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Virgin Pina Colada Lip Gloss

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

I am a major fan of tropical fruits. Papaya, mango, kiwi, pineapple, coconut and starfruit all find a place on my kitchen counter throughout the year. They are all just so yummy. I even like to make Pina Colada inspired smoothies. Just take a can of coconut milk and some frozen pineapple and you have a tasty treat!

Ingredients
Beeswax
Palm Kernel Oil
Virgin Coconut Oil
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Lanolin
Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Beeswax
80 grams Palm Kernel Oil
80 grams Virgin Coconut Oil
52 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
40 grams Castor Oil
28 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
12 grams Lanolin
8 grams Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Beeswax
2.82 oz Palm Kernel Oil
2.82 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
1.83 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.41 oz Castor Oil
0.99 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
0.42 oz Lanolin
0.28 oz Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
25% Beeswax
20% Palm Kernel Oil
20% Virgin Coconut Oil
13% High Melt Point Shea Butter
10% Castor Oil
7% Golden Jojoba Oil
3% Lanolin
2% Pina Colada Flavor Oil

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Pina Colada Flavor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. Add the Pina Colada Flavor Oil and stir well. Pour into tubes and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Cap, label and delight your lips with a sweet treat. Enjoy!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I intended this lip balm to be somewhat firm but very creamy. This recipe nailed it on the head. (Happy dance!) It has gotten rave reviews from the staff. Even our non-coconut fans have requested their own tubes. One gal commented on how she loved that it was glossy and so easy to apply with great staying power. She said she can’t wait to make some at home with her daughter. That sounds like so much fun!

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Taylor

Beeswax almost melted
Beeswax almost melted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Flavor Oil
Adding Flavor Oil

 

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Mama Julie’s Elbow Stick

Finished Elbow Stick
Finished Elbow Stick

Every summer gives me the opportunity to participate in some amazing events that are hosted around our valley. I love that because I can meet all kinds of people and make new friends. Take Mama Julie. I first met Mama Julie at a wood-fired pizza restaurant. Mama Julie is sweet, kind and funny. She loves nothing more than to make you smile.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I ran into Mama Julie the other day at the grocery store and she greeted me with a warm smile and a hug. We wandered the store as she told me about her family, her work and her garden. (I must admit, I might have a small case of garden envy. She is overwhelmed with fresh rosemary, basil and parsley. Lucky lady!)  During our chat, Mama Julie mentioned that with all the time in the garden, she has a hard time keeping her knuckles and elbows from drying out. Today I wanted to make a stick for all the talented gardeners like Mama Julie. Come join me!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Coconut Oil
Beeswax
Lanolin
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Palm Kernel Oil
Helichysum Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
28 grams Castor Oil
40 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
30 grams Coconut Oil
40 grams Beeswax
6 grams Lanolin
24 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
30 grams Palm Kernel Oil
2 grams Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.99 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
1.06 oz Coconut Oil
1.41 oz Beeswax
0.21 oz Lanolin
0.85 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.06 oz Palm Kernel Oil
0.07 oz Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
14% Castor Oil
20% Golden Jojoba Oil
15% Coconut Oil
20% Beeswax
3% Lanolin
12% High Melt Point Shea Butter
15% Palm Kernel Oil
1% Helichysum Essential Oil

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Helichysum Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. Add the Helichysum Essential Oil and stir well. Pour into tubes and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Cap, label and soothe those poor elbows. Enjoy!

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

This lotion bar is like a soft lip balm. It is very smooth and creamy and a dream to apply. It spreads very nicely. I can see using this as a lotion bar for sore muscle because it can be applied so gently. It has a slight, dare I say tacky, feeling from the lanolin that helps trap moisture in the skin. I applied some  to my dry and cracking knuckles. Wow! I am enjoying the relief!

Taylor

 

Melted Oils
Melted Oils

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Helichrysum Essential Oil
Adding Helichrysum Essential Oil
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Tomato Paste Soap

Finished Tomato Soap
Finished Tomato Soap

I get asked on a regular basis what kind of soap I tend to make the most. That is the hardest question to answer because I am always trying something new. One of my most recent experiments has been with using tomato paste in soap.

It makes such a beautiful color. I recommend no more the 0.75 oz of tomato paste per pound of fats. Just remember, the color of the soap is not UV stable so if you store your soap in an area that gets lots of light, don’t be surprised if the color fades.

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Manic Monday!

Whew! It has been a crazy Monday. Why is it that Mondays seem to be the busiest day of the week?I have all of these spectacular plans and they just seem to be systematically derailed.

I wanted to give a sneak peek into tomorrow’s blog. I can be a rather experimental soapmaker. I find something and say “I wonder what this would be like in soap.” While this can get me into trouble, it is rather cool/thrilling when things are a success. My latest concoction? Tomato paste in soap!

Join me tomorrow to find out all about it! I think you will be delighted with the results.

