Foaming Fruity Layers

Epsom Salts are my favorite soak, they don’t leave petals in my belly button or leaves between my toes.  But what about the commercials of the last many decades which have said “lather means clean” through their pictures?  Maybe we need to making foaming bath salts!  Combine the benefits of a good soak with the fun of bubbles.

We are going to continue the Valentine’s Day theme  and expand on yesterday’s post.  We are making Layered FOAMING Bath Salts today.

You will need Epsom Salt, Bath Salt Tubes, Purple Raspberry Color in the dropper bottle from the Jan 12 2009 blog post, Grape Color in the dropper bottle from the Jan 12 2009  blog post, a zipper bag, a funnel, and a fun fragrance oil.

Because I am varying the colors in today’s post I am going to use Juicy Grape Fragrance.  The bottom color will be purple, the midway color will be raspberry, and the top will be white.

Each bath salt tube will hold about 4 ounces of Epsom Salts.  I am making 50 tubes so I need 12.5 lbs.  I also need 3 Tablespoons Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate. I have separated these amounts into three even sections, 8 1/2 cups, because we will have three distinct layers.  Each amount of Epsom Salt will be scented and colored on its own.

Measure the salt.  This is about 25 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt.

8 1/2 cups of salt go into our first bag.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate to the salt.  Add the fragrance oil and 12 drops Grape Color and 38 drops Purple Raspberry.  Zip the bag closed and knead well.  Make this color dark and vibrant.

8 1/2 cups of salt go into our second bag.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate to the salt.
Add about 6 drops Grape Color and 26 drops Purple Raspberry color and add the fragrance oil.  Zip the bag closed and knead well.  Make this salt a bright raspberry color.

8 1/2 cups of salt into our third bag.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate to the salt.
Add no color to this bag.  We want white salts on top.  Add the fragrance oil. Zip the bag closed and knead well.

Using a spoon, add 2 rounded tablespoons of the first bag (darkest colored salts) to the Bath Salt Tube.
Now add 2 rounded tablespoons from the second bag to the tube.  Finally add 2 rounded tablespoons cups from the third bag to the tube.

Cap and tie with ribbon.

The salts don’t look different from yesterday.  But in the bath they will foam and add lots of bubbles.

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Pink Layered Bath Salts

Epsom Salts are magnesium sulfate.  They are used as a soak, help sore and achy muscles and increase magnesium absorption to the body.

For the Valentine’s Day theme I am making layered salts for the Bath Salt Tubes.

You will need Epsom Salt, Bath Salt Tubes, Purple Raspberry Color in the spray bottle from the January 19, 2009 blog post, a zipper bag, a paper cone cup, and a fun fragrance oil.

Today I am using Polynesian Red.  This pomegranate scent is climbing fast on the sales chart, and I want to play with this scent.

Each bath salt tube will hold about 4 ounces of Epsom Salts.  I am making 50 tubes so I need 12.5 lbs.  I have divided this amount by three because we will have three distinct layers.  Each amount of salt, 8 1/2 cups, will be scented and colored on its own.

Measure the salt.  This is about 25 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt.

8 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt go into our first bag.  Spray on the Purple Raspberry color and add the fragrance oil.  Zip the bag closed and knead well.  In order to make this color dark and vibrant, I used 100 sprays of color.

8 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt go into our second bag.  Spray on the Purple Raspberry color and add the fragrance oil.  Zip the bag closed and knead well.  Making this color medium and fun used 40 sprays of color.

8 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt go into our third bag.  Spray on the Purple Raspberry color and add the fragrance oil.  Zip the bag closed and knead well.  To make this color light and gentle, I used 20 sprays of color.

Using a measuring spoon and paper funnel, add 2 rounded tablespoons of the first bag (darkest colored salts) to the Bath Salt Tube.  Now add 2 rounded tablespoons from the second bag to the tube.  Finally add 2 rounded tablespoons from the third bag to the tube.

Cap and tie with ribbon.

I like the darkest color on the bottom because it looks the heaviest.  I know color doesn’t weigh anything, but if the dark color is at the top, the tube appears as though it might fall over!  Check it yourself and see.

These simple salts are easy to make and color for any time of year.

I wanted more intense color than what occurred with the salts being sprayed, so I redid these salts with the Purple Raspberry premixed color from January 12, 2009.  I made the darkest color with 30 drops of Purple Raspberry, the medium color with 12 drops of Purple Raspberry, and the lightest color with 3 drops of color.  This time the color matched what I had imagined for the color.  What do you think?

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Minty Foot Cream

I’m Treva, guest editor today. I work in the Graphics Department here at Majestic Mountain Sage.

