|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:
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!
|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!
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:
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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|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
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!
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:
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)
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
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?)
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!
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:
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Evening Primrose Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
MMS Aloe Extract
Vitamin E Acetate
Essential or Fragrance Oil of your choice (This is optional. I’m going to use Fruit Slices Fragrance Oil)
Small Transfer Pipette
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.
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!
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!
|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:
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.
|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:
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.
|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
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
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
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.