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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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Cigar Band Tutorial

One of the hardest things about soap making is presentation.  How are you going to present your soap to family, friends and even customers? How are you going to label it? How are you going to identify what is it or even what is in it? One of the simplest labeling styles is a cigar band. Come join me to make cigar band labels for your soap!

 

For this project, you will need:
A bar of soap
paper
scissors
tape
flexible tape measure

I want to print on my cigar band label then cut it out so I can wrap my soap. To start, I grabbed a bar of soap, a standard size bar from my mold. I decided I wanted the band to go across my soap horizontally. I measured how wide the bar was. My bar was 9 inches around the bar horizontally. My cigar band will need to be longer than 9 inches so I can tape the paper together.

To determine how much space I have at the front of the bar for my design, I took a blank sheet of 8.5×11 printer. I wanted to determine how tall I wanted my cigar band. I played origami for a while until I found the size I wanted. I then cut that out and wrapped it around my bar. If I want text on the sides of my bar, now is the time for that to be determined.

I went to my computer and created my cigar bands. I used Open Office but you will need to play around with the various programs your computer has. I filled in the blog title and what I wanted to call the soap. I decreased my margin size to 0.25 inches on all sides of the paper. I flipped the page to landscape. I then printed my paper. I checked to make sure my cigar band was longer than 9 inches.

I then wrapped the paper around the bar, centering the text in the front. I taped the paper in the back. Tada!  I now have a labeled soap. How easy was that?

 

What program do you use if you create cigar bands? I want to know!

 

 

Taylor

Soap and Measuring Tape
Soap and Measuring Tape
Measuring soap
Measuring soap
Trying to determine how tall I want my cigar band.
Trying to determine how tall I want my cigar band.
Still too tall!
Still too tall!
Just right!
Just right!
Measuring how tall I want my cigar band.
Measuring how tall I want my cigar band.
My cigar bands
My cigar bands
Cutting out my cigar bands
Cutting out my cigar bands
Placing cigar band on soap
Placing cigar band on soap
My ends are too long.
My ends are too long.
Trimming my ends
Trimming my ends
Applying tape
Applying tape

Finished Cigar Band!
Finished Cigar Band!
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Crazy Mail Day

Do you remember wanting to race to the mail box to find out what was delivered? Was there anything for you? Andee is feeling this way in China. She wants a crazy mail day. Would you be interested in sending her a letter or postcard? All letters, cards or postcards being mailed to China require $1.05 in postage. If you are interested in sending a letter to Andee, please send us an email at info@thesage.com and we will forward her address. Then send her a card or letter. She will love the explosion of mail that will arrive to her.

Thanks!

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Hinoki Wood – It made my day!

I received an email from Jed about our Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil. He told us how he has been using our Hinoki Wood Fragrance Oil in cold process soap for over a year. “Many people initiatively buy it because it is an interesting scent.” he wrote. “It is mostly purchased by people 40 and older.  Once they use it, the reorders come in for not just one or two but five and ten bars at a time. It is my best seller now.” We really love to hear what works well for our customers. It is emails like this that really make everyone’s day around here.

Now, I want to know, what comments do you get that make your day? Are they from family, friends, customers or guests? Share your story and the comments that made your day. Email your story into me and we will share it on the blog!

Taylor

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New Products!

Have you noticed? We have some new products in our catalog! Wahoo! Are you ready to learn about the new additions to the MMS product family? Come join me as we look at these together!

First on our list today is the much awaited Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil! Earlier, I invited our readers to join our Research and Development Team. They were able to test a lip balm flavored with the Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil. After an astounding response, we decided to actually add this delightful flavor to our catalog.  I personally can’t wait to try it in lip scrubs, lip balm, lip gloss, massage oils and more. This flavor is for all ages and isn’t candy sweet but a very fresh flavor. Think fresh pie, freezer jam, smoothies and similar products. Yum. Try this high in demand flavor today!

Also added to our catalog was Dry Flo TS! So many cried when Dry Flo AF was no longer available! (I was one of them.) This version of Dry Flo is made from tapioca starch instead of modified corn starch, but don’t worry! This new Dry Flo is a perfect replacement! This product will impart a silky dry feel in your creams and lotions so you can forgo that unpleasant heavy feeling. I have used this product in a large variety of formulations and am very amazed with the results! A heavy greasy creams suddenly becomes lighter, less oily and velvety. You can even use this in conjunction with arrowroot powder to make a talc replacement in a body powder. Light creams and body powders, here we come!

