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Lavender Hydrosol Lotion

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Lavender has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My grandmothers and great-grandmothers alike had creams on their vanities that were scented with lavender. I remember lavender bud potpourri at my best friends house when I was a little girl. Her mother had a tiny silver colored scoop for stirring the potpourri to release its fragrance. That being said, lavender is also very potent. Most people who dislike lavender dislike the intensity but if the usage rate is lowered, many come to enjoy it. 

Today I wanted to make a lotion that was lighter in odor and luxurious to the skin. I wanted to approach a light, gentle odor by using Lavender Hydrosol. Hydrosols are created when the essential oil is removed from the plant material. This gives our Lavender Hydrosol a sweeter, more gentle smell. The finished lotion has a wonderful, light homey smell. Try it for yourself and decide what you think!

 

Ingredients
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Hydrovance
Mango Butter
Meadowfoam Oil
Kukui Oil
Lavender Hydrosol
Water
Squalane
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
2.5 grams Stearic Acid
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
2 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Mango Butter
3 grams Meadowfoam Oil
5 grams Kukui Oil
15 grams Lavender Hydrosol
60 grams Water
2.5 grams Squalane
0.5 grams Vitamin E Acetate
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Ounces
0.09 oz Stearic Acid
0.18 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.07 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Mango Butter
0.11 oz Meadowfoam Oil
0.18 oz Kukui Oil
0.53 oz Lavender Hydrosol
2.12 oz Water
0.09 oz Squalane
0.02 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.02 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
2.5% Stearic Acid
5% Emulsifying Wax
2% Hydrovance
4% Mango Butter
3% Meadowfoam Oil
5% Kukui Oil
15% Lavender Hydrosol
60% Water
2.5% Squalane
0.5% Vitamin E Acetate
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

Weigh all of the ingredients except Liquid Germall Plus, Squalane and Vitamin E Acetate into a microwaveable container. Heat until all of the ingredients are melted. Using an immersion blender, mix until blended. Allow the solution to cool to 120 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the preservative and other additives. Stir occasionally while waiting for the mixture to cool. You do not want your lotion to separate. If you wish to add any color, now would be the time. Mix the preservative into the lotion until well blended. Allow the lotion to cool to room temperature. You may now put the lotion into containers.
Taylor

Finished Lotion

Finished Lotion

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Heated Material

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Mixed Lotion

Mixed Lotion

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Adding Squalane, Vitamin E Acetate and Preservative

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Margarita Lip Balm Samples

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Imagine tart limes, sunny orange and sweet agave with a hint of saltiness. What do you get? A margarita of course! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite flavors while showing how easy it is to use one of our lip balm bases. 

These bases make everything from wedding favors to kids activities a cinch. No mess and no worry all in an affordable package. And the best part is you can choose any flavor you want! How cool is that?

If you need to make several hundred lip balms, consider one of our filling trays. They make it so fast and easy. I was able to make 650 of these delightful lip balms for our shipping department in 3 hours! This was from start to finished label! Isn’t that incredible? Visit this post for a great tutorial on how to use these fantastic trays.

Collect Needed Materials

Ingredients
Shea Butter Lip Solutions
Margarita Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for Lip Balm
Lip Balm Filling Tray

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
285.76 grams Shea Butter Lip Solutions
5.67 grams Margarita Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
10.08 oz Shea Butter Lip Solutions
.2 oz Margarita Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
98% Shea Butter Lip Solutions
2% Margarita Flavor Oil

Gently heat the jar of Shea Butter Lip Solution in a microwave until liquid. You will want it to be clear. A haze means the oils are not completely melted. Add the Margarita Flavor Oil and stir well. Pour into a lip balm filling tray complete with tubes. Allow the solution to cool. Using a plastic putty knife, remove the top layer of solution. Remove tubes from tray and cap. Enjoy!

 

Taylor

Finished Lip Balm

Melted Lip Solution

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Filling Lip Balm Tube Tray

Filled Lip Balm Tray

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Lemon and Basil Lip Balm

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
The skies are a beautiful blue with fluffy white clouds and bright sun. I am loving it! It is also making me ready for fresh flavors. I am dreaming of strawberries, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Yum. I think I am ready to visit the local farmer’s market!

 

In the spirit of the growing season, I wanted to make a lip balm that takes two very popular flavors and blends them together for a delightful treat. Lemon and Basil with a hint of sweetness. With such fantastic weather, what could be better? Come join me in the blog kitchen for a creamy lip with fresh new flavor.

 

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Cherry Seed Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Beeswax
Mango Butter
Avocado Butter
Basil Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil, Argentina
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
20 grams Castor Oil
10 grams Cherry Seed Oil
10 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
15 grams Palm Kernel Oil
20 grams Beeswax
20 grams Mango Butter
3 grams Avocado Butter
0.3 grams Basil Essential Oil, Argentina
0.7 grams Lemon Essential Oil
1 gram Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.71 oz Castor Oil
0.35 oz Cherry Seed Oil
0.35 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
0.53 oz Palm Kernel Oil
0.71 oz Beeswax
0.71 oz Mango Butter
0.11 oz Avocado Butter
0.01 oz Basil Essential Oil
0.02 oz Lemon Essential Oil, Argentina
0.04 oz Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Castor Oil
10% Cherry Seed Oil
10% Apricot Kernel Oil
15% Palm Kernel Oil
20% Beeswax
20% Mango Butter
3% Avocado Butter
0.3% Basil Essential Oil
0.7% Lemon Essential Oil, Argentina
1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

Weigh everything except the flavor oils in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Add the Lemon Essential Oil, Basil Essential Oil and Sugar Baby Flavor Oil. Stir well. Cool slightly. You don’t want to put a superheated lip balm into containers. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely. Label and enjoy!

 

Note to self: The next time I make this lip balm, I would like to lower the percentage of Basil Essential Oil to 0.1% and increase the Lemon Essential Oil to 0.9%. While I enjoyed this flavor blend, I found the basil to be just a little too intense. Otherwise this lip balm was a huge hit. It was smooth, creamy and slightly sweet. I am sending over 100 samples of this lip balm to the shipping department. Try one for yourself!
Taylor

The Finished Lip Balm

The Finished Lip Balm

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Melted Lip Balm

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Adding Flavor Oils

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Putting warm lip balm into containers. Creating a little bubble will lessen the divot that occurs when the lip balm cools.

Putting warm lip balm into containers. Creating a little bubble will lessen the divot that occurs when the lip balm cools.

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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

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Adding Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Unmixed 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

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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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