Throwback Thursday: Cookoo for Coconut Lip Balm

Finished Lip balm
Finished Lip balm

Our blog has featured hundreds of recipes, adventures and even some hilarious failures. It is a goldmine of information, ideas and inspiration. That being said, there are several recipes that I delight in making over and over again. So when I was asked earlier this week about how to make a lip balm with coconut flavor, this recipe immediately came to mind. Come join me!

Empty Beaker
Empty Beaker

This lip balm has spectacular fresh taste and creamy texture. I wanted something light in texture with a moderate amount of shine. I also wanted something that was easy to apply, regardless of the temperature. The Virgin Coconut Oil allows the mixture to melt when applied to the skin. The Castor Oil gives some of that shine and gloss while the Fractionated Coconut Oil keeps the formulation from feeling overwhelmingly heavy. The result is a lighter, smooth texture that is perfect as a daily lip balm.
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Behind the Scenes: Meet Shayla

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

What does Shayla do?
Shayla is a valuable member of our team. She is in charge of our Graphics/Labels Department. This means she designs those cute labels you see on the blog samples in your orders. Shayla also helps take your orders over the phone and if we need extra help in the warehouse for Production or Shipping, Shayla steps right in!

Shayla

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

Andee: What is your current favorite fragrance?
Shayla : Polynesian Red. I love that it makes me feel pretty, beautiful and like a woman.

A: What is your favorite thing to pack?
S: I like packing the fragrances, flavors or essential oils. It is so fun to pour into the bottles and then label.

A: What is your favorite thing about working at TheSage?
S: I have a couple of favorite things! I love my teammates because we are like a family. We work hard and it’s nice to know people care about you. It makes it easier to work with someone who cares about you. I also love the company garden. It is nice to go outside and work on a garden together. The harvests always taste better!

A: What are some of your favorite things to do at home?
S: I like to craft. I love working with wood and I like making it look antiqued or vintage depending on the piece I’m working on.

A: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you have learned about soap, lotion, lip balm or other cosmetics?
S: Lanolin, I didn’t know what it was! I was like “ew” and I think it smells weird right out of the jar. I was surprised to find how well it works to make skin feel better. I love the Brian’s Hand Butter on my feet and elbows!

Thanks Shayla for talking with us!

I hope you enjoyed your Behind the Scenes peek with Shayla! I’ll see you soon with another Behind the Scenes peek.

Andee

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Washable Massage Oil

Finished Massage Oil
Finished Massage Oil

I love treating myself to a massage but I hate that when I finally get to the shower to clean up, I feel like a slippery, oily, falling hazard. I would love to be able to step into the shower and wash most of the oil off with ease while leaving just a tiny amount to keep my skin soft. Well, today I decided to solve this by making my own! Come join me.

I am really pleased with this massage oil. It feels just like your typical massage oil. There is no stickiness or tackiness you might expect from have an emulsifier in the mixture. It rubs into the skin just beautifully. When I rinsed my skin, the water did not bead up like I had lots of oil on my skin. Instead it just flowed across my arm. After I dried my skin, I was pleased to discover that there was only a tiny amount of oil left. It wasn’t enough for me to worry about staining my clothes and it kept my skin soft throughout the day. Wow!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Hemp Oil
Spray Clear Emulsifier
Optiphen
Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
25 grams Castor Oil
350 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
102.5 grams Hemp Oil
15 grams Spray Clear Emulsifier
5 grams Optiphen
2.5 grams Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.88 oz Castor Oil
12.35 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
3.62 oz Hemp Oil
0.53 oz Spray Clear Emulsifier
0.18 oz Optiphen
0.09 oz Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Castor Oil
70% Golden Jojoba Oil
20.5% Hemp Oil
3% Spray Clear Emulsifier
1% Optiphen
0.5% Lemoncello Fragrance Oil

 

Measuring Preservative and Castor Oil
Measuring Preservative and Castor Oil

I love making recipes like this because they are so easy to do. Are you ready? It is even easier than making Tollhouse® Ready Bake cookies!

Measure everything into a mixing container. Mix well. Package into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Adding Spray Clear Emulsfier
Adding Spray Clear Emulsifier

How simple was that? This is a great massage oil that you can use at home or at a spa. You and your clients will love how easily this product rinses the excess off while still leaving enough to keep the skin baby soft. Remember that massage oils should be scented lightly as we continually add product to the skin. A little goes a long way!

Adding Golden Jojoba Oil
Adding Golden Jojoba Oil

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Flavor Testing

Setting up test batches
Setting up test batches

I love testing new products. For me, it is like being a kid in a candy store. So when you get a new product, let’s say a flavor oil, how do you determine what usage rate you like the most? Testing. Let me share with you how I test new items in order to determine what I like! You will love how easy it is.

