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Soft Foot Scrub

After a recent foot surgery, I have discovered what anyone who has ever been in a cast knows to be true. After just a few weeks, the skin itches like crazy while it sheds and peels. It is maddening to have that itching sensation that just won’t go away. I now feel intensely guilty for teasing my sister so much when I was a little girl when she broke her arm. Boy, if I had only known.

Today I wanted to make a foot scrub that would be gentle and soft on my tender skin while alleviating some of that itching. Come join me for a scrub that great for tender or even ticklish skin!

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Sugar
Red Clay
Grape Seed Oil
Sunflower Oil
Salt, Fine
Comfrey Extract
Horsetail Extract
Liquipar
Lavandin Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Soap Bucket
Pipettes
Mold

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
1.94 oz Sugar
0.28 oz Red Clay
0.49 oz Grape Seed Oil
0.42 oz Sunflower Oil
0.20 oz Salt, Fine
0.07 oz Comfrey Extract
0.07 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Liquipar
0.01 oz Lavandin Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
55 grams Sugar
8 grams Red Clay
14 grams Grape Seed Oil
12 grams Sunflower Oil
5.75 grams Salt, Fine
2 grams Comfrey Extract
2 grams Horsetail Extract
1 grams Liquipar
0.25 grams Lavandin Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
55% Sugar
8% Red Clay
14% Grape Seed Oil
12% Sunflower Oil
5.75% Salt, Fine
2% Comfrey Extract
2% Horsetail Extract
1% Liquipar
0.25% Lavandin Essential Oil

 

Weigh all of the dry ingredients into a mixing container.  Gently whisk everything so it is well mixed but the clay does not become airborne. Add the liquid ingredients. Stir well. Package into container and enjoy!

Notes: I used regular sugar but if you want something with a finer texture, I would recommend either grinding up the sugar you have or finding a fine bakers sugar. I also recommend packaging the finished  scrub in plastic, instead of glass. Wet hands on glass make for a slippery and dangerous combination in the bathroom. Remember, safety first!

Taylor

 

Finished Scrub
Finished Scrub
Weighing the dry ingredients
Weighing the dry ingredients
Whisking the dry ingredients
Whisking the dry ingredients
Adding the  extracts
Adding the extracts
Adding the Oils
Adding the Oils
Mixing the scrub
Mixing the scrub
Finished Scrub on my finger
Finished Scrub on my finger

 

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Summer Fun with the Kids: Scrubs with Salt or Sugar

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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Soy Cuticle Jelly

Raspberries are ripening all throughout the valley and that means in my spare time, I am only in one place. The berry patch. I have loved the sun kissed berries bursting over my tongue, the sweet yet tangy flavors bursting in my mouth. Yummy! I have even taken to listening to audio books while out there so as to extend my time plucking berries from their thorny branches. My glee at the mound of small red berries is dampened by one thing. Those dratted thorns. They are absolutely catastrophic to my hands and cuticles. My hands are covers in minute scratches, making small tags that catch on everything! I have been using a jar of our Head to Toe cream and that has done wonders but my cuticles are still looking horrid. Come join me today for a cuticle jelly that will aid even a gardener’s shredded hands! 

I wanted to start my recipe out with using soy wax. Soy wax is an amazing product. First, it is completely vegetable derived. It also is white in color. I love Candelilla Wax and Carnauba Wax but I was using other items in my formulation to achieve a beautiful yellow color. I wanted to a lighter opacity that would affect the color of my finished product.

I also added Lanolin. Lanolin is great at creating barriers for moisture. This means it prevents the water from evaporating, allowing your skin to remain moisturized and soft. One of my favorite things about lanolin is that a very small amount goes a long way. Yay for lanolin!

Next I added Golden Jojoba into my formulation. Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax. Its chemical structure makes it very similar to oils that are naturally occurring in the skin. This is why so many people say Jojoba Oil feels “natural” to them.

Finally, I added Squalane. It is very similar to the substance Squalene, which is a natural lubricant and moisturizer found in the skin. Squalane is derived from olives making it vegan! You will love Squalane because it really adds pizazz to your finished product.

