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Customer Spotlight!

cupidBack in January, Andee showed us how to make a dual colored lip balm. Many of you found it inspiring and fun. If you haven’t tired it yet, here is another great idea along these same lines.

Kristie found some heart shaped straws online and made some heart shaped lip balms for lip balms.  Wow! I think I am in love! It really makes me wonder. What other shapes do straws come in?

 

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If you end up making some of these dual lip balms for Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to share your pictures with us! Cheers!

Taylor

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Valentine’s Sweet Tub Tea

bathValentine’s Day is next Sunday and I am super excited. I plan on making sugar cookies and frosting them with pink frosting and spending the rest of my weekend lounging in my chair with a book and a warm cup of tea. The perfect addition to my weekend plans would be a bath with a fabulous tub tea. Today I wanted to share one of my favorite tub teas! Give it a try and you will see why it is my favorite!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Epsom Salt
Milk Powder
Natrasorb
Rose Buds & Petals
Calendula Petals
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Measuring spoons
Large mixing container (I used a 1 gallon bucket with lid)
Large Heat and Seal Tea Bags
Household Clothes Iron

 

Recipe: (Makes 7 ounces)

Recipe in Grams
90 grams Epsom Salt
90 grams Milk Powder
10 grams Natrasorb
4 grams Rose Buds
4 grams Calendula Petals
1.2 grams Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.8 grams Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.17 ounces Epsom Salt
3.17 ounces Milk Powder
0.35 ounces Natrasorb
0.14 ounces Rose Buds
0.14 ounces Calendula Petals
0.04 ounces Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.03 ounces Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
45% Epsom Salt
45% Milk Powder
5% Natrasorb
2% Rose Buds
2% Calendula Petals
0.6% Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.4% Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

 

Weighing the Natrasorb.
Weighing the Natrasorb.

Combine the Epsom Salt, Milk Powder and Natrasorb in a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. Add the desired fragrances and mix again. Add the Calendula Petals and Rose Buds. I found that the best way to have smaller particles of the Rose Buds and Petals was to rub them between my hands to crush before adding to the pail. Mix well. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.

Adding the Milk Powder.
Adding the Milk Powder.

Notes:
I like to mix this in a 1 gallon pail with a lid. I put the lid on and shake the bucket. This recipe was fun to make and it filled 7 Large Heat & Seal Tea Bags. I did find that I preferred to lightly crush the Rose Buds to break up the buds before mixing.

Adding the fragrances.
Adding the fragrances.

The photos for this batch may look like I made more that what the recipe shows. That is because I did! I quadrupled the recipe when I made it for the swap and that is when I took the pictures.

How would you change this recipe? Would you change the fragrances, botanicals or something else? I would love to hear what you would do with this recipe!

Adding the Rose Buds & Petals.
Adding the Rose Buds & Petals.

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Adding the Calendula Petals.
Adding the Calendula Petals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning to mix the ingredients together.
Beginning to mix the ingredients together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished tub tea!
Finished tub tea!
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Celebrating Groundhog Day!

groundhogCan you believe it? Today is Groundhog Day! While I have no idea how much longer winter will have its hold on the Northern Hemisphere, I can tell you that I can’t wait to get in the garden. I have visions of plump strawberries, rosy tomatoes and luscious lettuce. Before I get too far ahead of myself, I wanted to make a light lotion that would keep my skin moisturized, despite the changing weather. Come join me for this fantastic recipe!

Finished Night Cream
Finished Cream

I love this recipe because when you first apply it, the lotion is ultra light and silky. It takes a few seconds to rub in but when the lotion rubs in, the skin feels dewy and a nice powdery finish . It is amazing! If you looking for a light, hydrating lotion, I beg you to give this recipe a try. It is amazing and I want a whole 16 bottle to myself!  Cheers!

Ingredients
Conditioning Emulsifier
Glycerin
Hydrovance
Lanolin
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Golden Jojoba
Stearic Acid
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Orchid Extract is BACK!

deskI just received the most exciting news this morning! Our Orchid Extract is back in stock! I am so excited! If you have been waiting for this delightful extract, wait no longer. It is HERE!

If you have never used our Orchid Extract, you are in for a real treat. Orchid Extract is great at transforming all of your creams, lotions, and lip balms from nice to WOW! Looking to make your products into more of a luxury type item with added value? Try the Orchid Extract for yourself. I think it will surprise you!

Here are some of my favorite recipes using our Orchid Extract.

