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It’s the Count Down to the 2014 Central Soapers Workshop!

Are you going?
Are you going?
I’m so excited for the Central Soapers Workshop that is happening later this month! This year we are sponsoring the Soap Lab so all attendees can make some soap using the new techniques they have learned while at the workshop. We are even going to be there to help run the Soap Lab!

Tina had so much fun last year at the Central Soapers Workshop, that she is going back and bringing Taylor and myself so we can join the party!

What are we providing?
Fixed Oils
Fragrances
Colors
Botanical Additives
Equipment and other soapy supplies!

Did you know there is still time to register? Visit the Central Soapers site to sign up because you don’t want miss out on all the fun!

If you can’t make it, follow us on Twitter for workshop updates! We will be tagging our posts with #centralsoapers. I will try very hard to keep the Twitter feed rolling on our end, but I might be having so much fun that I forget to tweet!

If you are going, let us know and come say “hi”! We would love to talk to you! I’m looking forward to meeting more soapers in person and matching faces to names.

See you in Overland Park, Kansas!

Andee

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Basic Soap Making Class – Coming Soon!

We have had some interest in learning all about the cold process soap making, so we will be offering a beginner classes this March 29th. Beginner soap class is two hours filled with information, products and every student will receive their own Soap Makers Package. This is a beginners class intended for those who want to learn to make soap, it is appropriate for those who have less than 10 batches of soap under their belt. You will have the opportunity to make and take several batches of your own soap!Class is in Nibley! Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 10:00AM!

Class size is limited so call today and reserve your seat!
Class fee: $85.00 each class, this will cover the cost of all materials and instruction.
Register by calling our office: 435.755.0863, pre-registration is required.
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:00PM.

I wanted to let you know about the Soap Makers Package that is included in your registration fees. The soap makers package is put together for each student to make several batches of soap in class as well as giving you all the necessary supplies to make soap at home.

The Soap Makers Package includes the following supplies:
Soap Spoon
Goggles
Thermometer
Soap supplies for you to make your own batches of soap
Literature and “how to” of soap making

All of this is yours to keep after the class so you are completely ready to make your own soap at home. What a great value!

Clothing Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing. A long sleeve shirt and pants are best to help protect your skin. An extra pair of clothes is never a bad idea. Closed toe shoes are a requirement for the classroom. If you have long hair, please pull it back before coming to class.

I can’t wait to see you there!
Tonya

Pouring Soap in Clamshell
Pouring Soap in Clamshell

Mixing Lye and Oils.
Mixing Lye and Oils.
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Guest Post: November Soap Challenge Club by Amy Warden at Great Cakes Soapworks

Exciting news! Majestic Mountain Sage is sponsoring another Soap Challenge Club this month!! The Soap Challenge Club is a place where soapmakers from all over the world can learn a new technique for cold-processed soap and compete for a significant prize each month. I am hosting and teaching the techniques, but various soap supply vendors are sponsoring the grand prize. So if you’d like a crack at a $100 gift certificate from The Sage, please read on… (2nd & 3rd place winners receive free registration to next month’s Challenge Club)!

The Challenge This Month:
I call it Squeeze Bottle Designs. You get to trace or draw a design on the bottom of a piece of freezer paper, then trace the design in soap using a squeeze bottle. I first saw this technique on the Sirona Springs blog by Ruth Esteves. Here are the two soaps I made using the technique that will be demonstrated in the video tutorial:

First practice batch!  Made in a log mold.
First practice batch! Made in a log mold.
Final soap design from a slab mold.
Final soap design from a slab mold.

Requirements to participate:
1. Basic knowledge of cold-processed soapmaking
2. Register and pay a small fee of $5.95 to gain access to the private area where the technique will be laid out via instructional video and written instructions.
3. Create a soap using the technique of the month.

Requirements to be eligible to win prizes:
1. Document the making and final reveal of your soap with photos and/or video! Create a blog post (preferred!), video on YouTube, or post a photo on a Facebook business page or Pinterest album featuring your challenge soap entry.
2. Post the link to your challenge soap entry to the link-up between November 13-16! (Not sure what a link-up is? Check out this one from last month’s Challenge Club.

Deadlines (all will occur at 2:00pm CST):
November 4, 2013 – Registration to participate will CLOSE
November 13, 2013 – The private link-up will OPEN
November 16, 2013 – The link-up will CLOSE, and members-only voting will begin
November 20, 2013 – Voting will CLOSE, winners will be contacted!

Once registered, you will receive a username and password as well as the link to access the password-protected post containing the video and written instructions to create your Squeeze Bottle Design soap.

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Soap Challenge Club at Great Cakes Soapworks!

I’m excited to announce that we are the sponsor of the November Soap Challenge Club hosted by Amy and Great Cakes Soapworks! This month, the soap challenge is “Squeeze Bottle Designs.” These challenges are lots of fun, a great way to learn a few new techniques, a chance for meeting soapmakers from around the world and getting inspiration for your next soaps!

As the sponsor, we are giving the first place winner a $100 gift certificate! That isn’t the only prize! The second and third place winners get free registration from Amy for the next Soap Challenge Club.

