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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: 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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Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Juicy Grape, Gardenia, Snow Drops, Toasted Coconut, and Sandalwood Vanilla

Monday, May 26th, 2014

I have more photos for our Fragrance Testing Series! This is a long series of blog posts that shows the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL of the fragrances in our catalog at their maximum recommended usage rate for Cold Process Soap and showing you pictures of what the finished soaps look like in a side by side comparison with an unscented control batch. Since these fragrances are all being tested at their maximum recommended usage rate, I wouldn’t recommend using more fragrance. These soaps are strongly scented and will smell much stronger when wet.

Our first fragrance today in Cold Process Soap is Juicy Grape. Our catalog notes that “Juicy Grape is a wonderful fragrance with the intensely scented concord grape at the core. The fragrance is perfect for soaps, shampoos and conditioners. A real fresh and energizing scent.” Juicy Grape is one of my all time favorites, I love this fantastic scent in room sprays and lotions too. I have several friends that request this scent because it reminds them of a sweet candy grape treat.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that purple and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Juicy Grape fragrance oil on the left and control on the right.

Juicy Grape fragrance oil on the left and control on the right.


Gardenia scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Gardenia scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Gardenia. Under the description for Gardenia, our catalog says “Imagine white blooms on a warm summer night wafting fragrance through the air. That is Gardenia! A very rich fragrance” Reminds me of my grandma’s flower garden, she had these blooming every year. Brings back some great childhood memories.

There was a minute amount of discoloration, a light buttery yellow color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Snow Drops. According to our catalog, Snow Drops is a “Limited Edition! Snow Drops is a fresh and cool scent. Ozone meets with a slight sweetness, marine notes blend with a faint fresh evergreen. This is a great refreshing scent and reminds me of a crisp winter day in our high mountainous valley.” What? It can’t be, a limited edition? Better get yours now. I love this scent and so did several of you so it was brought back for a limited time. I recommend this scent it is a light and calming scent.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make any swirl without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Snow Drops scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Snow Drops scented soap on the left and control on the right.

 


Toasted Coconut scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Toasted Coconut scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Toasted Coconut. According to our catalog, “Toasted Coconut – Need a fragrance that smells like sunshine and sun tans? Toasted coconut is it! Need a fragrance for warm bodies on the beach? Toasted Coconut is it! Toasted Coconut can be used in lotions, soaps and more. Coconut with caramel notes, paradise and vanilla. Yummy!” This scent is getting me in that summer time mood. Temperatures are rising and chaise lounge chairs with a side of lemonade is just what I’m dreaming for about now.

There is a significant amount of discoloration of note a lovely tan in color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.25%, which is 0.36 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Sandalwood Vanilla.  According to our catalog “Sandalwood Vanilla is “an incredibly masculine scent. Sandalwood and vanilla are the perfect mix. Warm, sexy, inviting and comforting are the words most often uses to describe this scent. Sandalwood, vanilla, oak, moss and crisp linen blend to make this sent the best.” Sandalwood is one of my favorite scents and what is better than sandalwood? Sandalwood combined with the sweet scent of vanilla. The best combination of scent and a fabulous scent for just about anything you want to make!

There is a significant amount of discoloration of note a very nice shade of soft brown hues. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Sandalwood Vanilla fragrance oil on the right and control on the right.

Sandalwood Vanilla fragrance oil on the right and control on the right.

Thank you for joining us today! We will be releasing more pictures as we continue testing soaps. If there is a fragrance you would like to see, let us know and we will put it at the top of our list!


Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
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.

Tonya

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Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Blowing Bubbles, Honeysuckle, Bay Rum, Polynesian Red, and Apple Jack

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I have more photos for our Fragrance Testing Series! This is a long series of blog posts that shows the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL of the fragrances in our catalog at their maximum recommended usage rate for Cold Process Soap and showing you pictures of what the finished soaps look like in a side by side comparison with an unscented control batch. Since these fragrances are all being tested at their maximum recommended usage rate, I wouldn’t recommend using more fragrance. These soaps are strongly scented and will smell much stronger when wet.

Our first fragrance today in Cold Process Soap is Blowing Bubbles. Our catalog notes that Blowing Bubbles is “a fruity berry combination of strawberry, blackberry and wild huckleberries touched with a hint of pineapple and soft rose on a sweet caramel bottom. A great scent with mouthwatering berry notes which explode into the sweet realm of fun!” What a fun and playful name for a scent and this scent is definitely joyous and cheerful, very berry and bright!

