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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge Soap Submission – Karen

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
I find it fascinating when people are given the same basic materials but their finished products are completely different. That is one of my favorite things about challenges. Challenges seem to give people full reign of their creativity by forcing them to think outside the box. Check out what Karen thought of! 

I LOVE this coffee soap. I love coffee and it’s just the best to use in the kitchen and after gardening. I made a 4X strength coffee for the liquid and added the used grinds to the soap. A little TD to give it a beautiful creamy (yeah, I love cream in my coffee) swirl. I added a touch of tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender essential oils. This could be the perfect soap ;*) And, it’s just beautiful (in my coffee hazed mind!) And yes, it’s a botanical. Coffee comes from trees, so there ya go.

Want to join in on the fun? Don’t forget, you have until July 18th to strut your stuff and have a chance to win an MMS gift certificate!

Taylor

Karen's Coffee Soap

Karen’s Coffee Soap

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Reader Challenge: New Gift Kit Combination Ideas Wanted!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Help Wanted! I’ve been working on some ideas for new kit combinations using our fantastic bases. I love the ability to use our gift kits when I have an emergency gift I need to make, friends to entertain or even planned out gift baskets for special events like Christmas, birthdays or even just because!

I need your help! I need fresh ideas to pair any of our bases with a fragrance (or flavor) that you think we should put together as a new kit option. I’m open to thoughts and inspiration!

Once I get some ideas from you, I’ll take them to the Graphics Team and we will design some new labels for the kits. If you have any thoughts on that front we would love to hear them!

I am running on a deadline for this project and I will need your ideas by July 25th, 2014. To submit your idea(s), simply tell me in the comments below or use the Contact Us page. Please make sure that your e-mail is correct so I can send a message back to you. We wouldn’t want you to miss out if we choose your idea. You can submit one idea or multiple ideas. No idea is too small! I’ll listen to them all!

Once we have the new kits ready to release, all participants will be among the first to know! If you didn’t enter any ideas, don’t worry. Our loyal blog readers will also get the list of the new kits a few days later. How cool is that?

So, what do you “win” if we choose one of your ideas?

  1. A bundle of virtual hugs!
  2. A really awesome goodie box from the Blog Kitchen.
  3. A special note card from all of us here!

Is your brain already coming up with ideas? If so, yay! We want to hear them! If not, pop on over to the catalog for inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Andee

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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge Soap Submission – Karen

Friday, June 20th, 2014
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

Monday, June 16th, 2014
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

Poppies
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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Carma

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
One of my favorite parts of spring is that fresh produce starts to become available again. One of my particular favorites is strawberries. The is nothing better than biting into a luscious, plump, bright red strawberry and feeling a burst of flavor on the tongue. Carma thinks of fruit and fruity scents too!

 

I live in Minnesota and look forward to spring all winter long. We have had a very long, very cold winter this year and I have a bad case of Spring Fever!! This soap is scented with a blend of MMS fragrances. I had 3 – 1 oz bottles with a little left in each one, so I combined them to create a spring time scent. The scent includes Cherry Blossom and Kiwi, Mulberry and Enchanted Apple. I LOVE enchanted apple!
I included some skin softening ingredients to soften up our winter frozen skin and get it ready for springtime!!! The recipe includes cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and avocado oil. So luxurious I can’t wait for Spring!

Carma

Carma’s blend sounds delightful! I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which are inspiring you?

 
Taylor

Carma's Soap

Carma’s Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetic Submission – Kathy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Easter is approaching fast. I love all of the colors that decorate homes, cards and even candy! I love color. Kathy took those wonderful spring-time colors as inspiration for her bubble bars.

My name is Kathy and I live in Arizona. We never did have a winter season, so it’s hard to get into the Spring season. I want some cold weather!!! Snow would be awesome!!

Anyway, I’d like to submit my Bubble Bars for your challenge! Bubble Bars are pretty simple to make and use if you use small cupcake molds. But I wanted something a little more impressive, so I used graduated, flower-shaped cookie cutters to make mine. I held each layer together with “frosting”. Then I added some silk flowers into the “frosting” to give it a special WOW factor! What was I thinking??!! Yes, they’re pretty, but not really functional! They’re too big for one bath, so you have to cut or break them up into smaller pieces for a single bath – oh well, I still like the way they look! These are scented with Lavender EO.

The other problem I ran into with my Bubble Bars was using candy sprinkles imbedded into the frosting. That would be fine if you gave one to an adult. But I gave one to my little grandson, Dustin. Dustin thought I gave him something to eat – oh yes he did!! He ate the little candy sprinkles first, then he bit into the bubble bar itself. Unfortunately, we weren’t paying attention! Well, he looked at me then made a really bad face – “yuk! Grandma, these taste bad”!! Bad choice for children!

I hope you like them!

Kathy

Kathy’s story of her grandson really made me chuckle. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?

Taylor

After Frosting and Decorating

After Frosting and Decorating

Before Frosting

Before Frosting

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Plain Bubble Bar

Small Plain Bubble Bar

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Mary

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Spring is achingly close but winter doesn’t seem to want to let go. I am ready for blue skies and greenery! I am ready for the sun to warm my car and skin and for the robins to come stay. I am ready for some warm weather. Mary is too! Come see the soap she made.

 

Nothing says warm weather to me like watermelon. I first made a watermelon scented soap (last year) to try swirling colors using a column to pour the soap over in a slab mold (I used a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag). It was such a hit with my family and friends, that I made another batch last week. This time I poured more over the column, and the colors really go all through. Happy Spring everyone!

Mary

I loved reading Mary’s write-up. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?
Taylor

Mary's Soap

Mary’s Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetics Submission – Leilani

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Spring is amazing. I love how color just seems to flood the landscape. I will always remember the enormous lilac bushes that lined my grandparents property. They had white, light purple and dark purple lilacs. They were beautiful. Leilani also thinks of flowers in spring. Here is what she says. 

Spring means that we get to smell the lovely floral scents in the air, but you can enjoy those scents year round with perfume. Here are some solid perfumes I make, all of them are from mixing essential oils and MMS fragrance oils. The most popular one is Wicked, made using mostly MMS’s Wicked fragrance oil plus a splash of a secret ingredient J. I had fun designing these labels, they show the whimsy and colors of spring.

Taylor

Leilani's Perfume

Leilani’s Perfume

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Michael

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
There comes a point every year when I get absolutely sick of popsicle toes, gallons of hot beverages and snow. I’m fast approaching my breaking point. I am wanting color! Loads of color! Buckets of color! Give me color! 

Michael is feeling much the same way. Check out the soap Michael made to make sure spring gets here and stays!

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of winter, enough already! Looking at this soap and smelling it just gets me in the mood for spring. This is an Orange Basil Castile Soap.
Taylor

Michael's Spring Soap

Michael’s Spring Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Genny

Monday, March 24th, 2014
One of my favorite things about living where I do is when spring comes, everything from the valley floor to the tips of the mountain peaks is carpeted in the most beautiful green. It is awe-inspiring. Genny thinks of green too, but of a slightly different version.

 

This is my Green Tea Silk Soap recently made with Spring in mind. It’s scented with Green Tea, because it’s got such a nice green & lightly floral scent that reminds me so much of Spring. The green color is completely from doing a very strong infusion of real green tea. I added a bit of silk to give it some nice silkiness to help wash away winter.
Taylor

Genny's Green Tea and Silk Soap

Genny’s Green Tea and Silk Soap

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