Category Archives: Thoughts from The Sage

The 4th of July!

July4thIt is Independence Day! We hope your day is filled with parades, great food, musics and beautiful fireworks lighting up the night sky. If you need to travel, please travel safely. If you are lighting fireworks, please have some safety precautions for you and your loved ones. Your safety is extremely critical.

Our team is super excited about the holiday. We have all been planning what to serve at our respective BBQ’s. If you are at a loss for what to serve or take to a pot luck, we have some great recipes for you to try.

Finished Ernie's Bowtie Pasta Salad
Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad

One of our staff’s all time favorites is the Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad. I don’t know who scrambles to get to dish up first: the kids or the adults. In the end it doesn’t matter because it is always in demand. Even if you make more than you think you will need, there won’t be any left-overs. I promise.

Artichoke Spinach Dip
Artichoke Spinach Dip

Another favorite is the Artichoke and Spinach Dip. It goes well with everything from chips to bread to rolls. Tonya loves to get the festive red, white and blue corn tortilla chips. Tina adores a crisp baguette. I don’t really care how I eat it so long as there is some left for me! It is super yummy and fast to make. You won’t believe it!

Fruit Punch. Doesn't that look delectable?
Fruit Punch. Doesn’t that look delectable?

If you are looking for a great beverage to quench the thirst and put the summer heat at bay, one of my favorite drinks is our Summer Fruit Punch! I am fond of it because it looks great and while it looks like you have slaved half the day preparing for it, it is a cinch to put together. I love it because it is beautiful to look at and I don’t have to sacrifice time away from the festivities.

 

What types of things do you like to make and serve at your Independence Day get together? We want to know!

Taylor

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Caring for Wool Articles

Ready to Wash Wool Vest
Ready to Wash Wool Vest

Earlier this week we made a Wool Wash Bar and a Wool Conditioner so as to  take better care of our wool items. Today I wanted to show you how to properly wash your wool items so as not to felt them (cause them to shrink), stretch or otherwise distort their shape.

Filling sink with tepid water
Filling sink with tepid water

To start, fill your sink with tepid water. We don’t want hot water but we do want it a little warm so we can make sure the garment or article gets clean. Take your wool wash bar and soap your water. You don’t want to add your wool item just yet! Once your water is slightly soapy, add your wool item.

Soaping the water
Soaping the water

Doing this helps make sure that the item is not agitated. Agitation will cause the wool to felt. You want to be super gentle with wool once it gets wet.

Adding Wool Vest to Water
Adding Wool Vest to Water

Once you have added your wool article  to the sink of soapy water, you will want to gently press it under the surface of the water. (I am washing a vest today.) Continue to press the wool item under the water for a few minutes.  When you are ready, drain the water.

Pressing wool garment under the water
Pressing wool garment under the water

Do not lift the wool item out of the sink. Now that the wool is wet, it is very easy to distort the garment. Fill the sink with fresh water. This is to rinse all of the soap off of the fibers. Again gently press the garment under the water. Drain.

Vest in Soapy Water
Vest in Soapy Water

Transfer the item to a different sink or a colander. Rinse the sink and fill with water again. Take about a lima bean sized amount of the wool conditioner and mix it into the water. I find rubbing the conditioner into my hands prior to adding to the water prevents large particles of conditioner from not mixing into the water.

Draining Soapy Water
Draining Soapy Water

Place the wool item  into the water. Gently press under the water. Continue to press for a few minutes. You will be able to feel the texture change under your finger tips. It is similar to using conditioner in your own hair.

Rinsing Soap from Vest
Rinsing Soap from Vest

Drain the sink again without disturbing your wool article. Fill the sink again with tepid water. We want to rinse any excess conditioner from the fibers. Press the garment under the water to insure it is rinsed well. Drain the sink for the final time.

Filling sink for conditioner
Filling sink for conditioner

Gently fold up your item and transfer it to a bowl or colander. Lay a large bath towel out on the floor. Place your wool garment on it and lay it out. Starting from the bottom of the towel, roll upwards towards the top.

Adding a SMALL amount of wool conditoner
Adding a SMALL amount of wool conditoner

Once it is rolled up in the towel, press the water out of the wool garment. You can even kneel on the towel if you need to. Remember to just press. We are not wringing it out. Just pressing.

Water ready for wool vest
Water ready for wool vest

Unroll the towel. Gently transfer your wool garment to a flat surface where it can dry. Do not hang it or hold it up. This can stretch and distort the shape of the item. Allow the garment to dry. (I really like to lay my things out in an area that has a lot of air circulation. It makes it easier and speeds up the drying time.

Pressing vest under water with wool conditioner
Pressing vest under water with wool conditioner

Once your garment or wool article is dry, you can now wear and use it like normal. It just has the added bonus of being clean and soft! How wonderful is that?
Taylor

 

Laying out vest to press out excess water
Laying out vest to press out excess water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling up vest
Rolling up vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressing out excess water
Pressing out excess water

 

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Clear Lip Balm Tubes Are Back!

ClearTubesI am so excited and relieved to finally tell you that the Clear Lip Balm Tubes are back in stock! You’ve been asking just as hard as we have about these tubes and we finally have these fabulous tubes into our warehouse!

Now that these tubes are back, what are you looking forward to making most? I’m looking forward to making a Caramel Latte Lip Balm first!

Andee

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Manic Monday!

