Archive for January, 2012

Erin’s Lip Balm Formulation – Day 2

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Now that we have Erin’s recipe converted to weight, let’s change her formulation to stop that “wax candle” sensation on the lips. Are you ready? Let’s go to the test kitchen!

To help combat that wax candle sensation on the lips we need a variety of solid and liquid oils, not just liquid ones. We will need one hard, and/or brittle oil and one that is solid but not brittle at room temperature. For the solid but not brittle oils, my two favorites are Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. Shea Butter is very smooth and creamy. Coconut Oil melts at body temperature, providing a wonderful glide to the finished lip balm. Cocoa Butter and Palm Kernel Oil are great choices for your brittle oils. However, you should choose oils you enjoy having on your skin.

I choose to add Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter. I really like how Coconut Oil will melt at skin temperature, providing a very smooth glide. Coconut Oil makes my skin feel soft and protected without feeling like I was dunked in a tub of Vaseline. It also gives the skin a soft, healthy glow. I’ll take that any day! The Cocoa Butter is really nice because I can easily swap the Regular Cocoa Butter for Deodorized Cocoa Butter without a noticeable difference in my lip balm, besides flavor and smell. I love the chocolate odor and taste that Regular Cocoa Butter gives.

 

#1 Original Test Recipe – 30 grams

7 grams Beeswax

9.3 grams Castor Oil

8 grams Jojoba Oil

3.5 grams Vitamin E

#1 Modified Test Recipe – 30 grams

6 grams Beeswax

7.5 grams Coconut Oil

4.5 grams Cocoa Butter, Deodorized

5.5 grams Castor Oil

5.5 grams Jojoba Oil

1 gram Vitamin E

 

#2 Original Test Recipe – 30 grams

7 grams Beeswax

18.6 grams Castor Oil

3.5 grams Vitamin E

#2 Modified Test Recipe – 30 grams

6 grams Beeswax

7.5 grams Coconut Oil

4.5 grams Cocoa Butter, Deodorized

11 grams Castor Oil

1 gram Vitamin E

I hope this helps and if you have any questions, just comment or email in!

Taylor

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Erin’s Lip Balm Formulation – Day 1

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Earlier this week I received an email from Erin, who was asking for assistance with two test lip balm recipes she had. She wanted something that ” didn’t leave lips feeling like you’ve been sucking on a melted candle”. Erin, I couldn’t have thought of a better  description! I remember when I first started making lip balm. I have made fluid gloopy messes to lip balm “candles”! Let’s head of the kitchen for some testing and we can help Erin formulate something she would be proud to make. Come join us!

Erin’s first test recipe was the following.

#1 Test Recipe

2 tsp Beeswax

3 tsp Castor Oil

3 tsp Jojoba Oil

1 tsp Vitamin E

 

Here is Erin’s second recipe.

#2 Test Recipe

2 tsp Beeswax

6 tsp Castor Oil

1 tsp Vitamin E

 

Erin, I think this is a great start. I really like Castor Oil in my lip balms because they impart a smooth creamy feeling. I love it when things glide onto my lips without any effort at all. Let’s see if we can formulate your dream lip balm.

One of the first concerns I have with both of your formulations it that they are done by volume. Here is where a great formulation can be turned into that lip balm candle. You have to ask, how do you measure these products? Take beeswax for example. Do you pack it in? Do you let it rise over the top? Is there a lot of space? Are you measuring it when melted? Or when working with liquid oils you allow it to over flow? Do you scrape out your measuring spoon? Do you measure a scant teaspoon?

Measuring these ways aren’t necessarily bad, they just make inconsistent products when comparing one batch to another. This is where a scale becomes critical. Not having a scale for making your products is like trying to knit without needles or drive without tires. Sure, you can do it, just not very well. A scale is important if you fall in love with a formulation or are thinking of selling your product or giving it away. Guaranteed, you or someone else will want another lip balm just like the first. What a mess if you can’t recreate what you did!

First, let’s head to the kitchen to change these volumes into weights. That will make it easier to alter our recipe from there.

Erin’s recipes in weight.

#1 Test Recipe

7 grams Beeswax

9.3 grams Castor Oil

8 grams Jojoba Oil

3.5 grams Vitamin E

 

#2 Test Recipe

7 grams Beeswax

18.6 grams Castor Oil

3.5 grams Vitamin E

 

Now that we have changed this to weight, come join us tomorrow as we formulate Erin’s dream lip balm!

