Archive for May, 2010

Firm and Glossy Lip Balm

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
I love lipsticks, lip balms, and lip glosses. I have stashes in my purse, my car, on my desk, and through out my house. What can I say? I am an addict.

I love this Firm & Glossy Lip Balm recipe for the texture and appearance. This is an incredible lip balm that is firmer and creates a soft glossy shine. Want to add a little shimmer to this fantastic lip balm? Try adding a little bit of Ultrafine Iridescent Glitter for that perfect shimmer. Ooh la la.

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Ingredients
Candelilla Wax
Carnauba Wax
Tamanu Oil
Avocado Butter
Mango Butter
White Cocoa Butter
Emu Oil
Castor Oil
Shea Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Cranberry Flavor Oil
Oil Soluble Lip Colors (if desired)
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the 10 mL Lip Balm Jars.)

Recipe:

Recipe in grams for 50 tubes
24 grams Candelilla Wax
21.3 grams Carnauba Wax
13.3 grams Tamanu Oil
26.6 grams Avocado Butter
26.6 grams Mango Butter
37.3 grams White Cocoa Butter
26.6 grams Emu Oil
26.6 grams Castor Oil
32 grams Shea Oil
32 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
2.7 gram Vitamin E Acetate
16 grams Cranberry Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
8.4% Candelilla Wax
7.5% Carnauba Wax
4.7% Tamanu Oil
9.3% Avocado Butter
9.3% Mango Butter
13.1% White Cocoa Butter
9.3% Emu Oil
9.3% Castor Oil
11.2% Shea Oil
11.2% Apricot Kernel Oil
0.9% Vitamin E Acetate
5.6% Cranberry Flavor Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the Vitamin E Acetate and Cranberry Flavor Oil into your microwave safe container. Microwave in short bursts until all ingredients are melted. The Candelilla Wax and Carnauba Wax will take the most time to melt, but if you stir the lip balm after the other oils have been heated, they will melt quickly. Once the mixture is melted, add the Vitamin E Acetate and Cranberry Flavor Oil. Stir until all of the flavor has been incorporated. Fill tubes or jars. Cool. Label.

Notes: The Candelilla Wax and Carnauba Wax are both hard waxes that have high melt point temperatures. Make sure you heat the mixture until it is crystal clear. This will prevent your lip balm from fractionating due to the waxes that had not been melted completely.

Finished lip balm.

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Weighing ingredients.

The waxes are almost completely melted.

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Creating an Herb Infused Oil

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Recently on The Sage Soapmaker’s Forum we have been discussing botanical infused oils, particularly calendula. Rebekah was kind enough to take pictures of her infusion project and share them with us.

Infused oils are wonderful to use and add a little something special to your soaps, lotions or balms. You will be so surprised by how easily this makes into soap, and how wonderful the soap feels. All the thoughts I read are speculation. The skin knows. And your skin will be telling a lot when you test two identical batches except one has the calendula infused oil and the other has un-infused oil.

I would use an oil that is easy for you to tell it is added: coconut oil (solid or fractions, colorless jojoba oil, palm kernel oil, etc. I really want something that has no color. This way I know how much seems to have been added to the oil.

Just remember, only use dry botanical matter and never use fresh for this project.

Give it a whirl and have fun!

And now …. I give you Rebekah!

First I just want to say how embarrassed I am about my messy kitchen. Please overlook the mess. I’m a creative diva, not a maid ;-)

1) I obtained some dried calendula and chamomile from a local store, The Spice Merchant. I’m going to use about 0.75 oz of each herb to do this infusion.

2) I put the herbs into a pint-sized glass canning jar.

3) I added about 5 oz of rice bran oil and 5 oz of olive oil to the herbs in the jar. Andee suggested I use a colorless oil, like colorless jojoba, so I could see the oil turn yellow. Unfortunately I didn’t have any on hand and I was too excited about trying this to wait for the oil that I ordered to come in the mail.

4) I put the jar (with the lid) in a sunny spot on the back deck. When I checked it in the afternoon, I moved it because it was in the shade. The jar was warm but not so hot that I couldn’t hold it.

5) I read that I should leave the jar in the sun for 2 days. When I woke up the next day it was raining. I decided to use another method. This time I put the jar in a few inches of water in my ‘crafter’s saucepan’ and heated it on low heat. I checked it a few times to make sure the jar was warm but not too warm. I read that the temperature of the oil should not exceed 120 degrees F. I did this for about 3 hours. Then I turned off the heat and let the whole thing sit for about 3 hours.

6) When the oil returned to room temperature, I strained it. I put a piece of cheese cloth folded so it was 4 layers thick over the mouth of the jar and poured the oil into a bowl. A few tiny specks of herbs went through the cheese cloth but the oil looked pretty smooth. Another http://forum.thesage.com/ member suggested that I use a panty hose in the future to completely remove the herbs.

7) Now the oil is finished. I poured this into a dark tinted plastic bottle for storage. I can tell that something from the herbs remained in the oil because the oil now has the lovely aroma of calendula and chamomile.