Taylor

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Honey Elixir Lip Gloss

Finished Honey Elixir Lip Gloss
Finished Honey Elixir Lip Gloss

There is something delectable and enticing about sun warmed honey. One of my favorite ways to eat honey is atop a sweet, oven fresh cornbread and creamed butter. If the honey drips off the corn bread, not to worry, licking the honey off your fingertips is half the fun! (If you want the recipe I use, check out the cornbread recipe Dirk shared a while back!)

The label for our Honey Elixir Lip Gloss
The label for our Honey Elixir Lip Gloss
Ingredients
Beeswax
Castor Oil
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Lanolin
Squalane
Chamomile Extract
Calendula Extract
Honey Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer

 

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Bridal Shower Favors Using Goat Milk Cream Base

Collected Materials
Collected Materials

Hello! My name is Kayleen. I have been employed at MMS for three and a half years. I have mostly worked in the Shipping Department making sure your orders are packed and shipped efficiently.

Adding Fragrance
Adding Fragrance

Today, I wanted to share how easy our lotion bases are to use. There are so many excellent options available but for the sake of simplicity, I just chose one. I chose to use our gallon Goat Milk Cream Base with Sahara Sandalwood fragrance oil. Sahara Sandalwood gives your lotion a soft, clean scent. I really like this combination together.

Adding Fragrance
Adding Fragrance

It is a nice way to say “Thank you” for a variety of events. We used a bunch of these as bridal shower favors. We recently had a pre-bridal shower get together and we were able to make a number of favors quickly while we planned, laughed and had a great time.

 

Ingredients
1 Gallon Goat Milk Cream Base
1 fl oz Sahara Sandalwood
Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Mixing Spoons
Large Ziplock or Pastry Bag
Scissors
Jars
Labels

 

Adding Color
Adding Color

You will love how simple it is to make jars of cream. We added just 1 fl oz of Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil to the gallon of Goat Milk Cream Base and mixed well. You need to use a spatula with a long handle if possible, it makes the stirring process a lot easier. Be sure to mix the fragrance in evenly.

Finished Body Butter
Finished Goat Milk Cream

We filled 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars with the sahara sandalwood goat milk cream. We used a plastic ziplock baggies to fill the jars with the cream. Think of piping frosting. It really helps with the clean up. Making all of these favors was a quick and easy project that everyone enjoyed. They were a big hit at the bridal shower. Everyone has since asked for more!

Kayleen Signature

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Shipping Update!

MailmanI am so thrilled! I have some spectacular news that I know you will want to hear. Our fabulous team has spent considerable time negotiating for better shipping prices. Guess what?! They succeeded! We now have some awesome shipping rates for you. They are just jaw-dropping, unbelievably low! YAY! (Can you tell I am excited?)

So now you will be able to worry less and stretch your dollar farther. Isn’t that sweet! I now give you permission to hug your delivery person. upsAfter all, each time they visit, they come bearing a box of goodies. They should get a thank you.  😉

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Starting with Soap – Day 12

Finished Soap with Jojoba Oil
Finished Soap with Jojoba Oil

You know how when you stumble on something that just makes you super excited? That is how I feel about soapmaking. I can’t wait to try a new fixed oil, fragrance oil or new color. There is this thrill I get when I cut out the  first bar of soap in a batch. It is just so exciting. Andee finds it hilarious when I will slice a sliver of soap off, rush to the sink and proceed to wash until the sliver has disappeared. Often I find her joining me at the sink to try my latest experiment. What can I say? Excitement is infectious!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Today I wanted to make a soap with Jojoba Oil. Now the name is a little confusing because Jojoba Oil is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperature. It is also higher in unsaponifiable materials. (Jojoba Oil has almost 50% unsaponifiable material.) This doesn’t help when you are looking for a lather booster but it certainly makes your finished soap feel creamy and luxurious. Because of this, I like to limit how much Jojoba Oil I use. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Jojoba Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
156 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
14 grams Jojoba Oil
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
5.5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
0.5 oz Jojoba Oil
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
31.25% Coconut Oil
28.12% Olive Oil
37.50% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
3.12% Jojoba Oil
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Now onto our soapmaking! Weigh your oils into a microwave safe container. While the oils are heating in the microwave, weigh out your lye and mix with your water. Remember to add your lye to your water, not the other way around. Safety first!

Ready to make soap
Ready to make soap

Allow your two mixtures to cool. I like to put away my oils and set up my mold during this period. This helps keep my counters clean and my distractions to a minimum. When your oils are around 100°F-110°F, add your lye solution to your oils. Using your immersion blender, mix your soap until you reach a light trace.

Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap

Remember, trace doesn’t denote a viscosity, it just means that we aren’t seeing the oils float to the top and separate out. Often we pour our soap into the mold when it is the viscosity of whole milk not cooked custard. That is pretty fluid!

Pouring Soap into Mold
Pouring Soap into Mold

Allow your soap to sit in the mold undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Then cut into bars and place out on a shelf where they can dry. I like to use cardboard boxes under my soap so I don’t damage my shelves. You can use your soap immediately but it will last longer if you allow it to dry completely. A great aid in determining if your soap has fully dried are our Cure Cards. The best part is you can have them included in qualifying order for free! They are an awesome resource!

