Archive for May, 2011

Memorial Day Thoughts

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Today is Memorial Day and it turns out to be a perfect day to visit the Statue of Liberty. I took these pictures while visiting Liberty Island earlier today.

It is amazing to stand on the ground and look upon a statue. I feel so small looking up, but I can’t help feeling proud of the country I live in. To know that so many have seen the statue in the past is inspiring. 3 million people visit the island each year!

While I don’t know if any of my ancestors came to the United States through New York Harbor, I had to take a moment of silence to remember those who made the courageous journey here. My 100 year-old great grandmother who recently passed on would have been tickled pink to know I was enjoying a trip to New York and learning “good information” about those who made the trip. In remembrance of my great grandmother, I’ve included some cool facts about the Statue of Liberty.

The Statue of Liberty is over 305 tall from the ground to the torch.

When the statue was first erected in 1886, it was the tallest structure in New York. Most buildings were only 5 stories tall and yet the Statue of Liberty is 22 stories tall!

The full name of the Statue of Liberty is The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.

In 1885, not much money had been donated to help construct the pedestal. If it were not for Joseph Pulitzer, the editor/owner of The New York World newspaper, the Statue of Liberty may not have been able to be erected at all . He promised to print the name of anyone who donated at least 1 penny for the pedestal or other expenses. The money for the pedestal was raised in 6 months and the majority of the donors gave less than one dollar.

I hope that you learned something new!

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Jubilant Summer Island Lotion

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Sometimes I get inspiration from collecting all of the ingredients for another project. When I made Lorraine’s Vanilla Coconut Passion Lotion I had to look through the fragrance collection in the blog kitchen. As I searched for the Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil, I ran across a 1 oz bottle of Tahitian Vanilla. Hmn. I started to wonder. What would a blend of Tahitian Vanilla and Coconut smell like? Really good, it turns out. A blend of sweet island flora, coconut and a sensual vanilla. This is definitely a blend that requires some personal time. Come join me in the kitchen for the creation of a jubilant and passionate lotion. 

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Sesame Oil
Golden Jojoba
Virgin Coconut Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Hydrovance
Water
Optiphen
Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil
Coconut Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Scale
Containers for cream

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
70 grams Sesame Oil
35 grams Golden Jojoba
35 grams Virgin Coconut Oil
35 grams Emulsifying Wax
35 grams Stearic Acid
35 grams Hydrovance
483 grams Water
7 grams Optiphen
5 grams Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil
2 grams Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
2.47 ounces Sesame Oil
1.23 ounces Golden Jojoba
1.23 ounces Virgin Coconut Oil
1.23 ounces Emulsifying Wax
1.23 ounces Stearic Acid
1.23 ounces Hydrovance
17.04 ounces Water
.25 ounces Optiphen
.18 ounces Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil
.07 ounces Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
10% grams Sesame Oil
5% grams Golden Jojoba
5% Virgin Coconut Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
5% Hydrovance
69% Water
1% Optiphen
.6% Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil
.3% Coconut Fragrance Oil

Weigh everything except the Optiphen and fragrance oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix the solution together. Stir occasionally while the lotion cools. When the lotion has cooled to below 120 F, the Optiphen and fragrance oils can then be added. Stir well and pour into containers. Enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Lotion

Weighing Sesame Oil

Weighing Golden Jojoba

Weighing Virgin Coconut Oil

Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Weighing Stearic Acid

Weighing Water

Mixing Lotion

Adding Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil

Adding Coconut Fragrance Oil

Finished Lotion

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Lorraine’s Vanilla Coconut Passion Lotion

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
The other day I was needed on the Order Desk to take a phone order. I had a lovely conversation with Lorraine. She is a big fan of Victoria’s Secret Vanilla Coconut Passion Lotion but they discontinued it! She had gone through our catalog and found the several Vanilla scents that we carry. Which one did she want? They all sounded so good. While Lorraine finally decided on ordering the Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil, I couldn’t wait to get back to the blog kitchen. What inspiration! I had never thought of Coconut and Vanilla being blended together. I just wanted to hug Lorraine right through the phone. Let’s head to the kitchen to make Lorraine’s Vanilla Coconut Passion Lotion. 

