Archive for January, 2010

Money Roses

Friday, January 29th, 2010
Have you ever had a birthday sneak up on you so suddenly? I have and it usually means I’m scrambling to find the perfect gift at the last minute. Today, I’ll show you how to make a money rose for those surprise occasions or the recipient that is next to impossible to shop for. This gift is fun to make and give. You can give any amount of money you desire with the minimum of $6 (United States Dollars). Doesn’t that just sound fun? See photo 1.

Photo 1. Completed roses.

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Winter Sunshine Soap

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
When you live in a climate like ours, winter always seems cold, long and dreary. During the worst of the winter months, we keep our spirits uplifted with various products designed to transport our minds to warmer climates. Not only does the bright yellow color of the Winter Sunshine Soap help boost our spirits, but the fresh scent of this soap works wonders as well. This is the perfect unisex bar of soap, even though you will not find me sharing my bar with anybody!

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Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Shea Butter, Refined
Sunflower Oil
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Lemon Yellow Color
Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
Soothing Chamomile Fragrance Oil
Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Long Loaf Mold
Immersion Blender
Time spent:Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 5 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 3 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 10 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 5 minutes
Pour into mold: 45 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
Recipe in ounces:
32 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
8 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
24 ounces Sunflower Oil

9.14 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
24 ounces water

0.15 cc Lemon Yellow Color

0.88 ounces Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
0.21 ounces Soothing Chamomile Fragrance Oil
0.06 ounces Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Weigh your fragrance oils and set aside.

Measure oils on your scale. Warm on the stove or in the microwave. Bring temperature to near 120 °F. Exact temperature is not critical. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Allow to cool to near 120 °F. Once again, exact temperature is not critical.

Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Upon trace add the fragrance oil blend and color. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. Allow to sit until soap is firm.

Cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Notes: I haven’t cut this soap yet. I expect to release pictures of this soap once it has been cut this afternoon. I love how yummy this soap is smelling right now! Most of the staff have found various reasons to wander by the test kitchen and tell me that this smells just like a bar of 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 February 1st for posts during January.

Andee

Measured oils before melting.

Adding the lye to the water.

Mixing the lye solution.

Melted oils.

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Soap

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Earlier this year we made the Oatmeal & Honey Almond Soap. Once again, we are going to make soap with oatmeal. Today’s batch of soap will be similar to the Oatmeal Cinnamon Soap Recipe, but I’ve made several changes to suit the ingredients I have on hand, as well as make this batch easier to make. I used the Lye Calculator to recalculate the lye necessary for this recipe.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Sunflower Oil, High Oleic
Lye (sodium hydroxide)
Water
Oatmeal
Cinnamon
Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Long Loaf Mold
Immersion Blender
Time spent:Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 5 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 2 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 5 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 2 minutes
Mix oat flour into the soap solution: 45 seconds
Pour into mold: 30 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
Recipe in ounces:
8 oz wt Castor Oil
12 oz wt Grapeseed Oil
10 oz wt Palm Kernel Oil
38 oz wt Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
12 oz wt Sunflower Oil

30 fluid ounces water
10.4 oz wt lye

4 oz wt finely ground oatmeal was used as a filler
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon as a colorant
1 fl oz Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil

Grind oatmeal to a fine flour. Measure 4 ounces. Set aside.

Measure oils on your scale. Warm on the stove or in the microwave. Bring temperature to near 120 °F. Exact temperature is not critical. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Allow to cool to near 120 °F. Once again, exact temperature is not critical. It is a good idea to record your temperatures so refinements can be made. Since this particular batch of soap was poured into one deep mold, the temperatures do not have to be as high as when pouring the same batch size into a shallow mold.

Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Add finely ground oatmeal and ground cinnamon. Adding the oatmeal slowly while continuously stirring will help prevent lumping. Stir out any lumps. Upon trace add the Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. Allow to sit until soap is firm.

Cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Notes & Comments:
Please note that some individuals can have an allergic reaction to cinnamon. Please label your soap. We think the color is gorgeous! Try it if your family doesn’t have a cinnamon allergy.

Ground cinnamon will accelerate the trace, so be prepared to see your soap turn from very fluid to mashed potatoes in 2 minutes flat! You may add the cinnamon to the soap when you add your fragrance to minimize the acceleration. Before adding make sure your molds are ready for the 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 February 1st for posts during January.

