Sparkly Salt Potpourri

Finished Salt Potpourri
Finished Salt Potpourri

Some days I think being able to make my own personal care items has unleashed a sparkle loving, scent wearing monster. Please tell me I am not the only one that adds glitter and mica to things just because I can. What can I say? I love shiny things. For those who adore shiny things, you will enjoy today’s project.

Ready to Wash Salt
Ready to Wash Salt

Today I wanted to share how to make salt potpourri. I was inspired when a friend mentioned that her daughter’s birthday was coming up and she was at a loss of what to do! “She still is in love with princesses, butterflies and magic.” My friend confessed. “But I just don’t know what to give to her. I want it to be magical and just for her, not something you can find at any store.” I thought it would be fun to make something that would make her room smell good while still fitting in with some of her favorite things. We decided on making salt potpourri!

Washed Salt
Washed Salt

When sitting down to plan out my salt potpourri, I knew I wanted a bright pink colored salt. There is just one problem. Pink can be a hard color to achieve with the salt potpourri. Our Purple Raspberry Color is pH sensitive and the salts are slightly alkaline. This means that the color stays purple. I decided to try adding a tiny amount of Citric Acid at the same time I added my color. It was like I had a little fairy helping me out. I now had a beautiful pink color. Once I was satisfied with my color, I added a pinch of sparkling fairy dust (I mean mica) to the salt to give it some beautiful luster. Wow! What a transformation!

Washed Salt in Mixing Bag
Washed Salt in Mixing Bag

I even got some help from Shayla in our graphics department to design a little sign to hang around the neck of the vase! It is so cute! She even gave me a PDF so that you can print your own. We recommend printing it on a stiffer paper so that it is more durable. Feel free to use them the next time you host a princess party!

Ingredients
Jumbo Crystal Salt
Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Citric Acid
Silver Mica
Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
907 grams Jumbo Crystal Salt
Q.S. Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Q.S. Citric Acid
1.5 grams Silver Mica
3 grams Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
32 oz Jumbo Crystal Salt
Q.S. Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Q.S. Citric Acid
0.05 oz or Q.S. Silver Mica
0.11 oz Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
99% Jumbo Crystal Salt
Q.S. Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Q.S. Citric Acid
Q.S. Silver Mica
1% Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Purple Raspberry Color
Adding Purple Raspberry Color

Measure out your salt into a colander. By rinsing off the dust, you get clear, glass looking pieces of salt. I like the appearance of washed salt vs. unwashed salt. If you like the appearance of the unwashed salt, go ahead and skip this step.

Adding Citric Acid
Adding Citric Acid

Shake as much water as you can off the salt. Pour the damp salt into a plastic bag. Add the premixed Purple Raspberry Color to the salt. Sprinkle in a tiny amount of citric acid. I used less that 1/16th of a tsp of Citric Acid. Once you have achieved the color you desire, add your mica and shake well. The goal is to have the mica lightly coat the salt. You don’t want to use too much mica otherwise the salt can get a chalky appearance.

Pretty! I am loving this color.
Pretty! I am loving this color.

Spread the damp salt out on a layer of paper towels or cardboard and let it dry. Once the salt has dried, add your fragrance. I like to start out with a small amount of fragrance and adding a few drops of fragrance oil every few weeks to keep the scent strong and fresh. If you add a lot of fragrance to the salt up front, it is often too strong.

Adding Silver Mica
Adding Silver Mica

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Mixed Salt
Mixed Salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letting the salt dry
Letting the salt dry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our beautiful salt is now dry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Salt Potpourri
Finished Salt Potpourri
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Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101, Day 5

How did you do yesterday? I hope you came up with a blend that you like! I have a few blends that I’m kicking around in my head that were inspired by the photo yesterday. I’m going to challenge you again today. The only difference between yesterday and today is that I’m going to give you two photos for inspiration!