 
Mid-Winter Light & Thick Hand Cream

Spring Energy Body Cream

Tantalizing Tangerine Lip Gloss

Old World Market Body Balm

and for my personal favorite
Strawberries and Champagne Silky Smooth Lip Balm

 

What is your favorite place to use Orchid Extract?

Taylor

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Flat White Coffee Lip Balm

FlateWhiteCoffeLBWhen I was in college, I would get up on Saturday mornings to go have coffee and breakfast with my best friend. Today we are hundreds of miles away, living different lives. While it is no longer practical for us to chat over breakfast, we send emails, letters and instant messages. I miss those mornings. In the spirit of nostalgia, I wanted to make a lip balm to celebrate those long morning chats. Come join me for the perfect coffee lover’s lip balm!

Ingredients
Coffee Butter
Cocoa Butter, White
Beeswax
Castor Oil
Buttercream Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Love Notes Lip Balm

lettersI am a hopeless romantic. Seeing pictures of flowers and hearing plans for candlelit dinners put stars in my eyes. That being said, I think one of the most romantic things ever are love letters. The thought of a billet-doux just sends me sighing longingly. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to celebrate with all of the romantics out there with a Love Notes Lip Balm. Come join me and we can share stories of the little things that make our hearts go pitter-patter.

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

I love how creamy and flavorful this lip balm is. While I did tint the lip balm a soft satin pink color, I think this is a great lip balm for both men and women. It is sweet, fruity and easy to apply. Yummy!

Ingredients
White Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Almond Butter
Beeswax
Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Lip Balm Tubes
Red Pearl Caps

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Favorite Soap Dish Challenge!

Soap dispensers and barsOne of my favorite soap dishes is located in my guest bathroom. It is a creamy white bowl filled with clear, colored marbles. It is fun, simple and just a tiny bit sassy. There are tons of soap dishes out there and they are made out of a variety of materials. Glass, plastic, resin, ceramics, wood, bamboo, you name it!

For the next two weeks, I want you to share pictures of your favorite soap dish! You can email them to us or share on Facebook.

You can submit your entry either via email (blog@thesage.com), Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or on Facebook. Tag us on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter with  @mmtnsage and use the hashtags #FavSoapDish and #TheSage. (If you need help sharing your photos, let us know! We would be glad to help.) You must be an existing MMS customer to qualify. Submissions will be accepted until February 17th. The MMS team will then vote on their favorite soaps dishes.

Winners will receive hand selected items from my private stash! You won’t want to miss out. Happy photoing and I can’t wait to see what everyone shares!

Taylor

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Spring Green Perfume Stick

springI love spring time. There is something about watching the snow slowly melt and see blades of green make their way out of the landscape that is rejuvenating to the soul. Today I wanted to make a perfume stick that is the epitome of spring and rejuvenation. Come join me!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solution
Beeswax
Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Mini Deodorant Tubes

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The Impact of Odor

smellMost of us take our sense of smell for granted but we forget how much of an impact it has on our lives. Our sense of smell is tied very strongly to our memory. Certain scents will bring back strong memories. Perhaps the smell of baby powder can reminds you of when your kids were little. Lily of the Valley reminds me of my grandmother’s perfume. What are other aromas you have associated with memories? Do the scents of baked goods, smoke or leather invoke memories for you?

Because our sense of smell can cause almost immediate sensory recall, how can we use this to our advantage? There are a lot of ways to do this but one of my personal favorites is to choose a single perfume to take with me on a vacation. I use that fragrance exclusively during the vacation and when I get home, I put that bottle away for a few weeks. When I am needing a break and to decompress, I dig that perfume from out of my vanity drawer and spritz it on. I am immediately whisked back to my vacation and all of the delightful memories associated with that perfume.

How would you use the power of sensory recall to your advantage? How else might you use sensory recall? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Taylor

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Our Favorite Orange Butter Lip Balm

Our Finished
Our Finished Lip Balm!

I get a lot of questions that start with “Do you remember…”. While I cannot claim to have a superb memory, there are some things that are just hard to forget. This orange butter lip balm is just one of those hard to forget things. It has a sweet, fresh, citrusy flavor that is perfectly sublime and the creamy texture is just to die for. Of all of the lip balms that call my purse home, this lip balm is one of my favorites. Come see what makes this lip balm so memorable!

The label our Graphics Department designed
The label our Graphics Department designed

I will be sending over 600 hundred of these fabulous lip balms to our shipping department. They won’t last long so request one in your next order and see for yourself why this is such a good lip balm!

Ingredients
Orange Butter
Hydrogenated Soy
Beeswax
Castor Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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