Category Archives: Thoughts from The Sage

June 2015 Calendar

JuneJune is just around the corner and I’m thinking summer! Growing up and living in high mountain deserts means I’m not familiar with summer at the beach, but I am familiar with afternoon hikes and playing in the cold mountain streams.

June often means many of us are busy with craft shows, fairs, family reunions and vacations. Don’t forget to plan your orders around your play time! We’re fast at shipping your orders out and if your order is in by noon (Mountain Time) we will try to do our best to get your order out the same day.

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner!

Click here to download your copy now!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

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Mandatory Materials – A clean workspace

There are many things I recommend that any cosmetic crafter have available. Some of those include a good scale, a notebook and a large supply of paper towels. All of these items make life so much easier. But there is one thing that I forget to mention that I often take for granted – a clean workspace.

You may be wondering why I am mentioning this today. Well, our test kitchen has been commandeered for testing some new items we will be unveiling in the next few weeks. (You will want to watch the catalog for those sweet items.) So we have been making lots of soap and other products seeing what is up the the MMS quality standard and what isn’t.

It also means that when I stepped into the kitchen this morning to continue our Starting with Soap series, I had a sink stacked high with dishes, messy counters and oils waiting to be put away. Not a great working space. To my chagrin, I spent most of my day cleaning, putting away and scrubbing.

This is a good reminder that two minutes now saves 20+ minutes later. Wipe up spills, wash equipment and put supplies away. You will like your workspace a lot more and it is HUGE in reducing stress when your workspace is clean.

Today I am leaving with a clean blog kitchen so we can start fresh on Monday. I hope to see you there! In the mean time, have a fabulous weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Taylor

 

 

 

Psst! Send us a picture of your clean workspace for a chance to win some goodies for you to play with. Submissions must be submitted by 6:00 PM Mountain Time, Sunday. Winners will be notified Monday.

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May 2015 Calendar

MayI can’t believe it is already May! The lilacs and peonies have begun to bloom and the days are full of sunshine. The dogs and I have been enjoying the sunshine by playing and gardening. Actually, I pull the weeds, the dogs run off with the weeds and then I get to collect the weeds from across the yard later.

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner!

Click here to download your copy now!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

Andee

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Local City Emergency! MMS Closed!

EmergencyMajestic Mountain Sage is closed today due to a local emergency in Nibley, Utah.

Diesel fuel was found yesterday afternoon in the city spring and all residents and businesses have been directed to not drink the municipal water. This do-not-drink order extends to avoiding use of the water for drinking, cooking, hand washing, bathing or watering animals.

To ensure safety of our employees and our products, we are closed today, April 23rd. We plan to be open tomorrow to ensure all orders are processed and shipped. If you have any questions or concerns, please use the Contact Us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding!

Andee

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Coming Up: Fragrance Blending and Perfumery 101

fragranceI had so much fun at the Central Soapers Workshop a few weeks ago and in the time that I’ve been back I’ve been asked lots of questions about fragrance blending. Since I gave a presentation on the subject I just have to share how easy fragrance blending and perfumery can be!

I’m giving you a heads up about this series so you can do some homework. Some of this may not seem very fun, but I promise it will be worthwhile!

Homework:

  • Create a master list: You will want to make a list of all fragrances and essential oils you have on hand right now. You don’t have to add anything to your stash, – yet! You probably already have some fantastic oils to blend and you may not have thought about blending yet.
  • Find a picture: You will want a picture (or several) that inspire you. Look for pictures that depict luxurious places, unique views, fascinating plants, delightful foods, and/or captivating towns. I find inspiration in magazines like Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, and more. Try to avoid pictures that have people as I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by people yet. If you find a picture that does have people in it, go ahead and cut them out.
  • Look elsewhere: If you have inspiration in the form of descriptions in books, music lyrics or movie references, you can use those too!

Recommended Equipment (aka) tools:

  • Notebook: I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve blended something and found that I forgot to take notes! For the sake of your sanity, and mine, use a notebook of any type to keep your blending notes. I like using a 3 ring binder because I will also store sample vials with my notes for future reference. This will cause pages to become bulky quickly!
  • Pipettes: I love using transfer pipettes for fragrance blending. Since we now carry the Micro Pipettes, I love using these for creating blends because it like I’m using “special” equipment for blending and helps set my brain on the right path.
  • Sachet Cards: These cards are invaluable for fragrance blending. This paper is not simply card stock, but a specialty paper designed for holding fragrances. My favorite size is the small 4.75 by 3 inch cards. The 100 pack of these cards will get you started and keep you busy for a little while!
  • Perfume Vials: I like using the Perfume Vials or the Glass Dram Vials for blending small amounts to see if I like a scent after it ages. These vials often are bagged and then taped to my notes in my notebook for reference at a later time.

Now that I’ve given you homework and the recommended tools list, I’ll be back next week with everything you ever wanted to know about fragrance blending and more!

If you have any questions about fragrance blending that you would like to have me address, just leave a comment or send us a message here.

Andee

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April Special!

AprilFlyerI know everyone loves specials! Who wouldn’t? I’ve got an awesome special for you this month.

Ready for the details?

If you buy a 100 pack of the Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes OR a 100 pack of Oval Lip Balm Tubes and get a FREE Lip Balm Filling Tray! This awesome offer is only valid for the month of April, so get your order in now!

