Archive for March, 2009

For Bubble Bath Junkies

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
This week is all about fun in the bath tub! Yippee! Do you know someone who is a bubble bath junkie? Most of us know at least one bubble bath junkie, even if we don’t know they are. For those of us that do know the bubble bath junkie in our lives, or are the bubble bath junkie in our lives, I thought we should start off the week with bubble bath! I’m going to use our Bubble Bath base and fragrance it with Tahitian Vanilla.

Collect needed items:
1- gallon Bubble Bath Base
1- fl oz Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil
1- 38 mm pump for gallon jug
Bottle of Yellow color from January 12 2009
Containers of your choice (I’m using the 2 oz MDPE Bottles size 20 with Black Disk Top Caps in Size 20)

Remove the foil liner on the Bubble Bath Base. Empty 1 fl oz bottle of Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil into base and add 3 drops of color. Cap the gallon jug and shake. Once the fragrance and color have been thoroughly mixed into the base, we are now ready to fill our containers. Fill the containers and cap.

Now that your bubble bath is finished, fill the tub with water and have a grand time!

Andee
Next week is all about fun with Melt & Pour soap! Swirls, toys, shapes and curls! Great fun for an afternoon with the kids or for some peaceful time by yourself.

Collect needed items.

Collect needed items.

Remove foil liner.

Remove foil liner.

Adding Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil.

Adding Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil.

Capped bottles of bubble bath.

Capped bottles of bubble bath waiting for labels.

Filled bottles of bubble bath.

Filled bottles of bubble bath.

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Emptying Diffuser Reed Bottles

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Do you remember the Wassail and Diffuser Reed Bottles post on January 8th? If you remember these fun diffuser reeds, then you will enjoy today. We are going to change out the fragrance in the diffuser reed bottle, but what do you do with the oil that is still in the bottle? Empty the bottle into a small bucket of salt! How do we do this? Hold onto your seats and you will find out.

You will need some salt, any type that you desire. I’m going to use about 2 lbs of Extra Large Salt. Put salt into a bucket and pour contents of the diffuser reed bottle over the salt. If you want, you can stir the salt to coat thoroughly. Now we have a bucket of salt that can sit outside on the patio or on the front porch and fragrance the area. Wow! That was really easy!

Clean out the diffuser reed bottle and you are now ready for a new scent! Remember, if the scents change to different notes, then you need to replace the reeds to avoid scent contamination.

You can also use this method instead of using diffuser reed bottles. Check the Potpourri Salt posts!

Andee
Next week is our Bath Tub Pleasure Week! Bath Fizzies for the kids and the kids at heart, bath oils for those leisurely evening baths, and bubble bath for bubbly entertainment! Wow! This is going to be so much fun!

Collect items.

Collect items.

Pour salt into bucket.

Pour salt into bucket.

Place reed in empty salt jar.

Place reed in empty salt jar.

Fragrance oils on salt before stirring.

Fragrance oils on salt before stirring.

Diffuser Reed Bottles
Pour in fragrance oils.

Pour in fragrance oils.

Starting to mix salt and fragrance oils.

Starting to mix salt and fragrance oils.

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Monster Away Spray

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
So, yesterday we dealt with how to make perfumes with alcohol. What if you want to make clear sprays, but don’t want to deal with alcohol issues? Cyclomethicone to the rescue! OK, before we get too far into the cyclomethicone blog post, I need to explain that cyclomethicone is NOT the perfect solution. It isn’t compatible with all fragrance oils, so testing is required. But, testing is simple and quick.

I’m going to explain how to test with cyclomethicone and then we will make a Monsters Away spray for kids.

Testing Cyclomethicone and Fragrance Oil compatibility:
Using clear dram vials, put 1 mL of cyclomethicone into the vial. Add 1 drop of fragrance oil. Watch the oil settle to the bottom, float on top, or disperse. It is important to watch the drop because not all fragrance oils have a color. It is very hard to see fragrance oils that are colorless, so watch carefully. Once you have determined where the drop went, cap and shake the bottle. Did the drop return to the bottom? Is it still floating on top? Is it completely mixed in?

