Archive for February, 2011

Conditioning Solid Sugar Scrub

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Yesterday, after the Melt & Pour Sugar Scrub was released, Crystal asked me if it was possible to make a scrub without the melt and pour soap. Well, that certainly got the wheels turning in my head. Her question inspired a conditioning sugar scrub that is  to die for! It is a two for one product. It scrubs and exfoliates the skin while softening, protecting and conditioning the skin. After you finish washing your hands it is like you have already put on a lotion and are ready to go back to your project! Wow. How cool is that? Thanks for the inspiration Crystal. Come join me in the kitchen to make this fabulous scrub. 

Collect Needed Ingredients:

Shea Butter
Sunflower Oil
Squalane
Beeswax
Conditioning Emulsifier
Sugar
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoon
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Shea Butter
30 grams Sunflower Oil
10 grams Squalane
40 grams Beeswax
20 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
360 grams Sugar
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Shea Butter
1.06 oz Sunflower Oil
.35 oz Squalane
1.41 oz Beeswax
.71 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
12.7 oz Sugar
Recipe in Percentages
17% Shea Butter
5% Sunflower Oil
1% Squalane
7% Beeswax
3% Conditioning Emulsifier
64% Sugar

Weigh everything except Sugar into a microwave safe container. Heat in short bursts until materials are liquid. Add sugar to the oils and mix well. Pour into molds. Allow scrub to harden. Once the scrubs are cool remove and package. Enjoy these fabulous conditioning scrubs!

Taylor

Finished Scrub

Weighing Ingredients

Melting Oils

Stirring in Sugar

Pouring into mold

Cooling Sugar Scrub

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What is in your cupboard? Challenge

Friday, February 25th, 2011

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

I’m so excited to release another challenge. Recently I have been asked several questions about formulating or changing recipes to suit the oils people have on hand. Since there have been lots of these questions, I thought I would make a challenge. Here are all the details!

Using either the comments or the Contact Us form, send me a list of the ingredients you have on hand. Tell me what you want to make. (ex: a facial lotion, foot cream, cuticle cream, soap) Once I have received your request, I will start formulating a recipe and then I’ll share it on the blog!

The blog world will appreciate you dusting off your camera and taking photos of you making your recipe. While taking photos isn’t required to participate in this challenge, it is like the frosting on the cake.

Send in your lists! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Solid Sugar Scrub

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Yesterday I created a toiletry tragedy. Today I will show you how to make a solid sugar scrub that will make you proud to sell or give away. Let’s head to the kitchen and may no toiletry tragedy come our way! 

Collect Needed Ingredients:

Ingredients
Olive Melt & Pour Soap
Shea Butter
Polysorbate 20
Sugar
Equipment
Microwave Safe Container
Scale
Spoons

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
10 grams Olive Melt & Pour Soap
5 grams Shea Butter
5 grams Polysorbate 20
30 grams Sugar
Recipe in Ounces
.35 ounces Olive Melt & Pour Soap
.18 ounces Shea Butter
.18 ounces Polysorbate 20
1.06 ounces Sugar
Recipe in Percentages
20% Olive Melt & Pour Soap
10% grams Shea Butter
10% grams Polysorbate 20
60% grams Sugar

Weigh Melt & Pour Soap and Shea Butter into a microwave safe container. Heat in short bursts until the contents of the container are liquid. DO NOT LEAVE THE MICROWAVE OR GET DISTRACTED! Just a little friendly advice. :-) Add the Polysorbate 20 and Sugar. Stir well. Pour into molds. Package and show off! Now wasn’t that easy?

Note: I added way too much sugar when I made this. Whoops. It made it really hard to mix. I added about 1/4 of hot water. This made the mixture nice, smooth and pourable. I just had to account for some drying time to allow the scrubs to remain solid.

Taylor

Finished Scrubs

Melt & Pour Soap

Weighing Shea Butter

Heated Soap & Shea

Stirring in Sugar

Mixed Scrub

Pouring Scrub into Mold

Solid Scrubs Ready to Cut

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Yippee! Oval & Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes Back In Stock!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Yea! The Oval and Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes are back in stock! Get yours today! Don’t forget the shrink bands either.