To join, you just need to have a basic understanding of cold-processed soapmaking. If you are ready to join, you will need to register and pay a small fee of $5.95 and you will gain access to the private area where you will be able to read instructions and watch the instructional video. Everyone who documents the making and final reveal of their soap and then shares it on the link-up will be eligible to win any of the prizes!

You don’t have much time to sign up! Join today because this challenge looks like fun!

Deadlines (all will occur at 2:00pm CST):
November 4, 2013 – This registration will CLOSE
November 13, 2013 – The link-up will OPEN
November 16, 2013 – The link-up will CLOSE, and voting will begin
November 20, 2013 – (1 week before Thanksgiving) Voting will CLOSE, winners will be contacted!

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Original inspiration from Ruth at Sirona Springs.
Original inspiration from Ruth at Sirona Springs.

Final soap design from a slab mold.
Final soap design from a slab mold that was made in the video.

P.S. Follow our blog and Amy’s blog to learn more! We are working on releasing extra goodies for the second and third place winners!

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Class Coming Up

party-hat

For all of you who have been waiting and wondering when the next class will be we decided to start off our fall classes with a Super Class in August. This class, like all of our classes, is a make and take event! We will be making lip balms, scrubs, lotion bars, lotions and more! We are going to try to cram into 4 hours so much stuff that your personal care drawer will be refilled! All of the items in our classes get labels so you can make and GIVE AWAY! Stock up for birthdays, thank-yous, house warming parties and more. There is no need to have previous experience. Come to this class and start out on the right foot making these fun items.

Class day will be Saturday, August 17th in Nibley, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will be making: melt and pour soap, lip balm, lotion and scrubs.

Class size is limited so call today and reserve your seat!
Class fee: $80.00 per class, this will cover the cost of all materials and instruction.
Register by calling our office: 435.755.0863, preregistration is required.
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:00PM.
If you have any questions, please call us.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tonya

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Guest Post: Soap Challenge Club by Amy Warden at Great Cakes Soapworks

Did you know that there is a new Soap Challenge Club where soapmakers from all over the world can learn a new technique for cold-processed soap and compete for a significant prize every month? I am hosting and teaching the technique each month, but various soap supply vendors are sponsoring the grand prize. Yes, you guessed it! Majestic Mountain Sage is this month’s sponsor, and they will be awarding a $100 gift certificate to the grand prize winner (2nd & 3rd place winners receive free registration to next month’s Challenge Club)!

The Challenge This Month:
Learn two versions of the mantra swirl: the original as well as an advanced/modified version.

Original Mantra Swirl
Original Mantra Swirl
Advanced/Modified Mantra Swirl
Advanced/Modified Mantra Swirl

Requirements to participate:
1. Basic knowledge of cold-processed soapmaking
2. Register and pay a small fee of $5.95 to gain access to the private area where the technique will be laid out via instructional video and written instructions.
3. Create a soap using the technique of the month.

Requirements to be eligible to win prizes:
1. Document the making and final reveal of your soap with photos and/or video! Create a blog post (preferred!), video on YouTube, or post a photo on a Facebook business page featuring your challenge soap entry.
2. Post the link to your challenge soap entry to the link-up while it is open! (Not sure what a link-up is? Check out this one.

Deadlines (all will occur at 2:00pm CST):
July 1, 2013 – Registration to participate will CLOSE
July 10, 2013 – The private link-up will OPEN
July 13, 2013 – The link-up will CLOSE, and members-only voting will begin
July 17, 2013 – Voting will CLOSE, winners will be contacted!

Once registered, you will receive a username and password as well as the link to access the password-protected post containing the video and written instructions to create mantra swirl soaps.

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Feedback from members of last month’s challenge:
“It was FUN! Everyone was friendly, the challenge was, well … challenging, and we all learned, regardless of skill level.”

“The best part for me was finally taking the time to try a new technique, and doing it with a bunch of other soapers. Very cool!”

“I loved having the instructions and video…so helpful, and it gave me the confidence to try it. I also loved seeing all the entries.”

“Being part of the challenge gives me the incentive to push beyond my comfort zone to learn and practice new skills.”

“I thought everything was extremely well arranged. The how-to video was very well done, clear and easy to follow and the link up and voting were easy peasy! Well done!”

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Cold Process Soap Beginners Class

During the month of April we offered several Cold Process Soap Beginner classes and had a great time learning about the terminology, equipment, and a step by step guide in making our own first batches of cold process soap.

Everyone received a beginners equipment package that included a (scale, goggles, gloves, soap buckets, soap spoon, pH test strips, thermometer, and their own Soap Making Workbook “When It’s Good to be in a Lather“). They also received 4 complete 1 lb soap kits to make their own first batches of soap. We had a few students that took the class twice and for their second class they received 10 – 1 lb soap kits. Wow, this got them off learning the techniques in making cold process soap.