This was the first lotion I have used Emu Oil in. I must say, I was quite impressed. I tested it on one hand so I could compare. My hand was left soft, smooth and silky. The lotion did not leave a greasy feeling and I know some men who would be impressed by the texture as well as the results! Two days later after only applying the lotion once, my hand is still soft. Wow! I think Emu Oil will have a permanent location in my personal oil closet. Request some of Lorraine’s Vanilla Coconut Passion Lotion in your order today and test for yourself. There is nothing like trying, testing and evaluating for yourself.

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Emu Oil
Borage Oil
Kukui Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Squalane
Hydrovance
Water
Optiphen
Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Coconut Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Scale
Containers for cream

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
21 grams Emu Oil
35 grams Borage Oil
42 grams Kukui Oil
35 grams Emulsifying Wax
35 grams Stearic Acid
35 grams Squalane
35 grams Hydrovance
483 grams Water
7 grams Optiphen
3.5 grams Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
3.5 grams Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
.74 ounces Emu Oil
1.23 ounces Borage Oil
1.48 ounces Kukui Oil
1.23 ounces Emulsifying Wax
1.23 ounces Stearic Acid
1.23 ounces Squalane
1.23 ounces Hydrovance
17.04 ounces Water
.25 ounces Optiphen
.12 ounces Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
.12 ounces Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
3% Emu Oil
5% Borage Oil
6% Kukui Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
5% Squalane
5% Hydrovance
69% Water
1% Optiphen
.5% Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
.5% Coconut Fragrance Oil

Weigh everything except the Optiphen into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Using an imersion blender, mix the solution together. Stir occasionally while the lotion cools. When the lotion has cooled to below 120 F the Optiphen and fragrance oils can then be added. Stir well and pour into containers. Enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Lotion

Weighing Emu Oil

Weighing Borage and Kukui Oils

Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Weighing Stearic Acid

Weighing Water

Mixing Lotion

Mixing Lotion

Adding Fragrance Oils

Adding Preservative

Finished Lotion

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Notes, Stamps and MPPs

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

May Day Surprise Inside Rural Mailbox: Artwork by W.C. Porter.

While we are trying to get Tina’s presentation ready to share on GoToMeeting, I thought I would give you a sneak peek with a site that she offered during her presentation. You will find it very useful to help you with your Zen Marketing and you can get a head start on the company stationery that Tina highly recommends.

To begin, the website you should visit is wcp-nm.com. Meet the folks behind this website, Kathy and William C. Porter. (He goes by Bill.)

Bill and Kathy work on many projects, but they specialize in office organization and fun. Bill’s own watercolor work or your company logo can be printed for note card stationery, Bill can make customized rubber stamps, and even all types of plaque engravings for low prices. We took lots of his watercolor artwork greeting cards with us to Miami for Tina’s presentation. Part of the presentation was writing a Thank You note to someone at home who was holding down the fort.

Bill knows the importance of making every part of your company look good and he’ll give you great service. He can help you create a Mailer’s Postmark Permit stamp to cancel the postage you put on an envelope or package. Bill even does perforating so you can print faux postage with your company logo right from your printer! Just ask him how. Would you like to offer a special or announce a new product? These faux postage stamps are great ways to put the idea in front of everyone. From Bill and Kathy we order:

rubber stamps (custom and stock designs)
stationery
ink pads
MPP supplies

Without Bill’s help we would not have our Cheeseburgers in Paradise postmark, our Stars and Stripes in Paradise postmark or our two Wellsville postmarks. Bill was extremely helpful in our application process of getting our MPPs (Mailer’s Postmark Permits).

