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Just for Him – Thick Foot Butter

Finished Foot Butter - Talk about thick!
Finished Foot Butter – Talk about thick!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I have a few more recipes I want to share before it arrives. One of them I want to share is a mens cologne but that is for another day. Today I wanted to make a very thick, durable foot butter. Come join me!

I wanted to make something thick that could be applied in the morning just before socks are put on. I didn’t want it to be overly fluid or slick. I wanted something sturdy and reliable. I think I’ve got it!

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Beeswax
Coconut Oil
Dimethicone
Glycerin
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Gladiator Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
20 g Emulsifying Wax
20 g Stearic Acid
8 g Beeswax
20 g Coconut Oil
10 g Dimethicone
8 g Glycerin
311 g Water
2 g Liquid Germall Plus
1 g Gladiator Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.35 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.35 oz Stearic Acid
0.35 oz Beeswax
0.28 oz Coconut Oil
0.35 oz Dimethicone
0.28 oz Glycerin
10.97 oz Water
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.04 oz Gladiator Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
2% Beeswax
5% Coconut Oil
2.5% Dimethicone
2% Glycerin
77.75% Water
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Gladiator Fragrance Oil

 

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

Weigh everything except the fragrance oil and preservative into a microwave container. Microwave until things are mostly melted. (If things are hot and you start mixing, your stubborn materials will melt.) Mix well. We don’t want your foot butter to separate. Once things cool to around 120 F, add your fragrance and preservative. The butter will start to thicken at this temperature due to the high amounts of waxes. Make sure your fragrance and preservative are fully mixed. (Adding a tiny amount of color at this stage helps you make sure everything is mixed well. I added just a hint of blue using our diluted Grape Color.)

Adding Coconut Oil
Adding Coconut Oil

Put the lotion into a bag and pipe into jars. This butter is too thick to put into a bottle. Cap and label. Enjoy!

Notes: I tested this cream on my elbows, where the skin is very dry and rough. The butter rubbed in smoothly without too much grip. Once I rubbed it in, I felt I had a good layer of material on my skin that wasn’t greasy, heavy or easy to come off. 15 minutes later, I was pleased with how the butter was staying on the skin while keeping the skin soft. I am super happy with the results.

Taylor

Adding Glycerin
Adding Glycerin

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Water
Adding Water

 

 

 

 

 

Heated Mixture
Heated Mixture

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Lotion
Mixed Lotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance and Preservative.
Adding Fragrance and Preservative.

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to Pipe into containers
Ready to Pipe into containers
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Carpet Freshener

Finished Carpet Freshener
Finished Carpet Freshener

I love the holidays. I love visiting with family and I love entertaining. Though at the end of it all, I am ready to go back to my peaceful evenings and moderately clean house. The dishes are easy to tackle and the tile is a cinch to mop. That just leaves the carpet. The dreaded carpet.

 

Carpet seems to just hold onto odors like nothing else. At the end of the holidays, my house no longer smells like my house. My house’s FengShui is off. It smells like cigarette smoke, the Christmas puppy and pans of blackened bacon. (Let’s just say I had some cooking mishaps over the holidays.) I would dearly love to fling the doors and windows open and air out the house. The only way that it happening is if I never want to be warm again until July. So what am I left with? What about a home made carpet freshener! Come join me for this simple and greatly appreciated home restorer.

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Lavender Buds
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Pipettes
12 oz Shaker Bottles

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
567 grams Baking Soda
14 grams Lavender Buds
Recipe in Ounces
20 oz Baking Soda
0.5 oz Lavender Buds
Recipe in Percentages
97% Baking Soda
3% Lavender Buds
Preparing to make carpet freshener
Preparing to make carpet freshener

Weigh both ingredients into a plastic bag. Give the bag a good shake to mix the carpet freshener. Crush the buds a little to release their odor. This size recipe will fit into two of our 12 oz Shaker Bottles. Pour into shaker bottles and you are ready to go!

To use the carpet freshener, lightly sprinkle over an area you want to freshen. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Vacuum the carpet freshener up. It is that simple!

Weighing materials
Weighing materials

Please note that this is not a carpet cleaner. It is only to help minimize undesirable odors and add a light, desirable scent.

If lavender is not your thing, try different botanicals. Peppermint adds a wonderful scent!

Taylor

 

Ready to mix lavender and baking soda
Ready to mix lavender and baking soda

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Carpet Freshener in Shaker Bottles
Finished Carpet Freshener in Shaker Bottles
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Just for Him – Lime Lip Balm

Finished Lip Balm... YUM!
Finished Lip Balm… YUM!

