|I don’t know about you, but I love being able to smell new scents. Being able to sniff and smell is a lot more fun that just trying to guess what a fragrance looks like. Too bad computer screens aren’t scratch and sniff! This is why we have Freebie Friday! While computer screens are still not scratch and sniff, you can get a new fragrance to smell and try. Come join me as we explore another round of fragrances. These are some you won’t want to miss!
First on our list today is Green Mango Fragrance Oil. This fragrance is highly unusual. It is green and spicy with hints of mango, peach, coconut, melon and berry with a twist of orange and a splash of spruce. This plucky fragrance is very fresh, exotic and fun. Don’t miss out on the spicy and green version of tropical paradise! While originally I was not particularly impressed by our Green Mango Fragrance Oil, but it keeps pulling me back, time and time again. Have you ever gone through a fashion magazine and seen an out fit and said “WHAT?!” However, later you keep going back to that page. The design is so fresh, original and even appealing. This a a great way to describe this fragrance. This is one major show stopper in the runway of fragrance oils. Don’t wait to try this hot little number!
Next on our list today is Kalahari Melon Fragrance Oil. The scent is absolutely delightful. I have seen many soap that have been inspired by this scent. Can I say that they are amazing?! Take mouthwatering watermelon, cantaloupe and honey dew, you know the kind that starts your mouth salivating, and add bright, fresh strawberries, peaches, pineapples, and raspberries. Now add the soft odor of violet leaf greens and green cucumbers. This entire blend is put on a base of rum and musk. Truly delightful. This is a crowd pleaser, from tiny tots to the experienced elderly. After all, you can never go wrong with the traditional.
Freckles Fragrance Oil. Every time I open a bottle with this fragrance, I am reminded of a very spunky little girl I saw in an airport years ago. She wore one of the biggest grins I have ever seen, dragging behind her a child size suitcase that was bright pink, marching through that airport like she knew where she was going. She had the cutest smattering of freckles across her nose and cheeks that I truly envied. She carried her freckles, spunky attitude, and pink suitcase with such confidence that even at the age of 5 or 6 she turned heads and made smiles. This fragrance is rich in vanilla laced with amber, musk and sweet cotton candy with a hint of pink berries. Another way to describe it; it is like a fondant filling with fresh, sun warmed berries. Yummy! Our Freckles Fragrance Oil lets us enjoy a spunky fun that brings us back to being kids.
I love citrus fruits. Absolutely love them. Pink Grapefruit is no exception. What I love most about our Pink Grapefruit Fragrance Oil is that is reminds me of when I was a little girl. On the weekends, in the morning my sister and I would eat breakfast with my dad. He would slice a grapefruit in half and put each half into a bowl. We would sprinkle on brown sugar and dig into the tart citrusy flesh. I will never forget slurping the juice out of the bowl and have it run down my chin. I sure knew how to make a mess. The best part was Dad would join in to the fun, his broad grin stretching from ear to ear. I miss that now that I am grown up. However, if I ever want to go back, all I have to do is open a bottle of Pink Grapefruit Fragrance Oil. This Saturday, I think I will go visit with some grapefruit and we can have breakfast. Would you like to join us? You can! Grapefruit for breakfast it is!
I love having the energy to do everything I want to but sometimes I need a boost. I use a two prong attack when I need the energy to just get things done. A) I turn on some music I like that will keep me going. B) I turn to energetic smelling fragrances. One of my current favorites is our Energy Fragrance Oil! You know that clean fresh scent that comes when you air out the house in spring and clean every surface? The smell when even the wood furniture has been polished? This clean citrusy scent is like that for me. Everything feels clean, crisp, new and energized. Want to join in on that feeling? Energy is sure to do it!
Archive for February, 2012
Did you know that our most popular moisturizer is the Body Cream Base? This cream is super thick and best in either wide mouth jars or Grand Oval Bottles. Many of our customers tell us that this cream constantly flies off the shelf and yet still allows them to focus just on making fabulous soaps without having to worry about formulating a cream.
I found a pail of the Body Cream in the blog kitchen as Taylor and I were cleaning out cupboards, I decided to scent it with Vanilla Musk Fragrance Oil and lightly color it with diluted Lemon Yellow Color. After I scented it, we filled jars to make samples for our shipping department. If you receive one of these yummy samples, you will find a grin on your face as the comforting aroma of vanilla follows you. I think the Vanilla Musk is a wonderfully sensual scent and purrfect in creams for giving massages.