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Bridal Wishes Swap

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
As a little girl, I remember hovering over my mother whenever she got mail. I loved looking at the pictures on the cards or helping her unpack orders. Sometimes, I would get my own packages from my great grandmother. She would always send enormous bags of newspaper clippings, articles, books, faux postage and even the occasional AARP pamphlet. (Who knows what I would do with an AARP pamphlet at the age of eight but Grandma always sent things she thought might be important now or twenty, thirty or even fifty years down the road. That is how we knew she loved us very, very much.) I loved sorting through those enormous bags admiring the faux postage, reading the clipped newspaper comics, drawing in the activity books and learning about safety from McGruff the Dog. Sometimes, sorting through all of that paper could take a cumulative total of 3+ hours. That is a long time but a lot of fun!

This is a bit like a swap to me. There isn’t nearly as much paper, but you get play in a way that few adults get to do anymore. It is like when a little girl gets a giant makeup set. She has to try every color right now! She also feels a great desire to apply it to Mom, Grandma, Auntie, Sister, Baby Brother and even Dad! (When you get a swap box in the mail, it is a good idea to tell your significant other that they are cooking dinner tonight. ;-) ) A swap is a true treat and delight to open and go through.

The next swap I am hosting is actually divided into two sub-swaps. The overall theme is Bridal Wishes, both to and from the bride. One swap will be Wedding Favors. The Wedding Favors Swap is smaller in size. All of the items that you will ship out must fit into a small flat rate priority mail box that ships for $5.35. The other swap will be Bridal Gifts. These are “gifts” for the bride. This swap targets the medium flat rate box. The “gifts” don’t need to be full size, just represent full size with all the ribbons, bows, tags and whatnots.

These swaps will be a lot of fun for participants. These are great sources of inspiration for bridal gifts, wedding favors and even bridal shower favors. As an added plus, you even get the recipes for all of the items in the swap. How cool is that? To join, go to forum.thesage.com and register. It takes 24 hours to be approved and then you can request to join one or both swaps. I hope to see you there! It will be unforgettable!

 

Official Details!

 

The theme for this swap is Bridal Wishes. This swap will be a swap all about brides, wedding favors and bridal showers. In this swap you can make items that could be given away as favors for the wedding or bridal shower, or things that a bride needs to relax and enjoy herself before, on or after, the big day. The recipe for your products can be e-mailed in or sent with the products when shipped. (I prefer that you email them. ;-) It makes the booklet faster to put together. I want the booklet to go with the swap so help me process this quickly!) All recipes will be included in the swap recipe booklet.

Important! Read ME!
This swap will be split into two swaps. One is for wedding favors. This swap will be for small items and will be sent out in a small flat rate priority mail box that ships for $5.35. The second swap will be for larger bridal gifts and the box is a medium flat rate. Shipping for this box will be $11. You will be allowed to participate in one or both swaps. Just tell me which swap(s) you will be participating in when you sign up.

To prevent the swap from becoming too big, I am going to limit each group size to 15 people. If we have more people that are interested, I will create a second group to allow more people to participate.

Deadline Dates to know:
Last Sign Up Date: February 3rd, 2012
Last Possible Shipping Date: February 22nd, 2012
Return Mailing Date: March 1st, 2012

All items will be shipped to MMS.

Majestic Mountain Sage
Attn: Bridal Wishes Swap (Please list if you are in the Wedding Favors Swap, Bridal Gifts Swap or both.)
2490 South 1350 West
Nibley, UT 84321

What do I include with my package I ship?
Your swap items.
Money to cover return shipping. (Cash or Money Order ONLY) I will have a total number of individuals after the sign up deadlines. I will not be able to accept personal checks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

In order to prevent confusion with dates, I will be posting frequently to help remind participants of where we are on our calendar!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to post and ask.

Best Wishes!

Taylor

 

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What is inside?!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Here at MMS we hear a great deal about our containers. Many of them are related to the volume or weight of the product that will fit inside. We are often told that our 2 oz containers are mislabeled because they hold 3 oz of product. Today we will answer many questions regarding containers and the importance of taking notes! Are you ready? Come join me.

Most containers are labeled with their volume as determined by water, or an equivalent to water in both volume and weight. The water is poured up to the shoulder in the jar or bottle. The volume of the water is then measured. You will get different weights and/or volumes depending on the product you are putting in a container. If you are putting a whipped body butter in a jar, it will weigh less than if you have a solid massage bar in there, which will weigh differently compared to a sugar scrub.

