Archive for July, 2011

Guest Blog: Improving My Local Market

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Last week, I received an e-mail from Tammi of Beehive Soap and Body Care about a soap drive that she is helping the Sugar House Farmer’s Market run. She asked if I would share a blog post about this soap drive with our readers in hopes that fellow Utah soapmakers would be willing to take their soaps to the soap drive. I decided to share Tami’s e-mail with you since she has worded this in such a way, I would be hard pressed to match it.

I am participating at the Sugar House Farmer’s Market this year. I even offered some help on the Vendor Committee. When the Market Board asked for ideas from the vendor committee for event ideas to enrich the market… I immediately had a suggestion! I suggested the market host a Soap Drive for Clean the World (www.cleantheworld.org) . They loved the idea… and the soap drive was scheduled for two different dates Aug 26th and Sept. 30th. Whole Foods has agreed to sponsor the event (meaning they will pay the shipping expenses to get the donated soaps to Clean The World).

Clean the World collects new soap and even partially used soaps (from hotels/motels/individuals) which is then re-processed into new bars of soap. This effort keeps literally millions of pounds of soap out of the landfill… and then it is shipped to Haiti and other areas of the world where soap is desperately needed to help stop the spread of disease! (Win/Win!!) You can read all about it on their website.

I am recruiting soap from local soapmakers! It can be ends/pieces/uglies/soap that has lost fragrance/trial batches that went awry/ whatever! Soap can be dropped off at the Sugar House farmers markets on the above dates; or perhaps other drop off locations can be arranged in various locations… and then I could pick up donations prior to the final soap drive! I’m hoping for a bunch of soap!! I know I have some soap to contribute!!

In addition… hotels/motels might want to try collecting soaps for the next month or two… and add them to our soap drive! Hotel/Motel partners are key to Clean The Worlds success!

Thanks for helping spread the word! Perhaps other communities (outside of Salt Lake City) will want to organize their own soap drive!

I’m hoping its so successful that the Sugar House Farmers Market will want to do it every summer!!

Thanks!

Tami
Beehive Soap and Body Care

After sharing Tami’s e-mail with you, I want to challenge not just our Utah readers, but ALL of our readers to take a moment and see if you have soap to donate. Look in your cupboards, closets and soap storage bins to find those scraps, test batches, cosmetically challenged or even regular soap to donate. Go to your local Farmer’s Market and encourage the market coordinators to set up a Soap Drive. Like Tami, I imagine you can find a local store willing to ship the donated soap to Clean The World. Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone could get a box together with soaps to send to Clean The World?

I’m donating some soap odds and ends. Do you think you have soaps to donate? Majestic Mountain Sage will help! I have made special arrangements that we will accept donations of soap (mailed or dropped off) until September 27th. We will take these boxes of soap down to the Sugar House Farmer’s Market on Friday, September 30th for Tami to send with the soaps she has collected. I will be at the Market with Tami at her booth from 4 pm to 8 pm so if you want to swing by and say hello, please do.

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Sodium Lactate Heirloom Cream

Friday, July 29th, 2011
This week has been chock full of heirloom recipes. Wow! Can you believe that? I am not sure that I can! Since we only have one day left this week I thought we would finish off the week with another additive that helps the skin stay smooth, soft and hydrated.

Mixing this cream was a rather interesting experience. I first mixed this together and as it started to cool, the cream began to separate just like my Honey Heirloom Cream! Quickly I added another ounce of Emulsifying Wax, heated my cream gently and began to mix again. As I was mixing, the cream suddenly went from very fluid to almost a marshmallow cream texture. The cream was super viscous and lifted away from the sides of the beaker. What a surprise! In ways, it reminded me of when you have to force soap through trace. It becomes super thick and when mixing there is a sensation that if you were to lift the immersion blender out the cream would come out with it leaving no residue in the beaker at all!

I have never had an experience like this when making a cream and I am dying to know the cause of it. I wonder if I can force other cream and lotion recipes to act like this. Have you ever had a lotion or cream react this way? If so, what did you do? What is in your formulation? I am hoping we can answer some questions together with our collected experience and recipes.

