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Close up of FOs


I have spread to three flats of oils and pigments now! Whoa! I honestly didn’t realize how much I had ordered until I started organizing. Lol. This close up is food and bulk refill FOs. In a flat to the right of it is a small flat that used to hold canning jars and now has a tiny army of EOs, natural supplemental items (like chamomile extract, etc) and all colors. To that flat’s right is another large flat which holds the nature, holiday, mens, and womens FOs. It’s still a little awkward to find the right bottle, but at least I have a starting point now and they’re more protected from accidental bumps. The flats are proving even more beneficial since they soak up any residue instead of it being on the shelf. Btw, I’ve been sniffing brown sugar FO. It smells like maple syrup (not quite expected, but still a lovely scent) and I think it’ll go well with a chocolate FO. Replicate that wave of deliciousness of opening the door to a doughnut case. Lol. That might be a really fun room spray. Betcha if the recliner happens to smell mouth watering on a day that I want to go out to eat, that there will be a spontaneous offer for us to go to Topeka for a bite. Mawahahaha ; )

Finally organized


Yesterday evening I finally felt well enough to organize and find homes for my new supplies. The shelf holding an army of pipettes coming out of the boxes is my oils and salts shelf. Um, I don’t have anymore room for oils after this last delivery! Lol. I will replace what goes empty, but I will not buy any new scents. Please remind me of this declaration when I make my next order. *grin* Jeepers!

My upper shelf holds glass jars, bulk containers like the oats that I grind, the scale, and my sewing machine. Below that is my delightfully fun shelf of ingredients. Below that are different soap, lotion, shampoo, spray, and massage/body oil bases along with a few prepped plastic jars. At the bottom is mostly a ton of empty containers that I have been working at collecting during sales, so that I never have to make a customer wait a few weeks until I have the appropriate container. My purple yarn basket has become a bottle and lids basket for easy access. I thought ahead and got a tiny trashcan to take to events for people to toss sample spatulas, wet wipes, and paper towels. (Cue pat on my shoulder for truly learning from the cancer walk event!) The plastic unit to the left is full of soap molds (going to be a little fuller in a few weeks since I have four more silicone molds I found on sale through a mail order catalog. I figure that the silicone molds are an investment, so if they’re on sale and I can swing it, they shall be mine *failing miserably at the dramatic imitation*). You would be surprised (unless you are familiar with my need for things to be orderly, like my spreadsheets *grin*) how much of a relief being organized and stocked up is. Later today I’ll pull down my lotion-dedicated pots (on that upper shelf too) and start making new lotions hopefully. So exciting!

Okay, my OCD has been satisfied and I gave more of a look at the meh aspects of making my stuff. *grin* I have an amusing (okay, amusing to me at least) pic to add, but otherwise it’s time to drift into a state of tramadol bliss. Lol.

Crackling Firewood

I wanted to write a post about this new FO. It was on sale and was rated 5 stars, even by soap makers, so I figured I’d give it a try.

Candle makers also rely on this wholesaler and it dawned on me after reading about a few FOs that don’t work for me that some of the reviews are from candle makers, which was a face palming moment. I’ve started looking at the reviewer’s craft now when reading experiences to help make ordering decisions. Some stuff is so much better for the air than the body.

Anyway, I am thoroughly fascinated by this FO. It sounds super weird, right? However, it is a bottle of the comforting scent of fire. It doesn’t have the harsh notes that I expected and I keep going back to it. I’m organizing my new oils, rubber banding pipettes, etc., and have an odd mixture of scents on my hands. (Someone at the wholesaler really sucked at putting the lids on this time! They tape the lids with electrical tape to help prevent leakage during transport. However, if the lid isn’t screwed on, then as soon as the tape is removed there is a mini flood. It’s very unpleasant, difficult to remove from the skin since it’s concentrated, and an irritating loss of the oil. Meh.) So I have some amber musk, fresh beach, a little bit of chocolate, and now firewood on me. It’s surprisingly nice with the firewood note now. Lol.

Somehow this incredibly earthy scent that (intellectually) makes you wrinkle your nose is great at bringing the odd variety of scents together. It is definitely a new favorite. I’m going to add a drop to my Jacob blend and see what it does. I think it may just be that note that I was missing. It is very sexy as a base note. It gives that sense of masculinity, earthiness, and complexity that I look for with male scents.

A little sentimental, but I remember camping at Eagle Lake, CA with Dad and his family as a kid (Mom was usually working) and this is how his flannels would smell when I’d curl up in them after the sun went down or while they were out fishing at the crack of dawn. My pint-sized body swimming in the flannel, hem down at my shins, while curled into a chair with a book, enjoying the serenity of the camp. I would bury my nose in the collar during intense or startling points in the stories. This blend is almost exactly that scent that would then wrap around me.

