A Face Mask & Scrub Set and a Hair Serum with Ingredients from the Cupboards of Dani and Kelly

Today I will tackle a few more of the requests from my much smaller pile of requests for our Quick Gifts from Your Cupboard blog post! Let’s go and check out these easy formulas!


Kelly wrote, “Could you come up with a recipe for me for a leave-in hair conditioner? Or some sort of split end treatment product?”

Kelly’s request is easy to make and I found inspiration from Taylor’s Quick Hair Serum post. I made a slight change to include a few extracts, but left the recipe mostly intact. A few drops of this formula will help your hair behave and feel good. Taylor told me that while this formula feels dreamy on hair, you will see a huge difference with application on a fresh hair cut and hair that is pampered instead of abused with heat or harsh brushing.

62% Cyclomethicone
30% Dimethicone
4% Isopropyl Myristate
2% Coconut Oil
1% Horsetail Grass Extract
1% Chamomile Extract


Dani commented “I would like to make my daughter (26 w/oily skin and some t-zone breakouts) a good face scrub and mask. She has been using a sample scrub you guys sent in one of my packages and loves it. However, if it’s not pre-packaged and sitting in her shower she won’t go to the extra effort (hence all those good “foodie” scrubs won’t work for her – it needs to have shelf life of at least a month)”

I think I have the right formulas for you!

45% French Green Clay
35.25% Water
10% Finely Ground Calendula Petals
7% Avocado Oil
2% Liquid Glycerin
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus (Preservative)
0.25% Essential Oil Blend (Use Geranium, Carrot Seed Oil and Myrrh)

If you don’t have the preservative which will help fight against yeast, mold and bacteria, then you can use the recipe below that your daughter can mix right before she plans on using it.

72.5% French Green Clay
16% Finely Ground Calendula Petals
11% Avocado Oil
0.5% Essential Oil Blend (Use Geranium, Carrot Seed Oil and Myrrh)

She can mix 3 tablespoons of the clay mask mixture with 1.5 tablespoons of water.

Here is the face scrub recipe.

25% Apricot Kernel Oil
20% Sweet Almond Oil
10% French Green Clay
45% Sugar, Fine Bakers style


I hope you enjoy the recipes for today!

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Freebie Friday!

704-0036It was so chaotic during early December, that we temporarily postponed the Freebie Friday project so we could focus on sending orders out. As things have calmed down and we are currently on our Christmas break, I am going to give away another Freebie Friday! All comments from December are going to be entered in this drawing.

This week, I am giving away a dented tin of Red Cherry White Tea and 1 fl oz of our new French Lime Blossom Fragrance. I imagine Joy will probably toss in a few extra goodies with this box. Doesn’t sitting down with a cup of tea just sound relaxing after all the chaos of the holidays and new year? Remember, this box will not ship until the new year when our office is back in full operation!

The winner for this week is … Christine! Congratulations! I will be sending you an e-mail for your mailing address. Your treasure box will be sent out on when operations resume in the new year!

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

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Soap and Lip Balm with Ingredients from Thompson’s Cupboard

I hope you have all had a wonderful and safe holiday! I’m glad to be back in the saddle working on more formulas. (I still have a mountain!) Before I continue with today’s post, I have a question for you. Would you like us to continue the “From the Cupboard of” series by making it a monthly event? Let us know what you think!


The first request I received was for a soap recipe. Most of the oils in Thompson’s cupboard are liquid oils, but we can easily work with this! If you would like to add another oil to your cupboard, I would recommend adding Coconut Oil or Palm Kernel Oils. You can follow this link for my recommendations for basic soap making ingredients.

Recipe in ounces:
10 ounces Olive Oil
4 ounces Avocado Oil
2 ounces Shea Butter

2.02 ounces Sodium Hydroxide for 6% Excess Fat
4-6 ounces Water

1 teaspoon Honey (Max amount per pound of oils used)
2 teaspoons Finely Ground Oatmeal (Max amount per pound of oils used)

Recipe in percentages:
62.5% Olive Oil
25% Avocado Oil
12.5% Shea Butter

q.s. Sodium Hydroxide for 6% Excess Fat
q.s. Water

q.s. Honey
q.s. Finely Ground Oatmeal

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Due to the current cold winter temperatures in the New England area, make this soap with a starting temperatures of approximately 130° F. Make the soap and when you cut it the next day, take a small bar or sliver off the sink and try it out!

I hope you enjoy this soap!


Thompson also requested a lip balm that would help lips in the harsh New England winters. I reformulated my current favorite lip balm that is helping my lips with the windy Beijing winter!