Andee

Measured oils before melting.

Stirring the lye solution.

Almost completely melted oils.

Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.

Starting to mix the oils and lye solution together.

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Minty Foot Cream

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
I’m sure at one point or another, we all have been up and running all day on our feet. Unfortunately, by the time the day is over, our feet hurt and we just want to sit. Now, you can sit and soak your feet with the Peppermint Candy Sticks Foot Soaks and then gently massage your tired and aching feet with the Minty Foot Cream. Pamper yourself, or your friends, with a collection of the Peppermint Candy Sticks Foot Soaks, Minty Foot Cream and small collection of tea bags, such as Chamomile, Peppermint, Peach, Raspberry or their favorite tea. Doesn’t that just spell R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N?

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Citric Acid
Liquid Glycerin
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Avocado Oil
Shea Butter, Refined
Mango Butter
Anhydrous Lanolin
Purified Water
Germaben II
Peppermint Essential Oil
Spearmint Essential Oil
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 58 with Size 58 Straight Black Lids.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
0.02 ounces Citric Acid
0.21 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.39 ounces Stearic Acid
0.49 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.74 ounces Avocado Oil
0.53 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
0.18 ounces Mango Butter
0.32 ounces Anhydrous Lanolin
5.29 ounces Purified Water
0.09 ounces Germaben II
0.025 ounces Peppermint Essential Oil
0.021 grams Spearmint Essential Oil
Recipe in grams
0.6 grams Citric Acid
6 grams Liquid Glycerin
11 grams Stearic Acid
14 grams Emulsifying Wax
21 grams Avocado Oil
15 grams Shea Butter, Refined
5 grams Mango Butter
9 grams Anhydrous Lanolin
150 grams Purified Water
2.5 grams Germaben II
0.6 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
0.6 grams Spearmint Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
0.3% Citric Acid
2.5% Liquid Glycerin
4.7% Stearic Acid
5.9% Emulsifying Wax
8.9% Avocado Oil
6.4% Shea Butter, Refined
2.1% Mango Butter
3.8% Anhydrous Lanolin
63.7% grams Purified Water
1.1% Germaben II
0.3% Peppermint Essential Oil
0.3% Spearmint Essential Oil

Weigh all ingredients except Germaben II, Peppermint Essential Oil and Spearmint Essential Oil into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add Germaben II, Peppermint Essential Oil and Spearmint Essential Oil once the temperature drops below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Notes: This recipe makes approximately 8 fl oz of cream.

While I was making this batch for the pictures, I was told by our photographer, Mitch, that he really doesn’t like the smell of Lanolin. After I added the Peppermint Essential Oil and Spearmint Essential Oil to the cream, Mitch said that he couldn’t smell the Lanolin anymore and it smelled really good. After the cream cooled, I gave him a small test jar to try on his hands. Guess what? He fell in love with the cream and said that it was an amazing hand or foot cream and the Lanolin gave it an excellent massage quality.

Enjoy!

Would you like to join a swap? We are hosting another swap on The Sage Forum. The theme is Spring Dreams. If you would like product evaluations, we can help you get those valuable testing opinions from others in the swap. We look forward to the various products.

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 February 1st for posts during January.

Minty Foot Cream on my finger.

Collect needed items.

Weighing ingredients.

All ingredients have been weighed.

Mixing the ingredients together.

Adding the essential oils and preservative.

Filling the jars.

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Northern Style Cornbread – By Weight

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Dirk, one of our web programmers, wrote this guest blog post for us and I just had to share it with you! His cornbread recipe is fantastic and we are lucky to get this recipe where we can use our scales for something other than bath and body creations!

Enjoy!

I love my daughters, but they drive me crazy. Nothing in the kitchen seems to end up where I think it should be.

My wife asked me to bake something over the weekend.  I decided to make Cornbread from scratch. As I started working in the kitchen, I couldn’t find the measuring cups that I needed for the recipe. “Honey, where is the 2/3 cup measure? I can’t find it.”  Blast!

So, my wife says “Why don’t you make it by weight?”  Other than it is going to be a pain in the patootie to convert, that is a great idea. After searching the kitchen, the various flour and sugar bins in the pantry and still coming up with nothing, a conversion was in order.

