|I know I have been rather absent here on the blog. With Halloween here, and the rest of the holidays approaching fast, it is easy to get a little distracted! Ack! Today, I will be share what happens when you superheat your lip balm and pour it into the tray while it is too hot. Yikes. This may not be something you will want to duplicate in your own kitchen. Just come watch me and we will avoid disasters all around. 😉
I heated this container of lip balm for three minutes. Much longer than what I generally need to. A great and simple indicator if your lip solution is too hot is to stir it with a pipette. If the pipette can not hold its shape, your lip balm solution is too hot. Can you see how in the first picture the pipette can not hold its shape. This should have been a big warning to me that my lip balm was way too hot to pour! What did I do? I poured it anyway.
Now look at the big mess I have. The jar was so hot, I had to pour it very quickly causing it to splash everywhere. It also leaked out of the base of the lip balm tubes! Ack! Now I have a big mess. Had I waited a few minutes to let it cool, I wouldn’t have this huge mess. Now that I have made this mess, I have to decide if I want to salvage or discard. Ugh. What a disaster. Generally, when I am stressed and feeling behind, this is when I will find a chair, look at the chaos of the kitchen and have a good cry. By slowing down, and letting the lip balm cool we save ourselves time, and prevent an all out, big alligator tear cry session. Aren’t you glad this isn’t in YOUR kitchen?
Once we have the tray and the tubes, it is time to load the tubes into the tray.
With the tray facing up, don’t try to load the bottom of the tube first. (photo 1) With the tray facing up, don’t try to load the tubes upside down. (photo 2)
To begin, we need to turn the tray upside down. (photo 3) Don’t try to load bottoms of the tubes into the turned upside down tray. (photo 4) Fill a tray with the cap side of the tube being pushed into the back of the tray. (photo 5)
A little pressure might be needed to continue filling the tray with empty tubes. (photo 6)
Push each tube into the tray until the collar of the tube meets the bottom of the tray. If the tubes are not seated completely, they will leak during filling. (photos 7 & 8.)
Fill the entire tray with tubes. (photo 9) Do not attempt to use the tray with fewer tubes and openings. Once all the openings are filled, turn the tray right side up. (photo 10)
We are now ready for tomorrow. If you need further assistance, send us a message. If you’re not sure that you can see all the details in each photo, click the photo to enlarge. If you have a tray and tubes, go ahead and prepare the tray for making lip balm. We’ll be doing that tomorrow. See you then!
|Good morning! Did you know that Monday the 17th is Boss’s Day? I am really glad I found out about Boss’s Day because sometimes they just need a thank you. Do you know what I mean? I was thinking about all of the things a boss does. They get to settle disagreements, help unsatisfied customers, call about the shipments that haven’t arrived yet, worry about backorders, etc. Phew. I am so glad I don’t have to do what they do. Also, on top of everything that they do during the work day, when they go home their minds are whirring thinking about all of the things they have to get done tomorrow!
I think the big cheese should at least get a thank you once in a while. Can you imagine breathing, eating, dreaming and bleeding your job? Don’t get me wrong, we all work really hard but I think sometimes we forget to say thank you when we head out the door. When you leave work today, would you do a favor for me? No matter what went right or wrong, please tell your boss thank you.
After a really long day, we all like to relax. I wondered about something I could make that would be nice and relaxing and unisex. With fall here and the temperatures cooling down I thought it would be wonderful to relax with a warm holiday scented foot soak. It almost makes me think of sitting down with a cup of soul warming wassail. What do you think? Our wonderful soaks can start with some tired and worn feet. Come join me in the kitchen for the warm delight of sharing a gratitude attitude.
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Weigh everything into a mixing container. Mix well until no clumps remain. Package into bags or jars. Enjoy!
|I don’t know about you, but I find soap making addictive. Despite all of my failures, distractions and learning experiences, I still love it . I do get strange requests for types of soap and additives. Some times they are animal, vegetable, mineral, or spiritual. Tell us about the strangest things you have ever been requested to do.