Measuring out Mango Lip Solutions
Measuring out Mango Lip Solutions

Today I will be making some test batches with our Coconut Flavor Oil. I will be making a total of three different batches. Each batch will have 20 grams of Mango Lip Solutions. My first test batch will have 2% Coconut Flavor Oil. (0.4 grams of Coconut Flavor Oil) My second  batch has 3% Coconut Flavor Oil and 1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil. (0.6 grams Coconut Flavor Oil and 0.2 grams Sugar Baby.) The last batch will have 4% Coconut Flavor Oil. (0.8 grams of Coconut Flavor Oil)

Adding Flavors
Adding Flavors

To start, I set up my three beakers with my Mango Lip Solutions. I heated them so they were liquid. I then added my flavors and stirred well. I distributed the material into some mini lip balm tubes for testing purposes. I then labeled my bags so I could keep them separate. Pretty easy, huh?

Filling Test Tubes
Filling Test Tubes

Out of each of my test batches, I think I enjoyed the one with 3% Coconut Flavor Oil and 1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil the most. It had great coconut flavor with a hint of sweetness. I felt like it just had an extra oohmp that the others were lacking. Remember, this is just my personal preference and that taste is entirely subjective. What I like may not be the same as what you like, this is why testing is so important!

I will be sending over 100 sample sets to our shipping department. Request one in your order today!

Labeling Test Samples
Labeling Test Samples

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Fast Shipping!

running_timeDid you know we target all orders that are in by 12:30 PM (Mountain Time) are to be shipped the same day?

We figure you place an order because you need the supplies, not because you are trying to exercise your patience. Recently we got this comment from Jackie, “Just a big thank you. I put in a small order in around noon today and I see that it is shipping out this afternoon! It looks like I will get it by Friday so I have the weekend to work on my product!!

Thank you to Jackie and all others who email us about our quick shipping. We feel like this is one of our top services.

Just a reminder that adding to your order can be tough because we process so quickly. Don’t be surprised by our comments that we regret that we are not able to add to your order because your order has already shipped!

What do you feel is the most helpful when placing an order with us? The order confirmation e-mail? The tracking e-mail? How much do you depend on our fast shipping? Share your thoughts! I would love to know how we can help you.

Andee

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New Lemoncello Fragrance Oil!

LemoncelloI have always dreamed of traveling to the Mediterranean and visiting Greece and Italy. While I still haven’t arranged a trip to go there, our new Lemoncello Fragrance Oil is the next best thing!

Lemoncello is an Italian liqueur that is made by infusing lemon zest into distilled grain alcohol.  The zest is later strained off and the liqueur is mixed with simple syrup. This gives the alcohol a slight cloudy appearance. Lemoncello is popular because of the fresh, lemony flavor without being tart or bitter.

Soap made with our Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Soap made with our Lemoncello Fragrance Oil

Once our Research and Development Department announced that we would have a Lemoncello Fragrance Oil, I did a lot of reading about it. There are some amazing articles out there ranging from the origin and history of lemoncello to how to make it yourself. Did you know that while in the U.S. Lemoncello is often used as a flavoring agent in cocktails, in Italy it is served in small chilled glasses after a meal? This is also known as a digestivo. How cool is that?

When I got my first sniff of our Lemoncello Fragrance Oil, I was struck by how smooth and fresh it smelled. There are no bitter or sour notes that I normally associate with things like lemonade. It smelled more like a citrus grove or a box of freshly picked lemons. Wow! I am in love.

I have already made my Silky Smooth Hair Detangler and a batch of soap using the Lemoncello Fragrance Oil. I can’t wait to make lotions, bath salts and room sprays. Yummy!

Taylor

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Bayberry Fragrance is Back!

BayBerryStockI am so excited to tell you Bayberry Fragrance Oil is back in stock! This fragrance is a seasonal favorite and many of you were bombarding our e-mail to know when Bayberry would be back. Now you can breathe easy! Enjoy a wonderful fragrance that didn’t discolor our test batches.

Now that Bayberry is back, what are you looking forward to making most? I’m looking forward to making a batch of Men’s Light Face Cream with Bayberry instead of Peppermint!

Andee

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Silky Smooth Hair Detangler

Finished Hair Detangler
Finished Hair Detangler

I love Friday nights. Friday is the night of the week where I treat myself and go out. It may be for a simple cup of coffee, dinner at a restaurant or perhaps an art show. Whatever it may be, Friday night is my night to dress up a little. Some nights I think half the fun is getting ready. That is until I get to my hair.

Weighing Citric Acid
Weighing Citric Acid

I think every woman can relate to my eternal fight with my hair. It goes frizzy and wild when I want smooth locks. It goes limp when I want volume. It does everything save for what I want it to do. It has even defied my poor hairdresser. I was reaching my wits end. So for the last few weeks, I have spent time formulating, mixing up various concoctions and testing them. The best part about all of this? I have stumbled across the perfect formula.

Weighing Hydrovance and Extracts
Weighing Hydrovance and Extracts

When I set out to create this detangler, I wanted something that would help the hair relax, resist frizzing and make the hair look shiny and healthy. The best part is that a little goes a long way. I have had a number of gals on staff try this product. The results have blown us way. We have tried it on ultrafine baby-like hair to coarse hair. We have tested it on colored hair, straight hair and tightly curled hair. It has resulted in happy, manageable hair in all cases.