So how do we suggest you solve this problem? We suggest you sit down for an afternoon with your trustworthy friend: the scale. Weigh your container with and without the lid or cap. Now weigh the container full of material. Take notes and write these numbers down! They will come in handy. The day I created these samples I used Soy Lip Solutions without flavor.

As you produce each product it will be easy to use the TARE feature on your scale. Proofing your work as you go along, or before labeling, will give you peace of mind. Since you can now determine how much product is going into your container you can determine what it costs to produce items for your store/catalog/booths. Then you can make sure you are not giving away any of your product for free, unless it is a free sample! And you will know how much those cost too! ;-)

Taylor

A varitey of Lip Balm Containers with listed weight of Soy Lip Solutions inside

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The Greatest Lanolin Butter! (In my opinion)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
One of my favorite recipes that I just keep coming back to is this Lanolin Butter. We have already featured this on the blog before.My feet can get really dry and cracked. (Part of that is because I hate to wear shoes.) However, it can get so bad that I will refuse to put on socks because of the tugging and snagging. In fact, last night they were even catching on my blankets. Argh. That is one sure fire way for me to get a very bad night of sleep. :-( (Please forgive the sleepwalking zombie here.)

I like to apply a generous amount to each foot in the morning and then put on my socks. This way, I prevent tracking the salve all over the place and it gets worked into my feet as I walk around for the day. By then end of the day, when I go to take my socks off, my feet are softer, smoother and far more supple than when they were that morning. Whew! Relief is only a day away! Come join me in the kitchen as we try to combat dry hands and feet with this wonderful lanolin butter.

This balm/salve like butter is good for cracked hand and knuckles as well. Do you have dry elbows? Try this recipe! I really enjoyed it when it was scented with our Chai Latte Essential Oil blend. Mmm, it was so yummy smelling.

 

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Lanolin
Shea Butter, Refined
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Glycerin, Vegetable Derived
Conditioning Emulsifier
Optiphen
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Containers for the finished products

Recipe: (Makes 8 fl oz)

Recipe in grams for 8 fl oz
112 grams Lanolin
56 grams Shea Butter, Refined
31 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
5 grams Vitamin E Acetate
50 grams Liquid Glycerin
5 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
2.59 grams Optiphen
Recipe in ounces for 8 fl oz
3.95 ounces Lanolin
1.98 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
1.09 ounces Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.18 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
1.76 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.18 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.09 ounces Optiphen
Recipe in Percentages
43% Lanolin
21% Shea Butter, Refined
12% Colorless Jojoba Oil
2% Vitamin E Acetate
19% Liquid Glycerin
2% Conditioning Emulsifier
1% Optiphen

Weigh all ingredients except the Optiphen into the microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time. Stir after each burst to help melt the Lanolin without making the temperatures too hot. It took my batch a total of 2 minutes in the microwave with stirring every 45 seconds or so. Stir until all of the  ingredients have been mixed together thoroughly. Allow the mixture to 160° F before you add your preservative. Stir in your preservative and package off into containers. Enjoy!

Notes:
If your Lanolin is very stiff and hard to get out of the container feel free to microwave it for about 30 to 45 seconds to warm the Lanolin enough to scoop it easily.

I would recommend that you put this butter into a jar. It is really hard to get out of bottle!

You can also find this recipe in our Recipes Section in the Lotions, Creams & Other Things Section under Tina’s Lanolin Butter.

Taylor

Cooled Butter on my finger

Cooled Butter in Jar

Oils ready to melt

Adding Optiphen

Filled Jars

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We want YOU! Join the MMS R&D Department!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Our Research and Development team is often inundated with products to test, things to research and determining if a product deserves a place in our catalog. So, we are offering an opportunity to join the MMS Research and Development Team. How cool it that? You get to help choose what is in our catalog! We are testing a new flavor and we wanted to ask you. 

The new flavor to be tested is… (drum roll) Pomegranate Blackberry! Request a sample in your next order and tell us what you think! Does it inspire you? Would it sell? Would you give lip balm away to friends with this flavor? The first 15 MMS customers to respond with their feedback will get a special gift sent their way. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to join the MMS team!

