Freebie Friday!

White Oval Lip Balm Tubes
It’s time for another Freebie Friday! So many of you have found this week to be an inspiration for facial creams after Joy’s three part series about her Night Serum Testing. This week has been rough for those that have been affected by Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac and we will keep sending our thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected.

Now, let us move on to the fun! Today we are giving away some Lanolin Lip Solutions, Root Beer Lip Balm Flavor and Oval Lip Balm Tubes!

This weeks winner is Whitney! Congratulations! Your treasure box will be sent out on Monday!

Remember, if you comment any time during the week, you are automatically entered into the Freebie Friday Drawing.

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UPS Shipping Alert! Tropical Storm Isaac Update

I just received another notice from UPS about shipment disruptions due to recently downgraded Tropical Storm Isaac. I’ve attached the text of the email I received.

Severe weather due to Tropical Storm Isaac is causing some unavoidable service delays in Mississippi and Louisiana. No pickups, deliveries, or On-Call Pickup® service are available in the ZIP Codes listed below:

Affected ZIP Codes:

Mississippi
39069
39081
39096
39120 – 39122
39140
39165
39190 – 39191
39426
39452
39456 – 39456
39463
39466 – 39470
39501 – 39654
39657 – 39669
Louisiana
70001 – 70531
70533 – 70544
70548
70550 – 70580
70582 – 70589
70592 – 70598
70704 -70898

Expected Resolution: Once weather permits.

UPS is committed to making every effort to provide service to all areas where conditions permit safe access. We are closely monitoring local areas to ensure service resumes as soon as conditions permit. Please continue to monitor ups.com and check your package tracking for the latest delivery status information.

The UPS package guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted.

If you live in these areas, I hope your packages get to you safely. We hope that Tropical Storm Isaac doesn’t effect disrupt any more lives and that people are safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by Isaac.

If you need information regarding your package, please call our office (435.755.0863) between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are needing assistance after hours, e-mail info@thesage.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Desert Summer Body Cream

Summer can be very enjoyable but … when you live in a desert and other places around the world get half or more of your annual rainfall average in one rainstorm, you really need some extra pampering with an emphasis on the moisturizing. With this need in mind, I formulated this thick body cream that could deal with the low humidity of Utah.I have used small amounts of Lanolin in body creams and I enjoy the heavier body that creams with Lanolin have. As I was looking to make a cream that could feel luxurious and feel moisturizing, Lanolin was an excellent choice.

As I am making a thick cream, I wanted to use Emulsifying Wax as my emulsifier and Stearic Acid as my thickener. These ingredients help ensure the cream won’t separate and gives the body to cream.

I used Hydrovance as my humectant because I think summer lotions should keep skin well moisturized without being sticky. Since I like Hydrovance, I used it in my formula for fantabulous skin.

As I wanted to make this cream enjoyable for all skin types, I chose Avocado Oil. This oil is one of my favorite oils because it versatile and enjoyed by people with either oily skin or dry skin.

I added Ivy and Chamomile extracts to this lotion as I like these extracts for their skin soothing properties.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Lanolin
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Hydrovance
Water
Avocado Oil
Ivy Extract
Chamomile Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Jars for Cream

Recipe: (Makes 10.58 ounces or 300 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
0.21 ounces Lanolin
0.53 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.32 ounces Stearic Acid
0.42 ounces Hydrovance
6.35 ounces Water
2.33 ounces Avocado Oil
0.16 ounces Ivy Extract
0.16 ounces Chamomile Extract
0.05 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.05 ounces Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
6 grams Lanolin
15 grams Emulsifying Wax
9 grams Stearic Acid
12 grams Hydrovance
180 grams Water
66 grams Avocado Oil
4.5 grams Ivy Extract
4.5 grams Chamomile Extract
1.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1.5 grams Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
2% Lanolin
5% Emulsifying Wax
3% Stearic Acid
4% Hydrovance
60% Water
22% Avocado Oil
1.5% Ivy Extract
1.5% Chamomile Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Cucumber Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add additives once the temperature drops to 120° F in the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely before capping.

Completely cooled cream on a finger.
Finished product
Putting in the Additives to cooled cream
Blended cream

Melted oils just out of the microwave

Notes:
This cream is thick and heavy, so it will take some time to massage into the skin. I like to apply creams like this one after I get out of the shower. Once it has been applied, your skin will feel soft and moisturized all day long Great for the desert where we feel like our skin dries out fast!

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UPS Shipping Alert!

I just received a notice from UPS about shipment disruption in Louisiana due to severe weather. I’ve attached the text of the email I received.

Severe weather due to Tropical Storm Isaac is causing some unavoidable service delays in Louisiana. No pickups, deliveries or On-Call Pickup® service are available in the ZIP codes listed below.

