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Icy Water Roll-On Perfume

Finished Icy Water Perfume
Finished Icy Water Perfume

I love perfumes. I think they are my favorite thing to make and use. I mean you should see my vanity. I have a huge collection of perfumes, colognes and body splashes. I love it because I can choose what what I want to wear and it can change on a daily basis. I love that I can change what I wear on a daily basis.

Making your own perfumes is so easy and a delight. I love sitting down with a group of friends, smelling fragrances, creating blends then diluting into the chosen carrier oil and bottling. Today I wanted to share making a perfume using two fixed oils. Today I will be using a blend of Sunflower Oil and Castor Oil.

Weighing Castor Oil
Weighing Castor Oil

Castor Oil is a thick, viscous oil that helps slow the rate of how quickly the fragrance oil evaporates. This means that the fragrance “sticks” to your skin longer. The downside to use just straight Castor Oil is that is heavy and sticky feeling. Not exactly the most appealing feeling in the world. To combat that feeling, I mixed in some Sunflower Oil. I love the feeling of Sunflower Oil. It is light and smooth in texture. It is a favorite among massage therapists.

 

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Sunflower Oil
Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
240 grams Castor Oil
240 grams Sunflower Oil
20 grams Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
8.46 oz Castor Oil
8.46 oz Sunflower Oil
0.71 oz Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
48% Castor Oil
48% Sunflower Oil
4% Icy Water Fragrance Oil

 

Weighing Sunflower Oil
Weighing Sunflower Oil

Weigh the Castor Oil and Sunflower Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!

Taylor

Adding Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Adding Icy Water Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirring Perfume
Stirring Perfume

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Roller Bottles
Filling Roller Bottles
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Global Shortages – What do you do?

PrintWe get to work with some of the world’s most amazing natural products. Think things like Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and even Cranberry Seed Oil. I find it just amazing. However, as all of these are natural products, there are some years when the supply is leaner than others. So I want to know, what do you do when an item that is part of your line is having a global shortage?

Consider this, if you have a product line that is reliant on Lavender Essential Oil, what would you do if there is a global shortage? How do you cope? How does it effect what you do and what you sell/market?

Every year we see a few things on the market that are having global shortages due to bad weather, disease, poor crop yields and even politics. This year we have seen a decrease in the availability of citrus oils due to a disease attacking the citrus trees. We have seen a global shortage of Seabuckthorn Oil due to frost and we have also seen a shortage of Organic Rosehip Oil. It is always a disappointment to see these items struggle because they are such wonderful products and we always want to have it available. Alas, that is not the nature of natural products.

We want to hear from you. Tell us how you deal with global shortages! We want to hear. Just comment on the blog and get a chance to win some goodies from my private stash.

Taylor

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Paradise Roll-On Perfume

Finished Paradise Perfume
Finished Paradise Perfume

In recent posts we have talked about making roll-on perfumes. There are huge number of carrier oils that you can choose from and many reasons to choose one that best suits you and your needs. Today I wanted to talk about one of my personal favorites, Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil
Weighing Fractionated Coconut Oil

If you are wanting to make roll-on perfumes, fractionated coconut oil is an excellent choice. It is a light weight oil that is easily applied and rubbed in without feeling heavy or greasy. It is also clear. For some people, color is important and clear is desirable. However, if you choose Fractionated Coconut Oil due to its color, remember that there are some fragrances and essential oils that will contribute their own colors to the finished perfume. Depending on the fragrance, your finished product may not always be clear.

Adding Paradise Fragrance Oil
Adding Paradise Fragrance Oil

The fragrance I used today does have some color but it is pretty minimal. When the perfume is transferred into the roller bottles, the material appears more clear than when in the mixing container.

 

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Paradise Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
480 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
20 grams Paradise Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
16.93 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
0.71 oz Paradise Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Fractionated Coconut Oil
4% Paradise Fragrance Oil

 

Inserting Roller Ball Closure
Inserting Roller Ball Closure

Weigh the Fractionated Coconut Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!

Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Bottles with Perfume
Filling Bottles with Perfume
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Red Grape and Blueberry Roll-on Perfume

Finished Roll-on Perfume. Ready for Summer?
Finished Roll-on Perfume. Ready for summer?

