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Summer Fun with the Kids: Head to Toe Cream

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
I’ve had so much fun spending time with my kids and their friends as we made lots of goodies this summer. The kids have their own baskets of goodies, I have my “Don’t Touch – Mom’s Stash“, and my gift closet has a great collection of items. No more last minute gift shopping at my place! It was also fun to show my kids and their friends how easy it is to make these fun products just for themselves. They all had a great time and are super excited to use all the products they made!

The last thing we made together was body cream using the Head to Toe Cream Base. We added 1 fl oz of Freckles Fragrance Oil to the gallon and mixed well. One of the best things about this base is that you can use almost any of the 1 fl oz bottle of fragrance oil and scent the whole gallon pail. It makes the measuring super easy! Remember to always check the Fragrance Calculator so you are not over scenting.

Supplies Needed:

Another fabulous option is to get a Body Cream Kit or the Body Milk Lotion Kit. All the kits come complete with all the needed items to mix and scent your lotion base and they also include great labels.

This fun kid friendly activity only took us about 30 minutes to complete.

Enjoy and happy mixing!

Tonya

Finishing up filling several jars

Finishing up filling several jars

Mixing fragrance into Head to Toe Base

Mixing fragrance into Head to Toe Base

Scooping lotion into plastic baggie.

Scooping lotion into plastic baggie.

Zipping up plastic baggie

Zipping up plastic baggie

Filling 2 oz sized jars

Filling 2 oz sized jars

Cutting off corner

Cutting off corner

Much easier than using a spoon

Much easier than using a spoon

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Room/Body Sprays

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Since I had a gaggle of kids hanging around making all this really fun stuff, I thought that room/body sprays would be another fun project to do. The hardest part about making room/body sprays is deciding which fragrance to choose. While the kids took their time sniffing each fragrance and picking out one or two that they wanted, I collected the supplies.

Ingredients

Equipment

I love these trigger sprayers because they are a 12 oz bottle and come as a complete set. If you want to use other bottles sizes like the the 1 oz or the 2 oz PET bottles with a spray head, don’t let me stop you! These are great sizes to have in your purse, car or at your desk at work. I love the one I stashed in my purse because you never know when you might need a room spray while out and about! Think hotels, public restrooms and even outhouses!

Once we chose the fragrances we wanted, I had the kids line the bottles up for filling. We added 5 grams of Polysorbate and 5 grams of fragrance to each bottle, swirled the bottle to combine the fragrance and Polysorbate and let it sit for a 1-2 minutes. Then we topped off each bottle with warm water (about 11.5 oz). After filling the bottles, we placed the trigger spray heads on the bottles and tightened the closure. We gave our bottles a few shakes to ensure our room sprays were mixed and then put some simple labels on the exterior of the bottles. That was easy!

Remember to spray carpets or fabrics only, as these sprays can make hard floors slippery and we don’t anyone to get hurt. If your house only has hard floors, spritz a paper towel or fabric hand towel and hide under or behind any piece of furniture. Your room will smell just as fabulous!

Happy room/body spray making!

Tonya

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Finished room sprays

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Finished adding water and ready for capping

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Supplies collected and ready for assembly

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Scrubs with Salt or Sugar

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
For so many of us summertime is filled with activities like traveling, visiting water parks, going for picnics, taking hikes, camping, or just hanging around the house with family and friends. Since I had a group of kids hanging out at my house last weekend, I decided to herd them together for an afternoon adventure so we could create our own salt or sugar scrubs. My kids and I really enjoy the kits that you can get from the catalog and the Glycerin Scrub Base kit is one of our favorites. Why? We love this kit because all we absolutely have to provide is the salt and sugar. We can add extras if we want to do so, but we don’t have to!

The Glycerin Scrub Kit comes with a full gallon of Glycerin Scrub Base, Oval Spoon, 20 jars and lids, fragrance and labels. This means that everyone gets their own jar! No sharing is required.