8) When I was done with the oil I didn’t want to throw out these fragrant herbs still in the jar. I scrapped them into my coffee bean grinder and pureed them.

9) I mixed the puree with 1/4 cup kosher salt and 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil to create a salt scrub. It feels wonderful on my hands and elbows.

Andee alternatively suggested that the pureed herbs could be added at trace when making calendula soap. I bet that’s a wonderful bar of soap!

Have fun!

Rebekah

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Old Fragrances

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

As I was cleaning out the testing lab, I found 2 MMS Perfumer’s Kits. One dates back to 2003-2004 and the other dates back to 2000-2001! Both kits had discontinued fragrances that I remember using sparingly because I wanted to hoard every single drop.

Do you have favorite MMS Fragrances that were discontinued? If so, what were they? I’m hoping that I might be able to convince our R&D Team to bring back some of the discontinued fragrances for a one-time Limited Edition fragrance release.

I have my list of discontinued favorites, do you?

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Sweet and Salty Sugar Scrub

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Most of us have eaten something is both sweet and salty at the same time. Sea Salt Caramels, Kettle Corn, Caramel Covered Popcorn, Oreos dipped in Peanut Butter, Strawberries with cheese, and many more! Today I thought we could make a scrub that uses the finer sugar along with a coarser salt for optimal exfoliating abilities.

We need a picture of this finished scrub for the blog and since all of my ingredients and containers for the blog test kitchen have already been packed up, I have a challenge for anyone who would like to participate. The first person to make this scrub and submit the picture of the finished scrub will receive a gift for helping me out!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
White Sugar
Fine Dead Sea Salt
Macadamia Nut Oil
Shower Gel & Liquid Hand Soap in One
Oceanus Fragrance Oil
Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for the finished products (I used the 8 ounce Low Profile Jars with Straight Black Lids.)

Recipe:

Recipe in Percentages
40% White Sugar
30% Fine Dead Sea Salt
25% Macadamia Nut Oil
4.5% Shower Gel & Liquid Hand Soap in One
0.5% Fragrance of Choice or Blend of Choice

Blend Parts:
2 parts Oceanus Fragrance Oil
1 part Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil

Recipe in ounces for 2 – 8 fl oz Low Profile Jar
8 ounces White Sugar
6 ounces Fine Dead Sea Salt
5 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil
1 ounces Shower Gel & Liquid Hand Soap in One
2 mL Oceanus Fragrance Oil
1 mL Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil

Weigh the Macadamia Oil, Shower Gel and fragrance blend into the mixing container. Gently stir to mix the ingredients. Now, add the salt and sugar to the mixing container and stir thoroughly. Fill containers with mixed scrub. Stir the scrub mixture frequently while filling the jars to keep an evenly filled jar.

Enjoy!

Andee

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Cyclomethicone Testing, Part 5

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I have more Cyclomethicone Testing results for you. I have a list of requests that I will test later this week and I hope to release those results next week.

Today, I tested Coconut Milk, Cool Water (type), Cotton, Dragon Fruit, Eastern Amber and Gardenia Fragrance Oils. All of these fragrance oils were compatible with the Cyclomethicone. There were no beads of fragrance or clouding of the solution, which are indicators of incompatibility between the fragrance and Cyclomethicone. The Gardenia did give the Cyclomethicone a light yellow appearance, but is still is compatible.

Keep an eye out for more results of Cyclomethicone Testing. Have any requests for me to test first? Let me know and I will try to test those requested fragrances or essentials first!

Want to do a dry oil spray? See this entry for details!

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Thoughts & Observations of a Salt Soap

Monday, May 10th, 2010

This post is simply my observations and thoughts about Salt Soaps.

Several weeks ago, I acquired a salt soap and placed it at a stainless steel kitchen sink for testing purposes. For the first few days, there was not a problem with the soap, but I noticed that the sink started to have mineral build up in the sink and around the place where the soap sat and there was a chalky feel all over the sink that had not occurred before. Now, I don’t know if the build up is a combination of our hard water and the soap or just the soap. If I had used it at a white sink or bathtub, would I have noticed the build up? Probably not at first, but I would have noticed the chalky texture of the build up after while.

For those of you making salt soaps, are you mostly looking for abrasive textures, or are you finding the salt adds something to the soap?

For those of you who have used salt soaps, are you using in a softened water situation? If not softened, is your water hard? How hard? If you soften, how is it done? Reverse osmosis? De-ionized? Ion exchange with salt water flush?

So, let’s start a discussion about salt soaps!

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Letters for Lyrics

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
Tomorrow is the launch date for a wonderful program, Letters for Lyrics. Let me tell you about this program and why it is so wonderful. It is sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC, Zac Brown Band, and Soldier’s Angels. The goal of this program is to send 1 million letters to U.S. Soldiers stationed across the world.

