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A Spa Worthy Massage Oil

Monday, April 7th, 2014
I love answering the phone. It doesn’t matter whether it is the phone at work, my own, my friends or even my mother’s phone. I love answering the phone. I love the magic of being able to talk to someone who is states away. I also get to learn a lot. 

Recently I have been getting calls from massage therapists who want to make their own massage oil. Many complaints I hear is that one oil is too sticky, another is too fluid or even it absorbs too quickly! What is a massage therapist to do?! Not to worry. Today we will be making the perfect massage oil.

Ingredients
Sunflower Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Coconut Oil Fractions
Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
28 grams Sunflower Oil
28 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
57 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
1.13 grams Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1 oz Sunflower Oil
1 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
2 oz Coconut Oil Fractions
0.04 oz Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
25% Sunflower Oil
25% Macadamia Nut Oil
50% Coconut Oil Fractions
Q.S. Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Weigh all of your ingredients into a container. Stir well. Pour into any bottle you desire. You can use disc tops, pumps or just plain-Jane caps.

 

Note: I used 1% fragrance for my entire batch. Because the nature of massage oils is to apply some, rub it in, apply some more, rub it in; your customer needs to love the fragrance as much as I love talking on the phone. Otherwise, I would recommend lowering the percentage of fragrance oil. If I were a massage therapist dealing with customers all the time, I would limit my fragrance to somewhere between .25% and .5%. Since this is more of a personal style massage oil, I increased the fragrance because I LOVE Sahara Sandalwood.
Taylor

Finished Massage Oil

Finished Massage Oil

Weighing Sunflower Oil

Weighing Sunflower Oil

Weighing Macadamia Nut Oil

Weighing Macadamia Nut Oil

Weighing Coconut Oil Fractions

Weighing Coconut Oil Fractions

Adding Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Adding Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Unmixed Massage Oil

Unmixed Massage Oil

Mixed Massage Oil

Mixed Massage Oil

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Magic Foaming Bath Fizzies

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Bubbles are the greatest thing in the world! I think that bubbles are 80% of why I got into and have stayed in soapmaking. There, now you know my little dirty secret as to why I love soapmaking. If you love bubbles as much as I do, come join me for today’s recipe. You won’t want to miss it!

 

As much as I love bubbles, that is not what makes these bath fizzies so magical. No, it is the color. These little gems stay white but as soon as they touch water, bam color! The magic in these bath fizzies make it great for all of those who are kids or just kids at heart. Come join me today for a simple recipe you can share with friends and family!

 

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Citric Acid
Corn Starch
Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
Freesia Fragrance Oil
Ocean Blue Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
340 grams Baking Soda
170 grams Citric Acid
57 grams Corn Starch
142 grams Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
6 grams Freesia Fragrance Oil
0.15 cc Ocean Blue Color
Recipe in Ounces
12 oz Baking Soda
6 oz Citric Acid
2 oz Corn Starch
5 oz Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
0.25 oz Freesia Fragrance Oil
0.15 cc Ocean Blue Color
Recipe in Percentages
48% Baking Soda
24% Citric Acid
8% Corn Starch
20% Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate
Q.S. Freesia Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Ocean Blue Color

Weigh everything except the fragrance oil into a plastic bag. (Some of these ingredients are highly airborne. So much so that wearing a mask may be helpful.) Seal up the plastic bag and gently mix the dry ingredients. You don’t want to shake it because when you open the bag, you will get a cloud rising from the bag. Once the dry ingredients are fully mixed, add your fragrance oil. Don’t forget to double check with the fragrance calculator when you choose a different fragrance. Mix the fragrance oil into the dry ingredients. You can now package your bath fizzies.

 

Note of Caution: Do not package your bath fizzies in glass. If any water gets into the container then it is sealed up, the expansion can cause a dangerous explosion. Please be safe. We highly recommend “single serving” sizes packaged into plastic bags. These are much safer and give you plenty of cute options.
Taylor

Finished Foaming Bath Fizzie

Finished Foaming Bath Fizzie

A Little Foaming Action!

A Little Foaming Action!

Beaker with Plastic Bag

Beaker with Plastic Bag

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Adding Dry Color

Adding Dry Color

Adding Dry Color

Adding Dry Color

Adding Fragrance Oil

Adding Fragrance Oil

Added Fragrance Oil

Added Fragrance Oil

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Carma

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
One of my favorite parts of spring is that fresh produce starts to become available again. One of my particular favorites is strawberries. The is nothing better than biting into a luscious, plump, bright red strawberry and feeling a burst of flavor on the tongue. Carma thinks of fruit and fruity scents too!

 

I live in Minnesota and look forward to spring all winter long. We have had a very long, very cold winter this year and I have a bad case of Spring Fever!! This soap is scented with a blend of MMS fragrances. I had 3 – 1 oz bottles with a little left in each one, so I combined them to create a spring time scent. The scent includes Cherry Blossom and Kiwi, Mulberry and Enchanted Apple. I LOVE enchanted apple!
I included some skin softening ingredients to soften up our winter frozen skin and get it ready for springtime!!! The recipe includes cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and avocado oil. So luxurious I can’t wait for Spring!