After the kids straggled into the kitchen, we gathered up enough containers for mixing for everyone to have a mixing bucket for their own scrub. Each person measured out approximately 9 oz of the scrub base and 9 oz of salt or sugar. While the kids were weighing their salt or sugar, I shook the gallon jug of scrub base to ensure it was completely mixed as this base does tend to separate in the jug. Then after the base was thoroughly mixed, we weighed the base and added it to the buckets. As the kids stirred, we added the fragrance of their choice as well some Ground Vanilla Bean Specks. If you think the scrub isn’t thick enough, add some more salt or sugar. Just remember that your scrub will become a little thicker after sitting overnight.

Once mixed together, spoon or scoop directly into the 16 fl oz jars. This mixture of 18 oz by weight filled one 16 oz Deep Jar! After cleaning any spills, simply put the lid on the jar and apply the label to the lid. How simple and easy is that? Now you have a stash of scrubs and a fun way to encourage teens to actually use soap in their next shower.

Looking for a bit of color to add to your scrubs? I suggest ordering the Water Soluble Colorant Kit. This kit contains the 3 primary colors that we use for blending, and a package of dropper bottles. A fun way to add some color to your scrubs.

Tonya

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Finished Scrubs, Looking Fabulous!

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A few of the kit supplies

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Salt and ground vanilla bean

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Measuring out salt for the mixture

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Bath Salts

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
While I had all of our great kits and other products out, I thought that it would be fun to get the kids to help me make some bath salts. They love to have products they make for use in the shower and tub, so this is an excellent idea for bonding time as well as some fantastically easy products to use for some summertime relaxing.

I gathered some Bath Salt Tubes, salt, water soluble colors, and fragrance oil and let the kids go ahead with mixing their own bath salts with the colors and fragrances they desire. Each tube holds approximately 4 oz of salt and we measured out enough to make four tubes of each fragrance. This will allow for sharing between the kids because they always want one of what the other has! (This seems to apply to ice cream as well.)

After measuring out 16 oz of salt, we added a few drops of premixed color in at a time, mixed thoroughly until we reached our desired color, then added in 4 ml of Green Tea and Cucumber Fragrance Oil, mixed again before filling salt tubes and capping. Remember to use the Fragrance Calculator when deciding how much fragrance or essential oil to use. If you use too much, you may end up smelling and/or tasting like your favorite scent for a week! This isn’t fun for you or anybody around you!

I hope this inspires you to find some projects you can do as you enjoy your summer. If it means making things with your kids, hosting a sleepover and craft night or even hosting a ladies craft night with your friends, this project is another way you can find a bunch of giggles! Bath salts are easy, simple and fun to make. If you have any ideas for some summertime products, share your ideas in the comment section! I’d love to see what you are creating.

Tonya

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Adding Caps to Finished Filled Tubes

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Look how pretty – purple lavender salts

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Mixing color throughout the salt.

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Mixing in Color

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Filling Salt Tubes with Finished Salt

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Adding in a bit more color.

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Creating a light green for the Green Tea and Cucumber FO

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Bubble Bath

Monday, July 14th, 2014
The Bubble Bath Gift Kit is one of my favorite kits to mix with the kids. My kids really enjoy taking a bubble bath, no matter their ages and I love how easy it is to put together. The labels that come with this kit even provide the perfect finishing touch for these bottles of Bubble Bath! Since I’ve had gaggles of kids hanging out at my house recently, I decided that I would recruit them into help me without them knowing that they are being helpful. Sshhh! Don’t tell them!

In return for their help, I have restocked my gift closet and the kids even got to take home their own bottles of Bubble Bath. Thankfully school is starting soon because I’d like to send all these kids home!

The Bubble Bath Gift Kit comes complete with -

1 gallon of Bubble Bath Base – that’s 128 oz of bubble making fun!
20 of 8 oz frosted bottle
20 of Black Disk Top Caps
1 one gallon pump
Fragrance of your choice: Cotton Candy, Juicy Grape or Spa Mint Medley.
and Labels! Check out this link for the cute label options.