Are you on your feet all day? I have a cream that will make your feet feel revived. Last night I got home from work and my feet were really tired and achy. Before I went to bed I grabbed my Minty Foot Cream. My daughter even offered to rub the cream on my feet. (I did return the favor.) The foot massage was wonderful!

Today I am going to show you how to make the best foot cream EVER! This cream will not only make your feet feel cool and tingly but it will also soften them. Who doesn’t need that this time of year?

You will need:

1 pail Head to Toe Cream Base
Bucket wrench
1 fl oz Peppermint Essential Oil
1 fl oz Spearmint Essential Oil
Collect the premixed colors we made on January 12, 2009
2 Small Transfer Pipettes (These have the markings on the side to help with measuring.)
Long Handled spoon or spatula
Zipper Bags
Wide mouth drinking cup
Scissors
30 of the 4 oz PET Low Profile Jars (or jars of your choice)
30 of the 70 mm Black Straight Lids (or lids of your choice)
Labels

Remove the tear tab from the lid, using the bucket wrench pull up on the tabs to loosen the lid from your bucket. Use a small pipette to measure 26 mL of the Peppermint Essential Oil, add to your cream; use a different pipette to measure 8 mL of the Spearmint Essential Oil, add to your cream. This fragrance usage rate is higher because this is intended to be a foot cream. Note: If you want to make a Minty Body Cream use 13 mL of Peppermint and 4 mL of Spearmint instead. The Fragrance Calculator can help if you have questions.

I think I will use a mint green color. We want to start off with a subtle color because we can always add, but we can’t take it away. I started with 6 drops of blue and 3 drops of yellow. After stirring it for a couple of minutes, the color was too blue so I added 2 more drops of yellow. Stir, stir, stir. Make sure you stir to the bottom of the bucket to get the color and essential oil evenly distributed throughout the pail. We don’t want to get to the bottom of the bucket and find white cream. This would mean we did a terrible job at mixing!

Once you have the color you want, get your zip bags and a wide mouth drinking cup. Open the bag and insert it into the cup. Fold down the top to keep the zipper area clean. The cup will support the bag while you fill it. Zip the bag closed, cut about 1/2″ off the corner to make a pastry style bag, twist the bag from the top, now you are ready to start filling your jars. The easiest way to fill is to insert the cut corner all the way down into the jar. Squeeze firmly and consistently. Slowly raise the bag as the jar fills. You will get a perfectly filled jar with practice. Wipe any excess cream off the jar and put on the lid.

Using a paper towel polish the manufacturing wax off the lid. This is most obvious on a black lid. Apply the labels and now you are ready to give your feet a nice treat.

These make great gifts for your family and friends. Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

My name is Andrea. I work in the production area here at Majestic Mountain Sage. I am the guest editor today. Andee is home with the flu. When she gets back, she will be so sad that she missed our special cookie day.

These cookies are soft sugar cookies. They are a favorite with the staff here at MMS. Since these cookies are so soft we won’t be able to ship these in orders. But since I am giving the recipe, I hope you will understand.

The World’s Softest and Best Sugar Cookie

2 cups regular granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening

1 cup sour cream

4 beaten eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

6 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached, unbromated please)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together sugar and shortening. Add sour cream and mix well. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Stir dry mixture into creamed sugar mixter. Finished product will be a like a big dough ball. The mixture should not stick to the sides of the bowl. If it does add some more flour. You need to be able to pick it up and roll it with a rolling pin without the dough sticking to the pin. Sprinkle flour onto flat surface and separate dough into thirds. Shape one piece of dough into a ball and place on floured surface. Flour your hands and flour dust the top of the dough so the rolling pin does not stick. Gently roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters or use a drinking cup for a regular circle. I love to eat the dough so make sure you make enough for dough cookies and baked cookies!!

I use parchment paper on top of my cookie pan. Place the shaped cookie dough onto cookie pan.

Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes!!! You do not want them to get brown at all. When your timer goes off open the oven door and press gently on one of the cookies and if it feels somewhat firm they are done. I have never had to bake them more than exactly 8 minutes. The thicker cookies might take more baking time though. Cool on wire racks or paper towels.

I use homemade Cream Cheese frosting for my cookies. But you can use any kind you like.

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz cream cheese, cool room temperature
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (up to 4 cups)

Beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat until well blended. Gradually continue to add more powdered sugar until it has reached a consistency that you want. For me I usually only end up using 2 cups of powdered sugar, but feel free to add a whole bag if you like stiffer and sweeter frosting. If the mixture gets too thick you can always add about 1 to 2 tbsp of milk. Then spread onto your cookies and you get to lick the bowl and the beaters clean.