I used a 1 cup measure to determine the weight of each major ingredient per fluid ounce. I then made these conversions for each ingredient. Once I did the math, it was time to use my skills.

The following is that converted recipe.

Northern Style Cornbread, By Weight

Ingredients

  • 150 grams sugar
  • 7 grams salt
  • 75 grams butter or margarine
  • 10 milliliters vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 285 grams flour
  • 135 grams cornmeal
  • 15 grams baking powder (double acting)
  • 325 milliliters milk

Cornbread in the skillet after baking.

A slice of cornbread. Yummy!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. If using a cast iron skillet, preheat the skillet as well.
  2. Combine the sugar, salt, butter and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until creamy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cornmeal and baking powder.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and stir lightly with a spoon.
  6. Add the milk and mix with a spoon until just blended.
  7. Pour into heated, greased skillet or 8×8 inch pan.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.
  9. Turn out of pan or skillet and serve warm.

You can see the photos, they are all that is left of the cornbread. Not even a speck large enough to feed a mouse remains.

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Easy Does It Coconut Cream

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Easy Does It Coconut Cream, I think the name says it all! This super thick cream is wonderful for the whole body. I would highly recommend short and wide jars or our Grand Oval Bottles for this cream. I lightly scented this cream with our Orange Valencia Essential Oil and this barely there scent is perfect for an inconspicuous application in the middle of the day.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Glycerin
Stearic Acid
Coconut Oil
Water
Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
Germaben II
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 58 with Size 58 Straight Black Lids.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
0.3 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.5 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.4 ounces Stearic Acid
2 ounces Coconut Oil
6.9 ounces Water
0.04 ounces Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
0.1 ounces Germaben II
Recipe in grams
8.5 grams Emulsifying Wax
14.1 grams Liquid Glycerin
11.4 grams Stearic Acid
56.6 grams Coconut Oil
195.5 grams Water
1.2 grams Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
2.9 grams Germaben II
Recipe in Percentages
2.9% Emulsifying Wax
4.9% Liquid Glycerin
3.9% Stearic Acid
19.5% Coconut Oil
67.4% Water
0.4% Orange Essential Oil, Valencia
1% Germaben II

Weigh all ingredients except Germaben II and Orange Valencia Essential Oil into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add Germaben II and Orange Valencia Essential Oil once the temperature drops below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Notes: This recipe makes approximately 10 fl oz of cream.

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 February 1st for posts during January.

Easy Does It Coconut Cream on my finger.

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The first 3 ingredients.

Adding the Coconut Oil to the beaker.

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Cold with Lots of Frost

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Hoarfrost on an evergreen bush.

As I said earlier today, our weather has been cold and foggy. I took this fantastic picture of hoarfrost just outside our building. I just had to share this picture with you. During the last week or so, we have had lots of hoarfrost each morning and it is beautiful! Some days it is dense like shown in this picture and other days it has been quite long and spiky. Ahhh! The beauty of winter!

Since the beginning of the year, our daily temperatures have averaged between 31° F and 13° F, with the highest temperature being 50° F and the lowest temperature being -15° F. Brrrr! These are normal temperatures for us and we have learned to bundle up.

Now I just need to find my mug of hot chocolate!

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Mango Body Cream

Monday, January 18th, 2010
Lately, our weather has been cold and foggy with little sunshine to perk up the day. I decided that I needed to make a cream to give me the feel of summer so I can survive the winter blues. This wonderful cream is lightly scented. My favorite thing about this light cream is the fact that it can be in a jar or a bottle with a pump! Bring out the tropical fun of summer with the Mango Body Cream.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Citric Acid
Liquid Glycerin
Stearic Acid
Mango Butter
Emulsifying Wax
Water
Mango Sorbet Fragrance Oil
Germaben II
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 58 with Size 58 Straight Black Lids.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
0.01 ounces Citric Acid
0.05 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.05 ounces Stearic Acid
0.53 ounces Mango Butter
0.16 ounces Emulsifying Wax
3.63 ounces Distilled Water
0.04 ounces Mango Sorbet Fragrance Oil
0.02 ounces Germaben II
Recipe in grams
0.3 grams Citric Acid
1.3 grams Liquid Glycerin
1.3 grams Stearic Acid
15 grams Mango Butter
4.4 grams Emulsifying Wax
103 grams Distilled Water
1 gram Mango Sorbet Fragrance Oil
0.7 grams Germaben II
Recipe in Percentages
0.2% Citric Acid
1% Liquid Glycerin
1% Stearic Acid
11.8% Mango Butter
3.5% Emulsifying Wax
81.1% Distilled Water
0.8% Mango Sorbet Fragrance Oil
0.6% Germaben II

Weigh all ingredients except Germaben II and Mango Sorbet Fragrance Oil into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add Germaben II and Mango Sorbet Fragrance Oil once the temperature drops below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Notes: This recipe makes approximately 4 fl oz of cream.

