Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009
Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful day and if you need to travel, please travel safely. Enjoy your day and we will see you back in the New Year! Our first day of work in 2010 will be January 4th!

UPS and USPS are closed. No deliveries will happen today.

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.

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Mary’s Elbow Cream

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Mary’s Elbow Cream is similar to Tina’s Lanolin Butter in the fact that they both were created as heavy salves for rough skin. What is the difference? The Tina’s Lanolin Butter has Liquid Glycerin in it, which is water soluble. The Glycerin means that the Tina’s Lanolin Butter is an emulsified product. Mary’s Elbow Cream does not have any water soluble ingredients, so it is anhydrous mixture (meaning there is no water in the mixture).

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Ingredients
Beeswax
Cranberry Seed Oil
Shea Butter, Unrefined
Olive Oil
Castor Oil
Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the 10 mL Lip Balm Jars.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
0.35 ounces Beeswax
0.71 ounces Cranberry Seed Oil
1.76 ounces Shea Butter, Unrefined
0.35 ounces Olive Oil
0.32 ounces Castor Oil
0.02 ounces Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
0.02 ounces Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Recipe in grams
10 grams Beeswax
20 grams Cranberry Seed Oil
50 grams Shea Butter, Unrefined
10 grams Olive Oil
9 grams Castor Oil
0.5 grams Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
0.5 grams Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
10% Beeswax
20% Cranberry Seed Oil
50% Shea Butter, Unrefined
10% Olive Oil
9% Castor Oil
0.5% Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
0.5% avender 40/42 Essential Oil

Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until all the ingredients have been melted. Do NOT microwave until the mixture is completely liquid as the mixture will be too hot to handle. The Beeswax will be the last ingredient to melt and if you are patient, simply stirring will melt the Beeswax. Pour into your containers and allow to cool. Try to not move the containers much until the cream has set to prevent accidental messes.

Notes:
Unlike the Tina’s Lanolin Butter, this recipe is suitable for Lotion Bar Tubes. It does melt at normal body temperature, so this can be massaged into your skin easily.

Definition of Anhydrous: Not containing water.

Merry Christmas!

Andee

Collect needed supplies.

Collect needed supplies.

Weigh all the ingredients.

Weigh all the ingredients.

Melted ingredients.

Melted ingredients.

10 mL jars filled with the cooling cream.

10 mL jars filled with the cooling cream.

Cooled cream on my finger.

Cooled cream on my finger.

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Lotion Bar with Acai Butter

Monday, December 21st, 2009
Recently we added Acai Butter to our catalog, and we have received several questions about what products can be made with this fun butter. Our response? Use it anywhere you would use other similar butters such as Shea, Mango, Almond or Olive Butters. Today, I’ll show you how to make our Lotion Bar Recipe with Acai Butter instead of Shea Butter.

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Ingredients
Beeswax
Cocoa Butter, Regular, Deodorized or White.
Acai Butter
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I’m using Lotion Bar Tubes)

Recipe: (Makes 6 ounces)

Recipe in ounces
1.5 ounces Beeswax
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
1.5 ounces Acai Butter
2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
0.08 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
Recipe in grams
42.5 grams Beeswax
28.4 grams Cocoa Butter
42.5 grams Acai Butter
56.7 grams Sweet Almond Oil
2.1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
Recipe in Percentages
25% Beeswax
16% Cocoa Butter
25% Acai Butter
33% Sweet Almond Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate

Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using shorts bursts of time until all of the ingredients are melted. It took me about 2-1/2 minutes, stirring about every 30 seconds. Once all the ingredients have been melted, pour into your lotion bar tubes or molds. Allow to cool completely before capping or removing from molds. The final lotion bar will be a beautiful tan color. This recipe will fill 9 Lotion Bar Tubes and each tube will contain approximately 0.64 ounces of product.

Notes:
There are specks of the Acai Seed in this butter, so don’t be alarmed by any particles that will settle down on the bottom of your microwave safe container.