Don’t forget to add colorful Valentine’s sprinkles to each cookie!

As you can see, the MMS staff enjoys these cookies. I won’t say how many Kenny and Bryce have eaten before the photo shoot, but I will say their sugar high has their production counts at the top!

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Fragrance Testing at MMS

Have you ever wondered how we choose the fragrances that go into our catalog? There are several tests each prospective fragrance goes through to be possibly added to the catalog.

The cold process soap test is the hardest test and one that most fragrances fail for one reason or another. A fragrance could seize a batch, fade quickly after curing, or alter and not smell appealing anymore. We start with a basic soap recipe that we keep the same for the testing purposes. Each batch has 1 pound of fats. We usually make between 8 and 16 batches in a testing session. We start with a basic soap recipe that we keep the same for the testing purposes.

Our test recipe is:

4 oz Coconut Oil or Palm Kernel Oil. We use either one of these oils since they have similar saponification values. We will just use what we have available in the lab at the time.

4 oz Olive Oil

8 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

2.2 oz Sodium Hydroxide, also known as NaOH or Caustic Soda

6 fl oz water

We test under extreme risks and follow our noses to the end. Extreme risks include high temperatures, speed of mixing, length of mixing time and more.

As you can see from these photos, some soaps look great, others look bad. Several failed, and some with no obvious reasons. 12 soaps of the 35 here failed and that equals a failure rate of 34%. Some of the failed fragrances we reformulate and retest, but some don’t move us enough to reformulate.

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Bath Salts

What if you don’t want bubbles or a fizzing bath but you want a nicely scented bath?  Bath salts can be your answer!  I’ll scent these Bath Salts with Punch Party Fragrance Oil and color them with Purple Raspberry.  Bath salts are also another great project to sit down and do with kids.

#1  Collect the items you need.

#2  Add .15cc of color to 2 fl oz of water.  Cap bottle and shake to ensure that the color is mixed thoroughly.

#3  Pour salt into the zipper bag.

#4  Add your selected fragrance to the salt.  I used the Fragrance Calculator to determine the amount of fragrance I needed for 2 pounds of salt.  For a moderate scent, the Fragrance Calculator suggested that I use 8.1 mL.  I’ll just round that recommendation down to 8 mL for my own sanity.

#5  Knead the fragrance into the salt.  Once the clumps are gone, we can start adding color.

#6  Spray the color over the salt.  I usually give 2-5 spritzes for the start.

#7  Shake the salt to blend the color.  You may have to spritz the salt again to get the color you desire.  I spritzed color to this salt 4 times.  For a brighter color just continue to spray apply this color until the desired color is achieved.

#8 Now the bath salts are ready for scooping into the decorative bags.

#9  Hooray!  The bath salts are now finished and ready to gift to that someone special in your life.  Enjoy!

Don’t forget to wash your hands and clean up the counter.  Dry color is very potent and can color the next person, or sandwich, that touches the counter surface.

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Magic Color Bath Fizzies

Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I thought we would have the weeks leading up to February 14th focus on lovely gifts.

Today, I’m going to start with an easy project, Magic Color Bath Fizzies. This recipe has been in our Recipes Section for years, but I am going to demonstrate how easy this recipe is to make.  This is a great project to do with kids. I’m going to make two batches. One will be scented with Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil and colored with Purple Raspberry Color, while the other will be scented with Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil and colored with Ocean Blue Color.

Note: Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil has been discontinued, but you can use any fragrance of your choosing.

#1  Collect the items you need.

Recipe

  • 2 cups Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Citric Acid
  • 1-3/4 cup Baking Soda
  • up to 1 tsp Fragrance Oil
  • .15 cc scoop of your chosen color

#2  Measure cornstarch, citric acid, and baking soda into zipper bag, and mix together.

#3  Now that we have nice powder, let’s add the fragrance oil and powered color.

#4  Knead the bag to disperse any clumps of fragrance oil. It is easiest to knead if the bag is not overly inflated with air.

Whoops!  I didn’t zip my bag closed all the way!  At least this mess is easy to clean up.

#5  The clumps are all gone.  We have a smooth white powder.  Wait!  White powder? Didn’t we just add a color?  Yes, we did.  These bath fizzies are white until you put them in water.  Don’t believe me?  Let’s test these Magic Color Bath Fizzies.

See!  There is a reason these bath fizzies are called Magic Color!

#6  Fill the decorative bags with the bath fizzies and tie a bow around the top.  Tada!  Your Magic Color Bath Fizzies are finished.

These bath fizzies will go back to the shipping department on Monday!