We want a completely mixed in product. If you aren’t sure, and sometimes it is hard to tell, leave the bottle overnight and recheck it in the morning. Oils which are not compatible will remain separated from the cyclomethicone. Oils that are compatible will be completely mixed into the cyclomethicone.

Now, for making Monsters Away Sprays. We used some fun clip art from www.clipart.com and made the labels. We used the 1 fl oz cylinder bottles, with spray matching heads. These can be found in the Size 20 section of our Containers Catalog area.

Collect needed items:
Cyclomethicone
Fragrance Oil of your choice
Small Transfer Pipettes
Containers and caps

Let’s do about 1% fragrance oil. If you know the scent is compatible with Cyclomethicone, AND you want to make a lot of spray, then use 1 fl oz of scent into 1 gallon of cycomethicone. If you are making small amounts, like 1 bottle at a time, then put 28 mL cyclomethicone into the 1 fl oz bottle and 0.25 mL fragrance oil. Cap with sprayer. Shake well.

For kids sprays use something like Juicy Grape, Vanilla Cream, Wild Strawberry, Cotton Candy, or some other bright scent.

Label with a cute Monster Away label. If you are making a dry oil spray for adults, or tween-agers, that aren’t worried about monsters, then follow the same directions as above, but use a different label. You might try more perfume style fragrances like Rose, Cotton, Sandalwood, etc.

Monster Away Spray can be used in a bedroom, on a blanket or pillow before going to bed. Do not spray over hard surface floors. The cyclomethicone can make a wood or tile floor very slippery, so please use caution.

Would anyone care to write a Robert Munsch-esque story about sending monsters away while the kids sleep? I think some fun scented sprays would work into the story quite well. If you are not familiar with Robert Munsch, try to find Purple, Green and Yellow. This is one of my favorite stories. If you can’t find Purple, Green and Yellow, then get The Paper Bag Princess. You won’t be sorry. :-)

Andee
Next week is our Bath Tub Pleasure Week! Bath Fizzies for the kids and the kids at heart, bath oils for those leisurely evening baths, and bubble bath for bubbly entertainment! Wow! This is going to be so much fun!

The Monster Away Spray design from our graphics department!

The Monster Away Spray label from our graphics department!

Collect items.

Collect items.

Trim the tube to fit the bottle.

Trim the tube to fit the bottle.

Fill the bottle with Cyclomethicone.

Fill the bottle with Cyclomethicone.

Add fragrance oil to the bottle.

Add fragrance oil to the bottle.

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Shipping Alert

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

I just received a notice from UPS about a possible shipment disruption in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming due to severe winter weather.

Cause: Severe Winter Weather

Affected ZIP Codes:

Montana

59003 – 59043
59317 – 59351

North Dakota

58523 – 58530
58539
58643 – 58656

South Dakota

57650 – 57651
57701 – 57799

Wyoming

82701 – 82732
82213 – 82242
82601 – 82648

Impacted Services: Severe winter weather is affecting areas of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. No Pickups, Deliveries, and On-Call Pickup are being made in impacted areas listed above.

Expected Resolution: Once weather permits.

If you live in these areas, I hope your packages get to you safely. If you need information regarding your package, please call our office (435.755.0863) between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are needing assistance after hours, e-mail info@thesage.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Perfumes & Body Mists

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Yesterday we covered room sprays, but what about perfumes and body mists? Using a body mist or perfume can help make a person smell nice when we go to events that we don’t want to smell like sweaty pigs, but we don’t want to smell like we have gone and jumped into a swimming pool of perfume either.

What is the difference between a perfume and a body mist?

A perfume is something applied in dabs. This is the small amount applied behind the ears and the wrists. Unfortunately our media advertising programs have worked against perfumes, and concentrated materials in general. We have been taught, through ads in all different mediums, that more is better. This is why perfumes have taken a lesser place in the market.