This kit only took a few minutes to put together, I emptied the 1 fl oz bottle of fragrance into the gallon jug of Bubble Bath and handed it over to the kids for mixing. Good thinking on my part, right? After letting the kids jump around the house as they shook the gallon, the fragrance and Bubble Bath were fully mixed. We placed the pump into the jug and pumped it directly into the frosted bottles, capped the containers and put the cute labels on. As we used Juicy Grape, the kids will definitely enjoy their next bath and I have some extras for all those “sudden” birthday gifts that are going to be needed soon.

I hope that you try any of the kits for the next time you need a fun project and gifts in your gift closet. They are definitely worth it!

Tonya

Finished bubble bath in bottles with labels!

Finished bubble bath in bottles with labels!

Getting ready to pump base into bottle

A few bubble bath base supplies

A few bubble bath base supplies

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Lip Solutions Kit

Friday, June 27th, 2014
What is another fun activity to do with the kids this summer? Making lip balms of course!

The Lip Solutions Gift Kits comes all complete with your choice of Lip Solutions (Vegan, Lanolin, Shea or Mango), pipettes, jars and lids, flavor oil, and LABELS! This is a fun project that the kids enjoy and means you will always be able to find a lip balm when you need one. We picked several lip solutions, added flavor and then the kids were off, filling their containers. We also had a few lip balm tubes and Lip Balm Slider Tin that the kids filled. Now the kids have one for them, one for a friend, one for them,, one for the other friend, one for them, one for me and another one just for them!

The Mango Lip Solutions Gift Kit includes:

Making the lip balm is easy. Open the jar of Lip Solutions, melt it in the microwave for approximately 1-1/2 minutes. Stir with a pipette. Add flavor oil, stir well. Use the pipette to transfer the lip balm from the Lip Solutions Jar into the small lip balm jars. Allow to cool. Cap and label! You now will have about 35 lip balms to share with your friends and family!

If you want to color your Lip Balms, consider getting our Oil Soluble Lip Colors. You will only need a small amount to color all of your lip balms. We tried this and made a wonderful brown color. (See bottom photo. We capped them with the clear caps.)

If you like your lip balms super sweet, more like a dessert, then you may wish to add a bit of Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil or Sugar Baby Flavor Oil to the mixture. We think all the flavor oils offered can stand alone without the additional sweetener, but some people prefer a sweeter lip balm. If you are one of those sweet types, then we have the sweetener you need.

So, choose your favorite Lip Solutions Kit and enjoy a fun kid friendly activity this summer!

Tonya

Collecting the supplies to make lip balms!

Collecting the supplies to make lip balms!

Filling the lip balm jars.

Filling the lip balm jars.

Carefully filling some lip balm tubes.

Carefully filling some lip balm tubes.

All of the finished lip balm!

All of the finished lip balm!

Brown lip balm made with the Oil Soluble Lip Colors.

Brown lip balm made with the Oil Soluble Lip Colors.

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Clay Masks

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Masks. What a super easy and fun activity to do with your kids! My teenagers love to create and use their own clay masks. They love clay masks so much that I often find containers in their bathroom with the residue of their clay concoctions clinging to the container.  Kids!

Today I will show you how easy it is to make your own clay masks at home. My teenagers had a few friends over to put together some small bags of clay. We had some small bags and put in approximate 1-2 tablespoons of clay per bag. We used zip top bags for easy use later when they want to add in the liquid portion to their mask. We labeled each bag and when they are ready will add in fresh water, honey or plain yogurt into their bag, mix well.

There are a few clay options to choose from; Bentonite, French Green, Pink Kaolin, to Morocco Red; you also have a variety of additives you can add to your clay; choose what you like from the following.

