Last Day for Perfumer’s Kit Post Submissions!

Today is the last day for submissions for blog and video posts. I’m very excited since I have had several submissions for the months of October and November. We will continue accepting submissions for each month since I have almost 30 more kits to give away! Isn’t that exciting?

Not sure if your post is eligible for the contest? We are looking for blogs or videos showing the use of MMS products to make your own products. It is not necessary to have photographs, you can simply have the instructions for a recipe and notes about it. Check the September winners to see if you are eligible.

Andee

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful day and if you need to travel, please travel safely. Enjoy your day and we will see you on Monday! All orders placed over the Thanksgiving break will be processed Monday. We will ship as many orders as possible on Monday, so I expect we will almost fill the UPS truck!

UPS Delivery Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 25 Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS Next Day Air® packages picked up today will be delivered on Friday, Nov. 27. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Monday, Nov. 30

Thursday, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day No UPS pickup or delivery service.

Friday, Nov. 27 Delivery of UPS air and international packages only. No UPS Ground pickups or deliveries today.

USPS Delivery Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 25 Normal pickup and delivery service.

Thursday, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day No USPS pickup or delivery service.

Friday, Nov. 27 Normal pickup and delivery service.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by December 1st for posts during October and November.

Andee

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Oatmeal Cold Process Soap – How fine to grind

Oatmeal has been used in skin care for centuries and for good reasons too! The starches in oatmeal sooth the skin and the oatmeal also provides gentle cleansing properties. I have wondered how fine do we need to grind the oatmeal for it be be nice in soap, yet not leave whole oats in our belly buttons. As I was reading a blog that has been submitted for the Perfumer’s Kit, the blog writer mentioned that she hated the feeling of whole oats in her soap and not to mention the mess left behind!

We all love the properties that oatmeal can provide, but we DON’T like whole oats in our soap. If you are including oatmeal in your soap, it is usually because of the soothing properties and whole oats don’t contribute to soothing skin. The best way to include oats in your soap is to use ground oats, typically the texture of oat flour or a little coarser. (Just like the oat flour I made for the Brown Sugar Body Glaze!)

We recommend using 1 to 6 teaspoons of finely ground oat flour per pound of fats to your soap. Remember, too much of one ingredient can be a bad thing! The more oatmeal you add, the coarser your final bar of soap will become. This recommendation suits any style of solid soap, whether it is Cold Process, Hot Process or Melt & Pour Soap.

Want to try making your own Oatmeal soap? Try either the Oatmeal Cinnamon Soap or the Oatmeal and Honey Almond Soap recipes from our Recipes section. Next week I’ll make both batches and show you how we make these wonderful soaps!

Happy soaping!

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by December 1st for posts during October and November.

Andee

Soap with whole oats.
Soap with whole oats.

Whole oats on the left and oat flour on the right. I know which one I want in my soap.
Whole oats on the left and oat flour on the right. I know which one I want in my soap.
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Fragrance Highlights

I have a few fragrance oils that I have been asked to describe many times while helping customers over the phone. I thought I would take today to describe these fragrances and tell you more about these neat fragrances!

Punch Party Fragrance Oil: Many times we look for tropical scents to bring the fun of summer into our body care products year round. Punch Party is a fantastic tropical blend and even can help chase away the winter blues that will be headed our way soon. When I describe this fragrance, I tell the customers to think of a piña colada with faint notes of bananas, lemons and topping the piña colada off with a sweet red raspberry instead of the tradition maraschino cherry. Let me tell you, this fragrance is perfect for the young and the young at heart or any one who loves tropical scents.

Oceanus (type) Fragrance Oil: I think our Oceanus is a spectacular clean smell. Whenever I smell this, I imagine that I’m sitting near an ocean side cliff surrounded by evergreen trees, wild flowers and sweet berry bushes while the ocean wind whips past me. If you can’t tell, I have a very active imagination that may not be true. Wouldn’t you love to have this clean fresh scent fill your home instead of the harsh smells of cleaners?

Tahitian Flowers Fragrance Oil: If you are a gardener or know some one who is a gardener, this is a perfect fragrance for those who have their own special collection of flowers. If you are familiar with the scent of Southern Gardenia or the scent of the Northern Lilac, then you will feel as if these flowers have taken a magical journey to the tropical islands of Tahiti and blended with a faint tang of tropical fruits in the gentle breeze. This is a staff favorite and for good reason! We can’t keep our hands off it!

Lotus: This fragrance smells amazing on both men and women alike. The fragrance seems to be built around the sturdy scent of jasmine and sweet tea roses, but don’t let the floral notes fool you. The base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, amber, vanilla and sweet musk are enough to make any man perfectly happy to wear this fragrance and the light citrus ties this fragrance all together. This would be excellent for a his and hers massage cream or even as a theme scent for a newly-wed gift basket. Do be warned, I’ve been told this is up in the ranks of sensual fragrances!

