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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I am so excited to do something special for my mom. My mother has always been a very big part of my life. She has fed my sense of wonder at the world. We have laughed together, cried together and learned together. I am so grateful that my mother has been such wonderful and important part of my life. 

That being said, it seems that every year Mother’s Day really sneaks up on me. I don’t think I have time to formulate something new for her! So I am going to cheat a little and use some of the more recent recipes from the blog. These are what I am going to put into my gift basket for my mother.

 

Lavender Hydrosol Lotion
Lemon & Basil Lip Balm
A Spa Worthy Massage Oil
Magic Foaming Bath Fizzies
Clyde’s Shaving Soap

Which recipes would you want to have in your gift basket for your mother? I want to know!

Submit your gift basket ideas for a chance to win a goodie box! I have a group of products that have made it to my desk but they have no home. They would love to go to a good home where they will be put to use and enjoyed. 1 out of every 10 submissions will be randomly drawn for a box of goodies.
Taylor

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Chocolate Bacon Sweet and Salty Lip Scrub

I love chocolate. Dark and bitter or sweet and milky. Today you can buy so many flavor combinations with chocolate, it is crazy. Chili peppers, almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, caramel, toffee, coffee, cherries, blueberries, goji berries, green tea and more! It can be overwhelming to buy a chocolate bar. One of the crazier combinations that I have fallen in love with is a chocolate bar with bacon and a touch of sea salt. Talk about yummy! Today I wanted to make a lip scrub that tastes much like this curious combination. Come join me!

 

Having grown up in Utah, I wanted to really showcase a unique product that comes from Utah. That is salt. If you have ever used salt that was harvested from Utah you are familiar with its unusual coloring. It is a soft peachy/white color with flecks of darker red throughout. It also has what is often described as having a sweeter flavor instead of the more bitter notes that iodized table salt can have. I wanted to use this salt today for the color and the exotic feeling it lends while still being a local product!

The flavor of this finished lip scrub is perfect! When I was making it, I worried that I had too much salt or that I didn’t have enough. It is so good, many of the pickier staff members have snagged a jar to keep in their pockets. My own sample that was taken home was enjoyed by the dog. Sigh… I have managed to keep about 30 to send to shipping for you to try! Request one in your order!

 

Ingredients
Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Avocado Butter
Peach Kernel Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Salt
Sugar
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
6 grams Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
36 grams Avocado Butter
20 grams Peach Kernel Oil
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
6 grams Salt
130 grams Sugar
Recipe in Ounces
0.21 oz Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
1.27 oz Avocado Butter
0.71 oz Peach Kernel Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.21 oz Salt
4.59 oz Sugar
Recipe in Percentages
3% Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
18% Avocado Butter
10% Peach Kernel Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
3% Salt
65% Sugar

Weigh the Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax, Avocado Butter and Peach Kernel 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 and Vitamin E Acetate to the melted oils. Stir well. Put into jars or pots for use. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Lip Scrub
Finished Lip Scrub
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Melted Oils
Melted Oils
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Ready to Mix

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Lavender Hydrosol Lotion

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
Heated Material
Mixed Lotion
Mixed Lotion

Adding Squalane, Vitamin E Acetate and Preservative
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Margarita Lip Balm Samples

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

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
Melted Lip Balm
Adding Flavor Oils
Adding Flavor Oils

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

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
Unmixed Massage Oil

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Magic Foaming Bath Fizzies

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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Added Fragrance Oil
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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Carma

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
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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetic Submission – Kathy

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

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
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