 

Difficulty Rating: EASY

Start to finish: Less than 45 minutes*

Ingredients
Soy Wax
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Cocoa Butter, White
Mango Butter
Lanolin
Sunflower Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Natural
Squalane
Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
2 grams Soy Wax
30 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 grams Cocoa Butter, White
10 grams Mango Butter
8 grams Lanolin
30 grams Sunflower Oil
12 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
1 grams Vitamin E Natural
1.75 grams Squalane
0.25 grams Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.07 oz Soy Wax
1.06 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
0.18 oz Cocoa Butter, White
0.35 oz Mango Butter
0.42 oz Lanolin
1.06 oz Sunflower Oil
0.42 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
0.04 oz Vitamin E Natural
0.06 oz Squalane
0.01 oz Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
2% Soy Wax
30% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5% Cocoa Butter, White
10% Mango Butter
8% Lanolin
30% Sunflower Oil
12% Golden Jojoba Oil
1% Vitamin E Natural
1.75% Squalane
0.25% Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color

Weigh everything except the Vitamin E Natural, Squalane, fragrance oil and color into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. (This will be at just about 150ºF so that the Soy Wax has been able to completely melt.) Add the Vitamin E Natural, Squalane and fragrance oil. Dip the end of a toothpick into the blue lip balm color and stir the color into the cuticle jelly. Allow the cuticle jelly to cool and pipette into lip brush pens. Insert the brush end into the tube and press until it snaps closed. Cap, label and enjoy!

 

*Labeling your products may increase the length in time it takes to make this project from start to finish.
Taylor

Finished Cuticle Jelly
Finished Cuticle Jelly
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Melted Oils
Melted Oils
Adding Squalane and Vitamin E Natural
Adding Squalane and Vitamin E Natural
Adding Color and Fragrance Oil
Adding Color and Fragrance Oil
Stirring Cuticle Jelly
Stirring Cuticle Jelly
Filling the Lip Brush Pens
Filling the Lip Brush Pens
Cooled Cuticle Jelly
Cooled Cuticle Jelly

Attaching Brush Heads
Attaching Brush Heads
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Salty Margarita Lip Scrub

I think salt is amazing. Add a little to food and the flavors pop on your palette. Add salt to oils and you have an easy body scrub. Add salt to watercolors and get beautiful effects. Add salt to ice and you can make ice cream! Salt is truly amazing. 

So when Andee approached me the other day and asked me to make a margarita lip scrub with some salt, I immediately said YES! There was no way I was going to pass up a chance at making a lip scrub using the beautifully multicolored salt from Utah. After all, why not use items that are available locally?!

I used my Sweet & Salty Chocolate Bacon Lip Scrub as a starting place for creating this recipe. I did change around a few items to create a creamy and smooth base that I could then add the sugar and salt to. I think the addition of salt makes this flavor oil seem all the more true. Yummy! I will be sending over 50 samples to shipping department to go out with orders. (That is if I can keep my coworkers from taking all of the jars home. You had better hurry quick!) Request one in your next order to try how good this is for yourself!

 

Ingredients
Beeswax
Mango Butter
Sunflower Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Margarita Flavor Oil
Salt
Sugar
Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
2 grams Beeswax
36 grams Mango Butter
20 grams Sunflower Oil
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
4 grams Margarita Flavor Oil
6 grams Salt
130 grams Sugar
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.07 oz Beeswax
1.27 oz Mango Butter
0.71 oz Sunflower Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.14 oz Margarita Flavor Oil
0.21 oz Salt
4.59 oz Sugar
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
1% Beeswax
18% Mango Butter
10% Sunflower Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Margarita Flavor Oil
3% Salt
65% Sugar
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color

Weigh the beeswax, Mango Butter and Sunflower Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. In a separate container mix the sugar and salt, making sure they are distributed evenly. Add the salt/sugar mixture, Margarita Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate to the melted oils. Stir well. Put into jars or pots for use. Enjoy!