I’m very excited to participate in this event and just had to share this with you. Now, you may be asking, “How do I participate?” It is very easy and I’ll give you the steps.
1) Go to a U.S. Ram / Dodge Truck Dealership. They will provide letter writing stations for you to write your letter there or you can take a letter that you have written at home.
2) Submit your letter and receive a “Breaking Southern Ground” CD. This exclusive CD features three all-new songs from Zac Brown Band (Grammy 2010 Award for Best New Artist), as well as music from artists signed to Zac Brown’s label, Southern Ground Records – Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Levi Lowrey.
3) Soldier’s Angels will take the letters and deliver them to U.S. Troops on behalf of the Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band.

Letters will also be collected at Zac Brown Band Concerts during the summer.

If you would like to see the exclusive documentary film “For Those Who Serve” following Zac Brown Band on their April USO Tour in the Persian Gulf. The film features the band performing for the troops, meeting individually with our men and women in uniform stationed far from home and sharing their thoughts on the experience. The documentary will be released in multiple segments and Part One is currently available on the Letters for Lyrics site.

Why participate? The service members who serve our country have been generous in their commitment and courage.

Many service members need that appreciation and comfort much more than many of us realize and I challenge all of our readers to contribute letters to this cause regardless of personal beliefs, because our amazing military people are worth the 5 minutes it takes to write a letter.

I have another challenge for you. Many of us make soap and I challenge you to put together a box of soap that looks professionally labeled and send it to one of the three Soldier’s Angels warehouses near you. You can find more information about item donations here. The Soldier’s Angels do have their own request for your packages, so please follow their instructions! “Please include a note inside each box of donations that contains your name, address, phone number, and an itemized list of contents with estimated value. Soldiers’ Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Upon request, we will be happy to provide you a tax receipt for your donation.”

If you would like to do more than just send items for soldiers, consider adopting a soldier. I’ve adopted two myself and it is a reward within itself to know I’m giving a deployed soldier a taste of home while away from home. Adoptions require a few letters and 1 to 2 packages each month. Soldier’s Angels has a survey to send to your adopted service member. I’ve filled out the form telling my adoptees a bit about myself. I then send it off with a note that I am sending a basic care package until I find their preferences.

If you have any questions about this process, please send me a note. I’ll be glad to help. Right now there are about 1100 heroes waiting to be adopted. Would you help?

Letters for Lyrics launches May 10th.

Zac Brown Band while on their April USO tour of the Persian Gulf.

Zac Brown Band on the April USO Tour.

Zac Brown Band during the USO Tour.

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April MMS Perfumer’s Kit Winner

Friday, May 7th, 2010

It’s that time again! We had five fantastic submissions for April blog posts and I just had to share all of them with you. I’m giving away two kits this month and I’m also sending goodie boxes to the runners up in recognition for the time spent on their submissions.

Lynda won a MMS Perfumer’s Kits with her blog post about making Dreamsicle Face Lotion. Her post shared her experience making the lotion and a little trip down memory lane. Beautiful pictures accompany this blog post and I felt as if I had been watching over Lynda’s shoulder as she made this facial cream.

Gwen and Cheyenne won a MMS Perfumer’s Kit with their blog post about making Yogurt Soap using the Half & Half Method. Their post is excellent proof that you can make soap using the ingredients on hand and that using several assistants is a good thing!

Rebekah, Brittany and Shatzi all earned honorable mentions with their blog posts.

Rebekah’s post was about making shampoo bars with beer. Her post shows pictures of several steps and gives excellent information so you can duplicate her recipe.

Brittany’s post was about making soap with cocoa swirls. Her post shows her method of swirling and has some fantastic looking soaps.

Shatzi’s post was about learning to make soap. The soaps she made are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th batches that she has ever made. It looks like she is having lots of fun!

Congratulations to Lynda, Gwen, Cheyenne, Rebekah, Brittany, and Shatzi! I will be sending each one of you an e-mail for an address to send your goodies! Lynda and Gwen and Cheyenne will receive the MMS Perfumer’s Kits, while Rebekah, Brittany, and Shatzi will each receive a box of goodies.

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 May.

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

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Introduction and Weather Report

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Hello, my name is Taylor. I am back on the Majestic Mountain Sage Blog team. I am looking forward to sharing thoughts, recipes and experiences with you. I am also writing to say that it is currently snowing, here in Logan, Utah. Welcome to May 6th, 2010!

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Cyclomethicone Testing, Part 4

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Last year, I started testing our fragrance oils to determine if they were compatible with our Cyclomethicone. This testing will help you save time and money when making your own dry oil sprays, like the Monster Away Spray. As I determine the results, I will post them here on the blog and in the catalog as well. Today, I have more Cyclomethicone Testing results for you.

I tested Bella, Bergamot & Chamomile, Berries & Twigs, Black Raspberry, Citrus & Basil, and Coconut Lime & Verbena. All of these fragrance oils were compatible with the Cyclomethicone. There were no beads of fragrance or clouding of the solution, which are indicators of incompatibility between the fragrance and Cyclomethicone.

Keep an eye out for more results of Cyclomethicone Testing. Have any requests for me to test first? Let me know and I will try to test those requested fragrances or essentials first!

Enjoy!

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