Affected ZIP Codes:
70036
70038
70039
70057
70067
70070
70072
70081
70091
70357
70358

Expected Resolution: Once weather permits.

UPS is committed to making every effort to provide service to all areas where conditions permit safe access. We are closely monitoring local areas to ensure service resumes as soon as conditions permit. Please continue to monitor ups.com and check your package tracking for the latest delivery status information.

The UPS package guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted.

If you live in these areas, I hope your packages get to you safely. We hope that Tropical Storm Isaac doesn’t effect disrupt any more lives and that people are safe. If you need information regarding your package, please call our office (435.755.0863) between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are needing assistance after hours, e-mail info@thesage.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Freebie Friday!

Lilies Soap Mold

It’s time for another Freebie Friday! This week has been lots of easy recipes for self pampering. I think that is perfect especially considering the school year is starting for so many people.

Today we are giving away Transparent Melt & Pour Soap, Blueberry Seeds and a Lilies Soap Mold! Can you say scrubby soap?

This weeks winner is Carmen! Congratulations! Your treasure box will be sent out on Monday!

Remember, if you comment any time during the week, you are automatically entered into the Freebie Friday Drawing.

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Green Tea Lip Scrub

I wanted to make a lip scrub featuring our green tea butter. I was actually inspired by the Blueberry Lip Scrub Andee made a few weeks ago. I guess you could say that I am extremely adventurous. I especially want to know if there will be any green tea flavor. Come join me for this experiment!

 

I was really happy with the finished texture of this product. This scrub did have a mild green tea note. I like it but I think I will remake this recipe with some of the green powder for a stronger green tea flavor. I found people who prefer mild oolong or green teas really enjoyed the flavor of the scrub. I really like an intense green tea flavor which is why I consider adding Matcha Green Tea. Maybe we can do this variation tomorrow. How does that sound?

I used two of our newer fixed oils that I find just dreamy. The Peach Kernel Oil and Cherry Seed Oil are light, dewy and pampering. They also make this lip scrub easier to apply to the lips. Personally, I like following this scrub up with Joy’s Buttercream Lip Oil Treatment. The two products together make a killer pair. Try both today!

Ingredients
Green Tea Butter
Cherry Oil
Peach Kernel Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Sugar
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
44 grams Green Tea Butter
4 grams Cherry Oil
20 grams Peach Kernel Oil
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
130 grams Sugar
Recipe in Ounces
1.56 ounces Green Tea Butter
0.14 ounces Cherry Oil
0.7 ounces Peach Kernel Oil
0.07 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
4.58 ounces Sugar
Recipe in Percentages
22% Green Tea Butter
2% Cherry Oil
10% Peach Kernel Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
65% Sugar

 

Weigh all of the ingredients into the food processor bowl. Gently pulse the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Once the scrub is mixed together, fill the jars and cap.

Yield: This recipe will fill 15 of the 10mL Lip Balm Jars.

Notes: If you want to make a small batch, you can easily use a small personal blender like I did for these photos. I used a Cusinart Attachment.

Taylor

Finished Lip Scrub
Empty food processor
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Sugar

Mixed Scrub
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Intense Lanolin Foot Salve

With the insane heat and dryness we have had lately, my feet are in need of some intense foot care. I wanted to make a similar recipe that has been a favorite both with MMS staff, friends and customers. Come join me for a wonderful solution to dry skin. I promise you won’t want to miss out!One of the star ingredients in this butter is lanolin. Lanolin creates a stronger barrier that protects the skin and keeps it moisturized. This is really important when trying to combat dry skin.

Another ingredient I would like to discuss is Liquid Glycerin. Liquid Glycerin is everything in this recipe. Liquid Glycerin is a humectant which means it draws moisture to the skin. Perfect for trying to combat low humidity and hot temperatures.

The last ingredient I wanted to touch on today it the Helichrysum Essential Oil. Helichrysum Essential Oil has traditionally been used to soothe burns and raw chapped skin. It has also been used as a fungicide and anti-inflamitory product. Helichrysum Essential Oil is also reputed to accelerate healing and skin regeneration. I also chose Helichrysum Essential Oil because of the clean herbaceous odor. I thought it would pair beautifully with the scent of the lanolin.

I often use this product at night. I will apply the salve to my feet and then cover with socks. Try it. You will be astonished at the difference you discover in the morning!