If you would like to add a fragrance, use our Fragrance Calculator to calculate the amount of fragrance you want. Simply choose the “Lotion, Cream and Body Butter” product option and the weight of the complete recipe for the first step, then choose the fragrance or essential oil of your choice and click on the “Calculate” button on the bottom of the screen.

Merry Christmas!

Andee

Cooled Lotion Bar on my finger.

Cooled Lotion Bar on my finger.

Collect needed supplies.

Collect needed supplies.

Weigh all ingredients.

Weigh all ingredients.

Completely melted and ready to pour.

Completely melted and ready to pour.

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October & November MMS Perfumer’s Kit Winners

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Whoops! I thought I had announced the winners of the October & November kits, but apparently in the holiday rush, I forgot! I enjoyed reading all of the submissions. It was a hard task to choose the two winners since all of the posts were excellent. Both of the winners of the MMS Perfumer’s Kits were both new soap makers! I loved their perspectives and stories.

Winner #1

This blog post is a great tutorial of Sheri’s soap making process. Her blog was educational and entertaining. I hope you enjoy her post.

Winner #2

This blog post is informative from Alesia’s perspective of learning to make soap. She talks about how she is enjoying the chemistry of making soap and its appeal to her. I hope you enjoy her post

Congratulations to Sheri and Alesia! I will be contacting both of you for a shipping address. Soap making is a very exciting hobby, but the intensity of soap excitement is multiplied when we share it with others.

Remember, I still have several Perfumer’s Kits to give away. Each month will reveal a new lucky winner. Need an update on the rules? Click here to see the original post. I’m now accepting submissions for blogs and videos posted in the month of December.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Wow!

Merry Christmas!

Andee

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Mix Your Own Scrub Gift Jars, Part 2

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Yesterday, I made the Spa-erific Salt Scrub as a gift jar and I promised that we would make the Winter Survival Sugar Scrub today.

Collect needed items for the Winter Survival Sugar Scrub:

Ingredients
White Sugar
Brown Sugar
Sunflower Oil
Liquid Glycerin
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Satsuma Fragrance Oil
Honey Almond Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for the finished products (Bottles and Jars)
Jars: I used the 16 oz Deep Jar with Straight Black Lids.
Bottles: I used the 6 oz Frosted Bullet Bottles with Non-Dispensing Caps.

Recipe:

Recipe in Percentages

55% White Sugar
12% Brown Sugar
28% Sunflower Oil
1% Liquid Glycerin
3% Colorless Jojoba Oil
1% LiquaPar Oil
Calculate Satsuma Fragrance Oil
Calculate Honey Almond Fragrance Oil

Recipe in grams for 16 fl oz Deep Jar
272.2 grams White Sugar
59.4 grams Brown Sugar
138.6 grams Sunflower Oil
5 grams Liquid Glycerin
14.8 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
5 grams LiquaPar Oil
1 mL Satsuma Fragrance Oil
0.75 mL Honey Almond Fragrance Oil

Weigh your sugar and fill the jar of your choice with the sugar. I prefer to weigh the sugar and then place in a plastic bag to combine to prevent brown sugar clumps. Once the jar has the mixed sugar, cap and set aside. You are finished with the jar until you decorate.

Set the bottle of your choice on the scale and weigh each liquid ingredient into the bottle. After all the liquid ingredients have been weighed, cap the bottle with a non-dispensing cap. Now the bottle of liquids is ready!

Directions to include with your scrub gift.

Shake bottle of liquid ingredients until completely mixed. Pour half of the bottle into the jar and gently stir with a spoon. Empty the rest of the bottle into the jar and finish stirring. Now the scrub is ready to use! Stir before each use for optimal exfoliation. Use once a week for best results.

You could also include a washcloth or a bath poof, an after shower cream, and a lip balm.

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 January 1st for posts during December.