We did have an instance when someone had a batch of soap that took off in temperature and reached 200 degrees. I won’t name any names. ;-) This was a great opportunity for me to see how things could go wrong and best of all how to correct this from happening again. I feel like I am ready to conquer most soaps now. I have added several photos to show you how much we learned and enjoyed this class. I am really excited to be offering this new series of classes.

So are you all ready for an Intermediate Cold Process Class? I’m getting excited for this next class. Everyone will receive several batches of soap to make but I’m trying to decide what to include in this class. Some students have suggested adding multiple colors, maybe swirls, or adding different types of objects into the soap. What would you like to do? I need a few suggestions so I can finish putting this class together.

Thanks for playing!
Tonya

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Soap Class and Tea Tuesday

TeacupWe have two soap making classes on Saturday. They are at 10 AM and 1 PM. This beginners class is to help ease the mind of what happens in the soap pot and how to become a successful soap maker. Certainly one can not learn everything about soap in a few hours but one can start out on the right foot! If you are interested in this class, please call our office to sign up. The class is $ 80 and you will be given all your beginner supplies. We make soap in the actual class and you take home what has been made. Whew! I love these classes! They are so much fun.

So, long before you stress about the situation you can come in and learn from experienced soap makers on how to avoid the pitfalls.

Tea Tuesday!

I have been wanting to do a Tea Tuesday but documents like taxes have buried my desk. I think the avalanche has worked its way into a mole hill and is now manageable. Do you remember how Tea Tuesday works? If you do, go right to the Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button.

If you have never participated in Tea Tuesday, here are the steps:

1) Choose a tea type you would like to try.
2) Go to the Contact Us page and select Community Pursuits
3) Send a message including your Name, Address, City ST ZIP, and a comment telling me what you like about spring. Include the tea type you have chosen and click SEND MESSAGE.

So, what happens after all of this? Well, I send each valid MMS customer who submitted information a sample of tea AND a handwritten note. (See the catch? You must be a Sage in order to participate.) Who gets handwritten notes nowadays? Our customers do! It takes me nearly a week to write all of those notes and in the end I need a cup of tea. WHEW! This activity is one of my favorite things to do. It definitely tops washing the dog.

I hope to see you in the soap class and I hope to send you REAL MAIL!

Tina

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Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer what a great item to have around, expecially this time of year. You do not want to catch a cold, so wash your hands often and when you are not able to wash with soap use a hand sanitizer. We made some great hand sanitizer gifts in our last class and I’ll explain the process.

Ingredients:
Hand Sanitizer
Fragrance Oil
Bottle and cap, we used the 4 oz boston round with a pump top and disc tops

Use Caution, Caution, and some more Caution when fragrancing this product – we used 1/2 ml or less per 4 oz of product. Fragrances are nice in room sprays but when you apply hand sanitizer to your hands you do not want any fragrance lingering about. Experience or trial and error told me that you are bound to touch that sandwhich or other finger food and trust me fragrance oils do not taste very good.

After pumping the hand sanitizer into the bottle add your fragrance, place the cap on and shake until thouroughy mixed. You may see a slight variation in color throughout the product until it is mixed together. A good tip to hold the bottle in your hand and move your hand back and forth like you are opening a door knob, do this quickly without hurting yourself for a minute or so until mixed. Apply a nice label to the bottle and you are all done!

We have a few one gallon Body Gel/Hand Sanitizer left over from a special order, this is only for will call orders. This item is not listed in the catalog so if you would like a gallon or more and you are able to pick up your order in Nibley then make sure you call the office and order before it’s all gone. If you are not able to pick up an order then you can purchase any hand sanitizer from a local store and add fragrances and bottle as you choose.

Enjoy!

Tonya

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Basic Soap Making Class – Soap Makers Package

Are you getting ready to take the Basic Soap Making class that is coming up in April? I know that several of you have expressed interest in these classes so don’t forget to sign up soon. Class space is limited and the classes will fill up fast.

I wanted to let you know about the Soap Makers Package that is included in your registration fees. The soap makers package is put together for each student to make several batches of soap in class as well as giving you all the necessary supplies to make soap at home.

The Soap Makers Package includes the following supplies:
Scale
Soap Spoon
Goggles
Thermometer
Soap supplies for you to make your own batches of soap
Literature and “how to” of soap making

All of this is yours to keep after the class so you are completely ready to make your own soap at home. What a great value!

This is a beginners class intended for those who want to learn to make soap, it is appropriate for those who have less than 10 batches of soap under their belt.

Class in Nibley! Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 10:00AM!
Class in Nibley! Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 1:00PM!
Class in Nibley! Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 10:00AM!
Class in Nibley! Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 1:00PM!

Class in Riverton! Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 6:00PM!
Class in Riverton! Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 6:00PM!

Clothing Requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing. A long sleeve shirt and pants are best to help protect your skin. An extra pair of clothes is never a bad idea. Closed toe shoes are a requirement for the classroom. If you have long hair, please pull it back before coming to class.

Class size is limited so call today and reserve your seat!
Class fee: $80.00 each class, this will cover the cost of all materials and instruction.
Register by calling our office: 435.755.0863, preregistration is required.
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:00PM.

I can’t wait to see you soon!

Tonya

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