|One thing I really enjoyed during my stay in China was visiting all of the beauty and personal care shops. Some of the items seemed normal, while others were very exotic. I saw products that were to help lighten the color of your skin. I saw additives like lotus extract, snail secretions, and even hydrolyzed bird’s nest. Needless to say, shopping in these stores was an adventure. Since my return, I have been talking to my coworkers about my adventures overseas. One of the gals on staff, Hyun, is from Korea. Just the other week we got talking about the differences and similarities of Chinese, Korean and American beauty trends. We have embarked on a rather exciting project. We will be making some recipes that are common among handcrafters from each country. If you have recipes from abroad, please share them! We would love to post them on our blog.
One thing that Hyun had mentioned that I had noticed but never paid much attention to was an after-exercise massage oil. After exercising and getting all hot and sweaty, people was up and then apply a massage oil that gives a cooling sensation to the skin. I have seen people applying it after going hiking, running, dancing, etc. However, I never really thought of the specifics of the product. Come join Hyun and I as we make a wonderful after-exercise massage oil.
Weigh the Calendula Extract and Jojoba Oil into microwave safe container. Heat them gently until they are warm. Add the essential oils and menthol crystal. Stir until everything is cohesive. Pour into bottles. Cap and label. Enjoy!
|Linda has been dying to make an anhydrous body butter that has a high enough melt point that it can travel to hot locations in the summer. Let’s help Linda test a formulation that just may help her solve her personal challenge! Are you ready? Let’s go!
First, I started with High Melt Point Shea Butter. High Melt Point Shea Butter is great because you get the same great sensation of regular Shea Butter with a higher melt point temperature which means it is better for hotter locations and you won’t struggle with fractionation. Wow! Now, that is what I call two birds with one stone!
Second, I used Virgin Coconut Oil. Virgin Coconut Oil is great because it melt at body temperature making it easier to massage into the skin. This is very important when we try and make a body butter that can handle higher temperature and even travel during the summer.
Next, I used Cherry Seed Oil. Cherry Seed Oil is not only a light weight oil but it is also very loving to the skin. It has been great for counteracting dryness and itchiness in skin. It also makes the finished body butter smooth and creamy.
I also used Babassu Oil. Babassu is a type of palm oil that is smooth and silky without being greasy. It is a wonderful exotic oil without you being required to mortgage the house to use it. Wahoo!
Next, I needed a stiffener. Beeswax is a great stiffener and requires a higher melt point. However, too much beeswax can create a stiff, grippy, waxy feel to the skin that is often unpleasant. So, to create that a product that can handle hot summer weather, we will need one last ingredient.
Finally, I used Stearic Acid. Stearic Acid melts at 162° F. This is perfect when trying to combat summer heat from melting your products. Stearic Acid is a great stiffener while not adding as much of as a waxy feeling that beeswax. Another bonus is that it melts at a higher temperature than beeswax which only melts at 147° F.
Weigh everything into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Pour into containers and allow to cool. If you want a whipped body butter, whip as the mixture cools. It is important to continuously whip so as not to get any graininess in the final product.
Note: If you don’t like the texture that either the Stearic Acid or Beeswax contributes to the finished product or you want to use a lower percentage of stiffeners, Carnauba Wax is an excellent ingredient to substitute with. It has a much higher melt point temperature, which is just you need to handle the summer heat.
*Note* I apologize for recipe errors yesterday! I have fixed that little problem and I have to admit that I must have been missing some brain cells when I released it!
Sometimes an intensive cuticle treatment is nice, but I need a little pampering during the day when I don’t have time for it. This cuticle oil is perfect for applying and then going back to work! Let’s go look at the ingredients for this simple cuticle oil.
I used Avocado Oil as my main oil for the nice feeling as well as the versatility that lets people of all skin types enjoy the oil.
I chose three extracts for this formula, but you can use any extract of your choice. I chose Ivy Extract, Green Tea Extract, and Calendula Extract for their skin soothing properties. These extracts have also been noted for their abilities to combat dry and scaly skin.
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Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces)
Weigh all of the ingredients into the mixing container of your choice. Stir well, making sure all of the ingredients have been incorporated. Pour the cuticle oil into bottles and label. Now you can enjoy!
Notes: This is a nice and light cuticle oil. A single drop can be applied and massaged into each cuticle. This cuticle oil also could be used as a massage oil! If over used, will take a few minutes for the fingertips to not feel slick. That being said, you can easily apply and go back to work without leaving an oily residue on everything!
|I love using massage oils. In fact, I have quite a large variety of them on my vanity. I like to use them when I get out of the bath, when I am getting ready for bed or when I just need some time to self soothe. I like the calm moment I get when I take the time to take care of myself. I choose to use our Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil. However, I choose to call it Sweet Graham Cracker because that is what is smells like to me. Come join me in the kitchen as we make this scrumptious massage oil!Do you like massage oils as much as I do? How would you alter this recipe so it fits your personal preferences/needs more? If you don’t have everything on hand, what would you replace these oils with? Let us know!
