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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge Soap Submission – Karen

I find it fascinating when people are given the same basic materials but their finished products are completely different. That is one of my favorite things about challenges. Challenges seem to give people full reign of their creativity by forcing them to think outside the box. Check out what Karen thought of! 

I LOVE this coffee soap. I love coffee and it’s just the best to use in the kitchen and after gardening. I made a 4X strength coffee for the liquid and added the used grinds to the soap. A little TD to give it a beautiful creamy (yeah, I love cream in my coffee) swirl. I added a touch of tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender essential oils. This could be the perfect soap ;*) And, it’s just beautiful (in my coffee hazed mind!) And yes, it’s a botanical. Coffee comes from trees, so there ya go.

Want to join in on the fun? Don’t forget, you have until July 18th to strut your stuff and have a chance to win an MMS gift certificate!

Taylor

Karen's Coffee Soap
Karen’s Coffee Soap
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Shipping Alert!

I have the most fantastic news and I am so excited to finally release it! We have had this project on the burner for a while and to know it is finally done has me so excited I could burst. Are you ready? Drum roll… We have reduced our shipping prices! 

 

We work really hard to make sure that every time you order from us you get premium products, superb technical support and fast turn around times. When you boil it all down, we try to make sure you get a big bang for your buck. Well, I am thrilled to announce that we have done it again! We have been able to negotiate for better pricing when it comes to shipping your orders! Yippee! Before you ask, no we have not hidden the cost of shipping into our products. That is the greatest news ever!

We are so glad that this project is able to pass those cost saving directly to you. It is time to celebrate! Happy crafting!
Taylor

Mailman
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Salty Margarita Lip Scrub

I think salt is amazing. Add a little to food and the flavors pop on your palette. Add salt to oils and you have an easy body scrub. Add salt to watercolors and get beautiful effects. Add salt to ice and you can make ice cream! Salt is truly amazing. 

So when Andee approached me the other day and asked me to make a margarita lip scrub with some salt, I immediately said YES! There was no way I was going to pass up a chance at making a lip scrub using the beautifully multicolored salt from Utah. After all, why not use items that are available locally?!

I used my Sweet & Salty Chocolate Bacon Lip Scrub as a starting place for creating this recipe. I did change around a few items to create a creamy and smooth base that I could then add the sugar and salt to. I think the addition of salt makes this flavor oil seem all the more true. Yummy! I will be sending over 50 samples to shipping department to go out with orders. (That is if I can keep my coworkers from taking all of the jars home. You had better hurry quick!) Request one in your next order to try how good this is for yourself!

 

Ingredients
Beeswax
Mango Butter
Sunflower Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Margarita Flavor Oil
Salt
Sugar
Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
2 grams Beeswax
36 grams Mango Butter
20 grams Sunflower Oil
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
4 grams Margarita Flavor Oil
6 grams Salt
130 grams Sugar
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.07 oz Beeswax
1.27 oz Mango Butter
0.71 oz Sunflower Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.14 oz Margarita Flavor Oil
0.21 oz Salt
4.59 oz Sugar
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
1% Beeswax
18% Mango Butter
10% Sunflower Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Margarita Flavor Oil
3% Salt
65% Sugar
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color

Weigh the beeswax, Mango Butter and Sunflower Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. In a separate container mix the sugar and salt, making sure they are distributed evenly. Add the salt/sugar mixture, Margarita Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate to the melted oils. Stir well. Put into jars or pots for use. Enjoy!

 

Notes: Much to my chagrin, I discovered I had not added the color until after the salt and sugar were added. As you can see from my photos it made mixing so difficult, I had to dump my product into a plastic bag. I HIGHLY recommend that you add any desired colors to the liquid oils prior to adding the salt/sugar mixture. It will make your life much easier.
Taylor

Beautiful Lip Scrub with Crystal Spatula
Beautiful Lip Scrub with Crystal Spatula
Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Sugar
Weighing Sugar
Weighing Salt
Weighing Salt
Melted Oils
Melted Oils
Adding Vitamin E and Flavor Oil
Adding Vitamin E and Flavor Oil
Adding Sugar/Salt Mixture to Oils
Adding Sugar/Salt Mixture to Oils
Mixing Scrub - Wait! Where is the color?
Mixing Scrub – Wait! Where is the color?
Adding the color
Adding the color
Color ready to mix in
Color ready to mix in
Struggling to mix in color
Struggling to mix in color

All mixed!
All mixed!
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Wahoo! The Yellow Lip Balm Color is back in stock!

I am so thrilled to announce that the Yellow Lip Balm Color is back in stock! I have been dying to make a few projects using this color and haven’t been able to get any. I know I haven’t been the only one trying to get some. Well, it is back and waiting for you to put it to work.If you haven’t used this fabulous color before, here are a few projects you can do using this fun product!

