Category Archives: Fast and Simple Gifts

Sweet Body Polish

Finished Body Polish
Finished Body Polish

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I had a great time. I got to make rolls and pickled beets. It was a blast! There is only one down side. Beet stains. I had beet juice stain my fingers, cuticles and spots up my arms. Yikes! Today I wanted to make a sugar scrub that would help me conquer those stains once and for all.

I wanted today’s body polish to be a little stiff in the jar but apply smoothly to the skin. To accomplish that, I used a mixture of Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil as my fixed oils.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I also added some Polysorbate 20 to this mixture. Polysorbate 20 makes the scrub a little easier to wash off rather than leaving a film of oil on the skin.

Lastly, I decided to scent this scrub with out Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Starfruit is a sweet, exotic tropical scent that is refreshing and fun. I consider it to be a must try!

Ingredients
Granulated Sugar
Salt
Olive Butter
Macadamia Nut Oil
Polysorbate 20
LiquaPar
Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
260 grams Granulated Sugar
12 grams Salt
72 grams Olive Butter
39 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
12 grams Polysorbate 20
4 grams LiquaPar
1 gram Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
9.17 oz Granulated  Sugar
0.42 oz Salt
2.54 oz Olive Butter
1.38 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.42 oz Polysorbate 20
0.14 oz LiquaPar
0.04 oz Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
65% Granulated Sugar
3% Salt
18% Olive Butter
9.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
3% Polysorbate 20
1% LiquaPar
0.25% Starfruit Fragrance Oil

 

Melted Oils
Melted Oils

Weigh the Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Allow the mixture to cool below 120 F. Add the Polysorbated 20, LiquaPar and Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Add sugar and salt. Spoon the scrub into jars. Label and enjoy!

Adding Starfruit Fragrance Oil, LiquaPar and Polysorbate 20
Adding Starfruit Fragrance Oil, LiquaPar and Polysorbate 20

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Adding Sugar and Salt
Adding Sugar and Salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing Body Polish
Mixing Body Polish
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Gifts and Goodies

The cute label Shayla designed!
The cute label Shayla designed!

Hey there! My name is Shayla. I have been an MMS employee for almost two years. I work in the Label Department creating and printing custom labels.

Collected Materials
Collected Materials

I love our lotion bases! They are very easy to work with and are great for gifts. I have friends and family that work for the school district and I wanted to give them something to celebrate the luxury of lazy summer days. I had a little get together with my mom and sisters to create our gifts. I decided to use a gallon of our Goat Milk Cream base and 1 fl oz of Paradise Fragrance Oil. We also used the 2oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars with the White Straight Lids.
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Washable Massage Oil

Finished Massage Oil
Finished Massage Oil

I love treating myself to a massage but I hate that when I finally get to the shower to clean up, I feel like a slippery, oily, falling hazard. I would love to be able to step into the shower and wash most of the oil off with ease while leaving just a tiny amount to keep my skin soft. Well, today I decided to solve this by making my own! Come join me.

I am really pleased with this massage oil. It feels just like your typical massage oil. There is no stickiness or tackiness you might expect from have an emulsifier in the mixture. It rubs into the skin just beautifully. When I rinsed my skin, the water did not bead up like I had lots of oil on my skin. Instead it just flowed across my arm. After I dried my skin, I was pleased to discover that there was only a tiny amount of oil left. It wasn’t enough for me to worry about staining my clothes and it kept my skin soft throughout the day. Wow!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Hemp Oil
Spray Clear Emulsifier
Optiphen
Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
25 grams Castor Oil
350 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
102.5 grams Hemp Oil
15 grams Spray Clear Emulsifier
5 grams Optiphen
2.5 grams Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.88 oz Castor Oil
12.35 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
3.62 oz Hemp Oil
0.53 oz Spray Clear Emulsifier
0.18 oz Optiphen
0.09 oz Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Castor Oil
70% Golden Jojoba Oil
20.5% Hemp Oil
3% Spray Clear Emulsifier
1% Optiphen
0.5% Lemoncello Fragrance Oil

 

Measuring Preservative and Castor Oil
Measuring Preservative and Castor Oil

I love making recipes like this because they are so easy to do. Are you ready? It is even easier than making Tollhouse® Ready Bake cookies!