To submit your story, drop me a note telling me that you want to enter and I will give you the details for sending in your story and any pictures that may be useful. Now don’t be shy about sharing your story. I will be giving away gift certificates, teas, samples and more! Each participant will receive something. I can’t wait to see all of the submissions. Good luck and I hope to hear your strange soap story soon!
|I love the smell of coffee. I will go read at the local coffee shops just so I can be immersed in the odor. I love using our coffee butter on my skin for that reason. I smell like a coffee shop. 😉 Now, I have had a few requests to make a soap with our coffee butter to see if the scent will survive the saponification process. I must admit, my curiosity was caught. Would that delicious odor stay in the soap or would it disappear like the odor of the Virgin Coconut Oil. Let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best. Come join me in the test kitchen for this experiment.When I unveiled this soap in preparation to cut it, I was rather surprised at how light in color it was. When I think of coffee, I think of something dark in color. This soap was not. I picked up the soap and smelled it. It does smell like coffee! While it is not potent like a coffee shop, it does smell like coffee and perhaps a hint of milk. Yummy! I would like to make this soap again, but next time using coffee as my liquid. Won’t that be fun?
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Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. While those are heating, weigh the water and lye and stir together. Allow the solution to cool. Pour the lye solution into the liquid oils. Using the immersion blender, mix until a light trace is reached. Pour the soap into a mold. Allow to sit for 24 hours before cutting. Cut the soap and allow to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!
I would like to ask what got you in the hobby of making your own soaps, lotions, lip balms, perfumes, etc? Do you, or a loved one, have sensitive skin? Are you looking to be more self-sufficent? Or was it that you fell in love with all of the scents? All of the scents and flavors certainly are enticing, aren’t they? There are just so many to choose from. How can one make up their mind? Well, Freebie Friday is here to assist. I will be choosing five products to describe and I will be sending 100 samples to the shipping department. If you want one just request in your order.
The first fragrance I have on my list today is Citrus and Basil. While easily described as an aroma of fresh citrus and chopped basil this scent is more inticing than that. Fresh citrus is definitely a main note here but it is wrapped with sweet basil which lays on top of clean marine and sparkling ozone. Imagine sitting on a Mediterranean beach with fresh pesto and a drink with a squeeze of lemon. A gentle breeze blows off of the water. Mnn. The gorgeous scent has a hint of something musky. This is a must have for any men’s body care line.
Next on my list is Snow Drops. This rejuvenating scent is a must for any spa line. This scent is fresh spring scented ozone touched with frost and a hint of fir. This scent reminds me of those early spring mornings that are crisp and cold but plants are starting to grow as the lines of snow recede. Cool, refreshing and full of hope.
Now we will move onto our next scent; Sandalwood Vanilla. Sandalwood is a very down to earth and woodsy scent. Mixed with sweet vanilla and a hint of moss, oak and pressed linens create this sexy and comforting scent. This magnificent fragrance oil is never out of season. Warm, soothing and inviting in winter, summer, spring and fall. Try this fashionable, and all time favorite, fragrance oil today!
Almost at the end of our list today is Sap Moss. Sap Moss is a soothing odor with fresh appeal. Fresh green moss is blended artfully with marine notes and an old growth deciduous forest. This new twist on what is old is delightful and refreshing. Plan for a northern cruise for this one!
Last on our list today is Love Spell. This scent is fun, fruity and sensual. Sweet musk, melon, fruit and floral notes blend together to create a spell binding fragrance that is sure to be a favorite.
Request any of these fragrances to be added to your next order. Remember, I am only sending 100 of each fragrance to the shipping department. Get yours before they are gone!
|Today I realized that we have used all of our colors of glitter except iridescent! How did that happen? I had to go search high and low for the perfect scent to go with the iridescent glitter. Angel? No, that didn’t seem quite right. In the end I chose Snow Drops. What fragrance would you use with the iridescent glitter?I am really glad I chose the Snow Drops Fragrance Oil. It makes me think of winter but the scent isn’t minty or spicy. It makes me think of my sister, whose birthday is in the winter. She is not very fond of spicy, holiday odors and peppermint makes her feel cold. Snow Drops is polite, elegant and fitting for her. Now, if only I could keep a bar until her birthday! 😉 Come join me in the kitchen for this elegant and sophisticated soap.
Collect Needed Items:
Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the Snow Drops Fragrance Oil and Iridescent Glitter and mix well. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!