I hate making projects and messing up. As a matter of fact, I hate any type of mess up in the blog kitchen because I feel like I should know better. Believe it or not, I recently messed up in the blog kitchen. Join me for a chuckle as I tell my tale!
Taylor was working on a project with White Melt & Pour soap and I decided that I would use some of the Transparent Melt & Pour soap to make samples for shipping. I pulled out Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Fragrance and the finely ground Oatmeal (Oat Flour) so I could make a Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap. I melted two pounds of the Transparent Melt & Pour soap and then moved everything to the workspace Taylor has just vacated. (Can you see the problem yet?)
Using a brand new pipette, I opened the bottle of fragrance on my left and added 9 mL of fragrance to my melted soap. I stirred the soap and bent down to smell the soap. I couldn’t smell any Oatmeal, Milk & Honey! All I could smell was Taylor’s soap on the other side of the kitchen! I grabbed the bottle thinking that someone had played a trick on me and substituted the fragrance with plain oil. Once I read the label, I realized I had used Taylor’s bottle of Rosalie, instead of my bottle of Oatmeal, Milk & Honey. I looked around my workspace and saw to my growing horror, I had put my ingredients on the right side and moved Taylor’s ingredients to the left! Quickly, I walked over to our color drawer and grabbed the bottle of premixed Purple Raspberry dye. I took it back to the workspace and added a few drops of color to the soap. I now had a pink soap scented with Rosalie, when I didn’t want that at all!
I was ready to sweep the whole problem under a rug and forget about it. As I was grumbling about the my mistake, Taylor chuckled as she walked over to view my pretty pink soap. After looking at the soap and then back at me, she told me, “Wouldn’t that make a great blog? I mean, you made a mistake and you’re annoyed about it. You were able to fix it though! We both also learned that working in a messy workspace with multiple people will increase the chances for failure or messed up projects.” I had to take a mental step back and realize that Taylor was right. Even though I had made a mistake, I still was able to fix it. I also learned that sharing work space, either with another person or another project, is a bad idea. Now I can look at the situation and laugh because it is funny, even if I didn’t think so at the time.
As a result, I made a “Clean Workspace” checklist that I decided to share with you, so you don’t do what I did! While this list isn’t long, it gives me satisfaction to check off each line.
Andee’s Clean Workspace Checklist:
☐ Clean and put scale away.
☐ Put away all ingredients in their proper places.
☐ Take all dirtied containers and equipment to the sink. Wash by hand or place in dishwasher. Dishwasher must be started.
☐ Wipe off all countertops.
☐ Wash floor of any spills were made.
This check list has been helping me save my own sanity lately. Not that I have much sanity left anyway. My pharmacist tells me his last order for sanity was backordered with an unknown arrival date. What’s a gal to do without sanity?
I’m wondering if you have ever made a mistake by accidentally combining projects or forgetting ingredients? Have you been able to laugh at your mistakes later? I’d love to hear your stories.
|I love bubbles. On more than one occasion I can be found blowing bubbles outside or even inside. My favorites are the touchable bubbles. You know, the ones you can stack and catch. Yep, I am a HUGE fan of bubbles. Not a bad thing when you are in the soap making industry. Andee is not a fan when I blow the touchable bubbles so that they shower her desk. What can I say? It is cute! Come join me in the kitchen for some bubble fun!
Weigh all of the dry ingredients into a mixing container. Add the Lavender Essential Oil. Mix together well. If you are having trouble with it becoming airborne, you can mix it in a bag. This reduces the airborne factor while allowing you to see when it is entirely mixed. Once you have the bubble bath bomb mixed, you can spoon into jars, small bags or even bath salt tubes. At this point you can use, sell or give away. Enjoy your bubble bath bomb!
|Even though my last Morning Sunshine inspired soap was rather unsuccessful, I am determined to have a physical soap of what I have pictured in my head. I am not about to let a small incident get in between me and my imagined soap! I am going to make it and it willwork! Come join me in the kitchen!
Now this batch was just about as successful as my batch yesterday. Yep, you guessed it. I have another cosmetically challenged soap! Although, this cosmetic challenge is a little different from yesterday. This time it appears that I did not incorporate my color completely. My blue color to be precise. So that means when you are using this soap and run across a pocket of blue pigment in the soap, you will get blue streaks down your leg! Again, this soap is usable, however it should come with a warning label. The last thing you want is to create panic from the user.