Measure everything into a mixing container. Mix well. Package into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Adding Spray Clear Emulsfier
Adding Spray Clear Emulsifier

How simple was that? This is a great massage oil that you can use at home or at a spa. You and your clients will love how easily this product rinses the excess off while still leaving enough to keep the skin baby soft. Remember that massage oils should be scented lightly as we continually add product to the skin. A little goes a long way!

Adding Golden Jojoba Oil
Adding Golden Jojoba Oil

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Throwback Thursday: Soothing Oatmeal Tea Bags

Sometimes looking back at things we have made before can inspire us. Yesterday, Tina asked for advice about what to do with heat rash. Here is my suggestion for her request!

This soothing oatmeal tea bag has been a staple in my bathroom since I first made this recipe three years ago. It has lots of uses and I enjoy the calm feeling it gives my skin.

All of my ingredients weighed into the bucket for the Soothing Oatmeal Tea Bags. blog.thesage.com
All of my ingredients weighed into the bucket.
Summer is just around the corner. If you are like me, you have already received your first sunburns and bee stings all in one week. OUCH! I’ve been treating my painful sunburns with Bactine and my even more painful bee stings with Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream, but both of those stop working effectively the minute I get in the shower. Since I prefer my showers to take about 5 to 10 minutes, I was indecisive on which would be worse, terrible itching and pain for the duration of the shower or terrible BO and greasy hair for the next day at work. My pride won and I decided to take a shower. (I would bet my co-workers were relieved! 😉 )

As I was getting ready to take my shower I realized, “Whoa! Andee. What do you do for work? You probably have some things here at home that could make this shower less irritating. Go raid your stash and find something!” So … I listened to my inner voice and trotted off to my craft storage closet to rummage through my ingredients for something that would help my skin.

Beginning to mix the ingredients for the Soothing Oatmeal Tea Bags. blog.thesage.com
Beginning to mix the ingredients.
As I rummaged, I found Finely Ground Oatmeal, Calendula Petals, Milk Powder, Epsom Salts and Jumbo Heat & Seal Tea Bags. I decided all of these ingredients would make a great tea bag that would help calm my skin. Join me in the blog kitchen as I recreate this recipe for you!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Oatmeal, Finely Ground
Calendula Petals, Finely Ground*
Milk Powder
Epsom Salts
Equipment
Jumbo Heat & Seal Tea Bags
Mixing Bowl or Bucket
Coffee Grinder or Mortar & Pestle
Spoons
Scale
Iron
Recipe in ounces:
2.12 ounces Oatmeal, Finely Ground
0.35 ounces Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
1.76 ounces Milk Powder
2.82 ounces Epsom Salts
Recipe in grams:
60 grams Oatmeal, Finely Ground
10 grams Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
50 grams Milk Powder
80 grams Epsom Salts
Recipe in Percentages:
30% Oatmeal, Finely Ground
5% Calendula Petals, Finely Ground
25% Milk Powder
40% Epsom Salts

Rotating the bucket to mix the ingredients for the Soothing Oatmeal Tea Bags. blog.thesage.com
Rotating the bucket to mix the ingredients.
*When I first made this recipe, I used the whole Calendula Petals. That didn’t work very well as the Calendula Petals just sat on top of the mixture. I decided to grind the petals to make a powder instead. I put a small handful of Calendula Petals in my trusty soap kitchen coffee grinder and ground them until they made a fine powder. I had to do this several times until I had enough Calendula Petal powder for my recipe.

Weigh all the ingredients into a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.

Completely mixed Soothing Oatmeal Tea Bags. blog.thesage.com
Completely mixed oatmeal tea.
Notes:
I like to mix this in a 1 gallon pail with a lid. I put the lid on and shake the bucket. This recipe was fun to make and it filled 7 Large Heat & Seal Tea Bags.