Starfruit: Yummy! This fragrance always makes me feel like I’m hungry again. (Even if I just ate a little while ago. Or it that because I’m still burning most of the food I eat?) This is an amazing cross of scents, northern fruits crossed with tropical fruits and I think it takes the best from both worlds! Sweet peaches and green apples from the first frost harvest combined with the a perfect starfruit, freshly picked oranges and tangy grapefruit. The best way to tie these two sides of the world together is with lilies and green herbal tea. What could be better than the joining of these scents into one special fragrance?

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by December 1st for posts during October and November.

Andee

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Neat Chocolate Research in the Cosmetic Industry!

Just recently I had this very interesting study brought to my attention. As I had talked about chocolate on Monday, I thought you would find this very interesting.

“Researchers from the London University of the Arts and the European Dermatology London reported that the consumption of dark chocolate rich in flavanols can protect skin from UV light. This research was published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Cocoa beans are known to be rich in flavanols although, according to the report, conventional chocolate-making can reduce the bean’s high antioxidant capacity. The researchers therefore sought to evaluate the photo-protective potential of chocolate consumption by comparing a conventional dark chocolate to a specially produced chocolate with preserved high flavanol (HF) levels.

A double-blind in vivo study was conducted in 30 healthy subjects (22 women and eight men) who were randomly assigned in two groups of 15 to consume either 20 g of an HF chocolate or a low flavanol (LF) chocolate daily. The minimal erythema dose (MED) was assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks under standardized conditions.

The study confirmed that in the HF chocolate group, the mean MED more than doubled after 12 weeks of chocolate consumption, while in the LF chocolate group, the MED remained inignificantly changed. Therefore, the group that consumed the HF dark chocolate had an improved skin resistance to UV rays.

Undoubtedly, this research could be used by chocolate-makers to support the production of HF dark chocolate; however, it could potentially be used by personal care product developers as well to support the manufacture of HF dark chocolate nutricosmetics.

The study was lead by Stefanie Williams, MD, a dermatologist at the cosmetic science group, London University of the Arts, and the European Dermatology London.” (From Cosmetics & Toiletries Magazine)

I really like this idea. Now where can I find some chocolate with High Flavanol levels?

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by December 1st for posts during October and November.

Andee

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Directions and a Map to Majestic Mountain Sage

Recently, I had to help a customer find where we are located and while I gave her directions, I realized that it might be helpful to list directions for those coming from out of the county.

Directions from Salt Lake City:
Follow 1-15 North to Brigham City. Take Exit 364 (1100 South) into Brigham City and take the right fork of the exit. This will put you on Highway 89. After you get off I-15 you will see a Wal-Mart on the right side of the road. You are on the correct road.

Follow Highway 89 into Logan. You will go through a small canyon, but the road is four lanes. Be careful going through Mantua – this is a “COP TRAP.”

As you come down out of the canyon (called Sardine Canyon) you will see the whole valley and it is a beautiful view. Stay on Highway 89/91 and you will pass a Burger King in Wellsville on the left side of the road. In Nibley, you will pass a sign that drops the speed limit down to 55 miles per hour. At this time you will want to be in the left lane, because you will be turning left soon. You will pass a Comfort Inn on your right and there will be a Flying J gas station on your left up 300 ahead. There is a left turn right before this Flying J. TURN LEFT HERE! This intersection is an odd Y type road way. Once you are on this left hand turn street (called 1000 West or 10th West) you need to travel from the south end of town toward the north side. Remember the key to all Utah addresses is the quadrant system: 700 North is 7 city blocks north of the main city road (Center Street), 1000 West is 10 city blocks west of the main city road (Main Street).

While on 10th West, you will pass ICON Health and Fitness, then an elementary school, then LW’s Truck Stop at 200 North. The light here at 200 North and 10th West is notoriously short. The buildings in our complex are white with red and green trim. Our building is the ONLY building in the complex that faces north. Once you are in the complex, you will be able to see the MMS logo on our windows. Helpful hint for your trip through this part of Utah: the mountains closest to you are on your right, this is also East.

Our address is 918 West 700 North Suite 104. For all the instructions and maps, this is very easy to find. 700 North is within the complex and is not a through city street. If you would rather have our latitude and longitude for a GPS unit, we are at latitude: 41.744167 longitude: -111.8575.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by December 1st for posts during October and November.

Andee

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Veteran’s Day Salute from The Sage

FlagToday is Veteran’s Day in the United States. I would like to extend a salute from all of us here at The Sage to those who have served our country. To those that have served overseas or here at home, we are thankful for your dedicated service to the well being of the United States and her citizens. To those still serving, we are thankful for your choice to serve and may you come home safely. To every veteran who served our country honorably, whether you have served with the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Police, Firefighters, or Paramedics, whether you served during war or peacetime, you have our gratitude.

I know both family and friends that have served or are serving and as well as others who will never come home. I respect all of these courageous men and woman who have given me the opportunity to live in a country I am proud to call home.

Thank you to all veterans, whether you are past, present, or future, you are my heroes!

