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Recycling and Repurposing Containers from MMS

Crafting your own lotions, soaps and lip balms is extremely rewarding but what does one do with all of the extra containers?! Re-purpose them! Let me share with you just a few ways I reuse and re-purpose my containers.

My fancy pen holder
My fancy pen holder

Have a Lip Balm Base Jar hanging around? These jars are great for holding and storing little things. I have one that acts as a button jar, another that is a coin jar and yet another that holds paper clips. Here at work I use another jar to hold all of my pens and pencils. These glass jars are great!

 

My tea/drink mix holder
My tea/drink mix holder

Just emptied out a 16 oz jar of Shea Butter or other oil? These plastic jars are great for storing tea bags, brown sugar and other things in your cupboard. I even use one of the jars to store cornstarch. They are handy and durable. I never have to worry about crazy messes when it is in a jar versus a box. What do you store in yours?

Fantastic flour storage bucket!
Fantastic flour storage bucket!

Okay, so these smaller containers are are great for storing other materials but what about those big buckets that hold 25lbs of oil?! These are my favorite containers to put to use. I store flour, sugar, beans, corn grits and oatmeal in these containers. I love these containers because they allow to purchase things like flour and sugar in bulk without worrying how I am going to store it. I always know I will have a clean bucket on hand.

Are you ready to share how you repurpose your MMS containers? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Intagram using #TheSageRecycling. We want to see your photos! Hurry quick. All submissions made by December 12th 2014 get a chance to win an Extra Large Handmade Tray Mold. We will be giving away two of these wonderful molds. You must be an existing MMS customer to win.

Taylor

 

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Packaged Soap – Caramel Style

Packaging Inspiration. Yum!
Packaging Inspiration. Yum!

One of the hardest parts about making soap for me isn’t formulating or mixing or even swirling. It is packaging. There is a mind boggling amount of packaging available for soap. You can use shrink bands, cigar bands, boxes, bags and more! You can even leave your soaps “naked”. Today I wanted to share a fun way to package your soaps. It is especially great for the upcoming holidays. Red, green and gold anyone?

Finished Wrapped Soaps
Finished Wrapped Soaps

What actually inspired this packaging was caramels. Every year, the women of my family gather in someone’s kitchen and we make caramels. Not the pre-made type that you melt down or cut. No, we make caramels from cream and sugar and butter.  The kind of caramels that your grandmother remembers with a wistful smile.

Placing Soap
Placing Soap

After we have stood over the hot stove stirring till each of our arms has given out, we pour the caramel onto my mother’s marble block so that it may cool. Once the caramel has cooled, we slice that huge slab into bite sized pieces and we wrap it in little twists of paper. They remind me a little of salt water taffy when we are done. They are beautiful and a much coveted treat during the holidays.  Come join me as we wrap another welcome gift, soap!

Wrapping Soap
Wrapping Soap

For this project you will need your finished soap cut into bars, tissue paper, tape and ribbon. Let’s get started!

Lay your tissue paper out flat, short end toward you. Place your soap in the center, closer to the top. Wrap the top of the tissue paper toward yourself and roll the soap until you reach the bottom of the tissue paper. Secure with a small piece of tape.

Placing Tape
Placing Tape

Crinkle the excess paper that is right next to the bar. This allows you to tie a ribbon around this section with relative ease. Tie a ribbon around the section of tissue paper that your crinkled. Repeat on the other side. You are done and ready to present your soap!

Taylor

 

Crimping Tissue Paper
Crimping Tissue Paper

P.S. Send pictures of your holiday packaging for a chance to win one of our Extra Large Handmade Tray molds. You must be an MMS customer to win. Winners will be selected by the MMS Staff based on creativity and visual appeal. Two winners will be selected. Submissions must be sent to blog@thesage.com by 12:00 PM on November 25th or they will be disqualified. Prizes will ship December 3rd.