Plumberry Spice Celebration Soap
This fabulous soap uses Melt and Pour Soap Base, color and glitter. It is beautiful and simple enough project, you can do it with the kids!

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap
I love lemon poppy seed cookies. They taste so darn good and are wonderful all year long. In summer, in winter, with hot cocoa, coffee or even iced tea. This Cold Process soap was inspired by these fabulous cookies. We even posted the recipe for the cookies! Yummy!

Coffee & Cream Lip Gloss
If you are looking for a scrumptious lip gloss recipe, look no further! This recipe tastes just like a sweet, creamy latte. We even added a little shimmer to this gloss, but remember, shimmer is optional. Just like the whipped cream on top of your morning coffee, you can have it with or without. You have all the power!

Testing Colors – Part 3
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if you added one of the oil soluble colors to cold process or melt & pour soap? Well wonder no longer. We have already done the testing! I highly recommend using the Yellow Lip Balm color is you are looking for bold and stunning yellows. No dingy yellow here!

Honey Flavored a la Lip Crème
Fresh honey right out of the sun warmed jar tastes so good. I grew up trailing my father through the field checking on our beehives and sneaking a bite every time we harvested honey. This delicious lip balm reminds me of those days and that wonderful flavor. If you have ever gotten honey from a local beekeeper, this is the recipe to try. You will love it!

 

 

Taylor

Melt & Pour on the left and Cold Process on the right.
Testing Colors – Part 3
Finished lip gloss.
Coffee & Cream Lip Gloss
Finished Cookies with a Cup of Vanilla Tea
Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies with a Cup of Vanilla Tea

Honey Flavored a la Lip Creme
Honey Flavored a la Lip Creme
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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge Soap Submission – Karen

Soap makers are artists and scientists rolled into one and anyone who says differently needs a day shadowing a soap maker. Soap makers work with a media that can be unpredictable in shape or even colors but when things turn out just right, we all want to celebrate! Karen submitted a beautiful soap that used botanicals, micas and clay! Here is what she has to say about this bar.

 

This is a CP soap I made just for me.   I put in the things I  like.   From the bottom up, I did layers with  vanilla bean, rose hips, blue Cambian Sea clay, copper mica, red merlot mica.  Scented with bergamot,  lavender, lavendin, grapefruit.  I love these colors and the gentle scrubbiness. Very restful, very beautiful.

I agree Karen. It is a very beautiful soap and the scent blend sounds so delightful. Is anyone else wishing computers were scratch and sniff? I certainly am!

Does Karen’s soap inspire you? If you want to join this challenge, pull out your soaping container and starting creating! Don’t forget, winners have a chance at an MMS gift certificate!

 

Taylor

Karen's Soap
Karen’s Soap
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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge

One of my favorite things about summer is the garden. I find great delight in sitting in the garden, watching the butterflies, birds and bees. I also find great humor in watching the neighbor’s fat, orange cat slink through the plants only to be startled. Many bees and other insects have sent him streaking back to the safety of his yard. As I sat in the garden this weekend, I thought of all of the body care products that have been inspired and influence by nature. I thought today I would release a challenge. I want you to create a product based on botanicals. Get inspiration from gardens or local parks.

 

All participants must submit a photo of their product, a photo of their inspiration and a description about it, include what it is scented with. We will accept submissions of products inspired by botanicals, gardens and parks. All submissions will be displayed on our blog. Good luck!

Now here is the really exciting news. We will accept submissions in three categories. Soaps, Bath Goodies and Cosmetics. The Soaps category can include cold process soaps, hot process soaps and melt & pour. Bath Goodies includes bath salts, bath bombs, bath oils and even bubble bars. The Cosmetics category will include lotions, creams, lip balms, massage oils, etc. Please note that all submission are due by July 18th. To make a submission, email your description and photos to taylor.blog@thesage.com. I have gift certificates for winners!

Happy creating! I can’t wait to see all the submissions!

Taylor

Poppies
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Strawberries and Champagne Silky Smooth Lip Balm

Summer is here and while I am getting plenty of quality outdoor time, my lips have definitely gotten dry. It must be all of the garden time. I wanted to make a lip balm that was able to handle the summer heat but was gentle enough that it wouldn’t hurt to apply onto my lips.

This is a fabulous recipe and it is so incredibly simple you can do it with kids! I think it is great when you can include everyone from small children to teenagers to parents even grandparents. And everyone will enjoy the finished product!