Andee

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Soda Ash

Last week, I was helping a customer with some questions she had about soap, when she asked me how she could get rid of the soda ash on her soap. At first, I had to admit that I was stumped. After all, I had experienced soda ash on my soap before. Personally, I feel the soda ash adds character to the initial bar of soap and I have never had the desire to remove it when the soda ash will wash off the first time the soap is used. However, this is my opinion and not everyone will agree with me.

After I finished talking to the customer, I tracked down the technical support team and asked for more information about soda ash. Let’s start with the basics, what is soda ash? Soda ash is sodium carbonate that has formed when Sodium Hydroxide in the soap has had contact with Carbon Dioxide in the air.

How do I prevent soda ash from forming on my soap? Simply cover the surface of your soap with plastic wrap after pouring the soap into the mold. We prefer Saran Wrap to other plastic wraps since it doesn’t seem to stick to itself as much. Allow your soap to sit for the normal amount of time before you cut your soap. Peel the plastic wrap off your soap and cut. You shouldn’t have soda ash on the top of your soap now. Wasn’t that amazing?

Happy Soaping!

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by December 1st for posts during October and November.

Andee

The orange arrow points to soda ash on the surface of the soap.
The orange arrow points to soda ash on the surface of the soap.
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Fudgy Chocolate Melt & Pour Soap

Here at MMS, most of us really enjoy chocolate and for good reason! Chocolate is one of the most popular flavors across the world. I can’t forget the wonderful benefits of chocolate either! The two main alkaloids in chocolate, theobromine(thē’ō-brō’mēn’) and phenylethylamine(fěn’əl-ěth’ə-lə-mēn’), have positive effects on the body. They have been linked to lowering blood pressure and raising serotonin levels in the brain (these are the chemicals that help make you happy). Chocolate even has a good number antioxidants to help fight free radicals. Of course, dark chocolate is more beneficial than milk chocolate. I could obviously talk about chocolate for pages, but I won’t. Instead, I’m going to talk about making a Melt & Pour Soap that looks like fudge and naturally smells like it too!

Collect needed supplies:
White or Transparent Melt and Pour Soap
Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil
Brown Oxide Color
Silver Mica
Long Loaf Soap Mold
Container for melting soap
Transfer Pipette
Scale
Mixing Spoon
Immersion blender
Measuring Spoon
Cutting Knife

Recipe:
5 pounds Melt & Pour Soap
1.2 ounces Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil (34 grams)
1 Tablespoon Brown Oxide Color
1 teaspoon Silver Mica

Weigh Melt & Pour Soap Base into a container for melting soap. I placed my soap in a 2 gallon soap bucket and melted the soap in the microwave. It took about 10 minutes to melt the soap. Once the soap was melted, I used the immersion blender to mix the fragrance oil into the soap. Then I added the Brown Oxide Color and blended until I couldn’t see any more lumps of color. I added the Silver Mica to help add a light catching texture to the brown color.

Notes:
I used a batch of Melt & Pour Soap I had mis-colored, instead of using a plain white or transparent Melt & Pour Soap. It didn’t affect the color since I was using a pigment and pigments cover colors. You can duplicate my mistake by using part White Melt & Pour Soap and part Transparent Melt & Pour Soap.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by December 1st for posts during October and November.

Andee

My completely melted soap.
My completely melted soap.
Adding Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil.
Adding Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil.
Starting to blend the Brown Oxide into the soap.
Starting to blend the Brown Oxide into the soap.

Brown Oxide completely mixed into the soap.
Brown Oxide completely mixed into the soap.

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How to get Fragrance Samples

Did you know that it is really simple to request small fragrance samples every time you place an order? The picture to the right shows an example order with a fragrance request. Fill out the comments section with something like this. “I would like to smell Starfruit, Soothing Chamomile and Summer Melon. May I have some samples?” When our order department processes your order, they add your sample request to the order!

Each sample vial is taped to a sachet card and the name of the fragrance is handwritten on the card. After you receive your order, remove the stopper from the vial and place the sachet card over the opening of the vial. Turn the vial upside down and allow the fragrance to soak into the card. Turn over again and replace the stopper. Wave the card toward your face in a fanning motion to smell. Repeat again in 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour and 24 hours. This allows you to smell the fragrance at the various stages of aging. At the beginning, you will smell the top notes that mellow out quickly and as time progresses, the middle notes will become more noticeable. Eventually, the base notes will be easier to define.

Make sure to write notes of your impression of the fragrance oil. These notes will help you if chaos strikes and then you can’t remember what the fragrance smelled like. I’ve been there and done that!

Doesn’t this sound so easy? Feel free to request samples of any fragrance next time you place an order.

On another note of business, don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Unfortunately, I did not receive any submissions for the month of October. Make sure you get your submissions in for any blogs or videos posted in October and November! Not sure what the rules are? Click here to see the original post.

Andee

Example of a sample request on an order.
Example of a sample request on an order.

Sample of Spicy Lime Fragrance Oil.
Sample of Spicy Lime Fragrance Oil.
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