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that pink and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 3.0%, which is 0.48 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Blowing Bubbles scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Blowing Bubbles scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Honeysuckle scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Honeysuckle scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Honeysuckle. Under the description for Honeysuckle, our catalog says “It is here! We know you have been asking for a good honeysuckle and have waited a long time. Well, the wait was worth it! A heavy floral that lingers for a long time, use alone or in blends. A fabulous anchoring aroma.” Now I know why hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers of the honeysuckle plant. It’s fantastic! An intense fragrance strong floral scent that is a perfect addition to our cold process soap.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that floral themed swirl you have always wanted without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Bay Rum. According to our catalog, Bay Rum “Well it is finally here! Bay Rum is the much requested fragrance for our R&D staff. After many trials and lots of fragrances we just didn’t like we created this one. One of our staff members too a bar of soap home to her husband. His complete comments we can’t print here but his animalistic growl said a thousand works!” A timeless sexy favorite, warm and exotic fragrance. Blends of citrus, spices and bay leaf give this a woody, sweet and spicy twist. A manly man fragrance.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make any swirl without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Bay Rum scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Bay Rum scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Polynesian Red scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Polynesian Red scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Polynesian Red. According to our catalog, Polynesian Red is “Juicy pomegranates are the core of this fragrance. Hints of pineapple, red grapefruit, green apple, mango and subtle moss make this scent unforgettable. A staff favorite with lotions, soaps and especially hair care products. I like the Leave In Conditioner the most so my hair can have an aromatic uplift any time of day!” A fruity tropical and always a requested scent. Love, love, love this fragrance in everything I make.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make pink and orange swirl without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Apple Jack. According to our catalog Apple Jack states that it’s “Another new arrival for the holiday. A festive combination of McIntosh red apples, juicy oranges and Madagascar vanilla perfectly complimented with our own special blend of spices. This one has ’tis the season’ written all over it.” Believe it or not, but I have not had the opportunity to try this scent before and I’m absolutely loving it. A great holiday treat, I am really enjoying the combination of apples and spice. I think I will make a room spray and see if the kids will come out of their rooms to see if I’m cooking. Haha!

There was a minute amount of discoloration, a light buttery yellow color. Still very minimal discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2%, which is 0.36 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Apple Jack scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Apple Jack scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Thank you for joining us today! We will be releasing more pictures as we continue testing soaps. If there is a fragrance you would like to see, let us know and we will put it at the top of our list!


Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
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.

Tonya

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Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Tahitian Flowers, Wicked, Sahara Sandalwood, Sap Moss & Peach

Monday, May 19th, 2014

I have more photos for our Fragrance Testing Series! This is a long series of blog posts that shows the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL of the fragrances in our catalog at their maximum recommended usage rate for Cold Process Soap and showing you pictures of what the finished soaps look like in a side by side comparison with an unscented control batch. Since these fragrances are all being tested at their maximum recommended usage rate, I wouldn’t recommend using more fragrance. These soaps are strongly scented and will smell much stronger when wet.

Our first fragrance today in Cold Process Soap is Tahitian Flowers. Our catalog notes that it’s “Back by popular demand!! Have you ever heard of the special gardenia flowers that grow in Tahiti? Does Monoi de Tahiti sound familiar? Well, we have worked to make a fragrance suitable for soaps and cosmetics that smells just like these beautiful flowers. A tropical paradise of Tahitian gardenia, a fresh twist of tropical fruit all into one sensual fragrance. Works fabulously in soaps and the staff loved the scent in the lotions and creams. Do not think this smells like a domestic gardenia, it does not! This monoi de Tahiti smells tropical and island like.” What a nice soothing floral scent that will have you coming back for more.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that yellow and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Tahitian Flowers scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Tahitian Flowers scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Wicked scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Wicked scented soap on the left and control on the right.

 

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Wicked. Under the description for Wicked, our catalog says “So, what fragrance could appeal to your inner Good Witch as well as your inner Bad Witch? Wicked, of course! This fragrance combines musky notes of patchouly, vanilla, and woods with kisses of sweet citrus and plums. Was that a hint of pure white lily? Or was it the tip of the iceberg of sensual vanilla? Only you can decide if this scent should be worn by day to release your inner Good Witch, or by night to release your inner Bad Witch. This one-of-a-kind scent is sure to please all witches and warlocks!”

This fancy and fun fragrance will not disappoint. There was a moderate amount of discoloration, a medium brown hazelnut color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Sahara Sandalwood. According to our catalog, Sahara Sandalwood is “A soft, masculine sandalwood with notes of vanilla and coconut. Warm sensual, perfectly masculine and certainly a winner for soaps and lotions. Some staff members said the scent reminds them of sandy beaches, mostly naked men, warm sunshine and suntan lotions. Does this mean we are ready for summer?!?!” I believe we are all ready for summer and this scent definitely puts us there.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make any swirl without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Sahara Sandalwood scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Sahara Sandalwood scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Sap Moss scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Sap Moss scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Sap Moss. According to our catalog, “Aveda has done it again! Sap Moss products from Aveda are blended with Iceland moss, quillaja, yucca, olibanum and galbanum. A soothing fragrance with a fresh appeal. Don’t be surprised if you are ready to make linen sprays, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, cuticle oils, foot creams with this marine-green blend.” There is nothing on Earth like it! The smell is fabulous, light and calming.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make any swirl without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Peach. Peach according to our catalog states that “I love biting into a fresh peach and having the sweet juices envelope my senses. It is one of the things I look forward to each fall. This peach fragrance is so good it brings back all those wonderful memories. It is sweet and tangy, complex and very refreshing.” We wish peach season was year-round here. Peaches are a great treat to eat or to add to your iced tea. What a lovely treat to add this fantastic scent to your soaps and other products so you can enjoy this fragrance year-round.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that orange and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.25%, which is 0.36 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Peach scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Peach scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Thank you for joining us today! We will be releasing more pictures as we continue testing soaps. If there is a fragrance you would like to see, let us know and we will put it at the top of our list!


Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
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.

Tonya

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