For this particular project, I wanted to mix our Strawberry Swirl and Champagne flavor oils for the classic combination of strawberries and champagne. This flavor combo is absolutely scrumptious but keep in mind that there are lots of flavor oils out there. Try classic Peppermint, funky Banana or wild Chocolate Bacon. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

 

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Vegan Lip Solutions
Orchid Extract
Calendula Extract
Strawberry Flavor Oil
Champagne Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Lip Balm Tube Filling Tray
Lip Balm Tubes
Pipettes
Toothpick

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
10.08 ounces Vegan Lip Solutions
.2 ounces Orchid Extract
.2 ounces Calendula Extract
.1 ounces Strawberry Flavor Oil
.1 ounces Champagne Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Grams
285 grams Vegan Lip Solutions
5.6 grams Orchid Extract
5.6 grams Calendula Extract
2.8 grams Strawberry Flavor Oil
2.8 grams Champagne Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
94% Vegan Lip Solutions
2% Orchid Extract
2% Calendula Extract
1% Strawberry Flavor Oil
1% Champagne Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color

Heat the Vegan Lip Solutions gently until liquid. Add Orchid Extract, Calendula Extract, Strawberry Flavor Oil, Champagne Flavor Oil and enough of the Ruby Oil Soluble Lip Color to cover the end of a toothpick. Stir well. Use the plate test to check color and flavor. It is always easier to add a little more flavor or color than to try to remove. Pour into a Lip Balm Tube Filling Tray with Lip Balm Tubes. Allow to cool. Scrape of the top with a plastic putty knife and remove the tubes. Cap and enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Lip Balm
Vegan Lip Solution
Adding Orchid Extract
Adding Calendula Extract
Adding Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil
Adding Champagne Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Color on a toothpick
Added Color
Pouring Lip Balm into Filling Tray

Filled Lip Balm Tray
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Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is this Sunday and that means it is fast approaching. Ack! Do you have gifts planned out or are you like me and stunned the holiday snuck up on you? Well, I am officially in panic mode. I though it would be good to go back through the archives and find some spectacular (and astonishingly simple) recipes that save time and face. 

Here is a collection of things I will make for my father this coming Father’s Day.

Men’s Aftershave Cream
I recommend this recipe in particular for razor shavers. While razor shavers tend to get a closer shaver, this also means that the delicate skin on their face needs a little extra tender loving care. If you do choose to use Peppermint Essential Oil, keep the usage rate very low. It is better to do an unscented cream than to have a man howling in pain and washing the cream off as fast as he can.

Chocolate Bacon Lip Balm
Now I know that to many of us the combination of chocolate and bacon is stranger than words. It gathers a variety of reactions from distrust to revulsion to absolute adoration. While there may not be a crazier combination in the world of flavors, it has a very loyal following. Within my own circle of friends, every time I make a product containing the Chocolate Bacon Flavor Oil it disappears within 48 hours even faster if the dog has any say in it. Make one for dad this Father’s Day and watch the requests for it roll in.

Mountain Man Cream
This cream is extremely thick but it has a slick, wet feeling to it. I highly recommend this recipe for dry feet, elbows and knees. I also recommend putting it into a wide mouth jar for easy access. It is very thick and stiff but well worth it once rubbed into the skin.

Shower Tablets
Shower tablets are fantastic because they scent the shower, clear sinuses and are extremely easy to use. You can add higher percentages of things like peppermint, eucalyptus or any other scent that is a favorite of dad’s. These may become his favorite all year long!

Red, White and Blue Swirl Soap
I wanted to include a pretty swirled soap for my father. I have quickly discovered my father doesn’t like sparkle but he does like color. He likes that the soap screams to be picked up in the mono-tone cream colored shower. What colors would encourage liberal usage by the man in your life?

 

What are some of the things you might make for your father?
Taylor

Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father’s Day!
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Daily Oatmeal Scrub – Day 2

Yesterday we made a fabulous oatmeal face scrub but I felt it was a little gummy and sticky in texture. I wanted something that can gave the same after effect without feeling so, well… pasty! I have attempted to light this formulation with the addition of Natrasorb. Come join me to see if this formula variation was successful!

Yesterday when I ground the oatmeal, it still was a little coarse. There were partial pieces of the rolled oats and I felt it was just too much. Today I decided to grind it longer and my result was more of an oat flour. I think I would rather have it somewhere in between because the finer the oatmeal is, the more gummy the scrub becomes.

I am glad I decided to add the Natrasorb. If I hadn’t been working with oat flour, the texture would have been perfect.

I also reduced the percentages of the essential oils. I loved the overall blend but felt it was just a little too strong. I wanted something more subtle, like the products you find at a high end spa. I can’t wait to take some of this to my esthetician. I am sure she will love it!