I love lip balms and I have made a lot of them. Not all have turned out the way I wanted but I have learned from them. I have also learned that personal preference is KEY! What I like is not the same as what my friends and family like. They can be completely opposite. Today I wanted to make some especially for men. In general, men like things that are firm, long lasting and don’t feel… dare I say oily?

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

This lip balm is perfect for men. It is very stiff. This lip balm will definitely pass the pocket test. It feels creamy during application but after application it feels like it isn’t going anywhere. This particular good for people who tend to work with intense focus. I can’t wait to try this lip balm during my various outdoor activities this summer.

Ingredients
Soy Wax
Candelilla Wax
Almond Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Oil, Semi Solid
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Lime Essential Oil, Expressed
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Big Lip Balm Tubes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
24 g Soy Wax
30 g Candelilla Wax
54 g Almond Butter
20 g Deodorized Cocoa Butter
30 g Castor Oil
30 g Shea Oil
10 g Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
2 g Lime Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.85 oz Soy Wax
1.06 oz Candelilla Wax
1.90 oz Almond Butter
0.71 oz Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1.06 oz Castor Oil
1.06 oz Shea Oil
0.35 oz Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
0.07 oz Lime Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
12% Soy Wax
15% Candelilla Wax
27% Almond Butter
10% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
15% Castor Oil
15% Shea Oil
5% Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
1% Lime Essential Oil

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Lime Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in bursts until everything is almost completely melted. Remove from the microwave and stir until everything has completely melted. Add the Lime Essential Oil. Stir well. Pipette into containers or use one of our nifty filling trays! Label and enjoy.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Notes: I really liked this lip balm for days/activities where my hands get really dirty and I don’t want to be digging through my bag or pocket for a lip balm. It is really durable and I felt that it was almost 4 hours later when I was ready to reapply. That might be a record for me. Quick! Call Guinness World Records!

Adding Lime Essential Oil to hot lip balm
Adding Lime Essential Oil to hot lip balm

Teasing aside, I think this is a really great lip balm. Ladies and gentleman, I think we have a winner. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!

 

Taylor

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Just for Her – Light Hair Conditioner

Finished Conditioner
Finished Conditioner

As a woman, one of the first things I do when getting ready for a date is tackle my hair. It is unruly and baby fine which means I can have a constant frizz if the humidity is high enough. If you know someone who faces trouble with their hair, consider this hair conditioner. It may save her 30 minutes which means you can get on your date sooner. She is worth it and so is your date night.

Weighing Aloe Powder
Weighing Aloe Powder

It is light and won’t make the hair heavy or greasy and it is packed with hair loving goodness. Give her the gift of gorgeous, soft hair. She will love it!

Ingredients
Water
Meadowfoam Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Ivy Extract
Comfrey Extract
Horsetail Extract
Aloe Powder
Liquid Silk
Liquid Germall Plus
Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
304 grams Water
12 grams Meadowfoam Oil
40 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Ivy Extract
4 grams Comfrey Extract
4 grams Horsetail Extract
1 gram Aloe Powder
12 grams Liquid Silk
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1 gram Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
24.69 oz Water
0.42 oz Meadowfoam Oil
1.41 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Ivy Extract
0.14 oz Comfrey Extract
0.14 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Aloe Powder
0.42 oz Liquid Silk
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.04  oz Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
76% Water
3% Meadowfoam Oil
10% Conditioning Emulsifier
4% Hydrovance
1% Ivy Extract
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Horsetail Extract
0.25% Aloe Powder
3% Liquid Silk
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Water Soluble materials
Adding Water Soluble materials

Weigh everything except the preservative, extracts and fragrance oil into a microwave safe container. We highly recommend that you add weigh your water soluble materials first. This helps insure the aloe powder dissolves without having to chase down every little clump. Heat the material gently until everything is liquid.

Weighing Water
Weighing Water

Using an immersion blender, mix everything well. Allow the mixture to cool. (Check on it every once in a while during the cooling stage. We don’t want it to separate.) Once the mixture is below 120º F, add the Liquid Germall Plus, extracts and fragrance oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into containers and enjoy!

Adding Meadowfoam Oil
Adding Meadowfoam Oil

Notes: I love using this conditioner on my hair. It keeps my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. I also don’t have any fly-aways. Bonus! I feel like I could be in one of those fancy hair commercials. Cue the music please!

Adding Conditioning Emulsifier
Adding Conditioning Emulsifier

All joking aside, this is a wonderful conditioner. I feel it is perfect for those with fine to mid-weight hair. I don’t know that it would suit anyone with thicker hair. Anyone willing to volunteer?

