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Just for Her – Light Hair Conditioner

Finished Conditioner
Finished Conditioner

As a woman, one of the first things I do when getting ready for a date is tackle my hair. It is unruly and baby fine which means I can have a constant frizz if the humidity is high enough. If you know someone who faces trouble with their hair, consider this hair conditioner. It may save her 30 minutes which means you can get on your date sooner. She is worth it and so is your date night.

Weighing Aloe Powder
Weighing Aloe Powder

It is light and won’t make the hair heavy or greasy and it is packed with hair loving goodness. Give her the gift of gorgeous, soft hair. She will love it!

Ingredients
Water
Meadowfoam Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Ivy Extract
Comfrey Extract
Horsetail Extract
Aloe Powder
Liquid Silk
Liquid Germall Plus
Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
700 grams Water
12 grams Meadowfoam Oil
40 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Ivy Extract
4 grams Comfrey Extract
4 grams Horsetail Extract
1 gram Aloe Powder
12 grams Liquid Silk
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1 gram Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
24.69 oz Water
0.42 oz Meadowfoam Oil
1.41 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Ivy Extract
0.14 oz Comfrey Extract
0.14 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Aloe Powder
0.42 oz Liquid Silk
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.04  oz Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
78% Water
3% Meadowfoam Oil
10% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Hydrovance
1% Ivy Extract
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Horsetail Extract
0.25% Aloe Powder
3% Liquid Silk
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Water Soluble materials
Adding Water Soluble materials

Weigh everything except the preservative, extracts and fragrance oil into a microwave safe container. We highly recommend that you add weigh your water soluble materials first. This helps insure the aloe powder dissolves without having to chase down every little clump. Heat the material gently until everything is liquid.

Weighing Water
Weighing Water

Using an immersion blender, mix everything well. Allow the mixture to cool. (Check on it every once in a while during the cooling stage. We don’t want it to separate.) Once the mixture is below 120º F, add the Liquid Germall Plus, extracts and fragrance oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into containers and enjoy!

Adding Meadowfoam Oil
Adding Meadowfoam Oil

Notes: I love using this conditioner on my hair. It keeps my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. I also don’t have any fly-aways. Bonus! I feel like I could be in one of those fancy hair commercials. Cue the music please!

Adding Conditioning Emulsifier
Adding Conditioning Emulsifier

All joking aside, this is a wonderful conditioner. I feel it is perfect for those with fine to mid-weight hair. I don’t know that it would suit anyone with thicker hair. Anyone willing to volunteer?

Taylor

 

Adding Extracts
Adding Extracts

P.S. I kept the amount of fragrance really low. The shower is an enclosed space and can intensify scents. I also didn’t want something so intensely scented, it would double as a perfume. It is light and subtle. Just enough to be there. Only people really, really close would be able to smell it. This allows layering of scents without dictating which ones you can use.

Mixing Conditioner
Mixing Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance and Preservative
Adding Fragrance and Preservative
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Beauty in Bloom Spring Swap

Flower fairyWe just released an exciting new swap on the forum. The theme is Beauty in Bloom. If you have never participated in a swap with us, then you need to sign up for this one. Our swaps are fabulous. You get luxurious goodies to pamper yourself with, awesome MMS products to play with and a complete recipe booklet for all of the goodies!

This is the perfect venue for learning something new, trying different packing or just allow yourself to play with those extra special ingredients! Past participants have likened it to “Christmas just for me” or  “the world of handcrafted cosmetics delivered to my door!” To sign up, head over to the forum and read the rules and guidelines.  If you have any questions, let us know. We are here to make this the experience of a life time!

Ok, the picture is just to see if you think we are offering for you to become a Disney princess. We aren’t. You are already fabulous, dahling. By the way, have I mentioned swaps are fun?

Taylor

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Just for Her – Too Sweet Massage Oil

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Finished Massage Oil

We all deal with great gobs of chaos and it gets stressful. It is wonderful to get little reminders to take 5 minutes and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  This is something Andee and I talked about the other day. We were talking about little rituals we do that are tiny but give us the ability to go back to the chaos. Andee’s favorite ritual is to make herself a hot drink. Mine is to rub a creams and lotions into my hands. It is perfect because I can do it while on the phone or doing other projects. So in honor of all those who find touch soothing, let’s make a massage oil!