Did you know our Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil is a lip safe fragrance oil? Yep! It is! So, what is the difference between a flavor oil and a lip safe fragrance oil? A flavor oil has both odor and flavor componants. A lip safe fragrance oil has only odor components. You can use the Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil on the lips but it won’t contribute a flavor, only odor.
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Weigh all of the oils into a bowl. Stir well, making sure all of the oils have been incorporated. Add the Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil, stirring well. Pour the massage oil into bottles and label. Now you can enjoy!
|Sometimes in the winter, you really need that massage. Whether it is done by a professional at a spa, or done by a family member, sometimes you need that time to just relax. However, sometimes in the winter you need a super light massage oil. This is what we will be making today. Now this massage oil is light but it will still keep your skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. How great is that? Come join me in the kitchen as we make this light and dreamy massage oil.
For this recipe, I will be using several of our extracts. We will be using Calendula Extract, Comfrey Extract and Sea Buckthorn Extract. I love the feel these extracts impart on my skin. Now you may be asking, “What is a dry massage oil? Does it make my skin dry?” No, a dry massage oil is a light oil mixture that does not impart a greasy, oily feel or look to the skin. In the summer, it is acceptable to have that tanning oil look to your skin. In the winter, it doesn’t look so glamorous. This is where a dry massage oil comes in. It imparts a silky, almost velvety feel to the skin and helps keep the skin hydrated while giving it a soft healthy glow.
I really like dry oils because I can use them just before a date, a performance or just for daily wear without having to wipe or wash off the excess. I also don’t feel like I have to reapply during the day. (Perfect for any guy who needs some help with his skin but will only apply lotion once.) It also feels more natural on my skin. Here in the dry Utah winter, my skin gets dry, cracked and rough. This dry massage oil makes my skin feel soft and almost powdery, just the way it should feel. Now if only I would apply my lip balm more often!
Weigh everything into your mixing container. Stir well. Add a fragrance if desired. (Make sure it is cyclomethicone compatible!) Pour into bottles. Give away, sell or use. Now wasn’t that simple? Enjoy!
|Jaynan called in the other day asking for help to formulate massage oil for her dry skin. She lives here in Utah where it is very dry. She said “I love Sesame Oil and what it does for my skin, but I wish it were more like Olive Oil in consistency. I also need something that will help my dry skin. Something with more oomph.” As we talked I began to have ideas for a massage oil that I hoped was just what Jaynan was looking for. Let’s head to the kitchen to make this absolutely divine massage oil.
I was so glad Jaynan wanted Sesame Oil in her formulation. It is rich in nutrients for the skin and a dreamy oil. The smooth creaminess of Sesame Oil makes the skin very soft. Think of healthy skin with the softness and smoothness of freshly washed linen sheets. Ooh. No toiletry maker should be without Sesame Oil in her oil collection.
While talking with Jaynan I discovered her love for Shea Butter. (A woman after my own heart.) While Jaynan wanted a liquid massage oil, I knew that Shea Oil would be perfect for her. It would give similar results as Shea Butter without making the massage oil solid or semi-solid. I just love Shea Oil, don’t you?
I also used Cranberry Seed Oil in the formulation for this massage oil. Cranberry Seed Oil is high in essential fatty acids. Cranberry Oil’s naturally occurring tocopherols and highly unsaturated profile provide nourishment to the skin and has superior moisturizing qualities. This should help Jaynan fight dry skin without even breaking a sweat.
In almost every dry skin fighting formulation I make there is Tamanu Oil, this massage oil in no exception. I love Tamanu Oil and can’t say enough good things about it. Tamanu helps the skin retain its moisture as well as become more plump and elastic. This helps prevent the worst symptom of dry skin: cracking or even bleeding skin that becomes very painful and irritated. Share some love with your skin and use Tamanu Oil. I believe you will be glad you did. Hip, hip hooray for Tamanu Oil and BOO to dry skin!
Jaynan was also looking for an essential oil blend that had a forest like odor that she could put either her Patchouly or Lilac perfume over. She described to me a perfume called Rain. She said it was earthy with a slight note of pine. “It also has a a strange note that is bright and spunky.” I set out to come up with an essential oil blend for Jaynan. I think I have it. I used Balsam Peru, Cedarwood Virginia, Ylang Ylang and Siberian Fir. I was quite pleased with the results. Try this wonderful scent blend today!
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Weigh all oils into a container. Mix well. Pour into bottles and enjoy!
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|Hi, my name is Kandie. I’m the guest editor for the day. I work in the order department here at MMS. I once studied massage therapy and graduated as a massage therapist. I have massaged clients in the past and used a wide variety of massage oils, I’ve often caught myself thinking, I wish this oil weren’t so sticky, or I wish this oil didn’t absorb into the skin so quickly. I then found myself on a mission to find the perfect massage oil. I came up with one that doesn’t absorb into the skin too quickly, and is far from being too sticky. The recipe that I used is for 4 ounces of product.Items that I used were:
Now it is your turn to try this wonderful product on your clients, and hopefully it will work as well for you as it has for me!
Need ideas for spa related gifts for yourself and your friends? Next weeks blog will focus on spa gifts you can make.