Taylor

 

Adding Extracts
Adding Extracts

P.S. I kept the amount of fragrance really low. The shower is an enclosed space and can intensify scents. I also didn’t want something so intensely scented, it would double as a perfume. It is light and subtle. Just enough to be there. Only people really, really close would be able to smell it. This allows layering of scents without dictating which ones you can use.

Mixing Conditioner
Mixing Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance and Preservative
Adding Fragrance and Preservative
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Beauty in Bloom Spring Swap

Flower fairyWe just released an exciting new swap on the forum. The theme is Beauty in Bloom. If you have never participated in a swap with us, then you need to sign up for this one. Our swaps are fabulous. You get luxurious goodies to pamper yourself with, awesome MMS products to play with and a complete recipe booklet for all of the goodies!

This is the perfect venue for learning something new, trying different packing or just allow yourself to play with those extra special ingredients! Past participants have likened it to “Christmas just for me” or  “the world of handcrafted cosmetics delivered to my door!” To sign up, head over to the forum and read the rules and guidelines.  If you have any questions, let us know. We are here to make this the experience of a life time!

Ok, the picture is just to see if you think we are offering for you to become a Disney princess. We aren’t. You are already fabulous, dahling. By the way, have I mentioned swaps are fun?

Taylor

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Just for Her – Too Sweet Massage Oil

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Finished Massage Oil

We all deal with great gobs of chaos and it gets stressful. It is wonderful to get little reminders to take 5 minutes and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  This is something Andee and I talked about the other day. We were talking about little rituals we do that are tiny but give us the ability to go back to the chaos. Andee’s favorite ritual is to make herself a hot drink. Mine is to rub a creams and lotions into my hands. It is perfect because I can do it while on the phone or doing other projects. So in honor of all those who find touch soothing, let’s make a massage oil!

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Shea Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
56 grams Shea Oil
43.5 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
0.5 grams Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
1.98 oz Shea Oil
1.53 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.02 oz Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Fractionated Coconut Oil
28% Shea Oil
21.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
0.25% Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil

 

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Weighing Oils

Weigh everything into a mixing container. Stir well. Pour into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Taylor

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirring Massage Oil until clear
Stirring Massage Oil until clear
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Just for Her – Glossy Lip Balm

Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool
Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool

Valentine’s Day is next month and I am so not ready. Valentine’s is when my friends, gals and guys alike, ask for help making personalized products for their special someone. The problem is my thoughts are scattered! Come join me as I settle my thoughts so we can create the perfect gift baskets together!

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

I wanted to start with things for the gals and the first product I wanted to make is lip balm. Why lip balm you ask? Lip balms are great because they help create soft, kissable lips and give a soft, gorgeous shine. Heads up guys! By the end of this week, you can give a gift that will make her swoon.

The lip balm is perfect. It has a fun, flirty flavor, superb texture and amazing shine. You must try it. If you hurry, you might get one in your next order. I am sending over 200 samples to the shipping department!

I also wanted a hint of color in this lip balm and none on the lips. No color on their collars!

 

Ingredients
Candelilla Wax
Carnauba Wax
Mango Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Oil, Semi Solid
Macadamia Nut Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
17 g Candelilla Wax
15 g Carnauba Wax
36 g Mango Butter
26 g Deodorized Cocoa Butter
36 g Castor Oil
40 g Shea Oil, Semi Solid
24g Macadamia Nut Oil
2g Vitamin E Acetate
4 g Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.60 oz Candelilla Wax
0.53 oz Carnauba Wax
1.27 oz Mango Butter
0.92 oz Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1.27 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Shea Oil, Semi Solid
0.85 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.14 oz Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
8.5% Candelilla Wax
7.5% Carnauba Wax
18% Mango Butter
13% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
18% Castor Oil
20% Shea Oil, Semi Solid
12% Macadamia Nut Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Vitamin E Acetate, Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil and Ruby Lip Balm Color into a microwave safe container. Heat in short spurts until everything is almost melted. Stir the lip balm until the waxes have fully melted. This method helps prevent super heating your lip balm.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Once everything has melted, add the Vitamin E Acetate and Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil. If you want the finished lip balm to have a pink color, add a little of the Ruby Lip Balm Color. (I ran out of toothpicks so I used the tip of a clean thermometer. I guess I need to create a shopping list!) If you want to see what it looks like, try the plate test!