How would you change this recipe? Would you add a fragrance, change the botanicals or something else? I would love to hear what you would do with this recipe!

Enjoy!

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Simple Sugar Scrub

I may not be the resident scrub addict, but I do enjoy the occasional scrub for my own personal pampering. Since my shower is *gasp* dreadfully bare of any fun products, I decided to remedy the problem with this fast and simple scrub that is perfect for gifts or personal use.

Finished Scrub
Finished Scrub

This scrub is wonderful because it isn’t excessively oily, and it feels sinfully luxurious! This scrub is a fabulous body scrub due to the fine grains of the white sugar. If you want to take the recipe and change it to a foot scrub, I would recommend using the Medium Bath Salt or Coarse Dead Sea Salt in combination with the sugar.

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Mama Julie’s Elbow Stick

Finished Elbow Stick
Finished Elbow Stick

Every summer gives me the opportunity to participate in some amazing events that are hosted around our valley. I love that because I can meet all kinds of people and make new friends. Take Mama Julie. I first met Mama Julie at a wood-fired pizza restaurant. Mama Julie is sweet, kind and funny. She loves nothing more than to make you smile.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I ran into Mama Julie the other day at the grocery store and she greeted me with a warm smile and a hug. We wandered the store as she told me about her family, her work and her garden. (I must admit, I might have a small case of garden envy. She is overwhelmed with fresh rosemary, basil and parsley. Lucky lady!)  During our chat, Mama Julie mentioned that with all the time in the garden, she has a hard time keeping her knuckles and elbows from drying out. Today I wanted to make a stick for all the talented gardeners like Mama Julie. Come join me!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Coconut Oil
Beeswax
Lanolin
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Palm Kernel Oil
Helichysum Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
28 grams Castor Oil
40 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
30 grams Coconut Oil
40 grams Beeswax
6 grams Lanolin
24 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
30 grams Palm Kernel Oil
2 grams Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.99 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
1.06 oz Coconut Oil
1.41 oz Beeswax
0.21 oz Lanolin
0.85 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.06 oz Palm Kernel Oil
0.07 oz Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
14% Castor Oil
20% Golden Jojoba Oil
15% Coconut Oil
20% Beeswax
3% Lanolin
12% High Melt Point Shea Butter
15% Palm Kernel Oil
1% Helichysum Essential Oil

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Helichysum Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. Add the Helichysum Essential Oil and stir well. Pour into tubes and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Cap, label and soothe those poor elbows. Enjoy!

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

This lotion bar is like a soft lip balm. It is very smooth and creamy and a dream to apply. It spreads very nicely. I can see using this as a lotion bar for sore muscle because it can be applied so gently. It has a slight, dare I say tacky, feeling from the lanolin that helps trap moisture in the skin. I applied some  to my dry and cracking knuckles. Wow! I am enjoying the relief!

Taylor

 

Melted Oils
Melted Oils

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Helichrysum Essential Oil
Adding Helichrysum Essential Oil
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Bridal Shower Favors Using Goat Milk Cream Base

Collected Materials
Collected Materials

Hello! My name is Kayleen. I have been employed at MMS for three and a half years. I have mostly worked in the Shipping Department making sure your orders are packed and shipped efficiently.

Adding Fragrance
Adding Fragrance

Today, I wanted to share how easy our lotion bases are to use. There are so many excellent options available but for the sake of simplicity, I just chose one. I chose to use our gallon Goat Milk Cream Base with Sahara Sandalwood fragrance oil. Sahara Sandalwood gives your lotion a soft, clean scent. I really like this combination together.

Adding Fragrance
Adding Fragrance

It is a nice way to say “Thank you” for a variety of events. We used a bunch of these as bridal shower favors. We recently had a pre-bridal shower get together and we were able to make a number of favors quickly while we planned, laughed and had a great time.

