Tina


About Tina

I started thesage.com in 1996 with the help of my husband. Now I get to help people make all kinds of soaps and bath and body products. I think my favorite things to make are lip balms and lotions/creams. Of course I get most of the soap technical support questions because that is my strong knowledge area. Glad this blog is here!

Do you get to the end of the month/quarter/year and just want to cry? Is paperwork bogging down your creative mind? You are not alone! Let us help you get organized in 2019 so you spend more time making personal care products and less time shuffling papers. JAN – DEC Start with 12 file […]

Keeping Organized Without Pain


If you aren’t reconciling your checking account, purchases, or your credit card statement, you need to start doing this in 2019! Get the software. I love Quicken for tracking small accounts like personal or small business expenses. I have a love/hate relationship with QuickBooks, which suffers from “feature-itis.” Talk to your accountant to get […]

Finance Tracking


Instability is like frayed rope.
Uh oh! You knew this was coming. We hate it when political strife increases prices, but that is what we are looking toward in 2019. As a general rule, tariffs and supply shortages are causing prices to go up in a mere few weeks. We have been watching a few price increases […]

Instability Causing Price Increases





My finished wash cloths with a wash basin my grandmother used and an old box of Scotch Cleanser. 8
You can read about upcycling in every magazine and on every blog. Upcycling is a way of making a new use from a product that may be discarded. Recycling is a way of turning an existing product into another usable item. Using a spaghetti sauce jar as a button jar […]

How can soap makers upcycle?





Dear readers, The end of the year is fast approaching. A few tips from my accountant are as follows: Pay your expenses so you can take the write off. This includes buying supplies for which you are waiting for their arrival! Hint: Shop now and ask for delivery in the […]

End of Year Help



All it takes to fix a sugar scrub is a little salt!
We were asked about a sugar scrub base that was having a bit of issues. The Glycerin Scrub Base was enjoying the sugar that was finer than expected and the sugar dissolved very quickly causing a separation problem. I’ve noticed a difference in the sugar I buy in the last […]

Salt rescues the Sugar!