Body sprays, mists and splashes are all applied generously. Think of the commercials you see which splash gallons, or it appears as such, of scented liquid across the body. If this were a real perfume, then the body would stink until 2030! We don’t want you to lose your family because they can’t stand your new odor, or have the neighbors complain.

So, let’s consider the amounts of fragrance material used in each form of scenting liquids. Perfumes are 20 to 35% fragrance material. They are usually carried in alcohol, special denatured types so you won’t drink them to get drunk. Body sprays are often as little as 0.5% (this is half of 1%) and may go as high as 3%. Again, these are in special denatured alcohol.

Scenting the body is as much art as it is science. A person should never wear so much perfume/body spray that others can’t stand being in the same room. This much scent destroys the ability to smell, and offends other people, all at the same time.

If you want to make small amounts of perfumes or body sprays in alcohol, for your self and family, then you can use Everclear from the liquor store. If you chose to sell the products, you must get a special denatured alcohol and the necessary permits for purchasing, and storing, such an item.

To make with alcohol, let’s make something closer to a cologne or body spray. We will use the fine perfume atomizers for this project. Because this application uses a fair amount of material in the application (a full spray) we want to keep the amount of scenting oils low so the body isn’t overly scented.

Everclear or high % vodka
fragrance oil of choice
pipettes
atomizer

Measure 5 mL of alcohol into the atomizer bottle. Add 2% fragrance oil. (5 * 0.02 = 0.10) This is 0.10 mL of fragrance oil. Fill a pipette with fragrance oil. Count how many drops are in 1 mL of scent. There will probably be about 20. Each scent is different, and each pipette can be different too. Once you know how many drops are in a mL, calculate how many drops are needed. If 20 drops are in a mL, then the math looks like this 20 * 0.10 = 2. This means of the 20 drops in a single mL, we only need 10% for our project. 20 drops multiplied by 10% is 2 drops. Add the scent, in drops, to the alcohol in the atomizer bottle. Cap the atomizer. Shake well. Label. The body spray is done.

We have tested various scents, this one is lighter and fruitier, so we are using it at a higher usage rate. Something heavy like sandalwood or patchouly would be used at a lower rate.

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone how easy this was. They won’t believe you, but just in case they did, our secret would be out!

Notes:
Before you ask why the Everclear based perfume is still clear and the vodka based perfume is cloudy, I will explain that. The vodka is 50% alcohol content in volume, or 100 proof. The Everclear is 95% alcohol content in volume, or 190 proof. What is proof? Proof is simply the percentage doubled, or the arbitrary standardized strength of the liquor. Alcohol is a solvent, so if you have a higher percentage of alcohol, the finished perfume will stay clear. This is why the Everclear which has 95% alcohol is clear, while the vodka which has 50% alcohol is cloudy. The vodka has more water in it, so the water and oil don’t mix!

Andee
Next week is our Bath Tub Pleasure Week! Bath Fizzies for the kids and the kids at heart, bath oils for those leisurely evening baths, and bubble bath for bubbly entertainment! Wow! This is going to be so much fun!

Collect needed items.

Collect needed items.

Adding fragrance oil to the vodka.

Adding fragrance oil to the vodka.

Vodka and fragrance oil.

Vodka and fragrance oil.

Adding fragrance oil to Everclear.

Adding fragrance oil to Everclear.

Everclear perfume on the left and vodka perfume on the right.

Everclear perfume on the left and vodka perfume on the right.

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Room Sprays

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Are you familiar with the MMS Product Samplers? These Room Sprays are so much fun and they make your house smell good. I have heard several customers asking how to make room sprays just like these, so I thought I would answer this question in today’s post.