 

Ingredients
1 Gallon Goat Milk Cream Base
1 fl oz Sahara Sandalwood
Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Mixing Spoons
Large Ziplock or Pastry Bag
Scissors
Jars
Labels

 

Adding Color
Adding Color

You will love how simple it is to make jars of cream. We added just 1 fl oz of Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil to the gallon of Goat Milk Cream Base and mixed well. You need to use a spatula with a long handle if possible, it makes the stirring process a lot easier. Be sure to mix the fragrance in evenly.

Finished Body Butter
Finished Goat Milk Cream

We filled 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars with the sahara sandalwood goat milk cream. We used a plastic ziplock baggies to fill the jars with the cream. Think of piping frosting. It really helps with the clean up. Making all of these favors was a quick and easy project that everyone enjoyed. They were a big hit at the bridal shower. Everyone has since asked for more!

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Carpet Freshener

Finished Carpet Freshener
Finished Carpet Freshener

I love the holidays. I love visiting with family and I love entertaining. Though at the end of it all, I am ready to go back to my peaceful evenings and moderately clean house. The dishes are easy to tackle and the tile is a cinch to mop. That just leaves the carpet. The dreaded carpet.

 

Carpet seems to just hold onto odors like nothing else. At the end of the holidays, my house no longer smells like my house. My house’s FengShui is off. It smells like cigarette smoke, the Christmas puppy and pans of blackened bacon. (Let’s just say I had some cooking mishaps over the holidays.) I would dearly love to fling the doors and windows open and air out the house. The only way that it happening is if I never want to be warm again until July. So what am I left with? What about a home made carpet freshener! Come join me for this simple and greatly appreciated home restorer.

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Lavender Buds
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Pipettes
12 oz Shaker Bottles

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
567 grams Baking Soda
14 grams Lavender Buds
Recipe in Ounces
20 oz Baking Soda
0.5 oz Lavender Buds
Recipe in Percentages
97% Baking Soda
3% Lavender Buds
Preparing to make carpet freshener
Preparing to make carpet freshener

Weigh both ingredients into a plastic bag. Give the bag a good shake to mix the carpet freshener. Crush the buds a little to release their odor. This size recipe will fit into two of our 12 oz Shaker Bottles. Pour into shaker bottles and you are ready to go!

To use the carpet freshener, lightly sprinkle over an area you want to freshen. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Vacuum the carpet freshener up. It is that simple!

Weighing materials
Weighing materials

Please note that this is not a carpet cleaner. It is only to help minimize undesirable odors and add a light, desirable scent.

If lavender is not your thing, try different botanicals. Peppermint adds a wonderful scent!

Taylor

 

Ready to mix lavender and baking soda
Ready to mix lavender and baking soda

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Carpet Freshener in Shaker Bottles
Finished Carpet Freshener in Shaker Bottles
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Just for Him – Lime Lip Balm

Finished Lip Balm... YUM!
Finished Lip Balm… YUM!

I love lip balms and I have made a lot of them. Not all have turned out the way I wanted but I have learned from them. I have also learned that personal preference is KEY! What I like is not the same as what my friends and family like. They can be completely opposite. Today I wanted to make some especially for men. In general, men like things that are firm, long lasting and don’t feel… dare I say oily?

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

This lip balm is perfect for men. It is very stiff. This lip balm will definitely pass the pocket test. It feels creamy during application but after application it feels like it isn’t going anywhere. This particular good for people who tend to work with intense focus. I can’t wait to try this lip balm during my various outdoor activities this summer.