 

Notes: Much to my chagrin, I discovered I had not added the color until after the salt and sugar were added. As you can see from my photos it made mixing so difficult, I had to dump my product into a plastic bag. I HIGHLY recommend that you add any desired colors to the liquid oils prior to adding the salt/sugar mixture. It will make your life much easier.
Taylor

Beautiful Lip Scrub with Crystal Spatula
Beautiful Lip Scrub with Crystal Spatula
Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Sugar
Weighing Sugar
Weighing Salt
Weighing Salt
Melted Oils
Melted Oils
Adding Vitamin E and Flavor Oil
Adding Vitamin E and Flavor Oil
Adding Sugar/Salt Mixture to Oils
Adding Sugar/Salt Mixture to Oils
Mixing Scrub - Wait! Where is the color?
Mixing Scrub – Wait! Where is the color?
Adding the color
Adding the color
Color ready to mix in
Color ready to mix in
Struggling to mix in color
Struggling to mix in color

All mixed!
All mixed!
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Coffee Lip Scrub

I think we are lip scrub junkies here! Lip scrubs are easy to make, and are great additions to gift baskets, product lines and more. If you already offer body scrubs and lip balms, then you should try lip scrubs. They are easy, fun and even tasty!

 

Are you still worried about lip scrubs being complicated? Don’t worry about it! I’ll tell you why I chose the ingredients I did so you can see how easy they are. Let’s go have some fun!

Sugar: To have a lip scrub, one must use an exfoliant and sugar is the kinder exfoliant to the lips. (Plus it tastes good!)

Coffee Butter: To make a proper coffee lip scrub, it is a requirement to use this yummy butter!

Shea Butter: I love the texture that Shea Butter contributes to a finished lip scrub. The creamy feel and low odor of Shea Butter makes it an ideal ingredient to use.

Peach Kernel Oil: I enjoy using Peach Kernel Oil in a variety of lip products because it doesn’t feel a heavy or tacky feeling on the lips like Castor Oil can have.

Vitamin E Acetate: I wanted to extend the shelf life of this product by slowing the oxidation process. Vitamin E Acetate was my first choice!

I flavored this lip scrub with Natural Vanilla Oil and Coffee Flavor Oil. This scrub really doesn’t need the extra sweetener, so we can skip using the Sugar Baby or Sugar Kisses Flavors. Trust me, it is fabulously yummy without these extra flavors!

The finished lip scrub on my finger.
The finished lip scrub on my finger.

Ingredients weighed into the food processor bowl.
Ingredients weighed into the food processor bowl.

Let’s go make some now!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Sugar
Coffee Butter
Shea Butter
Peach Kernel Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Coffee Flavor Oil
Natural Vanilla Oil
Equipment
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Microwave safe container
Food Processor *See Notes*
Spoons
10 mL Lip Balm Jars

Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces)

Recipe in ounces:
2.29 ounces Sugar
0.35 ounces Coffee Butter
0.35 ounces Shea Butter
0.35 ounces Peach Kernel Oil
0.04 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
0.01 ounces Coffee Flavor
0.04 ounces Natural Vanilla Oil
Recipe in grams:
65 grams Sugar
10 grams Coffee Butter
10 grams Shea Butter
10 grams Peach Kernel Oil
1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
3 grams Coffee Flavor
1 grams Natural Vanilla Oil
Recipe in Percentages:
65% Sugar
10% Coffee Butter
10% Shea Butter
10% Peach Kernel Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
3% Coffee Flavor
1% Natural Vanilla Oil

Weigh all of the ingredients into the food processor bowl. Gently pulse the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Once the scrub is mixed together, fill the jars and cap.

Notes:
If you want to make a small batch, you can easily use a small personal blender like I did for these photos. I used a food processor attachment for a stick blender.

How do I use this?:
I’ve been asked over the phone about how I use a lip scrub, so here is how I use a lip scrub. Scoop a pea sized amount out of the jar. Using your finger, rub the scrub over your lips. Don’t scrub too much, or you can irritate your lips. Now you can either wipe your lips off, or lick them! Apply a lip balm and now you have pampered your lips!