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Shea Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
56 grams Shea Oil
43.5 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
0.5 grams Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
1.98 oz Shea Oil
1.53 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.02 oz Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Fractionated Coconut Oil
28% Shea Oil
21.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
0.25% Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil

 

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Weighing Oils

Weigh everything into a mixing container. Stir well. Pour into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Taylor

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirring Massage Oil until clear
Stirring Massage Oil until clear
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Just for Her – Glossy Lip Balm

Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool
Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool

Valentine’s Day is next month and I am so not ready. Valentine’s is when my friends, gals and guys alike, ask for help making personalized products for their special someone. The problem is my thoughts are scattered! Come join me as I settle my thoughts so we can create the perfect gift baskets together!

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

I wanted to start with things for the gals and the first product I wanted to make is lip balm. Why lip balm you ask? Lip balms are great because they help create soft, kissable lips and give a soft, gorgeous shine. Heads up guys! By the end of this week, you can give a gift that will make her swoon.

The lip balm is perfect. It has a fun, flirty flavor, superb texture and amazing shine. You must try it. If you hurry, you might get one in your next order. I am sending over 200 samples to the shipping department!

I also wanted a hint of color in this lip balm and none on the lips. No color on their collars!

 

Ingredients
Candelilla Wax
Carnauba Wax
Mango Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Oil, Semi Solid
Macadamia Nut Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
17 g Candelilla Wax
15 g Carnauba Wax
36 g Mango Butter
26 g Deodorized Cocoa Butter
36 g Castor Oil
40 g Shea Oil, Semi Solid
24g Macadamia Nut Oil
2g Vitamin E Acetate
4 g Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.60 oz Candelilla Wax
0.53 oz Carnauba Wax
1.27 oz Mango Butter
0.92 oz Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1.27 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Shea Oil, Semi Solid
0.85 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.14 oz Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
8.5% Candelilla Wax
7.5% Carnauba Wax
18% Mango Butter
13% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
18% Castor Oil
20% Shea Oil, Semi Solid
12% Macadamia Nut Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Vitamin E Acetate, Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil and Ruby Lip Balm Color into a microwave safe container. Heat in short spurts until everything is almost melted. Stir the lip balm until the waxes have fully melted. This method helps prevent super heating your lip balm.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Once everything has melted, add the Vitamin E Acetate and Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil. If you want the finished lip balm to have a pink color, add a little of the Ruby Lip Balm Color. (I ran out of toothpicks so I used the tip of a clean thermometer. I guess I need to create a shopping list!) If you want to see what it looks like, try the plate test!

Taylor

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Melting Lip Balm
Melting Lip Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fully melted lip balm
Fully melted lip balm

 

 

 

 

 

Testing texture and color
Testing texture and color

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Color
Testing Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding more color
Adding more color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing color again
Testing color again
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Liquid Shea Oil VS Semi-Solid Shea

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Semi-Solid Shea vs Liquid Shea Oil

Have you ever compared our Liquid Shea Oil vs our Semi-Solid Shea? Both are awesome products but what is the difference? Why use one over the other?

Shea, in all of its various forms, is a wonderful product. I really prefer the Liquid Shea for lighter applications. Think massage oils and even hair serums. These are places where you want the delights of Shea without the heavy feeling.

Semi-solid Shea is fabulous in lip scrubs, body scrubs and even in lip balms and glosses. It adds a fabulous creamy texture without feeling too dense and heavy.

Shea Butter is the solid stuff we are all familiar with. It is heavy and is great for lip balms, lotion bars and soap. We don’t always want this heavy form of shea so having alternatives is awesome.

Taylor

 

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Martha’s Lotion

Grandma2Martha emailed in asking for help formulating a lotion for her skin. She has spent her break spending time with her grandchildren and loving every minute of it! She wrote saying “The last several days have been a blizzard of joy. We have made gingerbread houses and demolished them, we have played every card/board game in the house and we have flattened the snow by our boots and sleds. I have loved this but my cheeks are wind burned, dry and flaking. Help!” Let’s go make a lotion that is just perfect for Martha and her grandkids!