 

Ingredients
Dry Flo TS
Fine Ground Oatmeal
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Bentonite Clay
Allantoin
Natrasorb
Lime Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
180 g Dry Flo TS
120 g Fine Ground Oatmeal
8 g Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
20 g Bentonite Clay
8 g Allantoin
62.8 g Natrasorb
0.8 g Lime Essential Oil
0.2 g Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.2 g Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
6.35 oz Dry Flo TS
4.22 oz Fine Ground Oatmeal
0.28 oz Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
0.71 oz Bentonite Clay
0.28 oz Allantoin
2..22 oz Natrasorb
0.03 oz Lime Essential Oil
0.01 oz Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.01 oz Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
45% Dry Flo TS
30% Fine Ground Oatmeal
2% Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
5% Bentonite Clay
2% Allantoin
15.7% Natrasorb
0.2% Lime Essential Oil
0.05% Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.05% Helichrysum Essential Oil

Place a container on your scale and fit it with a bag. This helps with clean up and mixing. Weigh all of the ingredients together. Remove the bag from your container and mix well. You want to make sure you don’t have any clumps from the essential oils being added. Once the mixture is fully mixed, spoon the material into jars. You can even use one of our fabulous shaker bottles for less hassle in the bathroom.

I was much happier with today’s recipe. Besides changing the particle size of the oatmeal, I would leave everything else as is. Because the oatmeal was so fine, this lost a lot of scrubbing capability but that is easily remedied next time. After use, my skin felt smooth and clean. I also like the the essential oil usage rate was lowered. It makes this product more like the products used when I go for a facial. Now I can keep up with my skin in-between appointments and I could be happier. Try this recipe for yourself or for friends and family members. I am sure they will love it!

To use shake approximately half a teaspoon of the dry scrub into your hand. Add a little water and rub your hands together creating a creamy paste. Gently rub the mixture into the face, using a small circular motion. Massage your face for 1 minute, then rinse thoroughly. Because this scrub is designed to add water only when it is intended to be used, we don’t need to worry about a preservative. This takes a lot of worry and math out of this product!
Taylor

Finished Product
Finished Product
Weighing Dry Flo TS
Weighing Dry Flo TS
Weighing Ingredients
Weighing Ingredients
Weighing Ingredients
Weighing Ingredients
Pulling the sides of my bag up the weigh the Natrasorb
Pulling the sides of my bag up the weigh the Natrasorb
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Ready to use Scrub
Ready to use Scrub

Wet Scrub ready to apply
Wet Scrub ready to apply
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Daily Oatmeal Face Scrub – Day 1

I wanted to make a facial scrub that was gentle enough to be used daily yet still contributed a smooth, supple sensation to the delicate skin of the face.
I started with finely ground oatmeal. Oatmeal has long been used in the world of cosmetics and beauty because it is reputed to reduce inflammation and combat dryness.

I also wanted to use Dry Flo TS. Dry Flo TS is tapioca starch that gives a silky smooth feel to heavy and/or wet feeling products.

I added clay to give a silky feeling. I really liked this formulation but I felt that the oatmeal and clay made this recipe just a little too heavy.

 

Ingredients
Dry Flo TS
Fine Ground Oatmeal
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Bentonite Clay
Allantoin
Lime Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
180 g Dry Flo TS
161.6 g Fine Ground Oatmeal
8 g Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
40 g Bentonite Clay
8 g Allantoin
1.6 g Lime Essential Oil
0.4 g Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.4 g Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
6.35 oz Dry Flo TS
5.7 oz Fine Ground Oatmeal
0.28 oz Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
1.41 oz Bentonite Clay
0.28 oz Allantoin
0.06 oz Lime Essential Oil
0.01 oz Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.01 oz Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
45% Dry Flo TS
40.4% Fine Ground Oatmeal
2% Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
10% Bentonite Clay
2% Allantoin
0.4% Lime Essential Oil
0.1% Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.1% Helichrysum Essential Oil

Weigh all of the ingredients together. I highly recommend that you place a bag inside your container and weigh into that. Remove the bag from your container and mix well. You want to make sure you don’t have any clumps from the essential oils being added. Once the mixture is fully mixed, spoon the material into jars. You can even use one of our fabulous shaker bottles for less hassle in the bathroom.

Tomorrow I plan on making a lighter version of this recipe again with a few changes so it doesn’t feel as heavy and slick. I think that heavy feeling is due to the high percentages of clay and oatmeal.

Keep in mind these are my personal feelings. You may love this recipe! Try a small batch of this recipe and come back tomorrow to try the variation of today’s recipe. Let me know which one you like better!

To use shake approximately half a teaspoon of the dry scrub into your hand. Add a little water and rub your hands together creating a creamy paste. Gently rub the mixture into the face, using a small circular motion. Massage your face for 1 minute, then rinse thoroughly. Because this scrub is designed to add water only when it is intended to be used, we don’t need to worry about a preservative. This takes a lot of worry and math out of this product!
Taylor

Finished Facial Scrub
Finished Facial Scrub
Weighing Dry Flo
Weighing Dry Flo
Weighing Oatmeal
Weighing Oatmeal
Weighing Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Weighing Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Weighing Clay and Allantoin
Weighing Clay and Allantoin
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Using Face Scrub
Using Face Scrub

Using Face Scrub
Using Face Scrub
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