Archive for May, 2012

Quick Gifts to the Rescue! Lemon Sugar Body Cream

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

With summer here, I find myself in need of more quick gifts. I mean, there are impromptu BBQs, family reunions, holidays and more! I am also not the only one. I discovered my friends had the need for quick, easy, no sweat gifts too! To solve our collective problem, we got together before Memorial Day to mix up several jars of cream with our favorite scents. They even helped me make sample of Lemon Sugar Body Cream for shipping! Let me share how anyone can enjoy gift giving simplicity this summer!

1) Choose a base. I prefer our Body Cream Base because it is a wonderful cream that makes people with all skin types happy.

2) Choose a fragrance. I tend to fragrance lightly so so to offend people with sensitive noses.

3) Mix. Add any color if desired.

4) Package and label.

That is it! How easy!

Did you know we even have kits that you can get everything? They even come with labels! If you can think of a kit you would like, let us know. We will try to see what we can create. Note: We won’t be able to add any new kits to our catalog until July. However, your input is important to us. Tell us what you want!

 

Taylor

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Black Cherry Lip Balm with Sea Buckthorn Oil

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
I will be honest with you. I have been dying to play with our new Sea Buckthorn Oil. I really like the color and I wanted to see it in a lip balm. I have seen other get a red-orange color to their lip balm and I was green with envy. Now that we have the Sea Buckthorn Oil, I can play with it too! Come join me in the kitchen as we explore the possibilities of this beautiful oil!

 

Now, the Sea Buckthorn Oil has a herbaceous odor to it. I didn’t want to use too much of the Sea Buckthorn Oil because I didn’t want the lip balm to taste herbaceous. I kept the percentage rate low to prevent much influence in the flavor but enough to get it some color. I think next time I might play with higher percentages in something I can get away with an herbaceous flavor.

I didn’t realize what the final color would be. I was expecting more of a red color, not an orange! This would be a fun addition to the Beloved Orange Lip Balm we made last week! What other flavors might you use with this vibrant color?

This lip balm was very smooth and creamy. It was also very polite in the flavor department. The Sea Buckthorn Oil is light, almost like Argan Oil. However, unlike Argan Oil, it can turn your skin color! Use lightly!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil
Hydrogenated Soy
Beeswax
Castor Oil
Black Cherry Flavor Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
2 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
0.2 ounces Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil
2 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
2.5 ounces Beeswax
3 ounces Castor Oil
0.2 ounces Black Cherry Flavor Oil
0.1 ounces Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Grams
56.7 Palm Kernel Oil
5.7 Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil
56.7 grams Hydrogenated Soy
70.9 grams Beeswax
85.1 grams Castor Oil
5.7 grams Black Cherry Flavor Oil
2.8 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Palm Kernel Oil
2% Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil
20% Hydrogenated Soy
25% Beeswax
30% Castor Oil
2% Black Cherry Flavor Oil
1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

Weigh all ingredients except for the flavor oils into your microwave safe container. Microwave in short bursts until all ingredients are melted. The beeswax will take the most time to melt, but if you stir the lip balm after the other oils have been heated, it will melt quickly. Once the mixture is melted, add the flavor oils. Stir until all of the flavor has been incorporated. Fill tubes or jars. Cool. Label.


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Taylor

 

 

Finished Lip Balm

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Melted Lip Balm

Adding Flavor Oils

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Our Sage is Blooming!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
I just had to share how lovely our sage is looking at the moment. It is blooming right now! I love looking at it as I head into work each day. I got thinking about what I could use it in. If you had sage available to you, what would you make? I was thinking of a tea for a soap. Tell me what you would make if you had sage right now!

Taylor

Our sage is blooming!

Look at the flowers!

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Oh no! The countdown continues!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Let the chaos be cleared!

Andee thinks she is leaving for a major excursion across China in mere days but this is the current state of the blog kitchen! Oh no! Please give Andee and Taylor some hints on how to clean this room and clean it fast. All comments on this blog will be entered into a drawing for some special prizes.