Here is another plus for the Slim Stick tubes. Did you know one jar of Lip Solutions will fill about 110 Slim Stick tubes? Talk about easy! Create your own kit with a jar of Lip Solutions, 100 of the Slim Stick tubes and a flavor of your choice, we will include the tray this month. Hurry before this fabulous offer ends!

Andee

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April 2015 Calendar

AprilApril is here! While the flowers are beginning to bloom and I’m finding that I need to keep up with the weeds, I’m excited to have longer daylight hours which means sunshine in the evenings!

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner! You will also see that we are closed on Friday the 17th!

Click here to download your copy now!

If you download the calendar, you will also find the monthly special! We hope you enjoy it!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

Andee

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Vinegar – Our Gift to YOU!

I love my job. And no, I am not saying that for a marketing ploy. I work in one of the coolest jobs in the WORLD! I get to try and test new products, formulate like crazy and talk with all of our wonderful customers. I love reading through our catalog and laughing at all of the descriptions. There are some pretty great ones in the fragrance category.

That being said, my favorite category in our catalog is actually our Gifts and Teas section. If you haven’t checked out our Free Gifts Program, you should. There are some awesome things in there that you can treat yourself to every time you place an order. Some of our most recent additions have been some fabulous and mouth-watering vinegars. Let me tell you about them!

First on our list today is the Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar. Now I adore balsamic vinegar. I love pouring balsamic vinegar and olive oil onto a plate then dipping bread into it. The Blackberry Balsamic is perfect for bread, salads, cheese and even drizzled over a pork roast. It is wonderful.

The next vinegar I wanted to talk about is the Ginger White Balsamic. This vinegar is perfect who love the taste of ginger and like to add a little exotic flair to their food. I have enjoyed putting this on noodles, salads, curry and even on flaky fish. This vinegar is a big hit every time I cook with it. You should get a bottle for yourself to try!

The Raspberry Champagne Vinegar is absolutely exquisite. It is tart, crisp and berry sweet. I love it in vinaigrettes, particularly when I am serving salads that are topped with fresh berries. I have even heard of it drizzled atop fresh melons and berries as a simple yet memorable dessert. Or adding some to sparking water to make a spritzer. I think that sounds yummy. Want to try a spritzer with me?

The next vinegar I wanted to talk about is the Fig Balsamic. I must admit that I was a little unsure about trying this vinegar due to my lack of exposure to figs. Goodness, why did I even hesitate? This vinegar is divine. If you are wanting add a note of intrigue to dishes where you normally use Balsamic Vinegar, try the Fig Balsamic. It won’t disappoint.

Until we brought in all of the astounding vinegars, I had never heard of a Balsamic Vinegar that wasn’t dark in color. So you can imagine how much the Golden Balsamic surprised me. This vinegar is wonderful. I like to use it for dipping bread, on salads, fish, chicken and even grilled vegetables. I have taken great delight in using this where I wanted the flavor to surprise people without the color giving away my secrets.

The last one on our list today is the 25 Year Balsamic Vinegar. While the entire staff has loved trying all of the different flavors, for many this was ranked as their favorite. This vinegar is so different from what many of us are accustomed. It is sweet and tart and full of flavor. We have used it every where from dipping bread to drizzling it atop strawberries with whipping cream. If you are looking for a top notch vinegar that can be used from appetizer all the way to dessert, this is it.

If you want to try one of these fabulous vinegars, just let us know in the comments field of your next qualifying order!

Taylor

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Rocket Booster Testing

Watching the Rocket Booster Testing
Watching the Rocket Booster Testing

There are always events that may make a ripple in the world news but are huge when it comes to the location it occurs. Today was one such thing for us. Today Orbital ATK tested the largest and most powerful rocket booster today at Promontory Point in Utah.

It is a rather exciting and momentous event for those of us who live here. For the MMS staff, there is an even larger tie. Many have spouses or family members who are either currently working or have worked on the massive rockets that have taken astronauts, space probes and robots up into space. My own grandfather worked on the boosters for the Space Shuttle Program.

This morning, we went to go watch the QM-1 rocket booster testing. It was an astonishing sight. Today they tested the rocket booster at high temperature ranges. They heated the booster to 90ºF to simulate hot weather conditions then ignited the booster. From where we were watching, it took 5 seconds for the tremendous sound to reach us.  5 seconds may not seem like a lot of time but it certainly is strange to see something before you can hear it.

During the test, more than 531 instruments were use to monitor and gauge 102 design objectives.  Wow! That is a lot of equipment. The test also demonstrated the boosters ability to meet ballistic performance requirements as well as demonstrating the upgrades to insulation, liner and nozzle design. If you want to learn more about this test or to watch it for yourself, check out http://www.nasa.gov/ for more information or check out this article.

Taylor

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March 2015 Calendar

MarchI’m excited for March! I’m starting to plan my garden. (Even though it is snowing here in Utah right now!)

We’ve designed this monthly calendar that you can print for your desk or workspace. Print out a copy (or two) so you know what holidays are around the corner! Remember! The month of March includes time changes for those of us who still have Daylight Savings Time.

Click here to download your copy now!

Do you have anything fun planned for this month? Let us know! We would love to hear about your fun plans!

Andee

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