I am thinking of making this lotion again but reformulating so I only have 2% Sodium Lactate. I will have to test it and tell you my results. My hope is that there will not be this strange marshmallow result. (Cross fingers!) Come join me for this marshmallow heirloom cream and then we can put our cream covered tootsies up for the weekend. Want s’mores?

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Sodium Lactate
Stearic Acid
Water
Emulsifying Wax
Optiphen
Orange Essential Oil
Premixed Color
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Immersion Blender
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
4.29 oz Sodium Lactate
6.575 oz Stearic Acid
39.71 oz Water
3.528 oz Emulsifying Wax
.53 oz Optiphen
.25 oz Orange Essential Oil
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Grams
121 grams Sodium Lactate
186 grams Stearic Acid
1125 grams Water
100 grams Emulsifying Wax
15 grams Optiphen
7 grams Orange Essential Oil
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Percentages
8% Sodium Lactate
12% Stearic Acid
72% Water
6.5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen
.5% Orange Essential Oil
Q.S. Premixed Color

Weigh everything except Optiphen, Orange Essential Oil and premixed color into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender mix everything well. Allow the solution to cool below 120° F before adding the Optiphen. Mix well. Pour into jars. Cap and enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Cream

Weighing Stearic Acid

Weighing Emulsifying Wax and Sodium Lactate

Weighing Water

Adding Orange Essential Oil

Adding Color

Mixing Cream

Cream Separating

Mixing Cream

Mixing Cream

Finished Cream in jars

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Hydrovance Heirloom Cream

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
I found Jean’s Heirloom Cream and the Honey Heirloom to be so intriqing and inspiring that I just HAD to do it with Hydrovance. I must admit, I am amazed at the dramatic difference that occurs in this cream when you change the humectant in these creams. Wow! It is unbelievable.This cream was really delightful because it left my skin baby soft and silky. I found my thumb was rubbing circles on my skin where I had rubbed in this cream. It was like my skin had been enveloped by this gossamer textile that I couldn’t stop enjoying the sensation of it under my fingers. Try this cream yourself. Request one in your order! I had to follow the Honey version of this recipe instead of the glycerin to follow the recommend usage rates for the Hydrovance. 37% Hydrovance in a recipe is a little over the recommended usage rate of 20%, don’t you think? Come join me in the kitchen for this magnificent cream.

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Hydrovance
Stearic Acid
Water
Emulsifying Wax
Optiphen
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Immersion Blender
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
4.29 oz Hydrovance
6.575 oz Stearic Acid
39.71 oz Water
2.528 oz Emulsifying Wax
.53 oz Optiphen
.25 oz Lemongrass Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
121 grams Hydrovance
186 grams Stearic Acid
1125 grams Water
71 grams Emulsifying Wax
15 grams Optiphen
7 grams Lemongrass Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
8% Hydrovance
12% Stearic Acid
74% Water
5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen
.5% Lemongrass Essential Oil

Weigh everything except Optiphen and Lemongrass Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender mix everything well. Allow the solution to cool below 120° F before adding the Optiphen and Lemongrass Essential Oil. Mix well. Pour into jars. Cap and enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Cream

Weighing Stearic Acid

Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Weighing Hydrovance

Weighing Water

Mixing Heated Solution

Mixing Cream

Mixing Lemongrass Essential Oil into Cream

Finished Cream

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Honey Heirloom Cream

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Yesterday I OOPSED. Today I am going to fix this heirloom cream. When making this cream I was rather stuck in what I should scent this with. As I got to the end however, I decided there was no way you could talk me into covering that delicious honey odor. This cream reminds me of the Greek dessert Loukoumades. They are like fried doughnut holes that are soaked in a rich aromatic honey syrup and then sprinkled with cinnamon. They are so good! One whiff of this cream and I am transported to the local Greek Festival surrounded by music, arts, crafts, and divine foods like Baklava, Galaktoboureko and Finikia.

This cream feels a little stiff and smooth. It makes me think of a massage cream that needs to be slowly worked into the skin. It makes the skin feel firm and dewy. Mnn. It makes me think of setting up a canopy in a field of golden wheat with the breeze blowing the stalks lazily. Can you hear the bees humming gently as the sun pours its golden rays down on you? Come join me in the kitchen for the Honey Heirloom Cream!