Taylor

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Melting Lip Balm
Melting Lip Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fully melted lip balm
Fully melted lip balm

 

 

 

 

 

Testing texture and color
Testing texture and color

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Color
Testing Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding more color
Adding more color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing color again
Testing color again
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Liquid Shea Oil VS Semi-Solid Shea

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Semi-Solid Shea vs Liquid Shea Oil

Have you ever compared our Liquid Shea Oil vs our Semi-Solid Shea? Both are awesome products but what is the difference? Why use one over the other?

Shea, in all of its various forms, is a wonderful product. I really prefer the Liquid Shea for lighter applications. Think massage oils and even hair serums. These are places where you want the delights of Shea without the heavy feeling.

Semi-solid Shea is fabulous in lip scrubs, body scrubs and even in lip balms and glosses. It adds a fabulous creamy texture without feeling too dense and heavy.

Shea Butter is the solid stuff we are all familiar with. It is heavy and is great for lip balms, lotion bars and soap. We don’t always want this heavy form of shea so having alternatives is awesome.

Taylor

 

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Martha’s Lotion

Grandma2Martha emailed in asking for help formulating a lotion for her skin. She has spent her break spending time with her grandchildren and loving every minute of it! She wrote saying “The last several days have been a blizzard of joy. We have made gingerbread houses and demolished them, we have played every card/board game in the house and we have flattened the snow by our boots and sleds. I have loved this but my cheeks are wind burned, dry and flaking. Help!” Let’s go make a lotion that is just perfect for Martha and her grandkids!

Ingredients
Jewelweed Extract
Orchid Extract
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Allantoin
Aloe Powder
Rose Hip Oil, Organic
Calendula Extract
Water
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
8 g Jewelweed Extract
8 g Orchid Extract
12 g Emulsifying Wax
4 g Stearic Acid
4 g Allantoin
4 g Aloe Powder
48 g Rose Hip Oil, Organic
6 g Calendula Extract
304 g Water
2 g Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Ounces
0.28 oz Jewelweed Extract
0.28 oz Orchid Extract
0.42 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.14 oz Stearic Acid
0.14 oz Allantoin
0.14 oz Aloe Powder
1.69 oz Rose Hip Oil, Organic
0.21 oz Calendula Extract
10.72 oz Water
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
2% Jewelweed Extract
2% Orchid Extract
3% Emulsifying Wax
1% Stearic Acid
1% Allantoin
1% Aloe Powder
12% Rose Hip Oil, Organic
1.5% Calendula Extract
76% Water
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

 

Weigh everything except the Liquid Germall Plus into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender, mix until emulsified. Allow to cool. Mix every so often during cooling to make sure it doesn’t separate.  We will want the mixture to be cooler than 120ºF before we add our preservative. Mix well. Put the lotion into bottles or jars. Enjoy!

Taylor

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Cloud Swirls Melt & Pour Soap

Finished Soap
Finished Soap

I love soap. Cold process, hot process and Melt & Pour. They are all amazing and there are certain techniques that work best for certain styles. One of my favorite things to do with Melt & Pour Soap is to make clouds of color throughout the soap. Come join me for a beautiful simple soap that is a great gift.

These soaps remind me of the blindingly clear days with deep blue skies and huge puffy white clouds! Come join me as we enjoy the radiant skies in our bath tubs.

Ingredients
Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
White Melt & Pour Soap
Ultramarine Blue Color
Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
2268 g Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
170 g White Melt & Pour Soap
1/8 tsp Ultramarine Blue Color
22.5 g Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
80 oz Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
6 oz White Melt & Pour Soap
1/8 tsp Ultramarine Blue Color
0.8 oz Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
92.1% Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
6.9% White Melt & Pour Soap
Q.S. Ultramarine Blue Color
0.9% Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil

 

Melt & Pour Soap
Melt & Pour Soap

Weigh out the white and clear soap into two separate microwave safe containers. Heat the clear one first. It has a larger amount of material and will take longer to heat as well as longer to cool down.

Heat until liquid. While you are stirring the fragrance into the clear soap, heat the white soap until liquid. Stir the Ultamarine Blue Color into the white soap. Mix well. You don’t want any lumps of color.

Clear Soap in Mold
Clear Soap in Mold

Pour all of the clear soap into a Extra Large Square Mold. Using circular and swirling motions, drizzle the blue soap into the clear soap. The heat will start to move the color around and create clouds and ribbons of colored soap. Do not stir the soap. It will make the swirls muddy. Allow it to sit until cool. Cut the bars and package. Wasn’t that fast and easy?

Taylor

Adding Blue Colored Soap
Adding Blue Colored Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup of the swirls. Isn't it beautiful?
Closeup of the swirls. Isn’t it beautiful?
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