Ingredients
Soy Wax
Candelilla Wax
Almond Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Oil, Semi Solid
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Lime Essential Oil, Expressed
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Big Lip Balm Tubes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
24 g Soy Wax
30 g Candelilla Wax
54 g Almond Butter
20 g Deodorized Cocoa Butter
30 g Castor Oil
30 g Shea Oil
10 g Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
2 g Lime Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.85 oz Soy Wax
1.06 oz Candelilla Wax
1.90 oz Almond Butter
0.71 oz Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1.06 oz Castor Oil
1.06 oz Shea Oil
0.35 oz Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
0.07 oz Lime Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
12% Soy Wax
15% Candelilla Wax
27% Almond Butter
10% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
15% Castor Oil
15% Shea Oil
5% Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
1% Lime Essential Oil

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Lime Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in bursts until everything is almost completely melted. Remove from the microwave and stir until everything has completely melted. Add the Lime Essential Oil. Stir well. Pipette into containers or use one of our nifty filling trays! Label and enjoy.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Notes: I really liked this lip balm for days/activities where my hands get really dirty and I don’t want to be digging through my bag or pocket for a lip balm. It is really durable and I felt that it was almost 4 hours later when I was ready to reapply. That might be a record for me. Quick! Call Guinness World Records!

Adding Lime Essential Oil to hot lip balm
Adding Lime Essential Oil to hot lip balm

Teasing aside, I think this is a really great lip balm. Ladies and gentleman, I think we have a winner. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!

 

Taylor

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Just for Her – Light Hair Conditioner

Finished Conditioner
Finished Conditioner

As a woman, one of the first things I do when getting ready for a date is tackle my hair. It is unruly and baby fine which means I can have a constant frizz if the humidity is high enough. If you know someone who faces trouble with their hair, consider this hair conditioner. It may save her 30 minutes which means you can get on your date sooner. She is worth it and so is your date night.

Weighing Aloe Powder
Weighing Aloe Powder

It is light and won’t make the hair heavy or greasy and it is packed with hair loving goodness. Give her the gift of gorgeous, soft hair. She will love it!

Ingredients
Water
Meadowfoam Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Ivy Extract
Comfrey Extract
Horsetail Extract
Aloe Powder
Liquid Silk
Liquid Germall Plus
Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
304 grams Water
12 grams Meadowfoam Oil
40 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Ivy Extract
4 grams Comfrey Extract
4 grams Horsetail Extract
1 gram Aloe Powder
12 grams Liquid Silk
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1 gram Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
24.69 oz Water
0.42 oz Meadowfoam Oil
1.41 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Ivy Extract
0.14 oz Comfrey Extract
0.14 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Aloe Powder
0.42 oz Liquid Silk
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.04  oz Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
76% Water
3% Meadowfoam Oil
10% Conditioning Emulsifier
4% Hydrovance
1% Ivy Extract
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Horsetail Extract
0.25% Aloe Powder
3% Liquid Silk
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Water Soluble materials
Adding Water Soluble materials

Weigh everything except the preservative, extracts and fragrance oil into a microwave safe container. We highly recommend that you add weigh your water soluble materials first. This helps insure the aloe powder dissolves without having to chase down every little clump. Heat the material gently until everything is liquid.

Weighing Water
Weighing Water

Using an immersion blender, mix everything well. Allow the mixture to cool. (Check on it every once in a while during the cooling stage. We don’t want it to separate.) Once the mixture is below 120º F, add the Liquid Germall Plus, extracts and fragrance oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into containers and enjoy!

Adding Meadowfoam Oil
Adding Meadowfoam Oil

Notes: I love using this conditioner on my hair. It keeps my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. I also don’t have any fly-aways. Bonus! I feel like I could be in one of those fancy hair commercials. Cue the music please!

Adding Conditioning Emulsifier
Adding Conditioning Emulsifier

All joking aside, this is a wonderful conditioner. I feel it is perfect for those with fine to mid-weight hair. I don’t know that it would suit anyone with thicker hair. Anyone willing to volunteer?

Taylor

 

Adding Extracts
Adding Extracts

P.S. I kept the amount of fragrance really low. The shower is an enclosed space and can intensify scents. I also didn’t want something so intensely scented, it would double as a perfume. It is light and subtle. Just enough to be there. Only people really, really close would be able to smell it. This allows layering of scents without dictating which ones you can use.

Mixing Conditioner
Mixing Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance and Preservative
Adding Fragrance and Preservative
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