Cucumber mojito cocktail inspiration picture.
Cucumber mojito cocktail inspiration picture.
The first photo is of a Cucumber Mojito. This beverage isn’t just a mojito, but a mojito with a refreshing twist of cucumber. So let’s back up a little, what is a mojito? According to Dictionary.com, a mojito is “a cocktail consisting of rum, sugar, lime, mint, and soda water.” Our goal is find all these components in your fragrance stash and start blending! The lime and the mint are easy, but what about the sugar, rum and soda water? Look for bubbly or sweet scents like Champagne Sugar, Freckles or Warm Vanilla Sugar. Take the odor of alcohol out of the equation and work with the other components. You will find the blend will magically meld!

A mixed floral arrangement inspiration picture.
A mixed floral arrangement inspiration picture.
The second photo is of a mixed floral arrangement. What flowers do you see and smell? Let’s play around and start using our imaginations. Maybe this arrangement is the centerpiece at a fancy restaurant or used as decoration for a special occasion like a wedding, reunion or celebration. Once you have come up with how the arrangement and the venue smell, write down the descriptor words and then compare to your master list. Like yesterday, look for fragrances that jump out at you. You know your collection better than anyone else does!

I’ve had fun talking about fragrance blending with you and I hope I’ve encouraged you to try something new. Have some ideas and want to talk about them? Comment on this blog post and I’ll be more than happy to help!

If you want to see more blogs about fragrance blending, let me know! I’d love to play!

Andee

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Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101, Day 4

Today I am going to challenge you. I’ve walked you through three blends using inspiration from photos and memories and we have had some great fun! We’ve seen how blending can easily be done with two to four fragrances and I promise you don’t have to add to your bulging collection of fragrances. (Unless you really want to and then I can give you many suggestions!)

Candy inspiration. Photo credit to Steven Depolo, https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/5941709828/
Candy inspiration. Photo credit to Steven Depolo, https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/5941709828/
Now I’m turning you loose with some photo inspiration. We are coming up on Halloween, which just happens to be my favorite time of year, so I found this wonderful picture* that makes me think … CANDY!! Now I know that this photo may make your teeth ache just thinking about it or possibly have you concerned for my relationship with my dentist (I can guarantee that we get along well and I love visiting for my regular checkups because they go so smoothly with a “Come back in 6 months!”.)

All dental talk aside, this picture is meant to be inspiration for creating a blend that smells like candy to you. Let’s start brain storming! What does a candy stash smell like to you? If you are looking at your computer screen with an expression on your face that resembles confusion, think of it this way. Imagine a drawer filled with your favorite candies. Open the drawer, what does the air smell like to you? Write down everything that you “smell”. I’ll give you some descriptor words to help.

  • Chocolaty?
  • Fruity?
  • Toffee?
  • Spicy?
  • Minty?
  • Caramel?
  • Nutty?
  • Citrus-like?
  • Sugary?
  • Vanilla?

Have your words written down? Now this is where the fun begins! (Well, at least I hope you are having fun now.) Take your list of words and let’s compare them to your master list of fragrances. The names of your fragrances may not have these words in them, but you know what is in your stash and what has scents that are reminiscent of one or two words on your list. Pull all of the fragrances that jump out at you and then start mixing.

When I first begin blending, I place one drop per fragrance of two to four fragrances on my Sachet Card. I will wave the card under my nose to check if the blend has potential. If it does, then I will begin adjusting the amount of each fragrance used. I always start a new card for blend after a few minutes so all the scents are the same “age” and will age together. You don’t want to find a blend never smells like what you thought it would only to find that your card had the top notes dissipate before you finished blending.

Have you come up with some ideas? Let’s talk about them and come up with some blend ideas. Just comment on this blog with your blend ideas and get a chance to win some goodies from my private stash.

Andee

*This picture was taken by Steven Depolo and is available under the Creative Commons License.

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Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101, Day 3

Wow! Do you feel like your brain is over loaded yet? Suzanne asked yesterday about using fragrance blends in soap. Do the parts come through or do they need to be changed?

overwhelmedIt depends on what your fragrance blend components are. If you are making a blend that has a lot of the delicate vanilla or citrus components, you may need to change the blend for different uses. There is a big international brand that we all may be familiar with that produces lotions, body butters, shower gels, scrubs, hand soaps, electric scent diffusers and even candles that all have the same scent. Yet, each one of these products may have a slight change in the fragrance formula so the fragrance works to the best of its ability in the intended product.

