Summer Foot Soak

Do you know those days when you feel like you have been on your feet ALL day? I have those days and my feet can ache from all the standing, walking and flexing they have done. Good shoes can definitely help with long days on the feet, but I still want to soothe my feet at the end of the day. So I headed to the kitchen and whipped up this yummy summer foot soak to pamper my feet and help them feel better after those long days.

Finished foot soaks in bags and loose form.
Finished foot soaks in bags and loose form.

This multi-purpose foot soak is awesome because it can be bagged in the Heat Sealable Tea Bags for easy tub or foot bath clean up. It can also be left loose, mixed with a little water to make a paste and then used like a mask. Either way you use it, your feet will be treated to a little luxury!

Let’s head off to the blog kitchen and make a batch together!
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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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Bridal Shower Favors Using Goat Milk Cream Base

Collected Materials
Collected Materials

Hello! My name is Kayleen. I have been employed at MMS for three and a half years. I have mostly worked in the Shipping Department making sure your orders are packed and shipped efficiently.

Adding Fragrance
Adding Fragrance

Today, I wanted to share how easy our lotion bases are to use. There are so many excellent options available but for the sake of simplicity, I just chose one. I chose to use our gallon Goat Milk Cream Base with Sahara Sandalwood fragrance oil. Sahara Sandalwood gives your lotion a soft, clean scent. I really like this combination together.

Adding Fragrance
Adding Fragrance

It is a nice way to say “Thank you” for a variety of events. We used a bunch of these as bridal shower favors. We recently had a pre-bridal shower get together and we were able to make a number of favors quickly while we planned, laughed and had a great time.

 

Ingredients
1 Gallon Goat Milk Cream Base
1 fl oz Sahara Sandalwood
Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Mixing Spoons
Large Ziplock or Pastry Bag
Scissors
Jars
Labels

 

Adding Color
Adding Color

You will love how simple it is to make jars of cream. We added just 1 fl oz of Sahara Sandalwood Fragrance Oil to the gallon of Goat Milk Cream Base and mixed well. You need to use a spatula with a long handle if possible, it makes the stirring process a lot easier. Be sure to mix the fragrance in evenly.

Finished Body Butter
Finished Goat Milk Cream

We filled 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars with the sahara sandalwood goat milk cream. We used a plastic ziplock baggies to fill the jars with the cream. Think of piping frosting. It really helps with the clean up. Making all of these favors was a quick and easy project that everyone enjoyed. They were a big hit at the bridal shower. Everyone has since asked for more!

Kayleen Signature

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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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Weekend Special!

I am so excited for the weekend! I’m going to be visiting the local farmer’s markets and doing some desperately needed weeding. (There has been so much rain recently that I can’t keep up with the weeds!) Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

GingerRootTo celebrate the weekend, I’m going to run a special until 4 am Monday morning! Every order over $50 that is placed between Friday evening and Monday morning will get a FREE 1 fl oz bottle of Ginger Milk Fragrance. No special codes or comments needed! We’ll add it auto-magically!

I love this fragrance and I think it is a scrumptious scent! Don’t think of the harsh scent of fresh ginger, think of ginger that has been tamed by butter, sugar and flour in your favorite cookies.

Does it discolor? Only a little! This fantastic fragrance mildly discolors to a light tan and I think it matches the fragrance perfectly!

I hope you enjoy the chance to try a new fragrance with your next order!

Andee

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Starting with Soap – Day 12

Finished Soap with Jojoba Oil
Finished Soap with Jojoba Oil

You know how when you stumble on something that just makes you super excited? That is how I feel about soapmaking. I can’t wait to try a new fixed oil, fragrance oil or new color. There is this thrill I get when I cut out the  first bar of soap in a batch. It is just so exciting. Andee finds it hilarious when I will slice a sliver of soap off, rush to the sink and proceed to wash until the sliver has disappeared. Often I find her joining me at the sink to try my latest experiment. What can I say? Excitement is infectious!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Today I wanted to make a soap with Jojoba Oil. Now the name is a little confusing because Jojoba Oil is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperature. It is also higher in unsaponifiable materials. (Jojoba Oil has almost 50% unsaponifiable material.) This doesn’t help when you are looking for a lather booster but it certainly makes your finished soap feel creamy and luxurious. Because of this, I like to limit how much Jojoba Oil I use. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Jojoba 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 Jojoba Oil
64 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 Jojoba Oil
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
31.25% Coconut Oil
28.12% Olive Oil
37.50% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
3.12% Jojoba Oil
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Water

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Now onto our soapmaking! 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!

Ready to make soap
Ready to make soap

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 your immersion blender, mix your soap until you reach a light trace.

Mixing Soap
Mixing Soap

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. That is pretty fluid!

Pouring Soap into Mold
Pouring Soap into Mold

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! They are an awesome resource!

Taylor

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