Collect needed items:
Water
Fragrance or Essential Oil of Choice (I’m going to use Fresh Fruit Salsa Fragrance Oil)
Polysorbate 20 or Polysorbate 80 (I’m using Polysorbate 80)
Scale
Glass Beaker or mixing jar
Notebook or paper for math work (optional)
Containers for Room Sprays

Recipe as a Formulation:
5% Fragrance or Essential Oil
5% Polysorbate of choice
90% Water

Wait a minute! How do I determine how much fragrance oil and polysorbate I need? That is an easy question.

For today’s post, I’m using a 2 oz PET Bottle, Size 20 (101-1141). We need to simply move the decimal point from behind the 2 to in front of the 2 to get 10 % of the entire bottle.

Example: 2.0 —- 0.20 = 10% of 2 fl oz

Divide the 10% in half for the needed 5% of fragrance oil and the other 5% of Polysorbate. Weigh the needed amount of fragrance oil and Polysorbate, and then fill the bottles. Once the bottles have been filled with the needed amount of our fragrance and Polysorbate mixture, you can add the water.

Wow! That was amazingly easy! Tomorrow we are going to cover making perfumes and body mists, so stay tuned! (Wait! I’m not a radio announcer, so what am I doing?)

Andee
Next week is our Bath Tub Pleasure Week! Bath Fizzies for the kids and the kids at heart, bath oils for those leisurely evening baths, and bubble bath for bubbly entertainment! Wow! This is going to be so much fun!

One of the Product Sampler Room Sprays.

One of the Product Sampler Room Sprays.

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Light Facial Cream

Friday, March 20th, 2009
After using a face mask, it is highly recommended that you moisturize your face. Face creams are a nice addition to your products, whether or not you use a face mask. Light face creams can be also be a source of great bonding time with the family. When I was a little girl, I would lay down with my head in my mom’s lap and we would talk about anything that came to mind. While we talked, Mom would rub a light face cream into my cheeks and then when we were done, she would give me a great big hug. Whether it is with children, grandchildren or even a spouse, this time is special.

Any way you want to use this wonderful Light Facial Cream from our recipes section is up to you. This cream even has Hydrovance instead of Glycerin for its great long term moisturizing properties! What are we waiting for? Let’s get rolling with the cream!

Collect needed items:
Water
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Evening Primrose Oil
Hydrovance
Stearic Acid
Apricot Kernel Oil
Meadowfoam Oil
MMS Aloe Extract
Squalane
Vitamin E Acetate
Germaben II
Essential or Fragrance Oil of your choice (This is optional. I’m going to use Fruit Slices Fragrance Oil)
Scale
Small Transfer Pipette
Mixing Bucket
Spoon
Immersion Blender (optional)
Containers to fill with finished product

I’m also going to add 1 drop of the Purple Raspberry and 2 drops of the Lemon Yellow liquid colors from the January 12 2009 post.

Recipe:
380 grams Water
45 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
20 grams Emulsifying Wax
10 grams Evening Primrose Oil
10 grams Hydrovance
7 grams Stearic Acid
5 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
5 grams Meadowfoam Oil
5 grams MMS Aloe Extract
2 grams Squalane
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate

3.75 grams Germaben II
2.5 grams Essential or Fragrance Oil (optional)

Weigh all ingredients except Germaben II and Essential or Fragrance Oil. Microwave using short bursts of time until melted or mostly melted. You can use the immersion blender to completely blend in small chunks of Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax. Allow to cool until not overly hot to the touch. Add the Germaben II and Essential or Fragrance Oil. Make sure everything is blended thoroughly. I like to add my color last, to check how well the mixing has progressed.

Yay! We now are finished with the cream and we need to fill our jars.

Guess what? 5 of these samples are going to be pulled aside for the Mother’s Day Gift Baskets! WOW!

Andee
Next week is all about making the home air smell good. We are going to make room sprays and linen sprays! Don’t forget about the Monster Away Sprays for Kids!

Collect needed supplies.

Collect needed supplies.

Weighing oils.

Weighing oils.

Adding water to oils.