We have recently talked about making a roll on perfume using Golden Jojoba Oil. There is a huge list of oils out there that you can choose from. You don’t have to choose just one. I wanted to share another roll-on perfume using a different carrier oil.

The carrier oil I wanted to use today is Sunflower Oil. Sunflower Oil is a lightweight oil that has a fabulous glide on the skin. I often include it in my formulations when making massage oils. Sunflower Oil can take a product from “Oh, that is nice.” to “WOW! I love that!”

Weighing Sunflower Oil
Weighing Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil is also an excellent choice for perfumes because it has a longer shelf life. This is perfect, especially for me. I tend to have little things like perfume, lip balm, lip stick and pens disappear into the bottom of my purse. The bonus is that every time I go down to the deep depths of my bag it is like Christmas! Or a treasure hunt. I haven’t decided which. wink2

Now that we have chosen a carrier oil let’s get to the fun part! Choosing a fragrance. I considered some real goodies, some of the things on my list were White Ginger & Amber, Tropical Kiss and Just for You. While all of these sounded wonderful, I found myself hankering for something more like sweet summer.

Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

I ended up choosing Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance. This fragrance is fabulous. This scent reminds me the morning farmer’s market. Sweet dewy grass, freshly baked treats and succulent berries waiting to burst. On a summer Saturday morning, I love to wander the market until the sun is high overhead and my bag grows heavy. I think it is the perfect way to spend a morning.

Ingredients
Sunflower Oil
Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
480 grams Sunflower Oil
20 grams Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
16.93 oz Sunflower Oil
0.71 oz Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Sunflower Oil
4% Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil

 

Weigh the Sunflower Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!

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Winter Soap Challenge Winners!

This is the type of winter morning that inspired this soap.
This is the type of winter morning that inspired this soap.

I love my job but as much as I am loathe to admit, sometimes I run around here like a chicken with its head cut off. Okay, that is it. It is time for less coffee and more tea. Whew! As I take a minute to sit down and take a breather, I wanted to share the winners of the Winter Soap Challenge.

Mo's Winning Soap
Mo’s Winning Soap

The winners are… (drum roll please) Mary and Mo! Congratulations! Watch your mail boxes for your prizes. There are some really fun things inside!

We had a really hard time choosing the winners. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! We had so much fun admiring your pictures!

Taylor

Mary's Winning Soap
Mary’s Winning Soap
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Winter Soap Challenge – Shelly

Shelly's Finished Soap
Shelly’s Finished Soap

It is time to bring the Winter Soap Challenge to a close but before we do, we have one more submission to share. Shelly submitted her soap challenge over the weekend and she did some amazing and rather unique things. I am not able to explain it nearly so eloquently so I will let her talk you through her soap.

 

 

Making Embeds
Making Embeds

When receiving the breathtaking picture from Majestic Mountain Sage to create an inspired work of soap art by using the picture of ice topped mountains, a calm lake and an old forgotten fence, I knew that ALL of us would be up for a real Challenge indeed!! I pondered the picture, staring at the weathered brown fence and felt like this was the fence of yester year. The fence looked cold, worn and had nobody leaning upon its side to gain a rest, so that one may gaze into those majestic breathtaking mountains. The air felt crisp and awakened, ready for the day! The blue water seemed refreshed and awaits an eager fisherman to lend in its hook! Yet those snow capped mountains beckoned to me that there was a story here waiting to be told. It was all about that fence, that sad looking fence of yesteryear!

Making Embeds
Making Embeds

Then it happened, as if inside a fairy tale dream! The mountain roared and could hold its peace no longer. The fence was twinkled upon from the dew drops that ran down the sides of its rugged post. In an instant a house stood strong! A little chimney was puffing away into the morning air that reflected life stirring within the walls. I could hear the echoes that reached thru the valley. Sounds of footsteps that were walking thru those wintery slopes! All the sounds were arriving and taking its rest at last, upon the doorway of this little house. Not a fence, to gander out to the coldness of the world, but to a house. A place where ALL travel to and find what they have been looking for all along, a home. Home was found, and that little old fence was gone, life had finally found a place to reside and start its humble winter morning.