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Honey
Stearic Acid
Water
Emulsifying Wax
Optiphen
Lavender 40/42
Premixed Color
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Immersion Blender
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
4.29 oz Honey
6.575 oz Stearic Acid
39.71 oz Water
2.528 oz Emulsifying Wax
.53 oz Optiphen
Recipe in Grams
121 grams Honey
186 grams Stearic Acid
1125 grams Water
71 grams Emulsifying Wax
15 grams Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
8% Honey
12% Stearic Acid
74% Water
5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen

Weigh everything except Optiphen into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender mix everything well. Allow the solution to cool below 120° F before adding the Optiphen. Mix well. Pour into jars. Cap and enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Cream

Finished Cream

Stearic Acid

Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Weighing Honey

Weighing Water

Heated Solution

Mixing Lotion

Mixing Lotion

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Honey Heirloom Cream – Oops

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
I found Jean’s Heirloom Hand Cream to be really enjoyable and inspiring. I just loved how dewy and velvety my skin felt and looked! I began to ponder if I could make this recipe using honey. My father keeps bees and believe me… we are nearly drowning in the stuff! Come join me for this delectable heirloom cream!When I first made this cream I didn’t look at the percentages of the ingredients. Instead my thought process was “Honey is twice as sticky as glycerin so if I reduce the honey by half and increase the water, I should be fine.” Boy, was I in for a surprise or what? I forgot that honey is full of enzymes. Enzymes that, apparently, if you have enough of them do not allow emulsification in your lotion! Imagine my surprise discovering that my lotion was separating even though it contained emulsifying wax! I went back to my recipe and changed everything to percentages. Then I discovered that 19% of my formulation was honey. Wow! No wonder I was having separation issues. Geez! If you really want to follow my Opps, then here is the recipe. Tomorrow I will make it work WITH honey.Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Honey
Stearic Acid
Water
Emulsifying Wax
Optiphen
Lavender 40/42
Premixed Color
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Immersion Blender
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
10 oz Honey
6.575 oz Stearic Acid
34 oz Water
2.528 oz Emulsifying Wax
.53 oz Optiphen
Recipe in Grams
567 grams Honey
186 grams Stearic Acid
680 grams Water
71 grams Emulsifying Wax
15 grams Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
19% Honey
12% Stearic Acid
63% Water
5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen

Weigh everything except Optiphen into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender mix everything well. Allow the solution to cool below 120° F before adding the Optiphen. Mix well. Pour into jars. Cap and enjoy!

Taylor

Separating Cream, Egad!

Weighing Stearic Acid

Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Weighing Honey

Weighing Water

Heated Solution

Mixing Cream

Separating Cream, Egad!

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Jean’s Heirloom Hand Cream

Monday, July 25th, 2011
Jean came in some time ago, bringing with her a handwritten recipe of hand cream that had been in her family. She wanted a modern recipe of what had been in her family for so long. I made scans of the recipe and immediately got to work. (Unfortunately, my desk monster ate her recipe.) One of the difficulties I faced was that the recipe used both volume and weight. I decided to weigh the materials that were measured in volume so the hand cream would be consistent every time Jean made it. I really like this heirloom cold cream. It is very soft, smooth and hydrating. Between summer activities and playing with Sadie, my hands are rough, scratched, scabbed and calloused. If I could I’d bring back the fashion of wearing gloves. My hands are a disaster. This Heirloom Hand Cream not only helps my hands retain their moisture but my hands are soft, smooth and velvety! My skin is dewy and it feels as though my skin has been rejuvenated. No oily skin here! I may not be able to compete with my Grandmother for the softest skin but with this cream on my side, I am a very far cry from having the worst. Come join me for this delightful cream that is sure to become an heirloom recipe in your family for generations! 

I really enjoyed how simple this cream was to make. It was a breeze. I am super impressed with the cream as well. A nightly regime of this on my hands and you might not be able to tell that I am a working girl! I lightly scented this cream with lavender. It is polite and gentle. Due to the fact it is so light in scent, this cream does not smell medicinal. It remind me of going through a box of my grandmother’s hats and handkerchiefs with a small sachet of lavender tucked among the many treasures. A gentle perfume helping tell the history of these grand articles. I think this cream could be paired beautifully with lilac or any other gentle floral odor.