Carma

Carma’s blend sounds delightful! I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which are inspiring you?

 
Taylor

Carma's Soap

Carma’s Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetic Submission – Kathy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Easter is approaching fast. I love all of the colors that decorate homes, cards and even candy! I love color. Kathy took those wonderful spring-time colors as inspiration for her bubble bars.

My name is Kathy and I live in Arizona. We never did have a winter season, so it’s hard to get into the Spring season. I want some cold weather!!! Snow would be awesome!!

Anyway, I’d like to submit my Bubble Bars for your challenge! Bubble Bars are pretty simple to make and use if you use small cupcake molds. But I wanted something a little more impressive, so I used graduated, flower-shaped cookie cutters to make mine. I held each layer together with “frosting”. Then I added some silk flowers into the “frosting” to give it a special WOW factor! What was I thinking??!! Yes, they’re pretty, but not really functional! They’re too big for one bath, so you have to cut or break them up into smaller pieces for a single bath – oh well, I still like the way they look! These are scented with Lavender EO.

The other problem I ran into with my Bubble Bars was using candy sprinkles imbedded into the frosting. That would be fine if you gave one to an adult. But I gave one to my little grandson, Dustin. Dustin thought I gave him something to eat – oh yes he did!! He ate the little candy sprinkles first, then he bit into the bubble bar itself. Unfortunately, we weren’t paying attention! Well, he looked at me then made a really bad face – “yuk! Grandma, these taste bad”!! Bad choice for children!

I hope you like them!

Kathy

Kathy’s story of her grandson really made me chuckle. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?

Taylor

After Frosting and Decorating

After Frosting and Decorating

Before Frosting

Before Frosting

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Plain Bubble Bar

Small Plain Bubble Bar

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An Old Football Injury Special

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
We all have, or have had, our own version of an old football injury. The stories of our football injuries can be highly exciting or from the more mundane part we call “daily life”. For some of us the pain is crippling, and for others, we learn to shut up and ignore it as best we can. Sometimes we need a little extra help so we can just think!

 

I recently had my own “old football injury” flare up. It hurts enough that I have been rather distracted. So, I wanted to do something a little special for everyone who has ever had an “old football injury”.

I want to help everyone create the perfect ice pack. Most ice packs work pretty well if you want to keep something cool for a short period of time. They warm up quickly which can mean you need to rotate through three or four ice packs before you are finished. Old football injuries can require so many changes of gel style ice packs, these style ice packs can be a little troublesome. The style of ice pack we will be making today is very cold and for deep muscle injuries. It must be wrapped in a towel or two before being applied. Do not apply directly to skin!

To make your own “football injury” iceman pack, you will need isopropyl alcohol ( also known as rubbing alcohol)  and water. You will need equal parts by volume. So if you only have 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, you will need 1 cup of water. Fairly easy, all things considered.

However, if you have ever used a traditional zip lock bag for ice cubes, you know that they are not always the most durable to deal with freezing and melting over and over again. So what is a girl (or guy) to do?! Well, this is part of why I am doing this blog. There is a small special included!

If you have order any of our botanicals such as Alkanet Root Powder, Annatto Seed Powder, Kelp Powder or even Paprika Powder, you have seen some cool, silver space-style bags. These Mylar bags are great, heavy duty, durable bags. They are sealed with an impulse sealer so if you have an impluse sealer, you are all set! If you don’t have an impulse sealer yet, I highly recommend them. They are so easy to use and are a time saver as well as making you look professional. We use the impulse sealer to close shrink bags, make bags and even close tea bags!

All you have to do to get one of these bags is to request one in the comments field of your next order. It is that easy! Just write “I want a bag for my old football injury.”

However you got your football injury, sometimes a little help is all that is needed. Don’t worry. If the story is embarrassing or boring, I’ll help you cover with a more exciting story. After all, mum is the word.

 

 

Taylor

Mylar Bags

Mylar Bags

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Mary

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Spring is achingly close but winter doesn’t seem to want to let go. I am ready for blue skies and greenery! I am ready for the sun to warm my car and skin and for the robins to come stay. I am ready for some warm weather. Mary is too! Come see the soap she made.

 

Nothing says warm weather to me like watermelon. I first made a watermelon scented soap (last year) to try swirling colors using a column to pour the soap over in a slab mold (I used a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag). It was such a hit with my family and friends, that I made another batch last week. This time I poured more over the column, and the colors really go all through. Happy Spring everyone!

Mary

I loved reading Mary’s write-up. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?
Taylor

Mary's Soap

Mary’s Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetics Submission – Leilani

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Spring is amazing. I love how color just seems to flood the landscape. I will always remember the enormous lilac bushes that lined my grandparents property. They had white, light purple and dark purple lilacs. They were beautiful. Leilani also thinks of flowers in spring. Here is what she says. 