I am so glad that these tubes are back in stock. I think I have been inspired to make the Chai Latte Lip Balm, Perfectly Coffee Lip Balm, Honey a la Lip Creme, Vanilla Twist Lip Gloss, and Orange Butter Lip Balm. I am a huge lip balm fanatic. Lip balm party in the test kitchen! Yummy. Colors and flavors galore. Try the Peach Flavor Oil or use the oil soluble colors. Make whatever you like. Come join me for this fabulous lip balm party. What do these tubes inspire you to make?

Here are the links for quick and easy ordering:

Oval Lip Balm Tubes

Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes

Taylor

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Visit with us at The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Conference!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I’m so excited to share some wonderful news with our blog readers! Tina and I will be traveling to Miami, Florida for the 14th Annual Conference of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild in May. This conference will be held May 18th through May 20th. If you are attending the conference or simply live in the area, we would love to meet with you. Feel free to e-mail me and we will see if we can get together.

Tina will be one of the speakers at the conference! Her presentation, Zen Marketing: Promoting Your Brand While Calming Your Nerves, will discuss how to promote your brand with only 1 hour a week.

I’ve added the description of Tina’s class just to give you an idea of what the class is about!

You’ve got soap to make, orders to ship, an appointment with your vet, the school play, soccer practice and dinner to make. That’s JUST your schedule between 3 and 6 pm. Learn how to do Public Relations in 1 hour each week that will help build a marketing team that works 24/7. Bring with you an updated address book and be prepared to supercharge your marketing team while finding a calm and spiritual connection with your customers, friends and family.

Hope to see you there!

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Another Toiletry Tragedy!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
I was formulating a scrub in the test kitchen when tragedy struck! Okay, maybe I am being a little dramatic, but then again, maybe not. I was heating a small test recipe for this scrub when I became distracted by a soap I was rebatching. Lets just say that the Melt & Pour Soap in my beaker burned. I took the smoking beaker out of the microwave and saw that my solution had turned a brown color. 

I decided I would continue to test any way. I added my sugar and Polysorbate 20 and while it feels fine, it doesn’t smell so great. Do you know what burned Melt & Pour Soap smells like? It smells like raw shrimp that has been left on the counter for two days. Yeah, it is a charming scent. Just what everyone wants to smell like after a shower. Today, I would like to ask you to join me in the test kitchen for this toiletry tragedy. We can share some laughs and giggles through our gas masks! :-)

Don’t miss tomorrow! We will head for the test kitchen to make this recipe properly. I hope. ;-)

Ingredients
Olive Melt & Pour Soap
Shea Butter
Polysorbate 20
Sugar
Equipment
Microwave Safe Container
Scale
Spoons

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
10 grams Olive Melt & Pour Soap
5 grams Shea Butter
5 grams Polysorbate 20
30 grams Sugar
Recipe in Ounces
.35 ounces Olive Melt & Pour Soap
.18 ounces Shea Butter
.18 ounces Polysorbate 20
1.06 ounces Sugar
Recipe in Percentages
20% Olive Melt & Pour Soap
10% grams Shea Butter
10% grams Polysorbate 20
60% grams Sugar

Weigh Shea Butter and Olive Melt & Pour Soap into microwave safe container. Heat for one minute. Remove from microwave ignoring the smoke. As you notice the shrimp smell, wonder who in the building is having shrimp for lunch. Add the Polysorbate 20 and stir. Add the sugar and stir until you have a paste. Use and then head for your favorite Asian restaurant or fish market. Enjoy!

Note: This is a failed recipe. I learned that multitasking is great… when you are familiar with what you are making. I recommend for a batch this small, to watch the contents and  heat in VERY short bursts. Tomorrow, I will show this scrub as a success that is worth showing off.