Don’t let the blog team go without making their space gorgeous! The rest of the MMS team is not wanting to clean up their projects so let’s encourage these two to clean up! I’ll post a photo of the blog kitchen on departure day. If it isn’t clean you can give them the Razzies!

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A Soaper’s Essentials

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
With me leaving for China in 9 days, I want to make sure I have my essentials for making all kinds of body treats while I am there. I have received some great ideas of what I need. This is what has made it to my list so far. Pipettes, Battery Operated Scale, Immersion Blender, Thermometer, and an adapter. Can you think of anything else I really need to take? What are your suggestions? 

I am thinking of making lip balms, scrubs, butters, creams, and if I can manage to find some Sodium Hydroxide, I will make some soap. I really hope I can find some lye over there. It would be so fun to ship what I made home! I can’t wait to get there and play a bit!

Taylor

Collecting my adapter, scale, thermometer and immersion blender

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HSMG 2012 Conference in Portland, Day One

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Our vendor table at the HSMG Conference.

I’ve been trying to sort out all the information I learned at the HSMG 2012 Conference and I’m finally able to get my thoughts in order. I found this year’s conference to be informative and fun as the previous conferences I’ve attended. Thanks to Jerry, I’m able to provide notes for almost every presentation during the conference!

Come join me for a synopsis of our first day!

The first presentation of the day was the keynote given by Mary Lou Quinlan. Mary Lou is a woman of many hats and these hats include titles like author, friend, marketing expert/strategist, wife, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and daughter.

I was very surprised and pleased to learn that each attendee got a free autographed copy of “What She’s Not Telling You: Why Women Hide the Whole Truth and What Marketers Can Do About It.” I’m so excited to sit down and read my copy from cover to cover. Mary Lou was an amazing speaker and I found myself hooked to every word! When her presentation began, Mary Lou told us to be on the lookout for the half truths told by women. A half truth is not a lie, it is simply the truth a woman is willing to admit to others and even herself. The whole truth is what she believes, does and buys. A great example of a half truth is “I try to be healthy.” The whole truth hiding behind this half truth is probably, “I exercise, when I feel like it,” or “I watch what I eat, sometimes. But those pancakes dripping with syrup and butter and topped off with whipped cream are just so good!”

Mary Lou even shared with us the acronym that she and her co-founders at Just Ask a Woman developed to help marketers reach and understand women better. The acronym is GAMES.

  • Good Intentions – This is the tendency of women to proclaim big agendas and make promises without actually planning to complete or accomplish.
  • Approval Seeking – Women want to be liked and will proclaim they love your products. We all want to be approved and accepted by not only marketers, but other women as well.
  • Martyrdom – Women are busy multi-taskers who have to make sure you know how hard they are working. When in groups, women will actually try to exaggerate their schedules and stresses to appear more productive to other women.
  • Ego Protection – Women use half truths to keep their inner selves safe from showing weakness. A great example of this is, “Real beauty is on the inside.” Yet, the whole truth inside is different. “Ugh! Look at my face/body/skin/hair! I could use some serious help with it!”
  • Secret Keeping – Women will easily confess secrets to some women and yet keep those same secrets if she thinks you will frown upon that secret. These secrets are varied from person to person and can involve anything from problematic children, troubled finances, a worrisome career and many more.

Mary Lou also stressed that we should push ourselves to be INTENSE listeners. Don’t just listen to what people say, listen to what their bodies say and their mouths don’t say! I learned that if we are intense listeners, we can then use that information to change our product lines to meet what our customers really want.

After Mary Lou shared all this great information that made my brain feel stuffed, she shared her story about her mother and touched my heart. Her mother would take her stresses, worries, concerns and hopes, write them down on scraps of paper as prayers to God and tuck those papers into a box she called her God Box. She would listen to her friends, family and even strangers as they shared with her. Then she would take those emotional thoughts and change them to written prayers that were no longer something she could control as they had been passed to a higher power that would take care of those worries instead of her. After her mother died in 2006, Mary Lou found her mother’s God Box or boxes, there were 10 boxes with 20 years of written prayers for friends, family and strangers. Mary Lou also shared stories about the codes that she and her mom used to say “I love you.” This brought tears to my eyes during the presentation and again as I write this post.