20% Beeswax
10% Castor Oil
25% Apricot Kernel Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
29% Shea Butter
1% Vitamin E


I hope you enjoy these recipes! I have still more formulas that I’m working on! If there is something you would like help with, please feel free to send us a message through the Contact Us page! I’m having fun with all the formulas!

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Boxing Day

As a child I loved calendars. I would quickly read each one like a new released novel. Many holidays were marked for their religious association, but one always puzzled me. Boxing Day. Why marked for Canada and the UK? Did they have a love for boxing as a sport? Did Mohammad Ali (Cassius Clay) move these countries to have a day just for the professional sport of boxing?

I was baffled.

It wasn’t until years later that I learned Boxing Day was a gift. This day focuses on giving of things that are no longer needed in our own lives to those who are needy. Christmas presents have been opened and the new rug replaces the old. Where does the old rug go? It is serviceable and still ready for years of use. Goodwill, Salvation Army, or many of the regional stores that take used goods and make them available to those who need but otherwise could not afford.

Boxing Day is not just a gift to those who need, it is a gift to ourselves. Our homes can easily become too cluttered with “stuff” just from the sport of shopping, but one thing we can give to ourselves is knowing we have made someone’s home a warmer place by recycling goods that are still useable. Your replaced sweaters have wrapped another from the cold of the season, your pots and pans have provided a warm meal, your mittens and hats have clothed a growing child for their trek to school and home again.

Don’t let those cupboards, shelves, closets or rooms become overburdened with storing the neglected items from our lives. Grab a box, the one that just brought an order to your door will do, fill it with items you have outgrown, no longer need or use, then take the whole to your local charity for dispersing into the community. Some churches take collections so don’t overlook them as recycling points.

I can promise that a full box of household goods will help your heart grow warmer, and your life more conscious. Maybe your heart will even start to resemble a box and that is not a bad thing. Boxing Day is not just a gift for those in need, it is a gift we give ourselves.

May your life be lived as a conscious, generous and loving soul.

Cheers!

Tina

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A Magical Season

When I sat down to write my blog entry for Christmas Day I had so much I wanted to cover. I wanted to tell you about Snap Day, the day I snap and just can’t wait anymore so we open our presents and have a great time. Snap Day occurs somewhere between the 3rd and 17th each year.

I wanted to tell you more about pj shopping and the years my trusty sewing machine and I made more than 25 pairs of lounge wear. Wow! We were a team.

I also wanted to tell you about MMS closing for the holidays so we could bake cookies with our kids. Early December often had us working 7 days a week to keep up with orders. We have put in place procedures to make us more efficient now. But we still wanted to be moms, at least I did. I found baking cookies and decorating a tree made me more calm. Remember, presents have been opened and no more shopping will happen.

I wanted to tell you about how the days have lost their sunshine because I go to work in the dark and head home in the dark. The Winter Solstice is my special day knowing the Earth is starting her process of renewal. From here our days get brighter and seed catalogs fill our mailbox. My hope for this special day is to have a snow storm that brings enough snow to make fresh snow angels, and possibly a snowman. Snow angels are required. How can one remain stressed or grumpy after making a snow angel? It is impossible! I like to watch the snow fall and plan some hot cocoa or tea. I know life will be good.

I wanted to tell you about spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas Eve, from one working mom to another. Claris made spaghetti sauce to simmer all day so she could finish work at the drug store where she was needed. I feel like this hard working woman gave me a gift by teaching me that a good meal doesn’t need to be expensive or take hours upon hours of dedicated time. Thank you, Claris.

I wanted to tell you about Christmas Day and how we all wear our new pjs, play games and just lounge the day away. Our family gifts have long been opened and we share this day over game boards and not keyboards. Breakfast is always grits, eggs, bacon and ebelskivers, a combination of foods from our heritage.

Most of all, I want to tell you THANK YOU! You’ve read our blogs, made our recipes, ordered from our catalog and maybe even called us on the phone. You are a vital part of this holiday tradition and without our customers Christmas would not be the same.

May you have perfect batches, warm hugs, juicy kisses, tears of joy, and peace in your life. I can’t think of any better gift to give to you. Except, one last THANK YOU!

With cheers!

Tina

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More Moisturizers with Ingredients from the Cupboards of Karen and Anne

Today I will tackle a few more of the requests from my mountain of requests for our Quick Gifts from Your Cupboard blog post! Let’s go take a gander at the recipes I’ve come up with!


Karen commented, “I rec’d a jar of cream made with your cream base. I love the feel, weight and texture (incredibly smooth). I want to make a body cream similar. Ideas?”