This simple lip scrub reminds me of a sweet coffee treat and is a great way to get your coffee flavor fix without indulging on a large coffee. I hope you enjoy this scrub as much as I do!

Enjoy!

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Daily Oatmeal Scrub – Day 2

Yesterday we made a fabulous oatmeal face scrub but I felt it was a little gummy and sticky in texture. I wanted something that can gave the same after effect without feeling so, well… pasty! I have attempted to light this formulation with the addition of Natrasorb. Come join me to see if this formula variation was successful!

Yesterday when I ground the oatmeal, it still was a little coarse. There were partial pieces of the rolled oats and I felt it was just too much. Today I decided to grind it longer and my result was more of an oat flour. I think I would rather have it somewhere in between because the finer the oatmeal is, the more gummy the scrub becomes.

I am glad I decided to add the Natrasorb. If I hadn’t been working with oat flour, the texture would have been perfect.

I also reduced the percentages of the essential oils. I loved the overall blend but felt it was just a little too strong. I wanted something more subtle, like the products you find at a high end spa. I can’t wait to take some of this to my esthetician. I am sure she will love it!

 

Ingredients
Dry Flo TS
Fine Ground Oatmeal
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Bentonite Clay
Allantoin
Natrasorb
Lime Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
180 g Dry Flo TS
120 g Fine Ground Oatmeal
8 g Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
20 g Bentonite Clay
8 g Allantoin
62.8 g Natrasorb
0.8 g Lime Essential Oil
0.2 g Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.2 g Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
6.35 oz Dry Flo TS
4.22 oz Fine Ground Oatmeal
0.28 oz Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
0.71 oz Bentonite Clay
0.28 oz Allantoin
2..22 oz Natrasorb
0.03 oz Lime Essential Oil
0.01 oz Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.01 oz Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
45% Dry Flo TS
30% Fine Ground Oatmeal
2% Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
5% Bentonite Clay
2% Allantoin
15.7% Natrasorb
0.2% Lime Essential Oil
0.05% Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.05% Helichrysum Essential Oil

Place a container on your scale and fit it with a bag. This helps with clean up and mixing. Weigh all of the ingredients together. Remove the bag from your container and mix well. You want to make sure you don’t have any clumps from the essential oils being added. Once the mixture is fully mixed, spoon the material into jars. You can even use one of our fabulous shaker bottles for less hassle in the bathroom.

I was much happier with today’s recipe. Besides changing the particle size of the oatmeal, I would leave everything else as is. Because the oatmeal was so fine, this lost a lot of scrubbing capability but that is easily remedied next time. After use, my skin felt smooth and clean. I also like the the essential oil usage rate was lowered. It makes this product more like the products used when I go for a facial. Now I can keep up with my skin in-between appointments and I could be happier. Try this recipe for yourself or for friends and family members. I am sure they will love it!

To use shake approximately half a teaspoon of the dry scrub into your hand. Add a little water and rub your hands together creating a creamy paste. Gently rub the mixture into the face, using a small circular motion. Massage your face for 1 minute, then rinse thoroughly. Because this scrub is designed to add water only when it is intended to be used, we don’t need to worry about a preservative. This takes a lot of worry and math out of this product!
Taylor

Finished Product
Finished Product
Weighing Dry Flo TS
Weighing Dry Flo TS
Weighing Ingredients
Weighing Ingredients
Weighing Ingredients
Weighing Ingredients
Pulling the sides of my bag up the weigh the Natrasorb
Pulling the sides of my bag up the weigh the Natrasorb
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Ready to use Scrub
Ready to use Scrub

Wet Scrub ready to apply
Wet Scrub ready to apply
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Daily Oatmeal Face Scrub – Day 1

I wanted to make a facial scrub that was gentle enough to be used daily yet still contributed a smooth, supple sensation to the delicate skin of the face.
I started with finely ground oatmeal. Oatmeal has long been used in the world of cosmetics and beauty because it is reputed to reduce inflammation and combat dryness.

