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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

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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

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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
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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
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Memorial Day is Here!

Memorial Day is a great day where we celebrate and honor the men and women who have and who continue to make great sacrifices for our country. From everything to parades, gravesite decorations, flags and backyard BBQ’s we each have our own way of honoring these great people. We hope that you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. 

So what does Memorial Day mean for your orders? Both the United States Post Office and UPS are closed during the holiday. We will also be closed so that our staff members can spend this important time with their families. If you have an order you need before or directly after the holiday, make sure to place your orders quickly. Time is running out before the break. We will resume shipping orders on Tuesday, so if your order is placed during the weekend, it will not be shipped until Tuesday. We hope this can help you plan for this hiccup in the calendar.

From our family here at MMS to yours, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe Memorial Day.

 
Taylor

 

P.S. If you are looking for some great recipes for a weekend BBQ, I want to share some of my favorites! If you are looking for a scrumptious dip for chips and veggies I recommend the simple and addicting Artichoke and Spinach Dip. You can also consider making Baked Beans from scratch or our disappearing Bowtie Pasta Salad that is a staff favorite for every potluck lunch. You can even stick with a tried and true Lemonade that is super easy and fresh!

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Cookoo for Coconuts Lip Balm

Imagine a sweltering hot day where your hair has frizzed into a halo around your head, your hands are wrapped around a rough and hard sphere while you sip the cool, sweet, mildly flavored liquid from inside. Fresh coconut is what I imagine when I used this lip balm. Don’t you want to come join me at some imaginary tropical locale with a coconut shack? You are more than welcome! Bring your friends too!

 

Difficulty Rating: EASY

Start to finish: Less than 30 minutes*

Ingredients
Beeswax
Virgin Coconut Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Castor Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Coconut Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
40 grams Beeswax
50 grams Virgin Coconut Oil
30 grams Palm Kernel Oil
56 grams Castor Oil
20 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
4 grams Coconut Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1.41 oz Beeswax
1.76 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
1.06 oz Palm Kernel Oil
1.98 oz Castor Oil
0.71 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
0.14 oz Coconut Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Beeswax
25% Virgin Coconut Oil
15% Palm Kernel Oil
28% Castor Oil
10% Fractionated Coconut Oil
2% Coconut Flavor Oil

Are you ready to make your Cookoo for Coconuts lip balm? Let’s get started! First collect all of your ingredients. Set up your scale and equipment. Weigh all of your ingredients into your microwave safe container except for the flavor oil. Heat in the microwave until melted. This shouldn’t take more than two minutes. Take care not to overheat your lip balm. Once everything is completely melted and stirred well, add the coconut flavor oil. Stir the flavor in well. Pipette or pour the lip balm into your containers. Allow to cool. Complete should take no more than 20 minutes. Label and enjoy your exotic get away!

 

*Labeling may take a bit longer.
Taylor

Finished Lip balm
Finished Lip balm
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Empty Beaker
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Weighing Beeswax
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Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Melted Lip Balm
Melted Lip Balm

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Chocolate Bacon Lip Balm

The Chocolate Bacon lip scrub from Tuesday was so GOOD, I just had to make a lip balm to match. I wanted my lip scrub to last without scrubbing my lips raw yet keep the same great flavor on my lips! (That lip scrub is so good, my lips are pink and tender!) Come join for this great tasting, simple to make lip balm.

 

Because the salt really made the bacon flavor shine in the spotlight for the chocolate bacon lip scrub, I wanted to make sure in the lip balm the chocolate got its turn. To make the chocolate flavor more noticeable, I added some of the regular cocoa butter.

This lip balm is creamy, silky and loaded with lots of flavor! Yum. The best part is you can have your chocolate bacon without the calories. Whoot!

 

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Cherry Seed Oil
Peach Kernel Oil
Cocoa Butter
Beeswax
Avocado Butter
Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
44 grams Castor Oil
20 grams Cherry Seed Oil
20 grams Peach Kernel Oil
30 grams Cocoa Butter
40 grams Beeswax
40 grams Avocado Butter
6 grams Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Recipe in Ounces
1.55 oz Castor Oil
0.71 oz Cherry Seed Oil
0.71 oz Peach Kernel Oil
1.06 oz Cocoa Butter
1.41 oz Beeswax
1.41 oz Avocado Butter
0.21 oz Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Recipe in Percentages
22% Castor Oil
10% Cherry Seed Oil
10% Peach Kernel Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
20% Beeswax
20% Avocado Butter
3% Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax

Weigh everything in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. 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!
Taylor

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm
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Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Weighing Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax

Melted Lip Balm Solution
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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

Is this your mother's gift basket?
What is in your mother’s day gift basket?
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