Water – great for oily skin
Half and half – awesome for combination skin
Jojoba Oil – fabulous for dry skin
Honey
Plain yogurt
Powdered milk
Mashed bananas
Ground oatmeal – wonderful for oily skin

Add your liquid of choice into the clay a little at a time, not too much or your mud mask will become too thin. You want to get a pudding consistency then apply the mask to the face and neck. Allow the mask to dry approximately 10-15 minutes, then rinse completely off with a warm washcloth.

You can use a facial mask on any part of your body, but it is a good idea to try it out first on the inside of your elbow. Remember, it is always a good idea to check for any allergies first.

Happy Mud Facials Everyone!

Tonya

 

Clay Options

Clay Options

 

Additives for your clay

Additives for your clay

 

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Melt & Pour Soap

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
The kids had so much fun with making the bath bombs that we decided to do another fun project with Melt & Pour Soap.

We had the kids pick some fun molds that they wanted to use. They chose some animal and flower molds! They also wanted to embed some objects in the soap. We decided on using a bag and embedding some sea creatures into some of the Melt & Pour Soap that we colored blue to make it look like the ocean water. Ava chose an octopus and coral to place into her soap and Dylan chose a fish, shark and a treasure chest to place into his soap. If we added ALL the objects that the kids wanted, we would have ended up with the largest soap ever!

After melting the soap, we colored it with some premixed Ocean Blue color. We allowed the soap to cool for a little to help prevent the bags from melting and leaking everywhere. Once the soap was cool enough, we then poured the soap into a plastic bag and placed the objects into the soap. After placing the objects in the soap, we set the bags of soap with sea creature embeds into a bowl until completely cooled. The kids will definitely enjoy their showers and tubs as they wait for their sea creatures to come out of the soap!

For the flower and animal molds we melted the Melt & Pour Soap, added in some color and poured directly into the molds. Allow to cool completely, then pop them out of the molds. If you have bubbles on the top of your soap from enthusiastic mixing, lightly spritz the soaps with some rubbing alcohol to help the bubbles pop. You do want to spritz your soaps shortly after pouring into the molds before the soap has time to set. Soaps stuck in the molds? One easy way to remove your soaps from the mold is to spray a thin coat of oil into each mold prior to filling with soap.

This was a super fast and easy project to do with the kids. I hope this inspires you to come up with some fun projects to do with the kids during the summer break. What a fun way to keep them active as well as create some fun memories with the kids!

Enjoy!

Tonya

Filling the Sunflower Mold.

Filling the Sunflower Mold.

The Butterfly Mold as the soap cools.

The Butterfly Mold as the soap cools.

Adding fish and shark to the soap.

Adding fish and shark to the soap.

Adding sea creatures to the soap.

Adding sea creatures to the soap.

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Making Bath Bombs!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Summertime. What a fun time to hang out with friends and family at the pool, beach, park or backyard! I really enjoy the sunshine and fun family activities that come with the summer season. BBQ parties, hiking, swimming, fishing, or even just sitting on the porch; it is nice to be able to get out and enjoy ourselves.

This summer I want to show you how you can expand your summer amusement with some fun, simple and easy to do projects with your friends and kids. Today I am going to show you how to create some Bath Bombs that the kids will surely enjoy the next time they take a bath. We all know how dirty they can get, so anything that we can to do to get them in the bathtub and clean is best for all. At the end of the day, we get some great bonding time as well as some clean kids! What could be better?!

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Citric Acid
Corn Starch
Fragrance Oil of your choice
Water Soluble Color
Distilled Water in a Spray Bottle
Equipment
Multi-Cube Clamshell or other Molds of your choice
Scale
Pipettes
Large plastic bag for mixing
Small plastic bags for individualizing each clamshell
Recipe in pounds:
3 pounds Baking Soda
2 pounds Citric Acid
1 pound Corn Starch
Recipe in Percentages
50% Baking Soda
34% Citric Acid
16% Corn Starch

Recipe: (Makes 6 pounds, fills 20-22 Multi-Cube Clamshells)

Weigh dry materials into a bag and mix well. If using the Multi-Cube Clamshell, weigh 4.4 ounces into a small bag. Add up to 1/2 mL fragrance oil and mix well, making sure all the clumps have been broken up. Spritz plain water and colored water over the dry powder once or twice and then mix thoroughly. Alternate spritzes of colored water and plain water until the mixture is the texture of coarse corn meal. Be careful to not over spray or your bombs may start fizzing, so spray once or twice and mix thoroughly, then repeat if necessary. Compress finished product into Multi-Cube Clamshell or Mold of your choice and let dry thoroughly about 6-12 hours.