Adding water to oils.

Melting the waxes.

Melting the waxes.

Oils before mixing.

Oils before mixing.

Mixing the lotion.

Mixing the lotion.

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Another Clay Facial Mask

Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Yesterday we made a clay face mask with oils, but if you have extremely oily skin, that mask won’t work well for you. Today I’m going to show you a clay face mask without oils. This mask is definitely more fluid than yesterday’s mask, easier to apply and cool on the skin.

Collect needed items:
Water
Hydrovance
Liquid Germall Plus
Hydrosol of your choice (I’m using Rose Hydrosol)
Fragrance or Essential Oil of your choice (optional, I’m using Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil)
Clay of your choice (I’m using French Green Clay)
Scale
Transfer Pipette
Spoon
Mixing Bowl
Containers for finished product

Recipe:
35 grams of Water
5 grams of Hydrovance
0.5 gram of Liquid Germall Plus
10 grams of Rose Hydrosol
5 – 10 drops of Essential Oil if desired
49.5 grams of French Green Clay

Weigh liquid items into mixing bowl and stir briefly. Weigh clay either directly into liquids or into separate bowl to be added to liquids. Stir. At first the mixture will look like pancake or waffle batter with all the bubbles. Don’t worry! Walk away from the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes. If you keep wanting to check the mixture, then do something else like roll the laundry, run a load of dishes, check your e-mail, walk out to the mailbox, dance a crazy person around the house, etc. :-)

Now come back to check and stir your mixture. There aren’t many lumps or bubbles as there were before. Clay needs time to absorb all of the water. Just ask any good mud pie maker about giving clay the necessary time to absorb water.

The mask is smooth and ready to put in jars.

Wait a minute! Yesterday I forgot to share how to fill the jars. Simply fill a disposable plastic pastry bag or a zipper-style storage bag with the mixture. Cut off the end of the bag and squeeze the bag to fill the containers. Warning, this method will need strong hands. You can use a rubber scraper on the outside of the bag to scape everything last bit out.

Notes:
You can use various essential oils or hydrosols for different users. For example, you can make a mask with Tea Tree Essential Oil and Peppermint Hydrosol for acne prone skin and you could also make a mask with Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil and Rose Hydrosol for mature skin. You can make any blend you can think of. If you don’t want to use a hydrosol, then you can simply replace the hydrosol with water.

Andee
Next week is all about making the home air smell good. We are going to make room sprays and linen sprays! Don’t forget about the Monster Away Sprays for Kids!

Collect needed items.

Collect needed items.

Add French Green Clay to liquids.

Add French Green Clay to liquids.

Mix all ingredients.

Mix all ingredients.

Clumpy mixture.

Clumpy mixture.

Smooth face mask now.

Smooth face mask.

Filling the containers with face mask.

Filling the containers with face mask.

Filled jars.

Filled jars.

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Clay Facial Mask

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Clay face masks are wonderful for removing excess oil, contaminants, and dead skin. Today we are going to make a clay mask.

Collect needed items:
Water
Hydrovance
Liquid Oil of your choice (I’m using Sunflower Oil)
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Clay of Choice (I’m using Pink Kaolin)
Liquid Germall Plus
Fragrance or Essential Oil of your choice (I’m using Lemongrass Essential Oil)
Scale
Transfer Pipette
Mixing Spoon
Mixing Bowl
Containers for finished product

Recipe
56.34 grams Water
4.12 grams Hydrovance
9.39 grams Liquid Oil
3.47 grams Emulsifying Wax
2.07 grams Stearic Acid
23.46 grams of Clay of Choice
0.66 grams Liquid Germall Plus
0.05 grams of desired fragrance or essential oil

Weigh ingredients into your container except the clay, preservative and essential oil. Microwave for short bursts of time until the oils are melted. Mix ingredients together thoroughly and let cool until thickened. Add clay, preservative and essential oil, then stir. You may need a rubber scraper to scrape the sides of your container. Once everything is mixed together, fill your containers and then enjoy a relaxing time!