Ingredients
Lanolin
Shea Butter, Refined
Golden Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Glycerin
Emulsifying Wax
Optiphen
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
95 grams Lanolin
47.5 grams Shea Butter, Refined
27 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
4.5 grams Vitamin E Acetate
43 grams Liquid Glycerin
4.5 grams Emulsifying Wax
2.2 grams Optiphen
2.2 grams Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.36 ounces Lanolin
1.68 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
0.96 ounces Golden Jojoba Oil
0.16 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
1.52 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.16 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.08 ounces Optiphen
0.08 ounces Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
42% Lanolin
21% Shea Butter, Refined
12% Golden Jojoba Oil
2% Vitamin E Acetate
19% Liquid Glycerin
2% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen
1% Helichrysum Essential Oil

 

Weigh all of the ingredients except for the Optiphen, Vitamin E Acetate and Helichrysum Essential Oil. Heat gently until everything is melted. Don’t overheat it! You don’t want the glycerin to burn! Stir the mixture thoroughly. I discover that my glycerin hadn’t emulsified into the mixture while I used a spoon. I ended up pulling out my immersion blender. I mixed for about two minutes spread intermittently over five minutes. Make sure the glycerin is completely mixed in, but remember that you don’t want a whipped airy product. Once the mixture has cooled below 170° F, add the Helichrysum, Optiphen and Vitamin E Acetate. Pour into jars. Label and enjoy!

Note: This mixture can be difficult to use in a bottle. I find a jar is easier but it can be messy. I notice it tends to be more fluid the warmer it is. If you choose a bottle for this product, keep in mind you will have to heat the product to get it out. I find a wide mouth jar is easier and tends to be less likely to get everywhere.

Taylor

 

Finished Salve
Weighing Lanolin
Weighing Oils
Weighing Glycerin
Melted Ingredients
Getting Ready to Mix Salve
The glycerin wasn’t mixing so I blended it right in.
Mixing Salve
You can see air bubbles but everything is mixed properly.

Adding Optiphen, Vitamin E Acetate and Helichrysum
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Light Gift Lotion

Before I left for China, I made one last lotion in the blog kitchen. This lotion was meant to be light and soothing so I could give it as gifts to relatives and friends, people I had never met face to face before. My final lotion turned out to be fluid, easily absorbed with minimal residue, gave the skin a velvety feel, and was light enough to be used on the body or the face. This lotion won’t be a great foot moisturizer due to the light feel and quick absorption, but it does work wonders on hot and sweaty skin. 

I chose Peach Kernel Oil for this lotion for the light feeling that oil has. The oil contributed a light velvety feel. Using the Peach Kernel Oil also meant the lotion didn’t leave a long lasting oily residue on the skin.

I also chose Squalane because it is olive based and comparable to the very oil our skin produces. This oil gives a non greasy feeling to the lotion. It can also give the skin a moisturized feel that doesn’t also feel like your skin gained weight!

My favorite additions to lotions are extracts. I added Green Tea, Orchid, Chamomile and Ivy extracts to this lotion as I not only like these extracts, but also because they appeal to the Chinese and their desire for herbal based products.

As this was a gift for Chinese family and friends, I decided to add some Liquid Silk to the lotion. This was my way using my lotion to acknowledge the history and importance of silk in China.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Water
Peach Kernel Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Squalane
Hydrovance
Green Tea Extract
Orchid Extract

Ivy Extract
Chamomile Extract
Liquid Silk
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Germall Plus
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Bottles for Lotion

Recipe: (454 grams or 16 ounces)

Recipe in ounces:
10.24 ounces Water
2.24 ounces Peach Kernel Oil
0.96 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.8 ounces Squalane
0.48 ounces Hydrovance
0.16 ounces Green Tea Extract
0.16 ounces Orchid Extract
0.16 ounces Ivy Extract
0.16 ounces Chamomile Extract
0.16 ounces Liquid Silk
0.32 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
0.08 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.08 ounces Lemongrass Essential Oil
Recipe in grams:
290.6 grams Water
63.6 grams Peach Kernel Oil
27.2 grams Emulsifying Wax
22.7 grams Squalane
13.6 grams Hydrovance
4.5 grams Green Tea Extract
4.5 grams Orchid Extract
4.5 grams Ivy Extract
4.5 grams Chamomile Extract
4.5 grams Liquid Silk
9.1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
2.3 grams Liquid Germall Plus
2.3 grams Lemongrass Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
64% Water
14% Peach Kernel Oil
6% Emulsifying Wax
5% Squalane
3% Hydrovance
1% Green Tea Extract
1% Orchid Extract
1% Ivy Extract
1% Chamomile Extract
1% Liquid Silk
2% Vitamin E Acetate
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Lemongrass Essential Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add additives once the temperature drops to 120 F in the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into bottles and allow to cool completely before capping.

Notes: This lotion is very fluid. Bottles are great for this lotion due to the fluidity. I’ve even used this as a light daily face lotion. Next time I will make this lotion just for the face and I’ll put it in 2 oz PET Bottles with a treatment pump.