Let’s look at the blend again from yesterday.

  • 55% Amyris
  • 10% Thyme
  • 18% Natural Vanilla
  • 18% Pink Grapefruit

For soap, we may change the Natural Vanilla to a vanilla that will be a little stronger in soap like our Vanilla Cream Fragrance. We could leave the Natural Vanilla in the blend and try the soap. It might turn out wonderfully, just like Taylor’s Chai Latte Blend

Make a test batch of soap. Test if your blend is soap worthy or if it needs a little change to make it just right. Don’t worry or panic if your test batch didn’t work out. Just like all fragrances we use, sometimes we need to make some changes before we can sell the finished product.

Iceberg photo inspiration.
Iceberg photo inspiration.
Today I’m going to share one of my favorite blends that was inspired by a picture of an iceberg.

When I looked at the picture and let my imagination go, I could feel the cold nipping at my nose and the crisp scent of cold water. I wanted to portray the biting winds, the frosty iceberg and frigid water. I knew my starting point would be with Peppermint Essential Oil as the naturally occurring menthol would help give the blend a “cold” scent. I looked through the catalog to find a “water” fragrance that would balance out the blend. The first fragrance to immediately jump out at me was Icy Water Fragrance Oil. I decided to start with the two fragrances and make a blend. After I tested the blend, I would be able to tell where I would need to make changes.

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Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101, Day 2

SmellMemorySo what did you think of yesterday’s blend? I think it was a fun start to our blending week! Did you notice the inspiration came from two things, a photograph and written memory? We can find inspiration from photographs or memories. You may be asking, how can we find fragrance experiences and inspiration in our memories? It is much easier than you realize because you already have a vast collection of fragrance experiences!

Smell is very important to us and our memories are often linked to scents. Think about it for a minute! Can you recall a memory that flowers, grandma’s house, romantic events, holidays, childhood summers or something else that also has a scent tied to it? I can! I can remember visiting my great-grandma and the smell of her perfume as it mixed with the scent of mandarin oranges and Little Debbie brownies that we would snack on as we chatted.

Yet, these scents and our memories are not single faceted things. There are many dimensions to scent as no scent is flat and one-dimensional. You may be asking “There has to be something that is one-dimensional. Surely roses are one-dimensional.”

Nope! You can smell any number of roses or rose scents and definitively say “That smells like a rose.” But, can you describe the different notes? Does the rose have a stronger musk, vanilla or citrus note? Are you smelling a cut flower? If so, are you in the grocery store or at your office or at home? Are you smelling a rose that is still on the bush? If so, was the garden recently watered? Is someone mowing a lawn nearby? Everything around you influences and contributes to the scent you are smelling.

Summer Flowers
Summer Flowers

When you are blending, don’t eliminate any fragrances immediately. Especially if you are smelling straight from the bottle. I’ll show you why today!

The photo to the right is of Black Eyed Susan, Purple Coneflowers, and White Swan Coneflowers. When you look at this picture, what do you smell or imagine?

  • Sunshine?
  • Flowers?
  • Earth?
  • Greenery?

Take a minute and write down things that you smell. I’ll give you some time to think about it, but come back here because I have some cool things I want to show you!

(hums Jeopardy! theme song)

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Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101, Day 1

The world of fragrance blending often seems like a mystical world we can’t reach and we find ourselves too intimidated to even try entering. I’m going to bring you on a week-long adventure and I hope to inspire you to try something new. Step through the wardrobe with me and let’s go on adventure in a new world! (Just remember we have to pass the lamp post to be in Narnia.)

A perfume organ in Grasse. Photo credit to Taco Ekkel, https://www.flickr.com/photos/33118864@N00/2771616756
A perfume organ in Grasse. Photo credit to Taco Ekkel, https://www.flickr.com/photos/33118864@N00/2771616756

The picture to the right is of a perfume organ in Grasse*. What is a perfume organ? It is a place where a perfumer sits and blends scents together. An experienced perfumer can blend 16, 30 or even 60 scents together to make a fragrance or perfume. Knowing that little tidbit, a perfume organ looks very intimidating, right? Absolutely! So … How do we stop being intimidated by a perfume organ and fragrance blending? We start small and begin building our fragrance blending experiences.

