I'm a twenty something soap snob. I've grown up with hand made soaps and I love them! I really like making melt and pour soaps because they are so easy. My favorite scent is either Velocity or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!
Goodness gracious, oh my! Is it really the 19th of November? According to my calendar, it is and that means it is time to share the end of year schedule with you!
It is the time of year that gets a little chaotic as we all try to plan for the holidays. We want to make sure you have the ability to plan for transit since you already know we will get your orders out quickly. Our team works hard to make sure all orders are shipped and our holiday schedule to designed to give everyone here at MMS some time with their families. Check our schedule and your supplies. If you need to place an order to get you through the holidays, make sure you place it while we are shipping your orders!
UPS has also released their holiday schedule and it will help you make sure you get your last minute gifts to family across the country or a few states away.
Don’t forget! All carriers may change their services without advance notice. Some areas may have limited service. All areas can be affected by weather disruptions.
There are only a few more days left until Halloween! I don’t know what you have planned for Saturday morning, but I’m considering locking myself in the bathroom with a collection of Halloween spa treats and pampering myself. Then I will be refreshed, beautified uglified and ready for a hoard of trick-or-treaters! Join me for perfect spa treat!
Today, I’m pulling a staff favorite out of the archives. In 2012, I wrote a post about Halloween Foaming Layered Bath Salts and our team loved them. Last week we got together and made a large batch of bath salts inspired by that very post! We made changes and you will find these bath salts so fun and easy to make that you will be able to make some right now.
Yesterday I made a really tasty tiramisu lip balm. I decided to expand on the little theme and make a corresponding lip scrub to match the lip balm. I may not have a purse full of lip balms, glosses and tints like Taylor, but I do like using a lip scrub as part of my twice weekly face pampering.
This lip scrub helps me satisfy my tiramisu cravings and keeps my lips smooth during the changing seasons. Come join me in the kitchen and find out how to make your own lip scrub!
Have you ever had tiramisu? This decadent Italian dessert of coffee soaked sponge cake layered with a whipped custard of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese, and dusted with cocoa. Can you give a deep longing sigh with me? I think I’m hungry now!
So how did I make this “Ultimate” Tiramisu Lip Balm? It all started with the new Cheesecake Flavor and my experimenting to discover a blend that could use this yummy flavor. I started thinking about creamy desserts. Flan, custard, eclairs, creme brulee, tiramisu… Wait! Tiramisu has coffee. I like coffee! Tiramisu has cocoa. I love chocolate! That’s it. I’ve made my choice, I’m making a tiramisu lip balm.
Let’s go make this delectable lip balm that (hopefully) will taste like tiramisu.
I’ve had so much fun trying our new flavors. I decided you would definitely like to try them too, so I made a lip balm collection! This whole collection was made using the Shea Butter Lip Solutions and the 0.25 oz Screw Top Tins. Let’s go check out what lip balms I made with the new flavors.
Bubble Gum: This tastes just like the chewy pink bubble gum that made the best bubbles when I was a little girl. I used 3% Bubble Gum (9 grams for a single jar of Lip Solutions) and colored this lip balm with a touch of Ruby and White Oil Soluble Lip Colors.
Red Licorice: When I was a young girl, my mom worked down the street from a pharmacy/gift shop. During the summer, I would walk down the street to the pharmacy and buy treats and toys. On the rare occasions that the pharmacy would have red licorice, I would buy a bag and walk back to share the bag with my mom. This flavor reminds me of that summer and the best cuddles with mom. I used 3% Red Licorice (8 grams for a single jar of Lip Solutions) and colored this lip balm with a touch of Ruby and Black Oil Soluble Lip Colors.
Cheesecake: What more delicious way to say dessert than to offer cheesecake? While I think fast and simple no-bake cheesecakes are a nice treat, this flavor reminds me of the sinful New York Style baked cheesecakes that take forever to bake. Rich and creamy, this is a treat for your lips! I used 3% Cheesecake (8 grams for a single jar of Lip Solutions) and colored this lip balm with a touch of White Oil Soluble Lip Colors.