Now your kids will love it when you send them off to take a bath. Since we used the Multi-Cube Clamshell, simply break off a cube or two into your next bath and let the fizzing begin!

 

Color Note:
Adding color to this recipe can be done with ease if the color is mixed with water and spritzed lightly into the dry ingredients. Try a .15 cc scoop of the water soluble dyes into a 4 oz size bottle with spray head and see how easy it is to color your bath bombs!

You can find Water Soluble dyes in our catalog at thesage.com, but I have also included links to all of our water soluble dyes here for your easy perusal!
Grape
Lemon Yellow
Purple Raspberry
Ocean Blue

What a fun summertime afternoon project with the kids. What we should create next? We want to hear your ideas!

Thanks Dylan and Ava! I loved spending the afternoon with you!

Tonya

Making Bath Bombs

Making Bath Bombs

Look What I Made

Look What I Made

Mixing mixture

Mixing bath bomb mixture

Mixing mixture with colored water in a bag

Mixing mixture with colored water in a bag

Pressing mixture in a clamshell

Pressing mixture in a clamshell

Using a mold to create shapes

Using a mold to create shapes

Shapes & color options

Shapes & color options

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Caffe Latte Cold Process Soap

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Caffe Latte Soap

Caffe Latte Soap

Recently, we offered a beginners soap making class, we had a few students that never made soap before and some that had made a few batches but wanted to focus on the cold process soap-making techniques. During this class each participant had the opportunity to make several batches of soap and since we were in the blog kitchen we couldn’t help ourselves and started digging into the drawers and cupboards for new ideas. This beginners class soon covered some more advanced topics such as adding fragrances, additives, colors, essential oils, glitter, and espresso. Every batch we did we tried something new, we soon lost track of time made 20+ batches of soap and had gone through all the drawers and cupboards in the blog kitchen. So much fun!

In this blog I am going to share with you the Caffe Latte soap that we created in this class. This first started with everyone needing a beverage and as we traveled around the room for requests I asked Andee for a iced coffee (she makes the best). Well this got our ideas going and we asked Andee to make us some espresso for making – why not? a Caffe Latte soap! Swapping a portion of the water/lye mixture with espresso was a good start. Then we came up with coffee oil, coffee grounds, Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil. To do this we used two 1lb batches of soap, one we would be simulating the coffee portion and the other would be the cream portion.

While making the coffee portion we added the espresso into they lye mixture, this made the soap a really dark brown color. My favorite! We also added in some of the coffee oil this gave it a strong coffee scent. This will definitely wake you up, without the caffeine of course. The creamy top for our soap we added in a Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil and ground up coffee beans for sprinkling on the top.

Here are the ingredients and recipe.

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Coffee Oil
Coffee Grounds
Espresso
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
29 grams Shea Butter
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

Our temperatures for lye and oils are between 125°F and 130°F to handle our currently cool weather. We make our soap with a 6% superfat. All of the batches we make are mixed to light trace and then the fragrance is added. After the fragrance is added we mix until the fragrance is incorporated and then we pour into the mold.

We first poured the espresso added batch to fill the mold to the half way point, then poured the second creamy batch on top. Sprinkled with finely ground coffee beans to give that chocolate sprinkled effect. Wow, this soap smells wonderful! What a great fun idea and it sure wakes up your senses every time you use it.

Enjoy and see you soon in our next soap making class!

Tonya

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