I also wanted to use Dry Flo TS. Dry Flo TS is tapioca starch that gives a silky smooth feel to heavy and/or wet feeling products.

I added clay to give a silky feeling. I really liked this formulation but I felt that the oatmeal and clay made this recipe just a little too heavy.

 

Ingredients
Dry Flo TS
Fine Ground Oatmeal
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Bentonite Clay
Allantoin
Lime Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
180 g Dry Flo TS
161.6 g Fine Ground Oatmeal
8 g Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
40 g Bentonite Clay
8 g Allantoin
1.6 g Lime Essential Oil
0.4 g Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.4 g Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
6.35 oz Dry Flo TS
5.7 oz Fine Ground Oatmeal
0.28 oz Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
1.41 oz Bentonite Clay
0.28 oz Allantoin
0.06 oz Lime Essential Oil
0.01 oz Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.01 oz Helichrysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
45% Dry Flo TS
40.4% Fine Ground Oatmeal
2% Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
10% Bentonite Clay
2% Allantoin
0.4% Lime Essential Oil
0.1% Lavender Essential Oil, Bulgarian
0.1% Helichrysum Essential Oil

Weigh all of the ingredients together. I highly recommend that you place a bag inside your container and weigh into that. Remove the bag from your container and mix well. You want to make sure you don’t have any clumps from the essential oils being added. Once the mixture is fully mixed, spoon the material into jars. You can even use one of our fabulous shaker bottles for less hassle in the bathroom.

Tomorrow I plan on making a lighter version of this recipe again with a few changes so it doesn’t feel as heavy and slick. I think that heavy feeling is due to the high percentages of clay and oatmeal.

Keep in mind these are my personal feelings. You may love this recipe! Try a small batch of this recipe and come back tomorrow to try the variation of today’s recipe. Let me know which one you like better!

To use shake approximately half a teaspoon of the dry scrub into your hand. Add a little water and rub your hands together creating a creamy paste. Gently rub the mixture into the face, using a small circular motion. Massage your face for 1 minute, then rinse thoroughly. Because this scrub is designed to add water only when it is intended to be used, we don’t need to worry about a preservative. This takes a lot of worry and math out of this product!
Taylor

Finished Facial Scrub
Finished Facial Scrub
Weighing Dry Flo
Weighing Dry Flo
Weighing Oatmeal
Weighing Oatmeal
Weighing Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Weighing Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Weighing Clay and Allantoin
Weighing Clay and Allantoin
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Adding Essential Oils
Using Face Scrub
Using Face Scrub

Using Face Scrub
Using Face Scrub
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I am so excited to do something special for my mom. My mother has always been a very big part of my life. She has fed my sense of wonder at the world. We have laughed together, cried together and learned together. I am so grateful that my mother has been such wonderful and important part of my life. 

That being said, it seems that every year Mother’s Day really sneaks up on me. I don’t think I have time to formulate something new for her! So I am going to cheat a little and use some of the more recent recipes from the blog. These are what I am going to put into my gift basket for my mother.

 

Lavender Hydrosol Lotion
Lemon & Basil Lip Balm
A Spa Worthy Massage Oil
Magic Foaming Bath Fizzies
Clyde’s Shaving Soap

Which recipes would you want to have in your gift basket for your mother? I want to know!

Submit your gift basket ideas for a chance to win a goodie box! I have a group of products that have made it to my desk but they have no home. They would love to go to a good home where they will be put to use and enjoyed. 1 out of every 10 submissions will be randomly drawn for a box of goodies.
Taylor

Is this your mother's gift basket?
What is in your mother’s day gift basket?
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Chocolate Bacon Sweet and Salty Lip Scrub

I love chocolate. Dark and bitter or sweet and milky. Today you can buy so many flavor combinations with chocolate, it is crazy. Chili peppers, almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, caramel, toffee, coffee, cherries, blueberries, goji berries, green tea and more! It can be overwhelming to buy a chocolate bar. One of the crazier combinations that I have fallen in love with is a chocolate bar with bacon and a touch of sea salt. Talk about yummy! Today I wanted to make a lip scrub that tastes much like this curious combination. Come join me!