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Beloved Orange Lip Balm

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
What does one do when a recipe on our blog has been featured twice, creating the most commented recipe ever? Why, we make it again! I mean, can you really go wrong with the classics? We also gave out samples of this lip balm at the Handcrafted Soapmakers conference two years ago in Denver and Andee still had people taking to her about it! Wow! I think that speaks more for this recipe than anything I could ever say. 

I really wanted to put this in our new mini lip balm tubes. I think they are so cute! Besides, can you really go wrong with cute and classy containers and a true classic lip balm? Not in my book! Let’s head to the kitchen for a truly scrumptious lip balm!

I used our Orange Butter in this recipe mostly for the flavor. This is a true orange with the best flavor ever! It also adds some soft, creamy texture. What a great start to a lip balm that is a show stopper!

The Hydrogenated Soy in this recipe is used to make a very creamy lip balm. I think Hydrogenated Soy is one of my favorite oils in lip balm. So good and I love the texture. Add some Castor Oil for glide and gloss and you have one of the simplest lip glosses with the greatest texture!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Orange Butter
Hydrogenated Soy
Beeswax
Castor Oil
Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
2.2 ounces Orange Butter
2 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
2.5 ounces Beeswax
3 ounces Castor Oil
0.3 ounces Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil
Recipe in grams
62.4 grams Orange Butter
56.7 grams Hydrogenated Soy
70.9 grams Beeswax
85.1 grams Castor Oil
8.5 grams Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
22% Orange Butter
20% Hydrogenated Soy
25% Beeswax
30% Castor Oil
3% Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil into your microwave safe container. Microwave in short bursts until all ingredients are melted. The beeswax will take the most time to melt, but if you stir the lip balm after the other oils have been heated, it will melt quickly. Once the mixture is melted, add the Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil . Stir until all of the flavor has been incorporated. Fill tubes or jars. Cool. Label.

Notes: You can add different flavors to this lip balm to complement the Orange Butter. Try Chocolate Cream for chocolate covered oranges, Mango Mango for Island Smoothie, Peach for Fuzzy Navel, or Vanilla Banilla for an orange creamsicle.

This recipe filled about 115 mini lip balm tubes.

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Taylor

 

 

Finished Lip Balm

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Adding Flavor Oil

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Sea Glass Inspired Soap Challenge: Judy’s Sea Glass Soap

Monday, May 21st, 2012
Remember the Sea Glass Inspired Soap Challenge? Friday was the deadline for entries to be submitted and today I’ll start sharing the entries for this challenge.

Today’s guest post is from Judy. She had a perspective on sea glass soap that I hadn’t considered and I found myself loving her soap for the difference. I hope you enjoy her soap as much as I do.

Judy's Sea Glass soap.

I was really inspired by this challenge. I love sea glass and my “go to” necklace I wear nearly every day is made with it. I had recently done some experimental bars to test out some new micas and this was a perfect application for them.

First I used a cheese planer (my grandmother’s!) to cut strips to make the glass embeds. I also chopped up some purplish/mauve soap to make little pebbles. And I added some poppy seeds to represent sand:

Cutting the soap to make sea glass shaped embeds.

My sea glass shaped soaps, soap pebbles and poppy seeds.

I made my soap batter and divided it into two parts. About 70% I colored with black oxide and titanium dioxide to represent the beaches and the sand. The remainder I colored with blue and green micas and a titanium dioxide swirl to represent the surf. I worked at pretty thick trace to keep everything suspended. Here it is in the mold. I textured the top to look like waves:

Soap in the mold.

And here are some pictures of it unmolded. I wanted just a few pieces to show in each bar as sea glass is not too common. As the soap is used, more glass will be revealed.

Finished soap.

Another view of the finished soap.

The soap was scented with an EO blend of rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus radiata and cedar. I tried for an ocean/water type scent. I like the blend.

thanks!