We want people to shop with small, independent soapmakers. Bill is the small, independent printer and stamp maker. Not only will you get a good laugh from Bill, but his products are exceptional and his customer service is top notch. Please tell Bill and Kathy that we sent you.

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Pampered Feet Blog Reader Challenge

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Summer is just around the corner and that means the time for bare feet, sandals and flip flops is here. If you are in the same shoes I am, you probably have rough calloused feet right now. Ack! I can’t wander around with callouses and chipped nail polish and before I can put any nail polish on, I have to pamper my feet. We all need pampered feet and there are many ways to get them. Therefore, I propose a challenge to all blog readers.

Send in your favorite foot product recipe and show us how to pamper our feet. Have your recipe shared on the MMS Blog as a guest author! I can’t wait to see what creative things our readers will come up with. Read below for the entry guidelines and what each qualified entry will earn!

Entry Guide Lines:

Photos:

Send in your photos un-edited. This will help us make sure it can be placed in your post. (Don’t worry, if something needs to be cropped, we’ll do it. We want you to look good. )

Introduction:

Write an introduction. We want to know about your wonderful recipe. This is your chance to gush, explain the history and even possible mistakes.

Ingredient and Equipment Collection:

Tell us what we need to make your recipe. This includes ingredients and equipment. We want to duplicate what you did. You are the expert.

Recipe:

Tell us your recipe. (We have been dying to get to that part.) We will convert your recipe into percentages so users can do your same size batch or scale it larger or smaller to suit their needs.

Instructions:

Now instruct us. How did you put it together? (Please, teacher, tell us please!) Did you hold something over? We want to know!

Notes:

Do you have a few reminders for us? Something we might like to know or even need to know? Tell us here! (Notes are optional)

Deadline:

All entries are due by June 17th, but don’t delay! We will release the qualified entries to the blog beginning on June 23rd. Don’t miss your chance to be a guest blogger AND earn a pedicure to a local salon in your area!

Have questions or ready to submit your entry?  E-mail our blog team.

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Jojoba is now back in stock!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

I am so excited to announce that the Colorless Jojoba is now back in stock. Jojoba prices are continuing to climb, but we are trying to keep the prices as low as we can. We are watching Jojoba prices closely and hope to catch a break that we can pass along to you.

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Fluffy Body Powder

Friday, May 20th, 2011
I love that the day are getting longer and warmer. There are more opportunities to see the sun and it feels great! The unfortunate part about this means I am outside doing things and working up a sweat. Whew! I don’t know about you but I don’t like being wet and sticky. Come join me in the kitchen for a lovely powder to help keep you dry. This recipe is quick, easy and no sweating is involved. Powder away! 

When I was weighing the Natrasorb for this recipe, I almost ran out of room. Can you see how the Natrasorb piles out of the beaker? Wow! Talk about light and fluffy! The Natrasorb certainly adds volume to this body powder.

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Arrowroot Powder
Dry Flo
Natrasorb
Baby Powder Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Container for mixing
Containers for packaging
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
40 grams Arrowroot Powder
80 grams Dry Flo
78 grams Natrasorb
2 grams Baby Powder Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1.41 ounces Arrowroot Powder
2.82 ounces Dry Flo
2.75 ounces Natrasorb
.07 ounces Baby Powder Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Arrowroot Powder
40% Dry Flo
39% Natrasorb
1% Baby Powder Fragrance Oil

Weigh all of the ingredients into a container. Whisk together gently until it is well mixed. Put into containers. Enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Body Powder

Weighing Arrowroot Powder

Weighing Dry Flo

Weighing Natrasorb

Powder in a bag for mixing

Adding Fragrance Oil

Kneading Body Powder

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21 Celebration Soap

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Birthdays are exciting and there is nothing as wonderful as a good birthday celebration. I wanted to make a soap that said all of that and more. I wanted a soap that remind the user of a party every time they use it. I decided to make a swirled soap with glitter that is scented with our 21 Fragrance Oil. It is a spectacular soap. It is an exciting celebration that I hope you can join. Meet me in the kitchen and we will have a party! 