Yippee! Today is Tea Tuesday! I am going to focus on some special teas this week. Have you heard of Sip for the Cure? The Republic of Tea has a collection of teas they use to create donation monies for The Susan G Komen Foundation. The funds help breast cancer research. The teas I am offering today are in this collection. Please choose from:
- Pink Lady Apple Green Tea
- Pomegranate Vanilla Rooibos Tea
- Pink Lemonade Green Tea
- Red Cherry White Tea
- Pink Grapefruit Green Tea
- Strawberry Hibiscus Tea
If you aren’t familiar with Tea Tuesday, then let me fill you in. I like to send cards and letters, I also like to drink tea. I combine both of these activities by sharing a hand written note with you, our customers, during these special visits. This week you can submit many different topics to me so I have something to write about. The simple process is this: Please go to our Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button. Tell me anything you would like to share, ask a question or comment about the blog. Include your address AND the tea you would like to try from the above collection. I will send you a tea bag, a hand written note and a cool postmark from MMS. No cost. No commitment. No anything but sending your address and comments to me. How simple could that be??
You are probably wondering about the HARVESTS in the subject. Well, you might be aware that we have a company garden. Long time readers will know we have used the extra ground around our building to put in a wonderful company garden. We planned the seeds, harvests and timing of all the items in our garden. We planted, hoed, weeded and Mitch watered our garden. I would like to say WE on the watering, but the reality is that Mitch took good care of us over the summer. Our last garden projects were salsa and chili sauce. On Friday September 23 we sliced and diced and made 302 pints of salsa. These jars are for all the staff and a few special people who came to help. Before our canning season started, each staff member signed up for the jars they wanted. When salsa day arrived we decided it would be a 1 day project. It was! We finished with 302 pint jars!! Tonya, my sister, brought her friend, Cinda, from Salt Lake City for our special day. Jerry, the twinkle in Andee’s eye, came too. We worked hard and we got this whole project finished. WHEW! The following week we made 96 jars of chili sauce.
So, now that you know about our recent harvests, what about the CATTLE? Well, we all live in a rural area. Our office/warehouse building is in the small city of Nibley. Our neighbor had a loose fence post and Saturday morning his cattle came for a buffet breakfast. They had red corn, yellow corn, bi-color corn, watermelon leaves, pumpkin, green beans, and the corn stalks! Our summer garden projects dwindled into a disaster that only huge bovines could create. We found our watermelon plants were hiding 72 watermelons! We would have been lycopene high come watermelon harvest time. Anyway, the only things left to harvest from our garden are hot peppers and zucchini. After all the staff reviewed the garden we harvested one last zucchini, an 11.44 lb monster! I don’t know about you, but zucchini season is the only time of year we truly focus on locking our doors. Your car isn’t even safe at church from a drive-by zucchini deposit! Now we have come to the untimely end of our garden. We’re glad for the harvests we’ve had and the jars of sunshine that will be opened this winter.
So, my last thought of the day is a great foot-in-mouth comment I heard today. The comment was that this person couldn’t bring herself to “working with people who do NOT have a degree.” I don’t know about you, but, my opinion is that a DEGREE does not make an intelligent person. If you are out there reading, making soap, or even pondering our cattle incident, I want you to know that honest, hard-working people are the kings and queens of my world. You might have a degree, you might not, but your core morals and beliefs are far more valuable to me than anything else you possess.
To end on a happy note, I want to give away a few mugs. I will choose two people who comment on this blog post at blog.thesage.com and send them their style mug/cup. Tell me if you are a mug drinker at the computer, a cup drinker at the table, or a mobile drinker in the car, train or subway. I’ll arrange for a special treat to come your way.
|I love the rich flavor of huckleberries. There is a small local pizzeria here that makes wonderful dessert pizzas. My favorite is one that has marscapone, apples, and a special sugar blend. However, when it is huckleberry season, they will even put huckleberries on it. Yummy. These little berries pack a powerful flavor punch!I love looking at huckleberries almost as much as I love eating them. Rich in purples, red and even blues, the beautiful berries are mesmerizing. If you have a bucket of them, it looks like you have hundreds of sparkling jewels, sticky from their juice. I found a picture that just sums up everything I am trying to explain to you. This increadible photo was taken by Caroline Cummins. Let’s head to the kitchen to make a huckleberry inspired soap!
Collect Needed Items:
Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the Huckleberry