Taylor

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also known as Human Rights Day is a very special and important day. Especially to those of us who work at MMS. This is a special day that should remind us of the high priority of people. No matter where they are from, their ethnic background or what they do, people need to be recognized. We each contribute to our communities. Today, let’s make a goal of complimenting 10 people for something they have done well. Let’s make someone’s day. Someone is sure to make ours!

As today is Human Rights Day, there are some important announcements that need to be made. Today, the Post Office is closed. No orders will ship if they have been ordered using this method. UPS is open today. We will ship all orders that use a UPS shipping method. If you are waiting for an order through USPS, they will not deliver today. UPS is making deliveries.

Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!

 

Taylor

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Freebie Friday!

Friday, January 13th, 2012
I love doing Freebie Friday. It is a great way for customers to test a new fragrance with only a little sample. It is also wonderful to hear people email or comment say “I never would have tried this fragrance but it was absolutely wonderful.” or “This fragrance didn’t move me but my family/customers are always requesting this fragrance. Great job!”. I love hearing that. Here at MMS, we try to bring you only the best and it is rewarding to hear that our customers think so too! Come join me as we look at some wonderful fragrances made exclusively for soap and other toiletries.

The first fragrance on our list today is Eastern Amber Fragrance Oil. Whenever I open a bottle and take a big whiff, I am whisked off to exotic and mysterious lands. It reminds me of when I enter a Middle Eastern market that has a lot of incense and the odor envelops me. Yum. There is a rich scent of sandalwood, amber and musk. It is softened and round out by sweet jasmine and soft rose  with a citrus & bergamot. This scent is extremely sexy and sensual. I love using in massage oils, candle melts and perfumes for special occasions. This scent is sweet enough to please women but dark and musky enough for any man to enjoy. A definite must try!

During the summer, one of my favorite things is a bowl of freshly sliced fruit with large variety. This is much like our Fruit Slices Fragrance Oil. Crisp apples, fresh cut pineapples, plump plums, ripe peaches, sweet nectarines and luscious pears with a hint of lychee and a twist of citrus. This a fun, fruity scent is a definite crowd pleaser. Young children to grandparents all close their eyes and say “YUM!” Request this fragrance in your next order today.

I love exotic scents. They are foreign, eccentric and fascinating. Lotus Fragrance Oil is one of those scents. It has a strong base of rich sandalwood, amber, sweet musk and vanilla. The top notes are of exquisite jasmine and fine rose tied harmoniously together by a chic patchouly. Oolala!

The next product on our list isn’t a fragrance oil, but an extract. That’s right! We are sending out samples of our Pumpkin Seed Extract. This extract is a delight to any lip balm or lotion maker. This enchanting oil is high in unsaturated fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6. Pumpkin is a fantastic stimulant for dull and sluggish skin. Add this extract to any of your current formulations and be prepared to have your socks knocked off!

Ginger, a spice with so many forms and uses. Pickled ginger, candied ginger, ground ginger, fresh ginger, ginger in Asian dishes, ginger in baked holiday goodies and even ginger in drinks! Whew. It is mind-boggling to think of all of the products that use ginger. Many of us take comfort in the scent or taste of ginger. Now, with our Ginger Fragrance Oil, you can enjoy this root as often as you would like.

Last on our list today is Honeysuckle Fragrance Oil. This spellbinding fragrance reminds me of when I was a little girl. My dad and I would walk along many of the trails that surrounded the fields near where he kept his bee hives. My minuscule hand would be enveloped in his work-hardened hand. Tall bushes of honey clover rimed the fields and the sweet scent filled the air. Honeysuckle reminds me of the honey clover I remember as a little girl but it isn’t syrupy sweet and it is a little more green. It is extremely refreshing and it makes me long for a warm summer day where I can walk hand in hand with my father as the sweet honey clover blooms and the bees buzz around us. Join us for a walk and try Honeysuckle today!

Remember, I will be sending 100 samples of each product to shipping. Request one in your next order! You won’t want to miss out!

Taylor

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Dry Massage Oil

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Sometimes in the winter, you really need that massage. Whether it is done by a professional at a spa, or done by a family member, sometimes you need that time to just relax. However, sometimes in the winter you need a super light massage oil. This is what we will be making today. Now this massage oil is light but it will still keep your skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. How great is that? Come join me in the kitchen as we make this light and dreamy massage oil.