Ingredients
Jewelweed Extract
Orchid Extract
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Allantoin
Aloe Powder
Rose Hip Oil, Organic
Calendula Extract
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
8 g Jewelweed Extract
8 g Orchid Extract
12 g Emulsifying Wax
4 g Stearic Acid
4 g Allantoin
4 g Aloe Powder
48 g Rose Hip Oil, Organic
6 g Calendula Extract
304 g Water
2 g Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Ounces
0.28 oz Jewelweed Extract
0.28 oz Orchid Extract
0.42 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.14 oz Stearic Acid
0.14 oz Allantoin
0.14 oz Aloe Powder
1.69 oz Rose Hip Oil, Organic
0.21 oz Calendula Extract
10.72 oz Water
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
2% Jewelweed Extract
2% Orchid Extract
3% Emulsifying Wax
1% Stearic Acid
1% Allantoin
1% Aloe Powder
12% Rose Hip Oil, Organic
1.5% Calendula Extract
76% Water
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

 

Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix until emulsified. Allow to cool. Mix every so often during cooling to make sure it doesn’t separate.  We will want the mixture to be cooler than 120ºF before we add our preservative. Mix well. Put the lotion into bottles or jars. Enjoy!

Taylor

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Cloud Swirls Melt & Pour Soap

Finished Soap
Finished Soap

I love soap. Cold process, hot process and Melt & Pour. They are all amazing and there are certain techniques that work best for certain styles. One of my favorite things to do with Melt & Pour Soap is to make clouds of color throughout the soap. Come join me for a beautiful simple soap that is a great gift.

These soaps remind me of the blindingly clear days with deep blue skies and huge puffy white clouds! Come join me as we enjoy the radiant skies in our bath tubs.

Ingredients
Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
White Melt & Pour Soap
Ultramarine Blue Color
Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
2268 g Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
170 g White Melt & Pour Soap
1/8 tsp Ultramarine Blue Color
22.5 g Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
80 oz Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
6 oz White Melt & Pour Soap
1/8 tsp Ultramarine Blue Color
0.8 oz Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
92.1% Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
6.9% White Melt & Pour Soap
Q.S. Ultramarine Blue Color
0.9% Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil

 

Melt & Pour Soap
Melt & Pour Soap

Weigh out the white and clear soap into two separate microwave safe containers. Heat the clear one first. It has a larger amount of material and will take longer to heat as well as longer to cool down.

Heat until liquid. While you are stirring the fragrance into the clear soap, heat the white soap until liquid. Stir the Ultamarine Blue Color into the white soap. Mix well. You don’t want any lumps of color.

Clear Soap in Mold
Clear Soap in Mold

Pour all of the clear soap into a Extra Large Square Mold. Using circular and swirling motions, drizzle the blue soap into the clear soap. The heat will start to move the color around and create clouds and ribbons of colored soap. Do not stir the soap. It will make the swirls muddy. Allow it to sit until cool. Cut the bars and package. Wasn’t that fast and easy?

Taylor

Adding Blue Colored Soap
Adding Blue Colored Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup of the swirls. Isn't it beautiful?
Closeup of the swirls. Isn’t it beautiful?
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Betsy’s Cupboard – Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Man

Betsy emailed in asking for help formulating a Gingerbread Sugar Scrub. She had found a recipe on Pinterest that she liked the look of but it called for using vanilla extract and kitchen spices. This is her request. “Can you help me do something that doesn’t use my good cooking vanilla and spices? I want the scrub to look like gingerbread but I want to leave my spices for the real stuff. Can I add something to give the scrub an extra oomph?” Betsy, I can’t wait for this challenge. Let’s make a fabulous scrub that leaves your baking ingredients in the kitchen and not in your body care products.

Betsy’s cupboard contains mostly soaping oils.
Olive
Coconut
Shea
Palm
Soy
Sunflower
Apricot Kernel
Polysorbate 80
Liquid Germall Plus
Liquapar
Vanilla Bean Fiber
Luffa
and a variety of fragrance and essential oils.

