Denise


About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

This week I’ve been working on a lip balm formula. Yesterday I made a test batch using the formula I’d devised based on our guidelines. Although I liked the way the lip balm felt, it was too soft and oily for a good summer lip balm. Today I intend to […]

Lip Balm 101 – Making Adjustments


Today I’m going to take the formula I developed yesterday and make a test batch. This will be a very small batch – just 50 grams. To recap, I’m basing my formula on the following guidelines: • 20% Beeswax* • 25% solid at room temperature oil (Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, […]

Lip Balm 101 – First Test Batch


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We recently had a question from a customer about our lip balm formula. Here is an easy guide for creating your own lip balm recipe: • 20% Beeswax* • 25% solid at room temperature oil (Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Lanolin, etc.) • 15% brittle at room temperature oil […]

Lip Balm 101 – Creating a Formula



Don’t you just love the explosion of flavor when you eat a fresh blackberry? Get ready to enjoy that experience in a superior fragrance oil suitable for all your personal care products. Meet Blackberry Sage! This tart blackberry scent is irresistible! We used to carry a version of this fragrance […]

Fragrance Friday: Blackberry Sage


Beards deserve the same careful care that we give the hair on top of our heads. There are loads of beard products popping up on the market these days, and beard oils are one of the most popular. The idea with a beard oil is to tame the frizziness and […]

Silky Beard Oil


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Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is a plant from which we use both the leaf and the root in herbal applications. It is said to be emollient, conditioning, and anti-inflammatory. Its specialty is said to be soothing irritated tissues. Marshmallow extract is sometimes added to creams and used to treat inflammatory skin […]

Marshmallow Body Butter





This fragrance is a blend like none other. The twist of frostbitten berries, a high mountain meadow, a snip of spice, and a lingering evergreen are all wrapped up into one. It’s the perfect scent for clearing the air at home or work. I even think this will be my […]

Fragrance Friday: Alpine




I’ve been enjoying the combination of Grapeseed Oil and Liquid Shea Oil in lotion, a soap, and in a scrub that I made last week. What other things could I make with this combination of oils? Oh, I know! A lip balm! I’ll have to add some beeswax as well […]

Grapeseed and Liquid Shea Lip Balm


Lemon Zinger has been a favorite of mine for decades – we’ve had this fragrance in our catalog a very long time, and for good reason! The catalog description reads: “Summertime is the time to get refreshed with lemonade! A fun citrus that we have blended with other fruity scents […]

Fragrance Friday: Lemon Zinger