Taylor

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Starting with Soap – Day 11

Finished Neem Soap
Finished Neem Soap

One thing I have learned by cooking for others is that we each have our own tastes and preferences. Personal care products are much the same way. What I like will be different from what you like. Many factors include humidity, body chemistry, mineral content of water and so on. Ack! How does one know what to make? Unfortunately there is only one thing you can do. Test.

Weighing Fixed Oils
Weighing Fixed Oils

We can make it much easier for you by suggest oils that we consider amazing and worth the time and effort. One such oil is Neem Oil. Now, Neem does have a pungent odor that can seem a little overwhelming but the intensity of the scent diminishes once in soap. I am very fond of how it makes my skin feel. After scrubbing my hands and arms with one of these bars, one coworker commented on how baby soft my skin was. It was amazing!

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Neem Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
142 grams Coconut Oil
128 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
14 grams Neem Oil
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
5 oz Coconut Oil
4.5 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
0.5 oz Neem Oil
2.27 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
31.25% Coconut Oil
28.12% Olive Oil
37.50% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
3.12% Neem Oil
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

 

Weighing Neem Oil
Weighing Neem Oil

Now to make soap. Weigh your oils into a microwave safe container. While the oils are heating in the microwave, weigh out your lye and mix with your water. Remember to add your lye to your water, not the other way around. It is best to create good habits now than to try to break bad ones later.

Ready to make soap
Ready to make soap

Allow your two mixtures to cool. I like to put away my oils and set up my mold during this period. This helps keep my counters clean and my distractions to a minimum. When your oils are around 100°F-110°F, add your lye solution to your oils. Using your immersion blender, mix your soap until you reach a light trace. Just a fair warning, during the mixing phase, the scent of the Neem Oil seems to get more intense. Not to worry. This is only temporary.

Ready to mix soap
Ready to mix soap

Remember, trace doesn’t denote a viscosity, it just means that we aren’t seeing the oils float to the top and separate out. Often we pour our soap into the mold when it is the viscosity of whole milk not cooked custard. That is pretty fluid!

Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap

Allow your soap to sit in the mold undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Then cut into bars and place out on a shelf where they can dry. I like to use cardboard boxes under my soap so I don’t damage my shelves. You can use your soap immediately but it will last longer if you allow it to dry completely. A great aid in determining if your soap has fully dried are our Cure Cards. The best part is you can have them included in qualifying order for free! Isn’t that awesome?

Taylor

Mixed Soap
Mixed Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soap in Mold
Soap in Mold
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Starting with Soap – Day 10

Finished Tamanu Oil Soap
Finished Tamanu Oil Soap

The next luxury oil that I wanted to feature is Tamanu Oil. Tamanu Oil is amazing to work with in lotions and creams. It has been used in many formulations designed to soothe and hydrate irritated skin. I am also partial to the butter pecan ice cream scent Tamanu Oil has. It has a phenomenal odor that is just scrumptious! If you haven’t tried Tamanu Oil, I highly recommend it.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

In past experiments I have conducted, many naturally scented fixed oils loose their scent when converted into soap. Virgin Coconut Oil is one such oil. You can imagine my worry as I made this soap. While the butter pecan scent in not as intense as it is in the oil, it is still in the finished soap and I think it makes the soap smell wonderful and clean! Want to know the best part? No fragrance or essential oil required!

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Tamanu Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
113 grams Coconut Oil
170 grams Olive Oil
142 grams Palm Kernel Oil
28 grams Tamanu Oil
67 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
4 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Olive Oil
5 oz Palm Kernel Oil
1 oz Tamanu Oil
2.38 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
25% Coconut Oil
37.50% Olive Oil
31.25% Palm Kernel Oil
6.25% Tamanu Oil
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Now to make soap. Weigh your oils into a microwave safe container. While the oils are heating in the microwave, weigh out your lye and mix with your water. Remember to add your lye to your water, not the other way around. Safety first!

Waiting for materials to cool.
Waiting for materials to cool.

Allow your two mixtures to cool. I like to put away my oils and prepare my mold during this time.  (Some days I might even have time to make myself a cup of tea and listen to the radio.) This helps keep my counters clean and my distractions to a minimum. When your oils are around 100°F-110°F, add your lye solution to your oils.  Using your immersion blender, mix your soap until you reach a light trace. (Your mixture will morph from the beautiful green color to this alarming brown-orange color. This is normal. The color will return to a soft green in about 12 hours.)

Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap

Remember, trace doesn’t denote a viscosity, it just means that we aren’t seeing the oils float to the top and separate out. Often we pour our soap into the mold when it is the viscosity of whole milk not cooked custard. That is pretty fluid!

Ready to pour into the mold
Ready to pour into the mold

Allow your soap to sit in the mold undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Then cut into bars and place out on a shelf where they can dry. I like to use cardboard boxes that I have cut up under my soap so I don’t damage my shelves. You can use your soap immediately but it will last longer if you allow it to dry completely. A great aid in determining if your soap has fully dried are our Cure Cards. The best part is you can have them included in qualifying order for free! Let us know if you want a pack.

Taylor

Finished Soap in Mold
Finished Soap in Mold
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