I think I have the formula for you! Since you have the Veggie Emulsifier, I adjusted the Rooibos Body Cream recipe for you. I have also given you the option of choosing your fixed oil so you can choose an oil out of your soaping cupboard that you enjoy on your skin.

60% Water
18% Sunflower Oil or Apricot Kernel Oil or Avocado Oil
7% Veggie Emulsifier
5% Dimethicone
4% Stearic Acid
3% Hydrovance or Sodium Lactate
2% Shea Butter, Refined
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Fragrance of Choice


Anne wrote, “I’d like to see a minty foot cream recipe.”

Based on the e-mails that Anne and I passed back and forth, I’ve come up with one recipe that I think will meet her requirements. This is more of a foot salve, and not very greasy if used in small amounts. This is a recipe that would be best put in small jars as a little will go a long way!

32% HMP Shea Butter
30% Aloe Butter
10% Soy Wax
8% Cherry Oil
5% Anhydrous Lanolin
2% Black Currant Oil
1% Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil
8% Calendula Extract
2% Orchid Extract
1.5% Chamomile Extract
0.5% Peppermint Essential Oil


I have still more formulas that I’m working on! If there is something you would like help with, please feel free to send us a message through the Contact Us page! I’m having fun with all the formulas!

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Christmas Traditions – PJs

For my family, the Christmas season is time to spend together. We watch movies, play games, read books and generally lounge around the house. Because one can’t just lounge around the house properly in jeans, my family started a tradition of Christmas pajamas, or PJs as they are called at our house.

When I was young my mother made PJs for everyone. Now, somewhere between the beginning and middle of December we all traipse off to the store and find a comfortable set of PJs for Christmas. Each person picks PJs that they will personally find comfortable. Sometimes we can find whole sets that matches our desires, and other times we have to mix and match the tops and bottoms. I like to find PJs that keep me warm, others like PJs that are silky, and everyone else in the family thinks I’m a walking and talking human popsicle. :) (It isn’t my fault that my normal body temperature runs lower than most people!)

After the PJs have been purchased and we return home then model the PJs for the whole family. This has always been one of my favorite things to do.  The first time wearing new PJs is so relaxing and cozy. As the years have passed I’ve found that my collection of Christmas PJs has finally reached an equilibrium of four sets. Each time a new set is added to the collection, another set has been worn out completely and is recycled in some manner.

Do you have traditions that are outside the mass trends? Do you have traditions that you would like to share? Which traditions bring a smile to your face year round? Please share so everyone can put something new in their lives and share a special season of love and happiness.

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Soap with Ingredients from Cindy’s Cupboard

I’ve only received one soap request from the Quick Gifts from Your Cupboard blog post

Cindy wrote, “I want to make a soap that has great lathering capability, is long lasting, moisturizing, and feels good on the skin.” As Cindy has a fairly standard soap maker’s cupboard, I decided to make a recipe that used a little bit of Mink Oil as a special luxury oil.

Recipe in ounces:
6 ounces Olive Oil
5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil or Coconut Oil
4 ounces Palm Oil or Hydrogenated Soy
1 ounce Mink Oil

2.22 ounces Sodium Hydroxide for 6% Excess Fat
4-6 ounces Water

Recipe in percentages:
37.5% Olive Oil
31.25% Palm Kernel Oil or Coconut Oil
25% Palm Oil or Hydrogenated Soy
6.25% Mink Oil

q.s. Sodium Hydroxide for 6% Excess Fat
q.s. Water

Due to the current cold winter temperatures in Idaho, make this soap with a starting temperature of 130° F. Any additives of clays or botanicals can be added. I would make a test batch without any additives other than fragrance if desired so you can check the lather. Make the soap and when you cut it the next day, take a small bar or sliver off the sink and try it out!

I hope you enjoy this soap!

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Facial Moisturizers with Ingredients from the Cupboards of LuAnn and Leslie

WashFaceToday I will tackle a few more of the requests from my mountain of requests for our Quick Gifts from Your Cupboard blog post! Following the post from yesterday, we are going to focus on facial moisturizers today. These are recipes that would also work as light weight body lotions. Let’s go take a peek at the recipes I’ve come up with!


LuAnn wrote, “My cupboard definitely isn’t empty, but I’m kind of stumped on a couple of recipes that I would love help with! I am looking for a good cleanser and moisturizer for acne prone skin. My daughter is headed to college in Eastern Idaho……very cold and very DRY! So I especially need a facial moisturizer that will not cause break-outs, but that will keep in the moisture.”