Tying Ribbon
Tying Ribbon

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Soap
Finished Soap
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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge – Karen

What happens when you are so enamored with a specific ingredient that you can’t make just one type of soap? You expand your creativity horizons of course! Vanilla Bean Specks are one of those items that you can’t have just one product containing them! They are beautiful is soaps, a must in scrubs and just a fun addition! Check out this lovely Vanilla Bean Speck inspired soap! 

Here’s another of my favorites soaps. I created this one as a more “girlie” version of my Denali Granite soap. This one also has ground vanilla bean seeds (love this in soap) and clay, with a blended berry scent.

Keep an eye out for the fabulous challenges that we do here on the blog. It is not just a chance to show your art through the media of soap and cosmetics. It is also a chance to earn awesome prizes like free product, gift certificates and more! I promise you won’t want to miss out.

Taylor

Karen's Denali Granite Soap
Karen’s Denali Granite Soap
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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge – Karen

Vanilla. The world’s most prized flavor followed closely by chocolate. It thoroughly amazes me how such a small delicate orchid blossom can create a pod bursting with such prized flavor. Vanilla is an inspirational, rebel rousing flavor. And it has inspired culinary delights, sophisticated perfumes, homey candles and more. So it isn’t particularly surprising to have people pioneering new ways to incorporate vanilla. Soap is just one of those fields. Check out what one particular soap maker developed!

 

Here’s a soap I make and just love. It gets its look from MMS ground vanilla bean seeds, bentonite clay and kaolin clay. Scented with Bay Rum; it’s an awesome soap!

Keep an eye out for the fabulous challenges that we do here on the blog. It is not just a chance to show your art through the media of soap and cosmetics. It is also a chance to earn awesome prizes like free product, gift certificates and more! I promise you won’t want to miss out.

Taylor

Karen's Granite Soap
Karen’s Granite Soap
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Beautiful Botanicals Challenge Soap Submission – Karen

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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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

Poppies
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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Carma

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

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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An Old Football Injury Special

We all have, or have had, our own version of an old football injury. The stories of our football injuries can be highly exciting or from the more mundane part we call “daily life”. For some of us the pain is crippling, and for others, we learn to shut up and ignore it as best we can. Sometimes we need a little extra help so we can just think!

 

I recently had my own “old football injury” flare up. It hurts enough that I have been rather distracted. So, I wanted to do something a little special for everyone who has ever had an “old football injury”.

I want to help everyone create the perfect ice pack. Most ice packs work pretty well if you want to keep something cool for a short period of time. They warm up quickly which can mean you need to rotate through three or four ice packs before you are finished. Old football injuries can require so many changes of gel style ice packs, these style ice packs can be a little troublesome. The style of ice pack we will be making today is very cold and for deep muscle injuries. It must be wrapped in a towel or two before being applied. Do not apply directly to skin!

To make your own “football injury” iceman pack, you will need isopropyl alcohol ( also known as rubbing alcohol)  and water. You will need equal parts by volume. So if you only have 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, you will need 1 cup of water. Fairly easy, all things considered.

However, if you have ever used a traditional zip lock bag for ice cubes, you know that they are not always the most durable to deal with freezing and melting over and over again. So what is a girl (or guy) to do?! Well, this is part of why I am doing this blog. There is a small special included!

If you have order any of our botanicals such as Alkanet Root Powder, Annatto Seed Powder, Kelp Powder or even Paprika Powder, you have seen some cool, silver space-style bags. These Mylar bags are great, heavy duty, durable bags. They are sealed with an impulse sealer so if you have an impluse sealer, you are all set! If you don’t have an impulse sealer yet, I highly recommend them. They are so easy to use and are a time saver as well as making you look professional. We use the impulse sealer to close shrink bags, make bags and even close tea bags!

All you have to do to get one of these bags is to request one in the comments field of your next order. It is that easy! Just write “I want a bag for my old football injury.”

However you got your football injury, sometimes a little help is all that is needed. Don’t worry. If the story is embarrassing or boring, I’ll help you cover with a more exciting story. After all, mum is the word.

 

 

Taylor

Mylar Bags
Mylar Bags
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