 

Ingredients
Citric Acid
Dimethicone
Cyclomethicone
Hydrovance
Horsetail Extract
Chamomile Extract
Jewelweed Extract
Spray Clear Emulsifier
Liquid Germall Plus
Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
4 grams Citric Acid
8 grams Dimethicone
12 grams Cyclomethicone
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Horsetail Extract
4 grams Chamomile Extract
4 grams Jewelweed Extract
18 grams Spray Clear Emulsifier
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
2 grams Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
318grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.14 oz Citric Acid
0.28 oz Dimethicone
0.42 oz Cyclomethicone
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Horsetail Extract
0.14 oz Chamomile Extract
0.14 oz Jewelweed Extract
0.63 oz Spray Clear Emulsifier
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.07 Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
11.22 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
1% Citric Acid
2% Dimethicone
3% Cyclomethicone
4% Hydrovance
1% Horsetail Extract
1% Chamomile Extract
1% Jewelweed Extract
4.5% Spray Clear Emulsifier
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Lemoncello Fragrance Oil
79.5% Water

 

Adding Fragrance, Preservative and Silicone Oils
Adding Fragrance, Preservative and Silicone Oils

Weigh everything into a large mixing container. I like to weigh out my citric first then the rest of my water soluble ingredients. It makes it much easier to ensure it has completely dissolved. Using an immersion blender, mix well.

Mixing Detangler
Mixing Detangler

One thing I have learned that helps prevent separation is to weigh everything except the water into your mixing vessel. Add only part of your water, just enough to cover the bell of your immersion blender. Blend until it won’t separate. Add the rest of the water, mixing well.

Ready to bottle
Ready to bottle

Be forewarned that you may still have a little oil that does not mix in. During my experiments I discovered that if I increased my emulsifier, it made the hair heavy, limp and greasy looking. I decided that a lower usage rate and needing to shake each time I used the product was a far better alternative to having it make the hair heavy.

Directions for use: Shake bottle prior to spritzing. Product can be applied to damp or dry hair. Spritz the hair lightly. Brush or comb the product through. If additional product is needed, spritz the hair again. Style as desired.

See? Isn’t it simple to make and even simpler to use? You will love using this detangler. It even helps with making hair easier to brush! A must if you have little ones. I will be sending about 50 bottles to our shipping department. Request one from our order desk! Hurry before they are all gone!

Taylor

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Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is Back!

SLSaStockI am so excited and relieved to finally tell you Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is back in stock! We have been waiting very (im)patiently for this bubblelicious product to be available again. Now you can make all the bubbly products you want!

Now that Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is back, what are you looking forward to making most? The first project I’m dying to make is the Foaming Fruity Layers Bath Soak!

Andee

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Making Soap with Castor Oil

Finished Castor Oil Soap
Finished Castor Oil Soap

As a soapmaker, when you first start looking at formulating your own recipe, it can be overwhelming with all the different types of oils out there. What do you choose? One oil that is often recommended is Castor Oil. Castor Oil is a wonderful oil that boosts lather in soap. However in areas with hard water, it can create an overwhelming amount of soap scum.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Does this mean those of us with hard water have to forgo the luxurious lather from Castor Oil? No, we just have to treat Castor Oil as one of our luxury oils.

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Castor Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
156 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
14 grams Castor Oil
65 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
5.5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
0.5 oz Castor Oil
2.28 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
34% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
38% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
3% Castor Oil
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Now to make soap. Weigh your oils into a microwave safe container. While the oils are heating in the microwave, weigh out your lye and mix with your water. Remember to add your lye to your water, not the other way around. Safety first!

Waiting for mixtures to cool
Waiting for mixtures to cool

Allow your two mixtures to cool. I like to put away my oils and set up my mold during this period. This helps keep my counters clean and my distractions to a minimum. When your oils are around 100°F-110°F, add your lye solution to your oils. (Using these lower temperatures results in a smoother textured soap.) Using your immersion blender, mix your soap until you reach a light trace.

Ready to Mix
Ready to Mix

Remember, trace doesn’t denote a viscosity, it just means that we aren’t seeing the oils float to the top and separate out. Often we pour our soap into the mold when it is the viscosity of whole milk not cooked custard or pudding. That is pretty fluid!

Mixing Oils and Lye Solution
Mixing Oils and Lye Solution

Allow your soap to sit in the mold undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Then cut into bars and place out on a shelf where they can dry. I like to use cardboard boxes under my soap so I don’t damage my shelves. You can use your soap immediately but it will last longer if you allow it to dry completely. A great aid in determining if your soap has fully dried are our Cure Cards. The best part is you can have them included in qualifying order for free! Let our order desk know if you want a pack.

Pouring Soap into Mold. See how fluid it is?
Pouring Soap into Mold. See how fluid it is?

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