Weigh all of the oils for both kits into separate microwave safe containers. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution for each oil kit. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved for each soap kit. Add the Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil and Ultramarine Blue color to Kit 1 and mix well. Add the Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil and Yellow Lip Balm Color to Kit 2 and mix well. Pour blue colored soap then the yellow soap into a mold, swirl 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!
|I love the mornings. Especially in the winter, when the air is crisp and cold. It is always quiet and peaceful. During these mornings, I can feel like the only one awake in the entire valley. All of the houses are sleeping under a blanket of snow and occasionally sighing warm clouds of steam into the air. It is on these mornings my fingers find themselves wrapped around a cup of steaming tea and crystals form from my breath. (Recently I have been drinking the Black Currant Cardamon Raw Green Bush Tea. Yummy. A great companion for these beautiful mornings.)
Now this soap has been giving me fits. The first batch I made separated! Argh! It was so frustrating! You can see in the photos how it is lumpy and not very smooth. This is because of the separation. While this is not ideal, this cosmetically challenged soap is still usable.
The separation was caused by an extreme difference in temperatures between my lye and my oils. This would have been preventable if I weren’t so impatient. Had I allowed my oils to cool to a similar temperature of my lye water, I would have been just fine.
Weigh all of the oils in a single kit 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 for each soap kit. Add the Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil and color and mix well. Pour blue colored soap then the yellow over a center object into a mold, swirl 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!
Years and years ago, Safeguard had an advertisement stating that people loved their soap so much it was always the smallest soap in the house. Send us a photo of your smallest soap in the house and tell us why it is so popular. You don’t have to share a recipe but do tell us about the scent, lather, additional ingredients, etc. We will post pictures here! If you have before & after pictures that will be even better. Send in your pictures!
|I am glad we have finally made it to today so we can finish these truffles. I kept losing the dough to other staff members and myself. What can I say? Besides it is really yummy! Shall we head to the kitchen to finish these truffles? Sounds good to me!Collect Needed Items:
Place the milk chocolate into a microwave safe container. Heat in 15 second incraments until the chocolate appears glossy. Stir until fluid. [Note: Heat the chocolate slowly and gently. You do not want it to burn. It is a waste of perfectly good chocolate. :cry:] Pull the chilled Oreo truffles from the refrigerator. Using either chopsticks or a slotted spoon, dip the truffles into the milk chocolate and place on the pan with the wax paper. Allow the truffles to harden. Gently heat the white chocolate until liquid. Pour a small amount of chocolate into a zip bag and snip a small hole in the corner. Drizzle the chocolate over the truffles. Refrigerate the truffles and ENJOY!
|Mmmm. Chocolate dipped strawberries! Does anything say Valentine’s Day and romance more than these simple yet delectable treats? Maybe red roses and a bottle of champagne, but I think I’ll just go straight for the chocolate. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I decided to challenge myself to make a lip balm that tasted just like chocolate dipped strawberries.
I was inspired by two recipes, the Strawberries and Champagne Lip Soother and the Orange Butter Lip Balm. Both lip balms are wonderful in their own special ways, but on their own they just weren’t quite the perfect lip balms for me. I decided to combine the long lasting gloss from the Orange Butter Lip Balm and the skin conditioning of the Strawberries and Champagne Lip Soother and make a brand new recipe. Join me in the blog kitchen as we make this wonderful lip balm!
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Weigh all ingredients except the flavors and extracts into your microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until all the ingredients have been melted. Do NOT microwave until the mixture is completely liquid as the mixture will be too hot to handle. The Candelilla Wax will be the last ingredient to melt and if you are patient, simply stirring will melt the remaining Candelilla Wax. Using a transfer pipette, fill your lip balm tubes and allow to cool. Try to not move the containers much until the lip balm has set to prevent accidental messes.
This lip balm has a great flavor. It is my new favorite and I can say that because I’m on my second tube!
Please note that the Baking Chocolate does NOT color the lips, so even guys will be happy to use this lip balm. (The guys who tested this for me thought it was “Totally Awesome!”)
If you feel that this lip balm isn’t sweet enough, the best way to solve this is by adjusting the Avocado Oil down to 14% and increasing the Sugar Baby Flavor Oil to 2%.
If you want more of a Milk Chocolate flavor, reduce your Baking Chocolate to 5%, increase your Cocoa Butter to 14% and add 2% Chocolate Cream Flavor Oil.
Why did I choose the ingredients used in this recipe?
Avocado Butter and Oil - Avocado Oil is used in many different cosmetics and no wonder! The oil contains just some of the many nutrients found in the avocado and those nutrients soothe the skin to help you maintain soft skin. This oil is one of the few oils that most people love no matter their skin type.