When choosing the characteristics I wanted this soap to have, I decided I wanted color. Ahem. Sorry. Frog on the keyboard. I mean, I wanted COLOR. I decided I wanted a bright pink on a strong white background. I wanted this soap to pop, and pop it does. I wanted drama and what is drama without glitter? (After all, this is a party.) I wanted bold fun color and well, I got it. I choose to use the fragrance 21. It is fun, young and flirty. Come join me so we can all be 21!

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Sunflower Oil
Water
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Glycerin
Amethyst Pink Color
Titanium Dioxide
21 Fragrance Oil
Glitter, Iridescent
Equipment
Scale
2 Soap Buckets
2 Soap Spoons
Immersion Blender
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
Kit One:
6 oz Hydrogenated Soy
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
4 oz Sunflower Oil
6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
.3 oz 21 Fragrance Oil
1 tsp Glitter, Iridescent
.6 oz Water
1 tsp Titanium Dioxide 

Kit Two:
6 oz Hydrogenated Soy
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
4 oz Sunflower Oil
6 oz Water
2.2 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
.3 oz 21 Fragrance Oil
1 tsp Glitter, Iridescent
.6 oz Glycerin
1 tsp Amethyst Pink

Recipe in Grams
Kit One:
170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
170 grams Palm Kernel Oil
113 grams Sunflower Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
8 grams 21 Fragrance Oil
1 tsp Glitter, Iridescent
16 grams Water
1 tsp Titanium Dioxide 

Kit Two:
170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
170 grams Palm Kernel Oil
113 grams Sunflower Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
8 grams 21 Fragrance Oil
1 tsp Glitter, Iridescent
16 grams Glycerin
1 tsp Amethyst Pink

Recipe in Percentages
Kit One:
24.4% Hydrogenated Soy
24.4% Palm Kernel Oil
16.3% Sunflower Oil
24.4% Water
8.9% Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
1.2% 21 Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Glitter, Iridescent
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Titanium Dioxide 

Kit Two:
24.4% Hydrogenated Soy
24.4% Palm Kernel Oil
16.3% Sunflower Oil
24.4% Water
8.9% Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
1.2% 21 Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Glitter, Iridescent
Q.S. Glycerin
Q.S. Amethyst Pink

Set up both oil and lye kits prior to making the soap. Gently heat the oil kits until they are liquid. While the oil kits are heating, mix your lye and water. In separate colors, premix your colors. Pour the lye solution into a soap bucket with an oil kit. Mix to light trace. Add the color, glitter and fragrance and pour the soap into a mold. Mix the second batch of soap to light trace adding the color, glitter and fragrance. Pour into mold and swirl using a spoon. Allow the soap to sit for 24 hours then cut. Allow the soap to cure. longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!

Finished Soap

Measuring Amethyst Pink

Measuring Amethyst Pink

Measuring Titanium Dioxide

Soap Kits Ready for mixing

Mixing First Batch of Soap

Adding Titanium Dioxide

Mixing First Batch of Soap

Mixing Second Batch of Soap

Adding Amethyst Pink Color

Mixing Second Batch of Soap

Pouring part of First Batch into Mold

Pouring part of Second Batch into Mold

Pouring part of Second Batch into Mold

Swirling with end of Spoon

Swirling with end of Spoon

Finished Soap Ready to Cut

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Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
I am thrilled to announce that one year ago today we packed up truck number one and moved to our new facility in Nibley! Wow, I can’t believe it has already been one year. This new building is very nice and allows us to process and ship your orders more quickly and efficiently. As a special treat, the first 30 MMS customers who send me an email will get a 1 oz bottle of our natural Pomegranate Flavor Oil! Don’t wait, the thirty bottles here on my desk will be gone before you know it. Just email the blog team your address and flavor request and I will personally get a bottle to the shipping department for you. 