General FAQ about Bath Fizzies

Q:  Why do I need to put my bath fizzies in a bag?  I’ve got this really cute jar I want to put them in.

A: The Baking Soda and Citric Acid react together to produce the desired fizzing action.  This reaction releases a gas.  If you accidentally get the Bath Fizzies wet while they are in a lidded jar, the pressure can make the jar explode.  Glass jars can break if dropped on the bathroom floor.

Q:  What is the recommended amount of bath fizzies to put in the bathtub?

A: We recommend the maximum amount to be 1/4 cup for a full bath.  Try 1 Tablespoon to a partially filled tub first. Enjoy!

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Using the Body Milk Gift Kit

Yesterday, we chose a green color for our Body Milk Gift Kit scented with Cucumber Fragrance Oil. Now for the fun part of making the kit.

#1 Collect the items you need.

  • Body Milk Gift Kit
  • Premixed dyes from Jan 12 2009 post
  • Paper towels

#2 Add fragrance. The 1 fl oz of Cucumber Fragrance Oil can also be added to the entire gallon of Body Milk.

#3 Add color. I used a total of 4 drops of color, 1 drop of blue and 3 drops of yellow.

#4 Here the part where I generally recruit others to shake, but alas, I had to shake it today. The gallon jug the Body Milk is in is a frosted jug, so you can see the color through the jug. As you can see, the color isn’t mixing yet. Oh well, I guess I have to keep shaking.

#5 As you can see, the Body Milk is almost completely mixed The color is very faint and hard to see through the frosted gallon jug.

#6 Yippee! The color and fragrance are completely mixed. We’re almost done!

#7 You can start pumping the Body Milk into bottles. Once the pump has been primed, filling the bottles always happens quickly.

#8 Remember the two thirds rule from the Bubble Bath? If you do, then you can skip the next paragraph, but if you don’t, or you need a refresher, read the next paragraph.

We follow a labeling rule that is easy to understand and catches the eye. The two-thirds rule is really simple. First, take a sheet of paper and set the bottom of the container even with a edge of the paper. At the shoulders of the container (bottle in our case), draw a line. Find the 2/3 point between the line that you just drew and the edge of the paper. Next, we are going to mark the 1/2 point. Once these points have been marked, you now have an outline for keeping your labels at an even height on all your bottles. To place the label, you will want to cover the 2/3 point of the bottle. Wonder if I’m right? Raid your kitchen, laundry room and cosmetics to check other labels. 2/3 is the point where your eyes focus first. Most companies have the product name in the area of 2/3. Wow!

#9 The lotion is all finished and labeled. I wish I could keep a bottle for myself! I’m going to send these back to the shipping department now to go out with some lucky orders!

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More Colors!

I’ve talked about mixing colors with the Water Soluble Colorant Kit, but what about colors that aren’t in this kit? Today, we’ll blend green.

Did you know that green is approximately 70% yellow and 30% blue? This means that I need to start blending colors at these percentages.  I’m going to find a color blend for tomorrow, since I’m going to make the Body Milk Gift Kit with Cucumber Fragrance Oil.  Yippee!

#1  Collect the premixed colors we made on January 12, 2009.  Today we don’t need to use the red, but we will be using the blue and yellow.  I also will be using Small Transfer Pipettes to stir and Sachet Cards cut in half for final color testing.

#2  For this testing session, I’ve also collected 3 small glass beakers with 70 mL of water.  You can use glass canning jars or other small jars.  I recommend using clear glass, so the jar or beaker can be placed over white paper and get an idea of what the color looks like.

#3  I’ve added one drop of blue color to each beaker of water.  I think this is my favorite point in testing colors, because the color swirls in water.  What can I say?  It appeals to my inner child.

#4  I’ve added yellow to each beaker of water. The beaker on the left has two drops of yellow, the middle had three drops, and the right has four drops.  Using the pipettes, stir the water and blend the colors together.  Darn!  The swirls are gone.

#5  All the color is now mixed.  Grab the Sachet Cards or clean white paper to make color samples.

#6  Drop samples of color on clean paper.  Compare the colors.

#7  Let’s compare the colors.  I think I like the middle color for a Cucumber scented Body Milk, because the 1 drop of blue and 3 drops of yellow looks the outside of a cucumber.  I think the top sample seems mostly blue, while the bottom sample seems too yellow.  What do you think?  Tomorrow we make green lotion!

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Samples made on the blog

Have you wondered what we will do with the samples we make for this blog?  Once the samples are finished, I will place them in bags and affix a label similar to this orange one.  Then I’ll take them back to the shipping department to be sent out with orders.  The Bubble Bath samples were taken to the shipping department yesterday.

I would love to hear about the samples as you receive them.

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