Andee

Finished scrub on my fingers.

Finished scrub on my fingers.

Finished jar of salt and bottle ready for labels and then gift giving.

Finished jar of salt and bottle ready for labels and then gift giving.

How I put together the scrub gift set:

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Collect needed supplies.

Weigh the white sugar.

Weigh the white sugar.

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Mix Your Own Scrub Gift Jars, Part 1

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
Every Christmas, when I make various bath products as gifts for friends and family, I hear “How do you do that?” and “This must be so hard, I can’t believe you actually make this by hand!” or my personal favorite, “I wish I could make this!” This year, I actually have a solution for those on my gift list that wish to make their own scrubs.

Let me tell you where my inspiration came from. I was looking online to find a suitable gift idea for a friend who only bakes occasionally, but always enjoys home baked goods. A large tin filled with my own baked goods? That might work, but it is a short lifetime gift and may not be consumed in time. Then I read about mixes in a jar. You simply add the ingredients in layers to the jar, decorate and then give with directions for use. This is when I had my little light bulb pop into action over my head! Why can’t I make a scrub that I layer the dry ingredients in a jar and mix the liquids in a bottle?

What are the advantages to this little gift? My friends can mix their own scrub, and I don’t have to worry about a scrub leaking in transit for those friends I ship Christmas packages. I don’t create the mess of trying to pour the scrub into jars, which is a big bonus in my eyes!

Today, I’ll show you how I made the Spa-erific Salt Scrub and tomorrow we will make the Winter Survival Sugar Scrub.

Collect needed items for the Spa-erific Salt Scrub:

Ingredients
Dead Sea Salt, Fine
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Sunflower Oil
Shower Gel & Liquid Hand Soap in One
Fragrance Oil of your choice (I used Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil)
LiquaPar Oil
Equipment
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for the finished products (Bottles and Jars)
Jars: I used the 16 oz Deep Jar with Straight Black Lids.
Bottles: I used the 6 oz Frosted Bullet Bottles with Non-Dispensing Caps.

Recipe:

Recipe in Percentages
75% Dead Sea Salt
3% Colorless Jojoba Oil
9% Sunflower Oil
12% MMS Liquid Soap Base
1% LiquaPar Oil
Desired Fragrance Oil Calculated
Recipe for 16 fl oz Deep Jar
14 ounces Dead Sea Salt
0.55 ounce Colorless Jojoba Oil
1.66 ounces Sunflower Oil
2.22 ounces MMS Liquid Soap Base
0.18 ounces LiquaPar Oil
2-3 ml desired Fragrance Oil

Weigh your salt and fill the jar of your choice with the salt. Once the jar has the salt, cap and set aside. You are finished with the jar until you decorate.

Set the bottle of your choice on the scale and weigh each liquid ingredient into the bottle. After all the liquid ingredients have been weighed, cap the bottle with a non-dispensing cap. Now the bottle of liquids is ready!

Directions to include with your scrub gift.

Shake bottle of liquid ingredients until completely mixed. Pour half of the bottle into the jar and gently stir with a spoon. Empty the rest of the bottle into the jar and finish stirring. Now the scrub is ready to use! Stir before each use for optimal exfoliation. Use once a week for best results.

You could also include a washcloth or a bath poof, an after shower cream, and a lip balm.

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 January 1st for posts during December.

Andee

Finished scrub on my finger.

Finished scrub on my finger.

Finished jar of salt and bottle ready for labels and then gift giving.

Finished jar of salt and bottle ready for labels and then gift giving.

How I put together the scrub gift set:

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Collect needed items.

Weigh salt into the jar.

Weigh salt into the jar.

Weigh liquids into the bottle.