Taylor

Shrimp Smelling Scrub

Weighing Soap

Smoking Beaker

Adding Polysorbate 20

Adding Sugar

Mixing Scrub

Pressing into Mold

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Chai & Lavender Soap

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
I am a huge fan of spices. I love Chai tea, gingersnaps, spiced pound cake, spiced apple cider, carrot cake, curries and more. I am not a big fan of many floral scents. You won’t find to many in my personal collection. However, spice things up and I am there. (Uh-oh. Pun not intended.) :-) 

I was participating in the Valentine Swap that Andee hosted, when I decided I wanted to make a Spiced Lavender Soap. Yum! With this blend, I am a convert to the Lavender Fan Club. This scent is not super strong like the potpourri pine cones sold in December. It is light and polite. It may even make some converts to the Spice Fan Club! I enjoyed this soap so much I just had to share with everyone. Join me in the kitchen to make a soap with an exciting scent blend.

Collect needed items:

Hydrogenated Soy
Palm Kernel Oil
Sunflower Oil 

Water
Lye

Lavender 40/42
Chai Latte Blend
Lavender Fields Color, Premixed

Equipment
Immersion Blender
Soap Spoon
Soap Bucket
Scale
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soy
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
4 oz Sunflower Oil 

6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye

.15 oz Lavender 40/42
.15 oz Chai Latte Blend
Q.S. Lavender Fields Color, Premixed

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
170 grams Palm Kernel Oil
113 grams Sunflower Oil 

170 grams Water
2.2 oz Lye

4.25 grams Lavender 40/42
4.25 grams Chai Latte Blend
Q.S. Lavender Fields Color, Premixed

Recipe in Percentages
24.4% Hydrogenated Soy
24.4% Palm Kernel Oil
16.3% Sunflower Oil 

24.4% Water
8.9% Lye

.6% Lavender 40/42
.6% Chai Latte Blend
Q.S. Lavender Fields Color, Premixed

Heat your oils gently until liquid. Mix lye into six ounces of water. Slowly pour lye solution into oils in the soap bucket. Using an immersion blender, mix until trace in reached. Add fragrance and color. Mix well. Pour soap into mold. Allow to sit for 24 hours. Remove from mold and cut. Stack the bars to allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy and thank for joining me in the test kitchen!

Taylor

Finished Soap


Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Mixing Soap

Adding Essential Oil Blend at Trace

Mixing Color into Soap

Pouring Soap into Mold

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It is Tea Tuesday! – Pomegranate or Raspberry

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

I’ve been having so much fun writing cards to our readers and sending tea, I just can’t express the enjoyment I have. This week I am sending either a Pomegranate Herb tea or a Raspberry Herb tea. I also have a few Cranberry Apple Herb teas. This project isn’t hard, you just need to send me your address. Remember, this address must be deliverable by the post office AND you need to tell me which kind of tea you would like. I’ll send you a card and some tea so you can put your feet up and enjoy a few quiet moments. If you have received a card and tea please tell the other readers how much fun you have in receiving some mail that isn’t bills or junk. I will certainly send to those who have requested in the past, just send me a new request.

So… you are probably wondering how you can send your address to me. It is simple. Please go to our Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button.

Remember to choose your tea AND write your address. I have:

  1. Pomegranate Herbal Tea,
  2. Raspberry Herbal Tea,
  3. and a few Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea.

Have a great Tuesday and remember to take a few quiet moments each day. You need them. You deserve them. They heal the soul!

Take care,

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Dry-Flo Testing

Monday, February 21st, 2011
I promised last week that I would show you how I tested different percentages of Dry-Flo in my lotion formulation. I made a “Master Batch” where I added everything except the Dry-Flo. I had it completely blended and ready to put into containers. Instead of packaging into containers, I weighed ten grams of my lotion into several small beakers. I then added .2 grams of Dry-Flo for a 2% usage rate of Dry-Flo. I stirred the Dry-Flo into the lotion using a pipette.  I also tested 4%, 6% and 8% usage rates.

Once I had mixed the Dry-Flo into the lotion, I lined them up and labeled them. Then I put small amounts of the lotion on my forearm and rubbed it in. On my forearm, I really like the 8% usage rate. It felt nice and velvety, just the texture I was looking for. The 6% usage rate was nice and velvety and it also had a hydrating feel to it.

