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!

March 2015 Calendar

MarchI’m excited for March! I’m starting to plan my garden and . (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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Special Production Run – Paradise

MangoAre you ready? I have another special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Paradise to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!

Can’t remember the description? Tropical and fruity with a twist of mandarin orange. This is my favorite mango scent of all the fragrances we have ever tested. Do you like the fruity citrus scent of Bath and Body Works Mango Mandarin? Use 2 or 3 parts Paradise and 1 part Tangerine Essential Oil. I can’t think of a better duo! Mango away!

If Paradise is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
help@thesage.com
to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Paradise is January 28th, 2015.

We will need your contact information and the quantity of Paradise that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Paradise.

Don’t delay!
Andee

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Special Production Run – Amber Romance (type)

amberAre you ready? I have another special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Amber Romance to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!

Can’t remember the description? Yet another in the Victoria’s Secret lineup. This rendition has rich amber notes, complimented by fruity top notes of irresistible black currant, plums and juicy pineapple. This fragrance will discolor cold process soap to a marvelous amber. We loved it, very unique!

Amber Romance scented soap on the left and control on the right.
Amber Romance scented soap on the left and control on the right.
If Amber Romance is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
help@thesage.com
to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Amber Romance is January 28th, 2015.

We will need your contact information and the quantity of Amber Romance that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Amber Romance.

Don’t delay!
Andee

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Special Production Run – Somali Rose

Rose2Hear ye, hear ye! I have a special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Somali Rose to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!

Can’t remember the description? “A customer called us desperate for a fragrance he could no longer get. Can you imagine a masculine rose? Here it is! Rose with chocolate, sandalwood, anise, musk and a twist of green moss. A unique smell that had many staff members say “mmmmmm”! Now don’t be too concerned about the rose in the name or the blend, this isn’t a strong floral type. Very masculine and sexy.”

If Somali Rose is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
help@thesage.com
to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Somali Rose is January 28th, 2015.

We will need your contact information and the quantity of Somali Rose that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Somali Rose.

Don’t delay!
Andee

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New Year’s Day – Looking Forward

Mountain Ash berries covered in fresh snow.
Mountain Ash berries covered in fresh snow.
I love the quiet of New Year’s Day! My family has always treated New Year’s Day as a lounge-about-the-house, low key day. While the first day of the New Year is coming to a close, I hope that I can make the remaining 364 days worth it. I saw a quote on Facebook this morning that made me smile. It not only appealed to me as a writer, but as a person who is wanting to make life fun. This quote was attributed to Brad Paisley. “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” If this is true, I’ve made page one a good one!

Join me for this year for a series of unique resolutions!

  • Be happy with the imperfectly unique person that I am.
  • I’m imperfect and I do have moments where I am less than I think others think I should be. I’m giving myself permission to be happy this year with ALL of me. Lumps, curves, scars, beauty marks, smiles, failures, successes, weaknesses, strengths, inabilities and talents. I have permission to be happy and love it all!

  • Get my photo taken in five interesting places.
  • I’m found behind the camera more often than in front of it. I have the opportunity to live in a beautiful area and I have so much to show to family and friends. The best way to say, “I’ve been there,” is to have a picture of me there! This year I’m going to not just take pictures of the beautiful places I go, but be in those pictures.

  • Pay it forward!
  • When I think of this goal, the first thing that comes to mind is the movie released in 2000. I don’t mean for this to be a tear-jerker moment, I want this to be very fun! I want to make someone’s day. I want to give random people the gift of an amazing day.

  • Set boundaries.
  • This may sound like an odd resolution. I need to say “no” more when I don’t want to do something when I know I’ll end up resenting an event or a person. It is worth 5 minutes of discomfort to say “no” rather than hours or days of resentment. Life is too short to be miserable over “volunteering” for something I didn’t want to do. This is not a blanket permission to avoid everything. This is permission to take care of myself by saying “no” when it would otherwise interfere with other plans, arrangements or severely exceeds my abilities or skills.

  • Pursue real interaction.
  • I’m going to put my phone/tablet/computer down more and talk to my family and friends face to face. Like those who have been in the news and our Facebook feeds for their goals to meet all of their Facebook friends face to face, I want to meet up with my family and friends and have real life conversations with them.

I hope you join me with these resolutions! May 2015 be a fun, happy and amazing year for you!

Andee

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Sue’s Cupboard – Simply Luxurious Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm

PeppermintSue e-mailed in asking for help to create an easy lip balm recipe that she could put together and give away as gifts. Her request? “Can you make a nice chocolate peppermint lip balm that feels luxurious, but doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg to make it?” Sue, I’m so excited to work on your challenge for you! I have the perfect recipe to share with you and I’m sure you will love it!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Beeswax
Castor Oil
Peach Kernel Oil
Cocoa Butter
Refined Shea Butter
Peppermint Essential Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Lip Balm Tubes

Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces and fills 22 Black Lip Balm Tubes)

Recipe in ounces:
0.71 ounces Beeswax
0.35 ounces Castor Oil
0.95 ounces Apricot Kernel Oil
0.53 ounces Cocoa Butter
0.88 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
0.09 ounces Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
0.02 ounces Peppermint Essential Oil Oil
Recipe in grams:
20 grams Beeswax
10 grams Castor Oil
27 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
15 grams Cocoa Butter
25 grams Shea Butter
2.5 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
0.5 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Beeswax
10% Castor Oil
27% Apricot Kernel Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
25% Shea Butter
2.5% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
0.5% Peppermint Essential Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the Peppermint Essential Oil and Sugar Baby 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 flavors . Stir until all of the flavor has been incorporated. Fill tubes or jars. Cool. Label.

Andee

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