Finished product
Weighing the oils
Finished weighing the Additives
Blending the cream

Mixing in the Additives
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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

My Favorite Hand Cream

I love hand creams. I have drawer filled with of a variety of of hand creams with different viscosities. Some are thick and some are fluid. Some are best for daytime use and others are great for nighttime hand TLC (tender loving care). Since I emptied one of my jars of hand cream, I had to make another.

This hand cream is actually based off of the Light & Thick Hand Cream that I made for the blog back in 2010. As that hand cream was my inspiration for this hand cream, I wanted to keep some of the basics the same. Hydrovance, Isopropyl Myristate, Dimethicone and Emulsifying Wax all stayed the same while I changed the oil and the extract.

I wanted to keep the light weight of the original cream, so I decided on using another light weight oil instead of the Coconut Oil Fractions. After reading the catalog, I decided to use the Cherry Oil. It is a light weight oil and I think Cherry Oil also gets some bonus points for helping counteract dry skin.

I chose the Sea Buckthorn Extract as it is said to be helpful in skin regeneration, skin soothing and as an emollient. Perfect addition to a hand cream for those busy hands!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Water
Hydrovance
Isopropyl Myristate
Dimethicone
Emulsifying Wax
Cherry Oil
Sea Buckthorn Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Vitamin E Acetate
Romantic Wish type Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Jars for Lotion

Recipe: (Makes 10.58 ounces or 300 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
6.4 ounces Water
0.53 ounces Hydrovance
0.42 ounces Isopropyl Myristate
0.42 ounces Dimethicone
0.53 ounces Emulsifying Wax
1.8 ounces Cherry Oil
0.21 ounces Sea Buckthorn Extract
0.05 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.11 ounces Vitamin E
0.11 ounces Romantic Wish Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
181.5 grams Water
15 grams Hydrovance
12 grams Isopropyl Myristate
12 grams Dimethicone
15 grams Emulsifying Wax
51 grams Cherry Oil
6 grams Sea Buckthorn Extract
1.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
3 grams Vitamin E
3 grams Romantic Wish Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
60.5% Water
5% Hydrovance
4% Isopropyl Myristate
4% Dimethicone
5% Emulsifying Wax
17% Cherry Oil
2% Sea Buckthorn Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
1% Vitamin E
1% Romantic Wish Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add additives once the temperature drops to 120 F in the mixing bucket. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely before capping.

Notes:
This cream rubs in easily to the hands. I think this is a great workspace hand cream as it falls solidly in my category of “Apply and Go”. As this cream is not super stiff or thick, you could easily put this in a bottle with a High Viscosity Pump. Happy hands are just a pump away!

Finished cream in jars.

Weighing the oils.
Ingredients before microwaving.
Weighing the additives
Blending the cream.
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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

Quick Liquid Soap

I had really enjoyed making the Liquid Soap Foot scrub but I wanted to make a liquid soap that you could put in a pump and place at the sink. A more traditional liquid soap so to speak. I also wanted to make this soap using the cold process method. (I still find the hot process method intimidating.) I was really pleased how my first liquid soap turned out and I figure if my method isn’t broken, don’t fix it. :-D Come join me as we make this quick liquid soap!

 

In this recipe, I used Coconut Oil for some lather. I have found that many people have this idea that if there is not any lather, the soap must not be working. Lather seems to be a requirement for any “cleansing” product. It is a good thing Coconut Oil is here to the rescue!

I also used Olive Oil in this formulation. Olive Oil is reputed to be mild on the skin which is part of why 100% Olive Oil soap is so popular. Olive Oil is also an easily found oil in the kitchen. I wanted this recipe to be simple and easy for many soap makers to obtain or even use the ingredients they have on hand.

 

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Water
Potassium Hydroxide
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: Makes 20 oz of Soap Paste or 40 oz of Liquid Soap

Recipe in Ounces 
6 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
6 oz Water
3.51 oz Potassium Hydroxide
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Palm Kernel Oil
170 grams Water
99 grams Potassium Hydroxide
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
37.5% Palm Kernel Oil
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Potassium Hydroxide

Weigh the oils into a container. Heat until warm. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Start with very warm temperatures just after heating and mixing lye into water. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved.  I let the soap sit in my beaker while it saponifies. 2 -12 hours after the soap has gone through gel phase, I added 20 oz of water to my soap paste. Mix well. Pour your liquid soap into bottles. Seal, label and enjoy! After all, you just made your own liquid soap!

Taylor

Finished Soap
Weighing Oils
Melted Oils
Adding Lye Solution
Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap
The soap has heated up, you can even see an air pocket!
Adding Water

Adding Water
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Rating: 4.4/5 (7 votes cast)