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Tina’s Lanolin Butter

Monday, December 14th, 2009
Do you know anyone that has rough and chapped hands or feet? Every winter, I can guarantee if I don’t take care of my hands, they will become so rough that I’m more likely to have my hands catch on jackets and that always HURTS! I love this formulation as a bedtime ritual for healing my hands. I simply rub the butter over my hands, then cover my hands with cotton gloves (or socks) and sleep. It is amazing how much softer my hands feel the next morning. This method also works on feet!

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Ingredients
Lanolin
Shea Butter, Refined
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Glycerin, Vegetable Derived
Conditioning Emulsifier
Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products

Recipe: (Makes 8 fl oz)

Recipe in grams
112 grams Lanolin
56 grams Shea Butter, Refined
31 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
5 grams Vitamin E Acetate
50 grams Liquid Glycerin
5 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
15 drops Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Recipe in ounces
3.95 ounces Lanolin
1.98 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
1.09 ounces Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.18 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
1.76 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.18 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
15 drops Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the essential oils into the microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time. Stir after each burst to help melt the Lanolin without making the temperatures too hot. It took my batch a total of 2 minutes in the microwave with stirring every 45 seconds or so. The glycerin will become hot quickly and since it settles to the bottom of your container, the bottom will not be a place to hold until all ingredients have been mixed together thoroughly. Add the essential oils and stir until the mixture has cooled sufficiently to pour into your desired containers.

Notes:
If your Lanolin is very stiff and hard to get out of the container, feel free to microwave it for about 30 to 45 seconds to warm the Lanolin enough to scoop it easily.

You can also find this recipe in our Recipes Section in the Lotions, Creams & Other Things Section under Tina’s Lanolin Butter.

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 January 1st for posts during December.

Andee

The cooled butter on my finger.

The cooled butter on my finger.

Collect needed supplies.

Collect needed supplies.

Weighing the lanolin.

Weighing the lanolin.

Adding the Conditioning Emulsifier.

Adding the Conditioning Emulsifier.

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Macadamia Lip Balm

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
I had so much fun making this lip balm, I forgot to take pictures for my first six batches! This lip balm is a wonderful, non-fractionating type for the pocket. This is a lightly flavored lip balm. My intention was to have a smooth, buttery lip balm that kept a balmy mixture on the lips like a high end, long-lasting lipstick.

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Ingredients
Macadamia Nut Oil
Beeswax
Soy Butter
Kukui Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Cheesecake Flavor Oil
White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble (Optional)
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Mixing Spoons
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the Rectangular Slider Tins)

Recipe:

Percentages
30% Macadamia Nut Oil
20% Beeswax
30% Soy Butter
18% Kukui Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
1% Cheesecake Flavor Oil
Touch of White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Grams
30 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
20 grams Beeswax
30 grams Soy Butter
18 grams Kukui Oil
1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
1 grams Cheesecake Flavor Oil
Touch of White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble

Weigh all ingredients except the Vitamin E Acetate and Cheesecake Flavor into your microwave safe container. Microwave in short bursts until all ingredients are melted. The beeswax will take the most time to melt, but if you stir the lip balm after the other oils have been heated, it will melt quickly. Once the oils have been melted, add the Vitamin E Acetate and Cheesecake Flavor. Once all of the ingredients have been mixed together, I added a touch of White Lip Balm Color to the melted lip balm. Stir until all of the color has been incorporated into the mixture.

Set your rectangular lip balm tins out to pour the lip balm into them. This lip balm can cool quickly, so make sure you don’t dawdle in pouring. You may have to reheat the lip balm to continue pouring.

Notes:
Each tin held between 8 to 9 grams of lip balm and still were able to be closed without scraping off the top surface. I filled 12 to 13 tins with each 100 gram batch

I was able to test several flavors for consideration as new products. If you get one of these samples, I would love to hear your opinion about these flavors. The flavors I tested were Butterscotch, Red Licorice and Pomegranate. We have had several requests for these flavors, so now we looking for your opinion.

Collect needed supplies.

Collect needed supplies.

Weighing ingredients.

Weighing ingredients.