Whew! It has been a crazy Monday. Why is it that Mondays seem to be the busiest day of the week?I have all of these spectacular plans and they just seem to be systematically derailed.

I wanted to give a sneak peek into tomorrow’s blog. I can be a rather experimental soapmaker. I find something and say “I wonder what this would be like in soap.” While this can get me into trouble, it is rather cool/thrilling when things are a success. My latest concoction? Tomato paste in soap!

Join me tomorrow to find out all about it! I think you will be delighted with the results.

Taylor

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New Product Tuesday!

Let it rain! Let it rain! Let it rain!

Recent rains have encouraged our gardens to grow and today, the rain has also encouraged our catalog to grow!

What are the newest products in the catalog?

Extracts:
We’ve added some new extracts after many requests from customers like you! What extracts are they? St John’s Wort Extract and Witch Hazel Extract! These oil soluble extracts are great additions to lotions and creams. Where would you add them?

CoffeeCoffees:
We offer a really cool Free Gifts Program for our customers. If your item total qualifies, you can get awesome things like Coffee, Yummies, Mail Art, and Zany Fun Things. We have added 5 more coffees to the Free Gifts Program and they are F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S! Try Aztec Dark, Ethiopian Arabian Night, Highlander Grogg, French Roast Blend or the Vienna Roast Blend today! I think you will find a new favorite just like I have.

6081599Frogs Soap Mold
These adorable frogs hopped into the office today with all the rain! Splish splash away and take a bath with a frog today.

White Kaolin Clay
One of my favorite clays! It is finally back in the catalog after a long hiatus. Kaolin clay makes silky soaps that have me sighing in delight. Try some today and discover what luxurious things clay soaps are.

I hope you enjoy the newest products! Which one are you looking forward to the most? Log in and comment on the blog! I’ve got some freebies for the first 10 people who comment!

Andee

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Katy

Do you ever wonder who the people are behind the scenes here at TheSage? Well, wonder no more and meet Katy!

What does Katy do?
Katy is a valuable member of our Shipping Team as well as our Production Team. If you ever call in with an order, Katy might be the one to take your order!

Katy

As all of our Phone Team gets asked some common questions, I asked Katy a few of the questions that you might ask us on the phone! I hope you find some inspiration in Katy’s favorites!

Andee: What is your current favorite fragrance?
Katy: Juicy Pear. I love fruity scents! Juicy Pear is just so fresh and fruity that I’m tempted to drink it. I settle for Juicy Pear room sprays and lotions instead!

A: What is your favorite flavor?
K: Green Apple is the best! It tastes like a fresh green apple that is slightly sweet and with just a little bit of sour.

A: What is your favorite thing to pack?
K: I like packing any of the ingredients that come in the big 55 gallon drums. It is very satisfying to pack all of the material into smaller containers.

A: What is your favorite thing about working at TheSage?
K: My teammates are awesome people! I know that we can work together to get things done quickly and efficiently. We always are there for each other and that makes work so much fun.

A: What are some of your favorite things to do at home?
K: I’ve been having fun gardening at home and getting my yard to look pretty.

Thanks Katy for talking with us!

I hope you enjoyed your Behind the Scenes peek with Katy! I’ll see you next week with another Behind the Scenes peek.

Andee

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Special Salt Lake City Meetup and Delivery!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be in Salt Lake City on June 13th and I’m offering a meetup with delivery for our Wasatch Front customers!

SLCJuneWant to come by and pick my brain?
I’ll be more than happy to answer questions or help you find answers!

Want to just talk soap with someone who gets it?
Come on by! I’d love to talk about soaps, lotions and other handcrafted things!

Want to pick up an order?
Place a Will Call order with a $75 product total or more. I will be able to bring your order as long as it is placed before the end of the day on Thursday, June 11th. Once you have submitted your order, call our offices with payment information and I will make sure your card is charged before I bring your order to Salt Lake City!

There is a $75 minimum order for this offer and you will be excited to hear that there will not be a delivery surcharge!

Where can you find me?
I will be at Salt Lake Roasting Company in downtown Salt Lake City from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Salt Lake Roasting Company Address:
320 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah

Come say “Hi!” Come pick up an order! Come chat about soap!

Andee

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Spa Fusion is Back!

SpaFusionI’m so excited to tell you that your favorite spa fragrance is back in the catalog! Spa Fusion is back in our catalog and ready for you to get a bottle for your stash today!

If you are asking, what does Spa Fusion smell like? I polled the warehouse and this is what they say. “Fresh and clean!” “Green yet fruity.” “Yum!” “This what I think shampoo should smell like! Green, fruity, fresh and luxurious!”

I have to agree with all their descriptive words! This is a green spa scent that is cheerful and luxurious smelling. Imagine an early summer morning with a light cool rain with the fusion of musk melons and a hint of ginger and you have the energizing scent of Spa Fusion!

Pick up a bottle today and tell us how you would describe Spa Fusion!

Andee

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Shipping Update!

MailmanI am so thrilled! I have some spectacular news that I know you will want to hear. Our fabulous team has spent considerable time negotiating for better shipping prices. Guess what?! They succeeded! We now have some awesome shipping rates for you. They are just jaw-dropping, unbelievably low! YAY! (Can you tell I am excited?)

So now you will be able to worry less and stretch your dollar farther. Isn’t that sweet! I now give you permission to hug your delivery person. upsAfter all, each time they visit, they come bearing a box of goodies. They should get a thank you.  😉

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