After I tested the lotion on my forearm, I tested it on my dry knuckles. To my surprise, 6% usage rate was my favorite. It made my knuckles have that soft, velvety texture as well as hydrated the dry skin. The 8% usage rate made my hands feel dry and powdery. The 8% usage rate did not feel as nice as the 6%. The 2% and 4% usage rates did not give as much of that velvety texture I wanted. I decided that due to the feel of the lotion on my knuckles, I preferred a 6% usage rate overall.

Here is the size of recipe I used.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Sodium Lactate
Coconut Oil Fractions
Pumpkin Seed Extract
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Almond Butter
Vitamin E Acetate
Squalane

Water, Distilled
Optiphen
Dry-Flo

Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products (I will be using 1 fl oz jars.)
Recipe in Grams – Makes 105.3 grams
1.4 grams Stearic Acid
4 grams Emulsifying Wax
2 grams Sodium Lactate
9 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
1 grams Pumpkin Seed Extract
1 grams Red Raspberry Seed Oil
1 grams Almond Butter
.4 grams Vitamin E Acetate
2.4 grams Squalane

76.4 grams Water, Distilled
.7 grams Optiphen
6 grams Dry-Flo

Recipe in Ounces – Makes 3.71 ounces
.05 ounces Stearic Acid
.14 ounces Emulsifying Wax
.07 ounces Sodium Lactate
.32 ounces Coconut Oil Fractions
.04 ounces Pumpkin Seed Extract
.04 ounces Red Raspberry Seed Oil
.04 ounces Almond Butter
.01 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
.08 ounces Squalane

2.69 ounces Water, Distilled
.02 ounces Optiphen
.21 ounces Dry-Flo

Recipe in Percentages
1.4% Stearic Acid
4% Emulsifying Wax
2% Sodium Lactate
9% Coconut Oil Fractions
1% Pumpkin Seed Extract
1% Red Raspberry Seed Oil
1% Almond Butter
.4% Vitamin E Acetate
2.4% Squalane

76.4% Water, Distilled
.7% Optiphen
6% Dry-Flo

Weigh all of the ingredients except Optiphen and the Dry Flo into a microwaveable container. Heat until all of the ingredients have melted. Using an immersion blender, mix until blended. Allow the solution to cool to 120 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the Optiphen. Stir occasionally while you are waiting for the mixture to cool. This prevents your lotion from separating.

Weigh your master batch of lotion into 10 gram increments. Add .2 grams of Dry Flo to test a lotion with 2% Dry Flo. Mix well. Weigh out another 10 grams of lotion and test another percentage. For a lotion with 4% of Dry Flo, add .4 grams of Dry Flo. Test as many batches as you would like and compare. Don’t forget to write down your notes. You may want to reference them later. Enjoy!

Taylor

Testing Batches

Weighing Steric and Emulsifying Wax

Adding Almond Butter

Adding Water

Adding Optiphen

Weighing Lotion

Adding Dry Flo

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It is Flavor Friday! Peach Flavor

Friday, February 18th, 2011

OK, so our weather was warming and we really did see temperatures in the 50s this week. But then we got clobbered with a good snow storm. 7 inches of snow fell and we had to get on our coats and find the snow shovels again. Even though we are wonderfully happy to get the precipitation on our farm lands, we were dreaming of warmer weather. So today we are going to focus on something very warm, summery and inspiring for the upcoming summer.

PEACHES! We have a Peach FRAGRANCE and a Peach FLAVOR. Today I am giving away 4 one ounce bottles of Peach FLAVOR. This is for lip balms, massage oils and similar products. This is not for candy or soaps. It is intended to give an aroma and a good taste.

So… how can you win one of these beauties? All you need to do is write a little poem about peaches, summer, and warm weather then post it in the comments section of our blog. We’ll take the first 4 poets and send them a bottle of Peach Flavor. Just in time to inspire everyone to create their summer lines of lip balms!

Have fun!

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