Cherry Cheesecake: While Cheesecake on its own by many, there are those who love toppings on their cheesecake. I wanted to share an example of a cherry topped cheesecake that might convince me that cherries taste good in places other than fresh off the tree! I used 2% Cheesecake (6 grams for a single jar of Lip Solutions), 1% Black Cherry (3 grams for a single jar of Lip Solutions) and colored this lip balm with a touch of Ruby and Black Oil Soluble Lip Colors.
Strawberry Cheesecake: I can’t seem to leave the Cheesecake Flavor alone! I seriously adore it and I think you must have this flavor in your lip balm flavors collection. I decided to mix things up and add Strawberry Swirl to Cheesecake to get the perfect strawberry topped cheesecake. I used 2% Cheesecake (6 grams for a single jar of Lip Solutions), 1% Strawberry Swirl (3 grams for a single jar of Lip Solutions) and colored this lip balm with a touch of Ruby and White Oil Soluble Lip Colors.
I’m sending samples of these lip balms to the Shipping Department. They won’t last long, so request your sample today!
For the last couple of months, I have been marveling over pictures of round or square soaps that have a very unique edge. Admittedly, I’ve been stumped on how these soaps are made. This morning, I found a fabulous tutorial for making these soaps and I am super excited to schedule some time to make a batch of these soaps now!
Faith over at Alaiyna B. Bath & Body was kind enough to share her tutorial on her blog. I’m sharing the link with you because I think these are gorgeous soaps and if I want to try this method, you might too!
Once you read Faith’s tutorial, pop back over and let me know what kind of colors or scents you would use. Inspire me!
Photo credit: *This picture was taken by Faith Oriold and was published on her blog on October 9th, 2015. She retains all rights to this photo and the linked tutorial.
I love citrus scented lotions and soaps. There is just something about lemon scented things that turn a gloomy day into a cheerful one. I don’t think I can be sad when smelling or eating lemons! Last week, I was making lemonade and the rejuvenating scent of lemons got me thinking about making a lemon scented lotion for my purse.
I decided to use our Body Milk Base. The Body Milk is a great base product that is simple and easy to make into your own product. I adore the Body Milk because it is light weight and feels great. You can make a small 1 oz. jar and toss it into your handbag to take with you wherever you go. I also like using our 1 oz Cylinder Bottles with a pump. It dispenses small amounts of Body Milk and suddenly I feel pampered!
Pour 1 oz of fragrance into the gallon jug of Body Milk. Close the jug and shake well. I added a little of our Lemon Yellow colorant to make a soft yellow cream. Package the Body Milk into jars or bottles. So simple and easy to do.
I’m sending samples to the Shipping Department for you to try. Enjoy!
Are you one of the many soap makers who makes or wants to make Liquid and/or Cream soaps? Has one of the things that has scared you away been the horrible four letter word – math? Breathe easy!
The Lye Calculator that you have trusted since 1996 now has the ability for you to calculate Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide Blends! This means you make liquid soaps following the 75% Potassium Hydroxide and 25% Sodium Hydroxide that some soap makers have been using. This helps you make thicker soaps.
To help you get started, I’ve made a batch of cream soap that has rotted (aged) for about 4 weeks. I made this cream soap for the programmers as a “Thank you” for updating the lye calculator for us. I’m sending out samples of this cream soap for you to try.
This cream soap has been lightly scented with Peppermint Essential Oil and Menthol Crystals. I have been told the scent and menthol could be stronger next time for shaving purposes. Whoops! I don’t have to shave a beard, so I guessed!
Are you ready for Halloween? I am! I’m so excited for Halloween and the fun it brings. Costumes, cute kids and handing out treats. I love it all!
As a celebration for my anticipation of Halloween, we are going to make an awesome face mask. While I think this mask would be a great part of a Halloween themed spa treatment, you can make this year round and find it a staple in your bathroom.
This mask is perfect for any type of skin and I recommend using it only once or twice a week. I formulated this mask with the intention of leaving the skin feeling refreshed, but not dried out. I think I succeeded!