Ready to Unmold
Ready to Unmold

Thank you for reading my inspiration! The mountain voices are ALL the pieces of swap soaps from the 2014 Botanical Swap. I found it fitting to place a Botanical Swap collage into this majestic place. The Home represents “OUR” Majestic Mountain Sage and the Sage Forum. People gather from around the world to find a place, not that they can lean on, like an old raggedy fence, but a place that they can call their soaping home!

Finished Soaps
Finished Soaps

The aromas that flow from this winter soap, is one of a melody of morning song, written by the notes sung by each soap that was submitted in the last Botanical Swap of 2014. I added yet another note, one that I found fitting, I added my beloved fragrance oil from Majestic Mountain Sage itself, Old West! I found that this special noted scent help string together the chords that had been presented to me while dreaming of this very special Winter Morning Challenge indeed!

 

I have had so much fun receiving pictures of all of these soaps and hearing the thoughts behind them. Now for the hard part. Choosing the winners. The entire MMS staff will aid the in selection of the two winners. Check back on Friday to see who are the winners!

Taylor

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Ginger Pomelo Roll on Perfume

Finished Perfume
Finished Perfume

I love fragrances. I think that is half the fun when it come to making personal care items. I love the delight that comes across people’s faces when they open a bottle and take a big sniff. Watching people react to different fragrances is a big thrill for me. From small children to the elderly, we all enjoy scents.  Join me today as we create a wonderful roll on perfume!

Weighing Out Golden Jojoba Oil
Weighing Out Golden Jojoba Oil

Over the next few days we will make a variety of roll on perfumes. I will choose different carrier oils and explain the differences. Today I will be using Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax. It is very stable and has a long shelf life. It also is a light to medium weight oil, meaning it doesn’t feel extremely greasy.

For this particular project, I am using Golden Jojoba Oil. I had a few reasons for this. The first is for the color. I felt that beautiful golden color would complement the fragrance I was using today. Golden Jojoba is also just a little heavier than the Colorless Jojoba. I really wanted something that could be massaged into the skin, leaving a  nice after feel and plenty of scent. If I were using a different scent or looking for a lighter feeling oil, I would use the Colorless Jojoba.

 

Ingredients
Golden Jojoba Oil
Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
480 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
20 grams Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
16.93 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
0.71 oz Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Golden Jojoba Oil
4% Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

Weigh the Golden Jojoba Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!

Taylor

Mixing Perfume
Mixing Perfume

 

 

 

 

 

Empty Glass Roller Bottles
Empty Glass Roller Bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Bottles with Perfume
Filling Bottles with Perfume
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Vinegar – Our Gift to YOU!

I love my job. And no, I am not saying that for a marketing ploy. I work in one of the coolest jobs in the WORLD! I get to try and test new products, formulate like crazy and talk with all of our wonderful customers. I love reading through our catalog and laughing at all of the descriptions. There are some pretty great ones in the fragrance category.

That being said, my favorite category in our catalog is actually our Gifts and Teas section. If you haven’t checked out our Free Gifts Program, you should. There are some awesome things in there that you can treat yourself to every time you place an order. Some of our most recent additions have been some fabulous and mouth-watering vinegars. Let me tell you about them!

First on our list today is the Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar. Now I adore balsamic vinegar. I love pouring balsamic vinegar and olive oil onto a plate then dipping bread into it. The Blackberry Balsamic is perfect for bread, salads, cheese and even drizzled over a pork roast. It is wonderful.

The next vinegar I wanted to talk about is the Ginger White Balsamic. This vinegar is perfect who love the taste of ginger and like to add a little exotic flair to their food. I have enjoyed putting this on noodles, salads, curry and even on flaky fish. This vinegar is a big hit every time I cook with it. You should get a bottle for yourself to try!

The Raspberry Champagne Vinegar is absolutely exquisite. It is tart, crisp and berry sweet. I love it in vinaigrettes, particularly when I am serving salads that are topped with fresh berries. I have even heard of it drizzled atop fresh melons and berries as a simple yet memorable dessert. Or adding some to sparking water to make a spritzer. I think that sounds yummy. Want to try a spritzer with me?

The next vinegar I wanted to talk about is the Fig Balsamic. I must admit that I was a little unsure about trying this vinegar due to my lack of exposure to figs. Goodness, why did I even hesitate? This vinegar is divine. If you are wanting add a note of intrigue to dishes where you normally use Balsamic Vinegar, try the Fig Balsamic. It won’t disappoint.

