All posts by Andee

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!

May 2015 Calendar

MayI can’t believe it is already May! The lilacs and peonies have begun to bloom and the days are full of sunshine. The dogs and I have been enjoying the sunshine by playing and gardening. Actually, I pull the weeds, the dogs run off with the weeds and then I get to collect the weeds from across the yard later.

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner!

Click here to download your copy now!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

Andee

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Local City Emergency! MMS Closed!

EmergencyMajestic Mountain Sage is closed today due to a local emergency in Nibley, Utah.

Diesel fuel was found yesterday afternoon in the city spring and all residents and businesses have been directed to not drink the municipal water. This do-not-drink order extends to avoiding use of the water for drinking, cooking, hand washing, bathing or watering animals.

To ensure safety of our employees and our products, we are closed today, April 23rd. We plan to be open tomorrow to ensure all orders are processed and shipped. If you have any questions or concerns, please use the Contact Us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding!

Andee

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Coming Up: Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101

fragranceI had so much fun at the Central Soapers Workshop a few weeks ago and in the time that I’ve been back I’ve been asked lots of questions about fragrance blending. Since I gave a presentation on the subject I just have to share how easy fragrance blending and perfumery can be!

I’m giving you a heads up about this series so you can do some homework. Some of this may not seem very fun, but I promise it will be worthwhile!

Homework:

  • Create a master list: You will want to make a list of all fragrances and essential oils you have on hand right now. You don’t have to add anything to your stash, – yet! You probably already have some fantastic oils to blend and you may not have thought about blending yet.
  • Find a picture: You will want a picture (or several) that inspire you. Look for pictures that depict luxurious places, unique views, fascinating plants, delightful foods, and/or captivating towns. I find inspiration in magazines like Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, and more. Try to avoid pictures that have people as I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by people yet. If you find a picture that does have people in it, go ahead and cut them out.
  • Look elsewhere: If you have inspiration in the form of descriptions in books, music lyrics or movie references, you can use those too!

Recommended Equipment (aka) tools:

  • Notebook: I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve blended something and found that I forgot to take notes! For the sake of your sanity, and mine, use a notebook of any type to keep your blending notes. I like using a 3 ring binder because I will also store sample vials with my notes for future reference. This will cause pages to become bulky quickly!
  • Pipettes: I love using transfer pipettes for fragrance blending. Since we now carry the Micro Pipettes, I love using these for creating blends because it like I’m using “special” equipment for blending and helps set my brain on the right path.
  • Sachet Cards: These cards are invaluable for fragrance blending. This paper is not simply card stock, but a specialty paper designed for holding fragrances. My favorite size is the small 4.75 by 3 inch cards. The 100 pack of these cards will get you started and keep you busy for a little while!
  • Perfume Vials: I like using the Perfume Vials or the Glass Dram Vials for blending small amounts to see if I like a scent after it ages. These vials often are bagged and then taped to my notes in my notebook for reference at a later time.

Now that I’ve given you homework and the recommended tools list, I’ll be back next week with everything you ever wanted to know about fragrance blending and more!

If you have any questions about fragrance blending that you would like to have me address, just leave a comment or send us a message here.

Andee

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April Special!

AprilFlyerI know everyone loves specials! Who wouldn’t? I’ve got an awesome special for you this month.

Ready for the details?

If you buy a 100 pack of the Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes OR a 100 pack of Oval Lip Balm Tubes and get a FREE Lip Balm Filling Tray! This awesome offer is only valid for the month of April, so get your order in now!

Here is another plus for the Slim Stick tubes. Did you know one jar of Lip Solutions will fill about 110 Slim Stick tubes? Talk about easy! Create your own kit with a jar of Lip Solutions, 100 of the Slim Stick tubes and a flavor of your choice, we will include the tray this month. Hurry before this fabulous offer ends!