 

For this recipe, I will be using several of our extracts. We will be using Calendula Extract, Comfrey Extract and Sea Buckthorn Extract. I love the feel these extracts impart on my skin. Now you may be asking, “What is a dry massage oil? Does it make my skin dry?” No, a dry massage oil is a light oil mixture that does not impart a greasy, oily feel or look to the skin. In the summer, it is acceptable to have that tanning oil look to your skin. In the winter, it doesn’t look so glamorous. This is where a dry massage oil comes in. It imparts a silky, almost velvety feel to the skin and helps keep the skin hydrated while giving it a soft healthy glow.

I really like dry oils because I can use them just before a date, a performance or just for daily wear without having to wipe or wash off the excess. I also don’t feel like I have to reapply during the day. (Perfect for any guy who needs some help with his skin but will only apply lotion once.) It also feels more natural on my skin. Here in the dry Utah winter, my skin gets dry, cracked and rough. This dry massage oil makes my skin feel soft and almost powdery, just the way it should feel. Now if only I would apply my lip balm more often! ;-)

Ingredients
Cyclomethicone
Dimethicone
Calendula Extract
Comfrey Extract
Sea Buckthorn Extract
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Pipettes
Spoon
Containers for finished product

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
210 grams Cyclomethicone
72 grams Dimethicone
6 grams Calendula Extract
6 grams Comfrey Extract
6 grams Sea Buckthorn Extract
Recipe in Ounces
7.41 oz Cyclomethicone
2.54 oz Dimethicone
0.21 oz Calendula Extract
0.21 oz Comfrey Extract
0.21 oz Sea Buckthorn Extract
Recipe in Percentages
70% Cyclomethicone
24% Dimethicone
2% Calendula Extract
2% Comfrey Extract
2% Sea Buckthorn Extract

Weigh everything into your mixing container. Stir well. Add a fragrance if desired. (Make sure it is cyclomethicone compatible!) Pour into bottles. Give away, sell or use. Now wasn’t that simple? Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Massage Oil

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Kissable Lips Valentine Swap

Friday, January 6th, 2012
I love getting packages in the mail. Even if they are expected orders, they are always a treat to get and go through. :D (Plus, they always more fun to go through than the junk mail.) One great way to get a box of different and unexpected goodies is to participate in a swap. Not sure how a swap works? Allow me to explain. 

Swaps allow you to exchange soap and other bath and body products. Swaps are often themed. Some are open to any product while others are limited by product or location of application. The swap I am hosting in time for Valentine’s Day is any product to be used on the lips.

Swaps are a great opportunity to shared ideas, products and receive inspiration. Products people send in the swap include a recipe. So… if you fall in love with something from the swap, you have a recipe to try and tweak. Want to sign up? Join us on our forumand sign up there! You can talk with others just like you! So if you want to join, let me give you a quick check list. Sign up on the MMS Forum. Post in Kissable Lips Swap that you would like to join. After the last sign up date a list of participants is made. Make your products and send to Majestic Mountain Sage  2490 South 1350 West, Nibley, Utah 84321 with “ATTN: Kissable Lips Swap” on the label along with your recipe and return shipping. Wait for the return ship date and wait for your package to arrive.Want to know more about this swap? Here you are!

Official Details!

 

 

The theme for this swap is Kissable Lips. This swap will be a swap all about lips and will include some fun goodies for you to play with for your creative time. The recipe for your products can be e-mailed in or sent with the products when shipped. (I prefer that you email them. ;-) It makes the booklet faster to put together.) All recipes will be included in the swap recipe booklet.

Note: For this swap, all of your items must be able to fit in the small flat rate priority box that ships for $5.35. The great part is, you already know how much to send in for shipping. That’s right! $5.35!

To prevent the swap from becoming too big, I am going to limit the group size to 18 people. If we have more people that are interested, I will create a second group to allow more people to participate.

Deadline Dates to know:
Last Sign Up Date: January 11th, 2012
Last Possible Shipping Date: January 25th, 2012
Return Mailing Date: February 3rd, 2012

All items will be shipped to MMS.

Majestic Mountain Sage
Attn: Kissable Lips Swap
2490 South 1350 West
Nibley, UT 84321

What do I included with my package I ship?
Your swap items.
Money to cover return shipping. (Cash or Money Order ONLY) I will have a total number of individuals after the sign up deadlines. I will not be able to accept personal checks.

In order to prevent confusion with dates, I will be posting frequently to help remind participants of where we are on our calendar!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to post and ask.

Best Wishes!

Taylor

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