Until we brought in all of the astounding vinegars, I had never heard of a Balsamic Vinegar that wasn’t dark in color. So you can imagine how much the Golden Balsamic surprised me. This vinegar is wonderful. I like to use it for dipping bread, on salads, fish, chicken and even grilled vegetables. I have taken great delight in using this where I wanted the flavor to surprise people without the color giving away my secrets.

The last one on our list today is the 25 Year Balsamic Vinegar. While the entire staff has loved trying all of the different flavors, for many this was ranked as their favorite. This vinegar is so different from what many of us are accustomed. It is sweet and tart and full of flavor. We have used it every where from dipping bread to drizzling it atop strawberries with whipping cream. If you are looking for a top notch vinegar that can be used from appetizer all the way to dessert, this is it.

If you want to try one of these fabulous vinegars, just let us know in the comments field of your next qualifying order!

Taylor

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Rocket Booster Testing

Watching the Rocket Booster Testing
Watching the Rocket Booster Testing

There are always events that may make a ripple in the world news but are huge when it comes to the location it occurs. Today was one such thing for us. Today Orbital ATK tested the largest and most powerful rocket booster today at Promontory Point in Utah.

It is a rather exciting and momentous event for those of us who live here. For the MMS staff, there is an even larger tie. Many have spouses or family members who are either currently working or have worked on the massive rockets that have taken astronauts, space probes and robots up into space. My own grandfather worked on the boosters for the Space Shuttle Program.

This morning, we went to go watch the QM-1 rocket booster testing. It was an astonishing sight. Today they tested the rocket booster at high temperature ranges. They heated the booster to 90ºF to simulate hot weather conditions then ignited the booster. From where we were watching, it took 5 seconds for the tremendous sound to reach us.  5 seconds may not seem like a lot of time but it certainly is strange to see something before you can hear it.

During the test, more than 531 instruments were use to monitor and gauge 102 design objectives.  Wow! That is a lot of equipment. The test also demonstrated the boosters ability to meet ballistic performance requirements as well as demonstrating the upgrades to insulation, liner and nozzle design. If you want to learn more about this test or to watch it for yourself, check out http://www.nasa.gov/ for more information or check out this article.

Taylor

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Winter Soap Challenge – Mary

Mary's Winter Challenge Soap
Mary’s Winter Challenge Soap

Last week I told you how Cache Valley was covered in another blanket of snow. Well, that blanket is receding but it made for a beautiful view this morning. The air was crisp and frosty, the birds were puffed up like crazy. They are so cute. They were determined to herald the morning with their song. It was the perfect morning to sit at the kitchen table and look out to watch the sun rise.

This is the type of winter morning that inspired this soap.
This is the type of winter morning that inspired this soap.

May I just say the sunrise in the Rockies is truly spectacular? Mary made a soap that celebrates that breath-taking beauty. Read what she has to say about her soap!

I lived most of my life in Nebraska and Colorado, and miss the serene beauty after the snow storm has passed, the sun has been out and is now fading. The deep blue against a pale blue sky, swirled with peach and white, offers a calmness I never tire of. It shows a glimpse of what is to come.

This is my CP soap submission:
I tilted my loaf mold and poured a small amount of white, colored with TD and Shimmer White Mica, with a Copper Mica pencil line (my first time using it) followed by a blue, and another Copper Mica Pencil line. I let this set up a couple of hours then spritzed with alcohol (to help the remaining soap batter ‘stick’.

Placing my mold upright, I continued with a new batch of soap divided into 4 colors. I used a Dark Blue Ultramarine, a Medium Blue Ultramarine, mixed with a Light Blue Mica (name unknown), White that I mixed the same as above, and a Peach color made with Peach Sunset Mica. I layered and swirled my colors. I used Hershey’s Cocoa
Powder as my final pencil line (my first time using this). The top is a simple swirl. My soap is scented with Icicles FO

Thank you so much for doing this……it really was a ‘Challenge’ and guided me to try a few new things. It was a LOT of fun.

Mary

Wow! If you compare the picture to the soap, there is an astounding resembalance! If you want to join in on the fun, remember that you have until March 15th to submit your photo and description! Read more about the challenge here!Taylor

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