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 February 1st for posts during January.

Mango Body Cream on my finger.

Collect needed supplies.

Weighing the oils.

Adding water to the beaker.

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Basic Body Butter

Friday, January 15th, 2010
This butter melts smoothly just from the warmth of your hands. I think this would be wonderful as a massage butter. This Basic Body Butter has been a staff favorite for several years now and I imagine that once you try it, the butter will become your favorite too! Today, we will be going unscented!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
White Cocoa Butter
Shea Butter, Refined
Apricot Kernel Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Aloe Butter
Beeswax
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I’m using Lotion Bar Tubes)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
0.99 ounces White Cocoa Butter
0.99 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
0.85 ounces Apricot Kernel Oil
1.13 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil
0.49 ounces Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.49 ounces Aloe Butter
1.27 ounces Beeswax
Recipe in grams
28 grams White Cocoa Butter
28 grams Shea Butter, Refined
24 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
32 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
14 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
14 grams Aloe Butter
36 grams Beeswax
Recipe in Percentages
16% White Cocoa Butter
16% Shea Butter, Refined
14% Apricot Kernel Oil
18% Macadamia Nut Oil
8% Colorless Jojoba Oil
8% Aloe Butter
20% Beeswax

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.

Notes:This recipe will fill approximately 10 Lotion Bar Tubes and each tube will contain approximately 0.63 ounces of product.

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.

Enjoy! Next week, we will make more lotion and some fun batches of soap, so stay tuned!

Would you like to join a swap? We are hosting another swap on The Sage Forum. The theme is Spring Dreams. If you would like product evaluations, we can help you get those valuable testing opinions from others in the swap. We look forward to the various products.

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 February 1st for posts during January.
Andee

Body Butter on my finger.

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Weigh all ingredients.

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Tummy & Toe Jam

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
Who wouldn’t want a cream called Tummy and Toe Jam? This fun cream is perfect for kids or those who are kids at heart. Simple enough to make with a classroom full of kids without loosing their attention, this cream can be made from start to finish in about 15 minutes.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Liquid Glycerin
Sweet Almond Oil
Water
Germaben II
Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil
Amethyst Pink Color, premixed with Liquid Glycerin
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 58 with Size 58 Straight Black Lids.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
0.8 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.8 ounces Stearic Acid
0.64 ounces Liquid Glycerin
3.6 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
10 ounces Water
0.16 ounces Germaben II
0.06 ounces Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil
Premixed Amethyst Pink Color, as desired
Recipe in grams
22.7 grams Emulsifying Wax
22.7 grams Stearic Acid
18.1 grams Liquid Glycerin
101.6 grams Sweet Almond Oil
282.1 grams Water
4.5 grams Germaben II
1.8 grams Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil
Premixed Amethyst Pink Color, as desired
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
4% Liquid Glycerin
22.4% Sweet Almond Oil
62.3% Water
1% Germaben II
0.4% Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil
Premixed Amethyst Pink Color, as desired

Weigh all ingredients except Germaben II and Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add Germaben II and Blowing Bubbles Fragrance Oil once the temperature drops below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Notes: This recipe makes approximately 16 fl oz of cream. If you look closely at the first photo, you can see that this cream was whipped into a froth.

Enjoy! Next week, we will make more lotion and some fun batches of soap, so stay tuned!

Would you like to join a swap? We are hosting another swap on The Sage Forum. The theme is Spring Dreams. If you would like product evaluations, we can help you get those valuable testing opinions from others in the swap. We look forward to the various products.

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 February 1st for posts during January.

Tummy & Toe Jam on my finger.

Collect needed items.

Weighing the first four ingredients.

Adding the oil to the beaker.

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