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Glycerin
Stearic Acid
Water
Emulsifying Wax
Optiphen
Lavender 40/42
Premixed Color
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Immersion Blender
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
20 oz Glycerin
6.575 oz Stearic Acid
24 oz Water
2.528 oz Emulsifying Wax
.53 oz Optiphen
.25 oz Lavender 40/42
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Grams
567 grams Glycerin
186 grams Stearic Acid
680 grams Water
71 grams Emulsifying Wax
15 grams Optiphen
7 grams Lavender 40/42
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Percentages
37% Glycerin
12% Stearic Acid
44.5% Water
5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen
.5% Lavender 40/42
Q.S. Premixed Color

Weigh everything except Optiphen, Lavender 40/42 and premixed color into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender mix everything well. Allow the solution to cool below 120° F before adding the Optiphen, Lavender 40/42 and premixed color. Mix well. Pour into jars. Cap and enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Hand Cream

Weighing Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax

Weighing Glycerin

Weighing Water

Heated Solution

Mixing Cream

Adding Lavender Essential Oil

Adding Color

Mixing in Color

Finished Cream

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Tea Tree Moisturizing Cream

Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Many products that combat acne and other blemishes are very drying to the skin, which tends to make the problem worse. I wanted a light and moisturizing cream that would keep the skin soft and from feeling dry or stripped.I love the feel of Jojoba Oil but I learned a few things about it today. Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax. Jojoba Oil is really nice because it does not feel greasy like Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil. Instead, it feels dry not greasy and oily. Jojoba Oil is very similar to sebum, a wax secreted by the skin. This aids the skin is staying hydrated. Jojoba Oil can even act as a substitute for sebum. Wow! I never knew that. What a great addition to an acne combating moisturizing cream! Come join me in the kitchen for this light and moisturizing cream.

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Jojoba Oil
Wheat Protein
Hydrovance
Conditioning Emulsifier
Stearic Acid
Water
Equipment
Microwave Safe Container
Scale
Immersion Blender
Containers for Cream

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
32 grams Jojoba Oil
12 grams Wheat Protein
16 grams Hydrovance
12 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
8 grams Stearic Acid
320 grams Water
3 grams Tea Tree Essential Oil
4 grams Optiphen
Recipe in Ounces
1.13 oz Jojoba Oil
.42 oz Wheat Protein
.56 oz Hydrovance
.42 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
.28 oz Stearic Acid
11.29 oz Water
.11 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil
.14 oz Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
8% Jojoba Oil
3% Wheat Protein
4% Hydrovance
3% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Stearic Acid
80% Water
.75% Tea Tree Essential Oil
1% Optiphen

Weigh everything except the Tea Tree Essential Oil and the Optiphen into a microwaveable container. Heat gently until liquid. Using an immersion blender mix well. Once the lotion has cooled below 120° F add the Tea Tree Essential Oil and Optiphen. Stir well. Pour into jars. Enjoy!

Taylor

Finished Lotion

Finished Lotion

Weighing Jojoba

Weighing Wheat Protien

Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Weighing Water

Heated Ingredients

Mixing Lotion

Adding Tea Tree

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Tea Tree Scrub

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
I adore scrubs. Absolutely love them. Here at MMS I am known as the Queen of scrubs. Sugar, salt, solid, liquid, soapy, foamy, oily, scratchy, smooth, body polishers and glazes, you name it and I have: a recipe, note, thought or idea tucked away somewhere. My fat orange cat loves scrubs too! Can you believe he climbs into the shower just so he can eat my basic olive oil and sugar scrub? I have stopped scenting it just so I don’t have to worry about him getting into the scrub while I am away. (It baffles me how he can get a size 89 lid off of a jar all by himself. Is this a feature or a bug when it comes to owning a Fatus Catus?) Come join me in the kitchen for this fun and rejuvenating scrub.

I really loved testing this scrub. (Giggle.) I am tempted to take all of the samples home with me. Sigh. I suppose I have to let those who are interested try this luscious scrub as well. This scrub really made my skin smooth and velvety to the touch. The Blueberry Seeds help gently exfoliate the skin while the luffa polishes the skin like a super fine buffer pad. The powdered silk and clay provide some wonderful slip as you gently massage this scrub into your skin. Request a sample in your order today!