Spring means that we get to smell the lovely floral scents in the air, but you can enjoy those scents year round with perfume. Here are some solid perfumes I make, all of them are from mixing essential oils and MMS fragrance oils. The most popular one is Wicked, made using mostly MMS’s Wicked fragrance oil plus a splash of a secret ingredient J. I had fun designing these labels, they show the whimsy and colors of spring.

Taylor

Leilani's Perfume

Leilani’s Perfume

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Quick and Easy Dinner Rolls

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
I love rolls. They are a welcome sight whether it is spring, summer, winter or fall. Rolls are also great at making the house smell cozy and inviting. I wanted to share my favorite recipe. This recipe can make a nice sized pan of rolls. I love how fast and easy they are! When it comes to any Thanksgiving sized feast, this recipe is my secret weapon for great tasting, soft dinner rolls.

 

 

Ingredients
Lukewarm Water
Warm Milk (100º to 110º F)
Butter
Sugar
Instant Yeast
Salt
All Purpose Flour
Equipment
Scale
2 Large Bowls
Plastic Wrap
Baking Pan

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
113 grams Lukewarm Water
454 grams Warm Milk (100º to 110º F)
43 grams Butter
21 grams Sugar
28 grams Instant Yeast
34 grams Salt
723 grams to 843 grams All Purpose Flour
Recipe in Ounces
4 oz Lukewarm Water
16 oz Warm Milk (100º to 110º F)
1 1/2 oz Butter
3/4 oz Sugar
1 oz Instant Yeast
1 1/4 oz Salt
25 1/2 oz to 29 3/4 oz All Purpose Flour
Recipe in Volume
1/2 cup Lukewarm Water
2 cups Warm Milk (100º to 110º F)
3 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons Instant Yeast
1 tablespoon Salt
6 to 7 cups All Purpose Flour

1) Add water, milk, butter, sugar, salt and yeast to a large bowl. Stir well and let sit for 6-8 minutes or until you see the mixture begin to foam.

2) Add 5 cups of flour and mix until you have a shaggy mess. The dough will not have formed a ball yet. It will be just shy of coming together.

3) Add the remaining flour a 1/2 at a time, blending until smooth. Knead by hand for 10 minutes or by machine for 4 to 5 minutes until the dough of ball is soft and smooth. It should be elastic and slightly tacky to the touch.

4) Spray a bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough inside and spritz the top with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to sit for 1 hour or until the dough is full and puffy.

5) Gently deflate the dough and pat out to a rough rectangle about 8 inches by 12 inches. Cut the dough into 4 long strips, then cut each strip into 6 portions for a total of 24 dough balls. With one hand, put your index finger and thumb together forming an O. Push the dough through that O forming a smooth top and a small seam that will become the bottom of the roll. You may need to spritz your hands with cooking spray so the dough doesn’t stick.

6) Place the rolls in a lightly greased or parchment lined pan. (I used a 9X13 inch pan.) After the rolls are in the pans, cover again with your plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for another hour, or until well rounded and full looking. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

7) Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and an internal thermometer reads 190°F. You can brush the baked rolls with melted butter if desired. Serve warm, store leftovers in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.

Taylor

Baked Rolls

Baked Rolls

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Adding Warm Milk

Adding Warm Milk

Adding Yeast

Adding Yeast

Mixture after being allowed to sit

Mixture after being allowed to sit

Adding Flour

Adding Flour

Mixing Dough

Mixing Dough

Dough ready to roll out

Dough ready to roll out

Dough rolled out

Dough rolled out

Greased pan ready for rolls

Greased pan ready for rolls

Pushing Dough through fingers to shape the roll

Pushing Dough through fingers to shape the roll

Pushing Dough through fingers to shape the roll

Pushing Dough through fingers to shape the roll

Shaped roll

Shaped roll

Rolls ready to rise then be put into oven

Rolls ready to rise then be put into oven

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Michael

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
There comes a point every year when I get absolutely sick of popsicle toes, gallons of hot beverages and snow. I’m fast approaching my breaking point. I am wanting color! Loads of color! Buckets of color! Give me color! 

Michael is feeling much the same way. Check out the soap Michael made to make sure spring gets here and stays!

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of winter, enough already! Looking at this soap and smelling it just gets me in the mood for spring. This is an Orange Basil Castile Soap.
Taylor

Michael's Spring Soap

Michael’s Spring Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Genny

Monday, March 24th, 2014
One of my favorite things about living where I do is when spring comes, everything from the valley floor to the tips of the mountain peaks is carpeted in the most beautiful green. It is awe-inspiring. Genny thinks of green too, but of a slightly different version.

 

This is my Green Tea Silk Soap recently made with Spring in mind. It’s scented with Green Tea, because it’s got such a nice green & lightly floral scent that reminds me so much of Spring. The green color is completely from doing a very strong infusion of real green tea. I added a bit of silk to give it some nice silkiness to help wash away winter.
Taylor

Genny's Green Tea and Silk Soap

Genny’s Green Tea and Silk Soap

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