I am going to use a combination of white sugar and brown sugar. This will give both color and exfoliation. Brown sugar is a little more gentle as it exfoliates the skin but it can also make the scrub feel sticky. We will be making a half and half mixture of sugar.

I will also be using Polysorbate 80. Polysorbate helps remove some of the oils, leaving just enough to be conditioning to the skin but not making it overly greasy.

Ingredients
White Granulated Sugar
Brown Sugar
Sunflower Oil
Shea Butter
Polysorbate 80
Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil
Liquapar
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
75 grams White Granulated Sugar
75 grams Brown Sugar
56 grams Sunflower Oil
5 grams Shea Butter
16 grams Polysorbate 80
1 gram Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil
2 grams Liquapar
Recipe in Ounces
2.65 oz White Granulated Sugar
2.65 oz Brown Sugar
1.98 oz Sunflower Oil
0.18 oz Shea Butter
0.56 oz Polysorbate 80
0.04 oz Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil
0.07 oz Liquapar
Recipe in Percentages
32.6% White Granulated Sugar
32.6% Brown Sugar
24.3% Sunflower Oil
2.1% Shea Butter
6.9% Polysorbate 80
0.4% Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil
0.8% Liquapar

 

Weigh the Sunflower and Shea Butter into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until the Shea Butter has melted. The mixture should only be mildly warm. Add the other liquid ingredients. Stir well making sure everything is incorporated. Add the white and brown sugar. Stir well. Package into jar and label. Enjoy!

Taylor

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Cupboard Creations – MMS Help

testingDo you ever get creators block? Formulators fatigue? Well, we are here to help. Send us a list of what is in your cupboard and we will help you create some goodies from what you have on hand. How easy is that?! We can help make Christmas gifts or just goodies for the sake of making goodies.

Just leave us a comment or send us a message here. We will get to you as promptly as possible so that you can get to the fun part of creating.

Taylor

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Stocking Stuffers – Chocolate Bacon Lip Balm

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

I love stuffing Christmas stockings with all kinds of goodies. Candies, trinkets and even really good gag gifts. However there are some years I am just lacking inspiration. Let’s call it creators block. This year, let me help you avoid creators block. Today we will be making Chocolate Bacon Lip Balm. Not only is it funny, it is useful! Be careful. You may have family members begging for more!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Though the flavor combination may sound strange, it has a very loyal following. If you want to try this recipe but don’t want Chocolate Bacon, choose from our large selection of lip balm flavor oils. This lip balm recipe is perfect for showcasing your favorite flavors. It is rich, creamy, smooth and so easy to make. If you can use a cake mix, you can make lip balm!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Cherry Seed Oil
Peach Kernel Oil
Cocoa Butter
Beeswax
Avocado Butter
Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
44 grams Castor Oil
20 grams Cherry Seed Oil
20 grams Peach Kernel Oil
30 grams Cocoa Butter
40 grams Beeswax
40 grams Avocado Butter
6 grams Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Recipe in Ounces
1.55 oz Castor Oil
0.71 oz Cherry Seed Oil
0.71 oz Peach Kernel Oil
1.06 oz Cocoa Butter
1.41 oz Beeswax
1.41 oz Avocado Butter
0.21 oz Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Recipe in Percentages
22% Castor Oil
10% Cherry Seed Oil
10% Peach Kernel Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
20% Beeswax
20% Avocado Butter
3% Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh all of the fixed oils into a microwave safe container. If you are using the Chocolate Bacon Wax, add that now. If you are using a liquid flavor oil, do not add it until all of the oils are fully liquid. Heat the oils gently. Use 30-60 second bursts. This prevents you from super heating your oils. Super heated oils take a while to cool and can cause burns. Your safety is of the utmost importance. Once everything is melted and you have add your flavor oil, stir well.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I like to use a filling tray because they are simple and fast. I am particulary fond of this method when I will be making 50 or more tubes of lip balm. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap. This method is great if you are planning on only doing a few lip balm tubes at a time.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Now stick it into your stockings! Happy holidays!

Taylor

 

 

Weighing Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Weighing Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
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