*This picture was taken by Taco Ekkel and is available under the Creative Commons License.

When I begin fragrance blending, I do three things.

  1. I intentionally limit the number of scents that I work with. I will limit a blend to no more than 4 components.
  2. I often have a picture that is inspiration for me. I love using pictures that don’t have people and are of gardens, foods or landscapes.
  3. I use a note book to write down my ideas and blend experiments.
Pie photo inspiration.
Pie photo inspiration.

Today, let’s start with a fun and simple blend. My inspiration today is the holiday of Thanksgiving and specifically the day before when we make pies. The staples of my childhood are pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. When all of these pies are baked the day before, the comforting aroma of spices, fruit and sugar wafts through the house.

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September 2015 Calendar

SeptemberBannerOk, seriously? Where has the year gone? September is mere days away! If you are on Pinterest much, you are probably seeing a spike in fall themed projects, meals and treats. Are you ready for the season of craft fairs and shows?

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.

On Monday, September 7th we will be closed for Labor Day. All orders placed after noon on Friday, September 7th will be processed on Tuesday, September 8th.

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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Sweet Body Polish

Finished Body Polish
Finished Body Polish

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I had a great time. I got to make rolls and pickled beets. It was a blast! There is only one down side. Beet stains. I had beet juice stain my fingers, cuticles and spots up my arms. Yikes! Today I wanted to make a sugar scrub that would help me conquer those stains once and for all.

I wanted today’s body polish to be a little stiff in the jar but apply smoothly to the skin. To accomplish that, I used a mixture of Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil as my fixed oils.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I also added some Polysorbate 20 to this mixture. Polysorbate 20 makes the scrub a little easier to wash off rather than leaving a film of oil on the skin.

Lastly, I decided to scent this scrub with out Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Starfruit is a sweet, exotic tropical scent that is refreshing and fun. I consider it to be a must try!

Ingredients
Granulated Sugar
Salt
Olive Butter
Macadamia Nut Oil
Polysorbate 20
LiquaPar
Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
260 grams Granulated Sugar
12 grams Salt
72 grams Olive Butter
39 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
12 grams Polysorbate 20
4 grams LiquaPar
1 gram Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
9.17 oz Granulated  Sugar
0.42 oz Salt
2.54 oz Olive Butter
1.38 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.42 oz Polysorbate 20
0.14 oz LiquaPar
0.04 oz Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
65% Granulated Sugar
3% Salt
18% Olive Butter
9.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
3% Polysorbate 20
1% LiquaPar
0.25% Starfruit Fragrance Oil

 

Melted Oils
Melted Oils

Weigh the Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Allow the mixture to cool below 120 F. Add the Polysorbated 20, LiquaPar and Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Add sugar and salt. Spoon the scrub into jars. Label and enjoy!

Adding Starfruit Fragrance Oil, LiquaPar and Polysorbate 20
Adding Starfruit Fragrance Oil, LiquaPar and Polysorbate 20

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Adding Sugar and Salt
Adding Sugar and Salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing Body Polish
Mixing Body Polish
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Light After Shower Shea Massage Oil

Finished Massage Oil
Finished Massage Oil

I am not a morning creature. It is with great reluctance I emerge from the refuge of my covers. I think even my poor alarm has gotten weary of the great lengths it must go to in order to rouse me each day. The poor thing. I have the greatest sympathy for anyone or anything that must cope with me in the early morning. For as much as early mornings are a daily torture to me, I actually enjoy my morning ritual. (Once I am awake enough to enjoy it, of course.)

Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil
Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil

Every morning includes a cup of hot coffee, choosing an outfit, packing lunch and a hot shower. I adore my hot shower. I can forgo the coffee if I must but the shower is a requirement. It transforms me from a walking zombie to a cheerful, bubbly individual. (I am quite certain there is something magical about the water heater.)

Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil

While I normally apply a body lotion after my shower, there is something substantially soothing about using a massage oil instead. It become this good smelling barrier of calm that acts as armor throughout the chaos of the day. (It helps if you choose a scent you like.)

I decided on using the Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil. I find it to be a fresh, clean scent that is both soothing and energizing. I love it because I start my day smelling like I spent my morning rejuvenating at a spa. Too wonderful for words!

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Semi Solid Shea Oil
Kukui Oil
Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
200 g Fractionated Coconut Oil
116 g Semi Solid Shea Oil
83 g Kukui Oil
1 g Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
7.05 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
4.09 oz Semi Solid Shea Oil
2.93 oz Kukui Oil
0.04 oz Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Fractionated Coconut Oil
29% Semi Solid Shea Oil
20.75% Kukui Oil
0.25% Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil to warmed massage oil
Adding Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil to warmed massage oil

Weigh your fixed oils into a microwave safe container. I heated my oils for 30 seconds so I could make sure everything was fully mixed. Add Juniper Breeze Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Pour into bottles and label. How easy was that? Now you have a phenomenal massage oil!

Ready to Bottle Massage Oil
Ready to Bottle Massage Oil

Taylor

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Semi Solid Shea Oil Lip Balm

Finished Semi-Solid Shea Oil Lip Balm
Finished Semi-Solid Shea Oil Lip Balm

Making my own personal care products brings about an immense feeling of satisfaction. I take great pride in gifting friends and family with products I can say I made. There is just something amazing and incredible about the entire experience. It is like finishing your first knitted scarf, your first sewn pillowcase or even getting dinner on the table all by yourself. You just can’t wait to share!

Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax

Today is one of those days. While we are taking the week to feature a spectacular fixed oil, today is a great recipe where simple and magnificent blend to make a unforgettable lip balm. Due to how easy this lip balm is to make, this makes a perfect activity to kids and teenagers. As schools start up around the country, consider activities that allow kids to bond and express their creativity. Lip balms certainly are simple!

Weighing Olive Butter
Weighing Olive Butter

Besides featuring the Semi-Solid Shea Oil, I also wanted to showcase Olive Butter. It is a smooth, creamy product that I find absolutely sublime in lip balms. Trust me. This is one item you will want to try for yourself. You will find yourself wanting to use it everywhere!

Additionally I used our Root Beer Flavor Oil. It makes me feel like a kid again without requiring sticky fingers. Talk about totally awesome! Can anyone else hear what we have all said at one point or another? “Mooommm! You are so weird.” Who would have thought that phrase would come back to haunt me.

Ingredients
Beeswax
Olive Butter
Palm Kernel Oil
Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Castor Oil
Root Beer Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
40 g Beeswax
50 g Olive Butter
30 g Palm Kernel Oil
54 g Semi-Solid Shea Oil
20 g Castor Oil
6 g Root Beer Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1.41 oz Beeswax
1.76 oz Olive Butter
1.06 oz Palm Kernel Oil
1.90 oz Semi-Solid Shea Oil
0.714 oz Castor Oil
0.21 oz Root Beer Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Beeswax
25% Olive Butter
15% Palm Kernel Oil
27% Semi-Solid Shea Oil
10% Castor Oil
3% Root Beer Flavor Oil

 

Weighing Palm Kernel Oil
Weighing Palm Kernel Oil

Weigh everything except the Root Beer Flavor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. If you still have a few stubborn beads of beeswax, don’t be alarmed. Simply remove the container from the microwave and stir. The heat from the liquid oils should melt the beeswax.

Add the Root Beer Flavor Oil to the liquid lip balm mixture. Stir well. For here you can either use a pipette to fill your lip balm tubes or use a filling tray. Use whichever is most convenient for you.

Weighing Castor Oil
Weighing Castor Oil

I like using a filling tray when making 50 or more tubes of lip balm because they are simple to use and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your lip balm during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool then cap.

Adding Flavor Oil
Adding Flavor Oil

Now label your tubes of lip balm. Allow your creativity to flow! You imagination is your limit. Enjoy your Root Beer flavored lip balm!
Taylor

Ready to transfer to tubes
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Filling Lip balm Tubes
Filling Lip balm Tubes
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