Last, we have an very exciting and unusual addition to our catalog. Please read the description entirely prior to ordering! This new “product” is called the Sampler 7! It is very common for people to ask for a sampler kit. We scratched our heads wondering how we could made tailored sampler kits for each person. This is how we solved this. You can create your own sampler kit! So, how does this work? Choose 7 1 oz size bottles of the Fragrance Oils, Essential Oils or Flavor Oils of your choice and add them to your cart. Add the Sampler 7 to your shopping cart. There must be eight items in your cart. No more, no less, otherwise you will not qualify for the free shipping that accompanies the Sampler 7! Select Priority Mail as the shipping method. When your order crosses the order desk, the shipping will be removed. From there, your package leaves our facility and will be on its way to you!

Taylor

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The Smallest Soap in the House!

Years and years ago, Safeguard had an advertisement stating that people loved their soap so much it was always the smallest soap in the house. Send us a photo of your smallest soap in the house and tell us why it is so popular. You don’t have to share a recipe but do tell us about the scent, lather, additional ingredients, etc. We will post pictures here! If you have before & after pictures that will be even better. Send in your pictures!

 

Taylor

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Valentine’s Day is coming!

GOOD GRAVY BOATS! Is Valentine’s Day really only 14 days away? Think quick and easy lip balms and glosses. Remember, if you need to place an order, you only have 14 days for it to be processed, shipped and then made by you! Ack! We will be doing a What is in Your Cupboard Challenge all the way to the 14th. Just tell us what you have available in your cupboard and we can help you formulate small, quick, and easy gifts. You can either put that list in the comments field or email in using our contact page. Just click the Blog radio button and we will get you taken care of.

Happy Pre-Valentines Day!

Taylor

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We want YOU! Join the MMS R&D Department!

Our Research and Development team is often inundated with products to test, things to research and determining if a product deserves a place in our catalog. So, we are offering an opportunity to join the MMS Research and Development Team. How cool it that? You get to help choose what is in our catalog! We are testing a new flavor and we wanted to ask you. 

The new flavor to be tested is… (drum roll) Pomegranate Blackberry! Request a sample in your next order and tell us what you think! Does it inspire you? Would it sell? Would you give lip balm away to friends with this flavor? The first 15 MMS customers to respond with their feedback will get a special gift sent their way. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to join the MMS team!

Taylor

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Freebie Friday!

I love doing Freebie Friday. It is a great way for customers to test a new fragrance with only a little sample. It is also wonderful to hear people email or comment say “I never would have tried this fragrance but it was absolutely wonderful.” or “This fragrance didn’t move me but my family/customers are always requesting this fragrance. Great job!”. I love hearing that. Here at MMS, we try to bring you only the best and it is rewarding to hear that our customers think so too! Come join me as we look at some wonderful fragrances made exclusively for soap and other toiletries.

The first fragrance on our list today is Eastern Amber Fragrance Oil. Whenever I open a bottle and take a big whiff, I am whisked off to exotic and mysterious lands. It reminds me of when I enter a Middle Eastern market that has a lot of incense and the odor envelops me. Yum. There is a rich scent of sandalwood, amber and musk. It is softened and round out by sweet jasmine and soft rose  with a citrus & bergamot. This scent is extremely sexy and sensual. I love using in massage oils, candle melts and perfumes for special occasions. This scent is sweet enough to please women but dark and musky enough for any man to enjoy. A definite must try!

During the summer, one of my favorite things is a bowl of freshly sliced fruit with large variety. This is much like our Fruit Slices Fragrance Oil. Crisp apples, fresh cut pineapples, plump plums, ripe peaches, sweet nectarines and luscious pears with a hint of lychee and a twist of citrus. This a fun, fruity scent is a definite crowd pleaser. Young children to grandparents all close their eyes and say “YUM!” Request this fragrance in your next order today.