Before I move into my formulas for LuAnn, I would like to take a moment to share some information about acne with all of our readers. There are many types of acne, but I’m going to discuss three types. 1) Normal acne is simply acne that most teens and young adults deal with as they go through puberty. If you still have acne in your early twenties, it may not be normal acne. 2) Cystic acne is mostly very painful acne that is subterranean and lumpy. Cystic acne can often be a indicator of other health issues that are based in hormone imbalances. 3) Infectious acne is typically caused by staphylococcus epidermidis (staph bacteria) and is acne that reoccurs in the same spots and can be spread by touching different parts of the face. As someone who has suffered from infectious acne, I know how miserable it is to have acne that doesn’t respond to over the counter treatments. A dermatologist is someone that can best tell the difference and help consult for the best treatment routine. Now that I’ve explained a little about acne, let’s jump into the formulas!

If acne is light and periodic, then this formula will be wonderful! If the acne is heavier and/or constant, you can make this facial moisturizer, but I promise a dermatologist will be able to help the long term problem.

67.5% Water
15% Jojoba, Golden or Colorless
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
3% Cyclomethicone
3% Hydrovance
3% extracts of choice
2% Orchid Extract
1% essential oils of choice
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus


Leslie said, “I’d love a light, and thin face moisturizer. I don’t like things thick or sticky on my face.”

This formula will definitely fit the bill for you. The only addition that I would recommend would be Orchid Extract as it is my favorite for skin on any face!

77.5% Water
8% Apricot Kernel Oil
7% Veggie Emulsifier
2% Hydrovance
2% Cyclomethicone
2% Avocado Oil
1% Calendula Oil or Orchid Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus


I have still more formulas that I’m working on! If there is something you would like help with, please feel free to send us a message through the Contact Us page! I’m having fun with all the formulas!

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Pampering Hands with Butters and Salves with Ingredients from the Cupboards of Jennifer and Wanda

Jennifer's Intense Hand Salve
Jennifer’s Intense Hand Salve
Today I will tackle a few more of the requests from my mountain of requests for our Quick Gifts from Your Cupboard blog post! Following the post from yesterday, we are going to focus on anhydrous products today. These are recipes that are still great for pampering hands (or the rest of the body), but don’t use water. Let’s go take a peek at the recipes I’ve come up with!


Wanda’s Lotion Bar

Wanda commented that she wanted to try her hand at making a body butter. As she is a soapmaker who is wanting to venture into other products, I thought I would give her two recipes to try with the ingredients she has on hand. The first recipe is a simple lotion bar recipe that was inspired by the Lotion Bar recipe.

25% Beeswax
17% Regular Cocoa Butter or White Cocoa Butter
15% Shea Butter, Refined
10% Mango Butter
33% Rice Bran Oil


Wanda’s Creamed Body Butter

The other recipe that I formulated for Wanda was based on a recent blog post/recipe for a Creamed Shea Body Butter. I added a fragrance that she has on hand and used Rice Bran to help soften the texture of the finished butter.

89% Shea Butter, Refined
9.5% Rice Bran Oil
0.5% Vanilla Yogurt Fragrance Oil or fragrance of your choice


Jennifer’s Intense Hand Salve

Jennifer Gale wrote in requesting either an intense hand cream. Well, I had the almost-perfect recipe for her. It just needed a few changes! I took the Bottoms Up Day 5 formula and made a few tweaks. I made a test batch and it turned out with a very similar texture!

25% High Melt Point Shea Butter
30% Macadamia Nut Butter
10% Cocoa Butter, Deodorized or White
4.5% Jojoba, Golden or Colorless
7.5% Beeswax
10% Apricot Kernel Oil
6% Calendula Oil
3% Castor Oil
2% Aloe Extract
2% Green Tea Extract


Jennifer’s Cuticle Gelly

Jennifer also requested a cuticle cream or gelly. As I haven’t made one recently (my cuticles are demanding some TLC), I decided to dust off the Cuticle Gelly Recipe and adjust the ingredients for Jennifer’s cupboard. Yum!

3% Carnauba Wax
30% Macadamia Butter
10% Avocado Oil
8% Cranberry Seed Oil
5% Castor Oil
30% Apricot Kernel Oil
7% Jojoba, Golden or Colorless
5% Cocoa Butter, Deodorized or White
1.5% Vitamin E Acetate
0.5% fragrance oil of choice


Well, I have yet more formulas to share with you tomorrow! If you make one of these formulas, I would love to hear your opinion about it!

See you tomorrow!

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