Beeswax is almost completely melted.

Beeswax is almost completely melted.

Adding Cheesecake Flavor.

Adding Cheesecake Flavor.

What if you want to make a different sized batch than the 100 gram batch I made? Simply decide how much lip balm you want to make, either in ounces or grams. Once you have determined the amount of lip balm to make, multiply that weight by each percent to get the necessary weight for your ingredients. For example, if you want a 10 ounce batch, multiply the final weight by the percentage. When multiplying percentages, think of your percentages as parts of a dollar: 30% is 30 pennies and therefore 0.3, 18% is 18 pennies and therefore0.18, and so on.

Your math should look like this.

Amount of Lip Balm to Make
10 ounces
Same
Same
Same
Same
Same
Written as Percentage or Decimal
30% or 0.3
20% or 0.2
30% or 0.3
18% or 0.18
1% or 0.01
1% or 0.01

Final Ingredient Weight
3 ounces
2 ounces
3 ounces
1.8 ounces
0.1 ounce
0.1 ounce

Percentages confuse you? Try reading the Ratios, Percentages and Parts Per… post.

Recipe with Size Variations Examples:

10 ounces to fill 50 tubes
10 * 30% = 3 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil
10 * 20% = 2 ounces Beeswax
10 * 30% = 3 ounces Soy Butter
10 * 18% = 1.8 ounces Kukui Oil
10 * 1% = 0.1 ounce Vitamin E Acetate
10 * 1% = 0.1 ounce Cheesecake Flavor Oil
Touch of White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
13 ounces to fill 50 Size 33 Jars
13 * 30% = 3.9 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil
13 * 20% = 2.6 ounces Beeswax
13 * 30% = 3.9 ounces Soy Butter
13 * 18% = 2.34 ounces Kukui Oil
13 * 1% = 0.13 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
13 * 1% = 0.13 ounces Cheesecake Flavor Oil
Touch of White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble

Aloha!

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 January 1st for posts during December.

Andee
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Head to Toe Cream Samples

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Head to Toe Cream

Head to Toe Cream

I have finished about 320 samples (2 fl oz) of the Head to Toe Cream and they will be shipping out with orders! Yippee! If you get one of these samples or you have used the Head to Toe Cream before, I would love to hear your thoughts about this cream. I think it is my favorite moisturizing base in our entire catalog!

Good Luck!

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 January 1st for posts during December.

Andee

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Macadamia Nuts

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Macadamia nuts are plentiful on Oahu. A ripe, harvested nut looks like this:

Ripe, harvested macadamia nuts.

Ripe, harvested macadamia nuts.

The crack open this nut, Mother Nature has given you a hint: look for the small white-ish dot and apply pressure there. Special nut crackers can be used or a direct hit with a hammer will work.

Macadamia nuts are large and a great resource of oil. The nuts and their outer shells remind me of hazelnuts, sometimes known as filberts, except macadamia nuts are bigger than hazel nuts.

Here are some cracked open macadamia nuts.

Opened macadamia nuts on the left and empty shells on the right

Opened macadamia nuts on the left and empty shells on the right

These nuts offer an oil that is high in oleic acid and is very shelf stable.

I’m going to share 3 recipes with you that focus on Macadamia Nut Oil. Because macadamia oil has shown to be helpful to the skin for UV protection, I am going to make a lip balm. I’m also making a massage oil which can be used as a face and skin oil to moisturize the skin. And lastly, I will be making macadamia pancakes. I know that isn’t cosmetic related, but I liked the pancakes and French Toast from Boots & Kimo’s in Kailua. Their mac sauce is yummy. While I can’t duplicate their dreamy sauce, I can make pancakes.

Aloha!

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 January 1st for posts during December.

Andee

Macadamia nut cracker ready to be used.

Macadamia nut cracker ready to be used.

Cracked macadamia in the nut cracker.

Cracked macadamia in the nut cracker.

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