Judy

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Soothing Oatmeal Tea Bags

Friday, May 18th, 2012
Summer is just around the corner. If you are like me, you have already received your first sunburns and bee stings all in one week. OUCH! I’ve been treating my painful sunburns with Bactine and my even more painful bee stings with Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream, but both of those stop working effectively the minute I get in the shower. Since I prefer my showers to take about 5 to 10 minutes, I was indecisive on which would be worse, terrible itching and pain for the duration of the shower or terrible BO and greasy hair for the next day at work. My pride won and I decided to take a shower. (I would bet my co-workers were relieved! ;) )

As I was getting ready to take my shower I realized, “Whoa! Andee. What do you do for work? You probably have some things here at home that could make this shower less irritating. Go raid your stash and find something!” So … I listened to my inner voice and trotted off to my craft storage closet to rummage through my ingredients for something that would help my skin.

As I rummaged, I found Finely Ground Oatmeal, Calendula Petals, Milk Powder, Epsom Salts and Jumbo Heat & Seal Tea Bags. I decided all of these ingredients would make a great tea bag that would help calm my skin. Join me in the blog kitchen as I recreate this recipe for you!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Oatmeal, Finely Ground
Calendula Petals, Finely Ground*
Milk Powder
Epsom Salts
Equipment
Jumbo Heat & Seal Tea Bags
Mixing Bowl or Bucket
Coffee Grinder or Mortar & Pestle
Spoons
Scale
Iron
Recipe in ounces:
2.12 ounces Oatmeal, Finely Ground
0.35 ounces Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
1.76 ounces Milk Powder
2.82 ounces Epsom Salts
Recipe in grams:
60 grams Oatmeal, Finely Ground
10 grams Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
50 grams Milk Powder
80 grams Epsom Salts
Recipe in Percentages:
30% Oatmeal, Finely Ground
5% Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
25% Milk Powder
40% Epsom Salts

*When I first made this recipe, I used the whole Calendula Petals. That didn’t work very well as the Calendula Petals just sat on top of the mixture. I decided to grind the petals to make a powder instead. I put a small handful of Calendula Petals in my trusty soap kitchen coffee grinder and ground them until they made a fine powder. I had to do this several times until I had enough Calendula Petal powder for my recipe.

Weigh all the ingredients into a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.

Notes:
I like to mix this in a 1 gallon pail with a lid. I put the lid on and shake the bucket. This recipe was fun to make and it filled 7 Large Heat & Seal Tea Bags.

How would you change this recipe? Would you add a fragrance, change the botanicals or something else? I would love to hear what you would do with this recipe!

Enjoy!

All of my ingredients weighed into the bucket.

Beginning to mix the ingredients.

Rotating the bucket to mix the ingredients.

Completely mixed oatmeal tea.

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Traveling with Soaping Essentials!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

In the next two and a half weeks I will be flying to China. This will a touristy vacation for me and I am so excited to go. I will be on vacation for an entire month! I am planning to visit the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. I also want to share my skills as a soap and cosmetics maker with all of the friends I will make while there. I will also write some blog posts while I am there. China is a 13 hour time difference from where our company is located in the States. You might see some blog posts released in the middle of the night for you because  it will be in the middle of the day for me! I won’t be able to take the kitchen with me so I want to know what are some essentials you would take with you? Remember these aren’t the essentials like underwear, a bra or a toothbrush. These are essentials for making soaps, lotions and lip balms.

What are some essentials you think I will need to take with me? Remember, they must be able to go through airport security and customs. This means leave the flavors, fragrance, essential oil and oils at home. Plus I should be able to find some fun and exotic oils that I may not be able to get back home! I can’t wait to see what China has to offer! These items also need to fit in a limited size space. Think of it as an emergency crafter’s kit. ;-)  What I can think of right now are A) containers and B) pipettes. What are your thoughts? Help me pack for this trip! Don’t forget, it is coming up fast!

My name is Taylor and I am taking Transfer Pipettes!

Wish me luck!

Taylor

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