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Luffa
Powdered Silk
Hydrovance
French Green Clay
Blueberry Seeds
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Water
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Optiphen
Equipment
Scale
Spoons
Pipette
Container for Finished Scrub

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
5 grams Luffa
5 grams Powdered Silk
11 grams Hydrovance
20 grams French Green Clay
5 grams Blueberry Seeds
3 grams Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
55 grams Water
1 gram Tea Tree Essential Oil
1.5  grams Optiphen
Recipe in Ounces
.18 oz Luffa
.18 oz Powdered Silk
.39 oz Hydrovance
.71 oz French Green Clay
.18 oz Blueberry Seeds
.11 oz Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
1.94 oz Water
.03 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil
.06  oz Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
5% Luffa
5% Powdered Silk
11% Hydrovance
20% French Green Clay
5% Blueberry Seeds
3% Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
55% Water
1% Tea Tree Essential Oil
1.5% Optiphen

Weigh everything into a container. Mix until smooth in texture. Package off into containers. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Scrub

Finished Scrub

Weighing Luffa

Weighing Silk Powder

Weighing Blueberry Seeds

Weighing Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

Weighing Hydrovance

Weighing Clay

Adding Water and Tea Tree Essential Oil

Adding Optiphen

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UPS Shipping Alert

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

This morning I received an e-mail from our UPS representative about a disruption in operations in their main U.S. operation center. I’ve attached the text from the email for you to read.

We would like to advise you that last night’s severe weather in Louisville, KY, caused significant disruption to operations at Worldport, our main operations center in the U.S. As a result, some shipments may experience unavoidable delays. Shipments impacted by this event will indicate a weather delay when tracking on ups.com.

The UPS Service Guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted due to conditions beyond our control. Please refer to the Service Update on ups.com for the latest information.

Thank you for the business you entrust to UPS.

If you have an order that you are expecting and it might have gone through this center, please check your tracking number to see where your package is. We are working with UPS to make sure packages are delivered safely and sanely.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or send us an e-mail.

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Tea Tree Mask

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
I love face masks. They give me time to slow down and do something for myself. In the heat of summer, it is especially nice to slow down, take a cool bath, apply a cool mask and put slices of cucumbers over the eyes. If you need to, please lock the door, unplug the phone, disable the doorbell, dim the lights and turn on some soft music. Sigh. Doesn’t that sound divine? Come join me in the kitchen so that we may enjoy some time all by ourselves. :-DI really liked this mask because it gave my skin a soft and dewy feeling. After letting this scrub dry on my skin then rinsing it off, my skin felt dewy baby soft and dare I say… firmer? Hmn. I think I need to go back home to use the fabulous mask. Lol. :-D If only!

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Water
Hydrovance
French Green Clay
Conditioning Emulsifier
Emu Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Optiphen
Equipment
Scale
Spoons
Pipette
Container for Finished Scrub

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
50 grams Water
10 grams Hydrovance
75 grams French Green Clay
5 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
4 grams Emu Oil
1 gram Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 grams Optiphen
Recipe in Ounces
1.76 oz Water
.35 oz Hydrovance
2.65 oz French Green Clay
.18 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
.14 oz Emu Oil
.03 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil
.11 oz Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
34% Water
7% Hydrovance
51% French Green Clay
3% Conditioning Emulsifier
3% Emu Oil
.5% Tea Tree Essential Oil
2% Optiphen

Weigh everything except French Green Clay, Optiphen and Tea Tree Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix well. Add clay and stir until no lumps remain. It takes about five minutes for the clay to hydrate using an immersion blender. If you choose not to use an immersion blender due to cleaning purposes, uses a spoon or fork to stir in clay. It is okay if you have lumps. Clay swells as it absorbs water and it can take up to eight hours for the clay to fully hydrate. Just stir after the clay has had an opportunity to absorb the moisture. Add Optiphen and Tea Tree Essential Oil and stir well. Package into containers and enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Mask

Finished Mask

Weighing Water, Hydrovance, Conditioning Emulsifier and Emu Oil

Heated Mixture

Blending

Adding Clay

Mixing Until Smooth

Adding Tea Tree and Optiphen

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