I love exotic scents. They are foreign, eccentric and fascinating. Lotus Fragrance Oil is one of those scents. It has a strong base of rich sandalwood, amber, sweet musk and vanilla. The top notes are of exquisite jasmine and fine rose tied harmoniously together by a chic patchouly. Oolala!

The next product on our list isn’t a fragrance oil, but an extract. That’s right! We are sending out samples of our Pumpkin Seed Extract. This extract is a delight to any lip balm or lotion maker. This enchanting oil is high in unsaturated fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6. Pumpkin is a fantastic stimulant for dull and sluggish skin. Add this extract to any of your current formulations and be prepared to have your socks knocked off!

Ginger, a spice with so many forms and uses. Pickled ginger, candied ginger, ground ginger, fresh ginger, ginger in Asian dishes, ginger in baked holiday goodies and even ginger in drinks! Whew. It is mind-boggling to think of all of the products that use ginger. Many of us take comfort in the scent or taste of ginger. Now, with our Ginger Fragrance Oil, you can enjoy this root as often as you would like.

Last on our list today is Honeysuckle Fragrance Oil. This spellbinding fragrance reminds me of when I was a little girl. My dad and I would walk along many of the trails that surrounded the fields near where he kept his bee hives. My minuscule hand would be enveloped in his work-hardened hand. Tall bushes of honey clover rimed the fields and the sweet scent filled the air. Honeysuckle reminds me of the honey clover I remember as a little girl but it isn’t syrupy sweet and it is a little more green. It is extremely refreshing and it makes me long for a warm summer day where I can walk hand in hand with my father as the sweet honey clover blooms and the bees buzz around us. Join us for a walk and try Honeysuckle today!

Remember, I will be sending 100 samples of each product to shipping. Request one in your next order! You won’t want to miss out!

Taylor

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Kissable Lips Valentine Swap

I love getting packages in the mail. Even if they are expected orders, they are always a treat to get and go through. :D (Plus, they always more fun to go through than the junk mail.) One great way to get a box of different and unexpected goodies is to participate in a swap. Not sure how a swap works? Allow me to explain. 

Swaps allow you to exchange soap and other bath and body products. Swaps are often themed. Some are open to any product while others are limited by product or location of application. The swap I am hosting in time for Valentine’s Day is any product to be used on the lips.

Swaps are a great opportunity to shared ideas, products and receive inspiration. Products people send in the swap include a recipe. So… if you fall in love with something from the swap, you have a recipe to try and tweak. Want to sign up? Join us on our forumand sign up there! You can talk with others just like you! So if you want to join, let me give you a quick check list. Sign up on the MMS Forum. Post in Kissable Lips Swap that you would like to join. After the last sign up date a list of participants is made. Make your products and send to Majestic Mountain Sage  2490 South 1350 West, Nibley, Utah 84321 with “ATTN: Kissable Lips Swap” on the label along with your recipe and return shipping. Wait for the return ship date and wait for your package to arrive.Want to know more about this swap? Here you are!

Official Details!

 

 

The theme for this swap is Kissable Lips. This swap will be a swap all about lips and will include some fun goodies for you to play with for your creative time. The recipe for your products can be e-mailed in or sent with the products when shipped. (I prefer that you email them. ;-) It makes the booklet faster to put together.) All recipes will be included in the swap recipe booklet.

Note: For this swap, all of your items must be able to fit in the small flat rate priority box that ships for $5.35. The great part is, you already know how much to send in for shipping. That’s right! $5.35!

To prevent the swap from becoming too big, I am going to limit the group size to 18 people. If we have more people that are interested, I will create a second group to allow more people to participate.

Deadline Dates to know:
Last Sign Up Date: January 11th, 2012
Last Possible Shipping Date: January 25th, 2012
Return Mailing Date: February 3rd, 2012

All items will be shipped to MMS.

Majestic Mountain Sage
Attn: Kissable Lips Swap
2490 South 1350 West
Nibley, UT 84321

What do I included with my package I ship?
Your swap items.
Money to cover return shipping. (Cash or Money Order ONLY) I will have a total number of individuals after the sign up deadlines. I will not be able to accept personal checks.

In order to prevent confusion with dates, I will be posting frequently to help remind participants of where we are on our calendar!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to post and ask.

Best Wishes!

Taylor

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