 

Taylor

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Jaynan’s Massage Oil

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Jaynan called in the other day asking for help to formulate massage oil for her dry skin. She lives here in Utah where it is very dry. She said “I love Sesame Oil and what it does for my skin, but I wish it were more like Olive Oil in consistency. I also need something that will help my dry skin. Something with more oomph.” As we talked I began to have ideas for a massage oil that I hoped was just what Jaynan was looking for. Let’s head to the kitchen to make this absolutely divine massage oil. 

I was so glad Jaynan wanted Sesame Oil in her formulation. It is rich in nutrients for the skin and a dreamy oil. The smooth creaminess of Sesame Oil makes the skin very soft. Think of healthy skin with the softness and smoothness of freshly washed linen sheets. Ooh. No toiletry maker should be without Sesame Oil in her oil collection.

While talking with Jaynan I discovered her love for Shea Butter. (A woman after my own heart.) While Jaynan wanted a liquid massage oil, I knew that Shea Oil would be perfect for her. It would give similar results as Shea Butter without making the massage oil solid or semi-solid. I just love Shea Oil, don’t you?

I also used Cranberry Seed Oil in the formulation for this massage oil. Cranberry Seed Oil is high in essential fatty acids. Cranberry Oil’s naturally occurring tocopherols and highly unsaturated profile provide nourishment to the skin and has superior moisturizing qualities. This should help Jaynan fight dry skin without even breaking a sweat.

In almost every dry skin fighting formulation I make there is Tamanu Oil, this massage oil in no exception. I love Tamanu Oil and can’t say enough good things about it. Tamanu helps the skin retain its moisture as well as become more plump and elastic. This helps prevent the worst symptom of dry skin: cracking or even bleeding skin that becomes very painful and irritated. Share some love with your skin and use Tamanu Oil. I believe you will be glad you did. Hip, hip hooray for Tamanu Oil and BOO to dry skin!

Jaynan was also looking for an essential oil blend that had a forest like odor that she could put either her Patchouly or Lilac perfume over. She described to me a perfume called Rain. She said it was earthy with a slight note of pine. “It also has a a strange note that is bright and spunky.” I set out to come up with an essential oil blend for Jaynan. I think I have it. I used Balsam Peru, Cedarwood Virginia, Ylang Ylang and Siberian Fir. I was quite pleased with the results. Try this wonderful scent blend today!

Collect Needed Materials

Ingredients
Sesame Oil
Shea Oil
Coconut Oil Fractions
Cranberry Seed Oil
Castor Oil
Tamanu Oil
Balsam Peru Essential Oil
Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Container for Mixing
Container for Finished Massage Oil

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
25 grams Sesame Oil
25 grams Shea Oil
25 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
15 grams Cranberry Seed Oil
30 grams Castor Oil
10 grams Tamanu Oil
11 drops Balsam Peru Essential Oil
5 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
6 drops Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
.88 ounces Sesame Oil
.88 ounces Shea Oil
.88 ounces Coconut Oil Fractions
.53 ounces Cranberry Seed Oil
1.06 ounces Castor Oil
.35 ounces Tamanu Oil
11 drops Balsam Peru Essential Oil
5 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
6 drops Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
19% Sesame Oil
19% Shea Oil
19% Coconut Oil Fractions
11.5% Cranberry Seed Oil
23% Castor Oil
7.5% Tamanu Oil
Q.S. Balsam Peru Essential Oil
Q.S. Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
Q.S. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Q.S. Siberian Fir Essential Oil

Weigh all oils into a container. Mix well. Pour into bottles and enjoy!

I only made 15 of these for shipping. Request yours today before they are all gone!

Taylor

Finished Massage Oil

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Adding Essential Oils

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