 

Having grown up in Utah, I wanted to really showcase a unique product that comes from Utah. That is salt. If you have ever used salt that was harvested from Utah you are familiar with its unusual coloring. It is a soft peachy/white color with flecks of darker red throughout. It also has what is often described as having a sweeter flavor instead of the more bitter notes that iodized table salt can have. I wanted to use this salt today for the color and the exotic feeling it lends while still being a local product!

The flavor of this finished lip scrub is perfect! When I was making it, I worried that I had too much salt or that I didn’t have enough. It is so good, many of the pickier staff members have snagged a jar to keep in their pockets. My own sample that was taken home was enjoyed by the dog. Sigh… I have managed to keep about 30 to send to shipping for you to try! Request one in your order!

 

Ingredients
Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Avocado Butter
Peach Kernel Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Salt
Sugar
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
6 grams Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
36 grams Avocado Butter
20 grams Peach Kernel Oil
2 grams Vitamin E Acetate
6 grams Salt
130 grams Sugar
Recipe in Ounces
0.21 oz Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
1.27 oz Avocado Butter
0.71 oz Peach Kernel Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.21 oz Salt
4.59 oz Sugar
Recipe in Percentages
3% Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
18% Avocado Butter
10% Peach Kernel Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
3% Salt
65% Sugar

Weigh the Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax, Avocado Butter and Peach Kernel Oil into a  microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. In a separate container mix the sugar and salt, making sure they are distributed evenly. Add the salt/sugar mixture and Vitamin E Acetate to the melted oils. Stir well. Put into jars or pots for use. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Lip Scrub
Finished Lip Scrub
Weighing Chocolate Bacon Wax
Weighing Chocolate Bacon Wax
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Melted Oils
Melted Oils
Measuring Salt
Measuring Salt
Adding Vitamin E Acetate
Adding Vitamin E Acetate
Ready to Mix
Ready to Mix

Mixed Lip Scrub
Mixed Lip Scrub
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A Spa Worthy Massage Oil

I love answering the phone. It doesn’t matter whether it is the phone at work, my own, my friends or even my mother’s phone. I love answering the phone. I love the magic of being able to talk to someone who is states away. I also get to learn a lot. 

Recently I have been getting calls from massage therapists who want to make their own massage oil. Many complaints I hear is that one oil is too sticky, another is too fluid or even it absorbs too quickly! What is a massage therapist to do?! Not to worry. Today we will be making the perfect massage oil.

Ingredients
Sunflower Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Coconut Oil Fractions
Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
28 grams Sunflower Oil
28 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
57 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
1.13 grams Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1 oz Sunflower Oil
1 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
2 oz Coconut Oil Fractions
0.04 oz Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
25% Sunflower Oil
25% Macadamia Nut Oil
50% Coconut Oil Fractions
Q.S. Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Weigh all of your ingredients into a container. Stir well. Pour into any bottle you desire. You can use disc tops, pumps or just plain-Jane caps.

 

Note: I used 1% fragrance for my entire batch. Because the nature of massage oils is to apply some, rub it in, apply some more, rub it in; your customer needs to love the fragrance as much as I love talking on the phone. Otherwise, I would recommend lowering the percentage of fragrance oil. If I were a massage therapist dealing with customers all the time, I would limit my fragrance to somewhere between .25% and .5%. Since this is more of a personal style massage oil, I increased the fragrance because I LOVE Sahara Sandalwood.
Taylor

Finished Massage Oil
Finished Massage Oil
Weighing Sunflower Oil
Weighing Sunflower Oil
Weighing Macadamia Nut Oil
Weighing Macadamia Nut Oil
Weighing Coconut Oil Fractions
Weighing Coconut Oil Fractions
Adding Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Adding Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Unmixed Massage Oil
Unmixed Massage Oil

Mixed Massage Oil
Mixed Massage Oil
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