This clay mask is not as drying as most and will work well for most skin types. If you have extremely oily skin, try a different mask recipe, without additional oils. I’ll give a quick one tomorrow.

Andee
Next week is all about making the home air smell good. We are going to make room sprays and linen sprays! Don’t forget about the Monster Away Sprays for Kids!

Edit:
Whoops! I forgot to mention that this mask will be in the Mother’s Day Gift Baskets! Don’t forget to enter the drawing!

Collect supplies.

Collect supplies.

All ingredients except Pink Kaolin Clay.

All ingredients except clay, preservative, and essential oil.

Mixed ingredients after 45 seconds in the microwave.

Mixed ingredients after 45 seconds in the microwave.

Ingredients after they have cooled.

Ingredients after they have cooled.

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Precious Cuticles

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
I’m not the most girly-girl, I’ll admit that right up front. I’d rather be out on the shooting range than any where else. My dad and I joke that the only powder I wear is gunpowder. Having said that, I enjoy hangnails, shredded fingernails, and dry cuticles as much as the next girl. Not!

This brings me to today’s topic, the cuticles. We all need to care for these precious cuticles, but sometimes a hand cream isn’t enough. If you have ever had a manicure, or a pedicure, you know that the cuticles have their own special oil or jelly. Keeping the skin soft enough to
avoid ripping is important, otherwise you might get an itchy trigger finger. :-)

What is the difference between a cuticle oil and a cuticle jelly?

Cuticle oils are fluid, jellies are semi-fluid. Both are useful, and preference is the only reason you would choose one versus the other. If you tend to not like oily hands then a jelly is more in line. If you have very dry skin and feel like a bit of oil would help stop evaporation from the skin, then an oil is probably better. For typing or gun handling activities, I prefer a jelly because my fingers don’t slip around as much. For activities like driving, riding, hiking or sleeping, the oil is nice.

I’m going to make the Cuticle Gelly recipe in our recipes section, and in honor of today, I’m going to color it green for Saint Patrick’s Day.

2 grams Carnauba Wax
30 grams Mango Oil
5 grams Sweet Almond Butter
5 grams Avocado Oil
8 grams Evening Primrose Oil
5 grams Cranberry Seed Oil
30 grams Sunflower Oil
8 grams Lanolin
5 grams White Cocoa Butter

1 gram Squalane
1.06 grams fragrance oil (I chose Lemon Zinger for a fresh and zippy scent
Touch of Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color (optional)

Equipment

scale
microwave safe container
1/4 oz Dropper Bottles or Lip Brush Pen
spoon
transfer pipette

Weigh all ingredients except for fragrance oil, color and Squalane in to microwave safe container. Melt these ingredients in the microwave using short bursts of time. The Lanolin and Carnauba Wax will be last items to melt, so don’t worry. Do be careful though, you don’t want
to overheat the mixture. Once everything has been melted, add the fragrance oil, color and Squalane. Whoa! Wait a minute! I only added blue color. How do I expect it to turn green? The Lanolin of course! Lanolin has a light yellow/orange color. Once you add the blue color,
green magically appears after some stirring.

Once the everything has been mixed, you are now ready to fill your containers! Cap your containers and you are now finished. Don’t these bottles look fantastic!

This mixture leaves the finger nail and cuticle area feeling soft, smooth and velvety. No itchy, twitchy trigger fingers. :-)

Andee
Next week is all about making the home air smell good. We are going to make room sprays and linen sprays! Don’t forget about the Monster Away Sprays for Kids!

Collect needed items.

Collect needed items.

Weigh all ingredients into beaker.

Weigh all ingredients into beaker.

Stiring mixture after 30 seconds.

Stiring mixture after 30 seconds.

Stirring again after 30 more seconds.

Stirring again after 30 more seconds.

Adding Squalane to melted mixture.

Adding Squalane to melted mixture.

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