Watermelon is a popular flavor no matter the time of year, and you can enjoy it even more when mixed into our Shea Butter Lip Solutions! Our most popular Lip Solutions variety, Shea Butter Lip Solutions is available in 5-lb bags as well as jars and buckets. For our samples, […]

Watermelon Shea Lip Balm


We are excited at The Sage to be the December sponsors for Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge Club! This month’s challenge is Back to Basics. The primary goal is to create soap that is uniform in color with completely smooth texture and crisp lines between colors. The secondary part of the […]

We’re Sponsoring Soap Challenge Club in December


The idea for this soap was born when Andee texted me a fragrance blend she’d created for one of our customers. The idea the customer wanted was a citrusy, oceany fragrance. Andee combined 2 parts Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil with 1 part Sea Salt Fragrance Oil, and the result was […]

Citrus By The Sea Soap



Don’t you just love everything about peaches? I sure do! I ran across a bottle of Peach Fragrance Oil and was inspired to make a cream featuring it. My first thought was to use Peach Kernel Oil, but it’s out of stock at the moment. So I went to the […]

Peachy Cream


When I began making cold process soap, Juniper Breeze type was one of the first fragrances I ordered from The Sage. My husband was crazy about the fragrance in lotion, so I decided to put it in soap for him. Boy, was he happy! This is a fabulous clean, fresh, […]

Fragrance Friday: Juniper Breeze type


How is it possible that Thanksgiving is next week?! Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s time to do our annual holiday schedule post so you know what to expect when ordering. Starting on Friday, December 17, there will be a questionnaire when you check out, and you can choose […]

Holiday Schedule



We highly recommend Marie Gale’s excellent book “Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters” Do you calibrate your scale? We depend completely on accurate weights, and if you don’t regularly calibrate your scale, it may not be correct. Incorrect weights can wreak havoc in your carefully crafted formulas – […]

Good Manufacturing Practices: Calibrating Scales


What a wonderfully rich, deep, and captivating fragrance! Ancient Oudwood is our interpretation of the highly sought (and very expensive) oud resin that won’t break your pocketbook or hurt conservation efforts of this threatened wood. The oud resin comes from the Agarwood tree after the heartwood has been infected by […]

Fragrance Friday: Ancient Oudwood


Here we are again with yesterday’s Macadamia Shea Oat Body Butter that turned out too heavy and feeling waxy. (If you didn’t see the first post, click here.) To remedy the two problems, I removed the 3% Stearic Acid, adding that 3% to the water. I considered dropping the percentage […]

Macadamia Shea Oat Body Butter – Take 2



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Winter has come upon us here in Alaska, and my skin is so dry! Today I need to make up some moisturizer for myself, so I thought I’d bring you all along to see what my process is when coming up with a formula. The first thing I always do […]

Macadamia Shea Oat Body Butter


Think of the tantalizing smell of a fresh apple pie. Add a dash of orange and a few drops of vanilla. Close your eyes and inhale the scent of the season! From our catalog: “A festive combination of McIntosh red apples, juicy oranges, and Madagascar vanilla is perfectly complimented with […]

Fragrance Friday: Applejack Fragrance Oil


All information in this blog post comes from Marie Gale’s excellent book “Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters” Think of checklists as your memory. These are very handy to create for tasks you do not do frequently, such as calibrating your scale. Checklists also serve as a guide […]

Good Manufacturing Practices: Checklists