Andee

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April 2015 Calendar

AprilApril is here! While the flowers are beginning to bloom and I’m finding that I need to keep up with the weeds, I’m excited to have longer daylight hours which means sunshine in the evenings!

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner! You will also see that we are closed on Friday the 17th!

Click here to download your copy now!

If you download the calendar, you will also find the monthly special! We hope you enjoy it!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

Andee

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March 2015 Calendar

MarchI’m excited for March! I’m starting to plan my garden. (Even though it is snowing here in Utah right now!)

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner! Remember! The month of March includes time changes for those of us who still have Daylight Savings Time.

Click here to download your copy now!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

Andee

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2015 Central Soapers Workshop Countdown!

We're going to CSW! Are you?
We’re going to CSW! Are you?
I can’t believe how close the 2015 Central Soapers Workshop is! A mere 24 days away and the last day to register is March 1st! Eeekk!

I’m so excited for this year because there are some awesome events that will be going on. (Including my fragrance blending presentation. I’m over the moon about it!) There are three different registration tracks (Business, Soapmaker, or Virtual). If you are wanting to learn how to make soap for the first time, you are covered with the Soapmaking 101 Bootcamp the day before!

  • The Business track is for business owners who sell their handmade soaps and more! Dig deep into marketing, sales, social media, wholesale and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). You are going to walk out of the Business track with new ideas and encouragement that will help you boost your sales!
  • The Soapmaking track is for soapmakers who want to learn more! Attend demos, workshops, and have access to the exclusive Freestyle Soap Lab (sponsored by the awesome crew here at MMS). You are going to learn about new techniques, new methods and even things you may have never thought about! If you don’t have any soapmaking experience prior to CSW, you must register for the Soapmaking 101 Bootcamp to attend the rest of the Soapmaking track events.
  • The Virtual track is for anyone who would love to join us in Kansas City, but can’t make it! You get to check out all the presentations online once they are released in April.
This is some of the fun from last year! You have to come this year!
This is some of the fun from last year! You have to come this year!

So… who is going to be at CSW from MMS? Tina and I will be! Come join us and if you bring your tutus, we’ll even pose with you in some pictures! (Sorry Virtual attendees! You will have to make do with pictures from the Business & Soapmaking Track attendees!)

If you can’t make it, follow us on Twitter for workshop updates! We will be tagging our posts with #centralsoapers. I will try very hard to keep the Twitter feed rolling on our end, but I might be having so much fun that I forget to tweet!

See you in Kansas City!

Andee

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UPS Shipping Alert! Severe Weather Delays in Louisville, KY

ExclamationI’ve just received an email from UPS notifying us of a severe weather delay in the Midwest. I’ve attached the text of the email I received.

Severe weather in Louisville, KY, caused a significant disruption to operations at Worldport®, UPS’s main hub in the United States. As a result, some shipments may experience unavoidable delays.

UPS is working to move shipments to their final destinations as quickly as possible. You can track shipment progress on ups.com.

The UPS Service Guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted due to conditions beyond UPS’s control.

If you have an order that you are expecting, please check your tracking number to determine the package location. We hope that people are safe during this weather.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or send us an e-mail.

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UPS Shipping Alert! Severe Northeast Winter Weather Delays

ExclamationAs the news has kept us updated with the weather that has impacted the Northeast, I’m sharing the list of the states impacted by this as I don’t think you want me to share all 4,243 zip codes that have been flagged as no delivery/pickup areas.

Severe winter weather will impact service in the Northeast today. There will be no pickups or deliveries in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Continue to check UPS.com for the latest information on service impacts, including ZIP codes where no pickups or deliveries are being made.

We will work to ensure the safety of our employees while minimizing effects on service caused by the storm. Contingency plans are in place to ensure that shipments arrive at their final destinations as quickly as possible as conditions permit.

If you have an order that you are expecting, please check your tracking number to determine the package location. We hope that this winter weather doesn’t effect disrupt any more lives and that people are safe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or send us an e-mail.

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