any order placed after 9:30 am today will be processed and shipped on Monday.

If you are not in Utah, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Andee

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