Mixing the firewood FO with other masculine scents really relaxes and comforts me. Even if it never sells as a base note, I’m absolutely delighted. Bubblegum is my exuberantly happy scent, but firewood is that deep down in the soul comforting scent for me.

I am so happy with this FO. If you try it in one of my products, I hope that it takes you to a soothing memory too. *soft smile*

Loofa slices


I know it’s not as interesting as the previous two ingredients, but I’m excited to get these. They’re thinly sliced (I’ve read several notes made by crafters that it’s pretty awkward and difficult to cut, especially without industrial equipment, so I didn’t want to try) and I will embed them in soap. I read about the embedded soap being awesome for scrubbing heels and elbows. It’s definitely a more intensive exfoliation than what I typically prefer to make. I try to make everything safe for even delicate skin, but as long users don’t scrub hard, these should still be good for most skin types. I think they look kinda cute in little wheels too ; )

Vita Beads


It’s even more difficult to get a decent picture of the vita beads. They’re so small and apparently incredibly full of static, since they are bouncing around on the lid and in the bottle. They are a lot smaller than I expected (especially such a small bottle for not a small cost! There goes that realization of not paying attention to sizes again. Lol). I have a feeling that they will expand and take on a soft look once in bath gel. Right now the beads are tiny, hard rocks though. Definitely one of the most interesting and unique ingredients on my shelving unit!

Menthol crystals


It’s hard to capture just how neat these look. They came double bagged and when I removed them from the outer bag, I was hit with that sharp and refreshing smell. I can’t believe how strong this little bag is, especially through plastic! The coolest thing is after I replaced the bag inside of the outer bag and put them away with my supplies, I slowly became aware of an odd sensation in my hand. With Fibro I tend to have odd sensations and am super sensitive, so it’s not a surprising event. However, this isn’t a common sensation for me. It dawned on me that I was mildly tingling from the little bit of menthol residue that came through the inner bag! Whoa!! Now I’m even more excited about making a lotion with the crystals.

Still excited

Okay, so I’m still excited about my order and since I had more to tell you about last night, but my app crashed, I figured I’d ramble on for a while.  *grin* 

One thing that I’m so excited to have found is Vita Beads.  I’ve used some store-bought bath gels before that had these little blue things suspended in the gel and wondered what in the world they were.  I always figured that they were in there for an interesting texture.  It turns out that they are full of super beneficial vitamins for your skin.  I also always figured that they all just rinsed away, but wondered why I never saw them littering my tub.  They actually dissolve from heat or pressure.  Usually when you are washing they break and are absorbed by your skin without you realizing (unless you’re curious like me, and spent extra time popping and smearing them along your skin lol).  They are great for your skin, so I’m super excited to be able to add that benefit to my bath gels.  Plus, they’re a freaky cool texture.  *grin*

One new item that I found that I am beyond excited about is menthol crystals.  Most people don’t know that menthol is the main working ingredient in vapor rubs and that you can use vapor rub as a muscle ache rub.  I don’t care for the gooey texture or how it stains my sweats (at least I was smart enough to wear sweats with it instead of clothing that I would seriously be mad about getting stained).  When I found the menthol crystals on my wholesaler’s website and read that it leaves a really awesome tingling sensation, I knew I had to try it out.  Lots of crafters left reviews on it and they added the crystals to lotions, scrubs, and even soaps.  Menthol is thought to be an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and congestion clearing ingredient.  Since I’ve been wanting to make some products that really focus on the “pampering with natural benefits” concept and have been researching ingredients to help ease symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Arthritis, I am so excited to finally be able to try making this line. 

Another item that I ordered is honey soap base.  Honey is a natural antibacterial and is super great at treating acne (it’s not just for your grits or biscuits anymore!).  Since I’ve been working on some acne soaps and although the Shea Butter soaps seem to be testing well, I think the honey option will really improve the acne products.  I’ve done a lot of research about what ingredients I could use to create some items for my niece and am tickled to have come across some awesome ingredients.  I can’t wait to get the delivery and try it out!  *grin*  I want to swap it for the glycerin soap in my scrub recipe and see if it is any better, too.

The wholesaler has discontinued the teal one ounce “bullet” (a small jewel-toned bottle) and I got 3 bulk packs (each with 48 bottles) for the same price (total) as one bulk pack usually costs me!  Score!  Plus, the green jewel-tone will be great for the holidays I think.  I can now offer a lot more scents of lotions and oils in the sample sizes and have a cost-effective item.  Honestly, the bullets are usually so expensive themselves that by the time I add my product to the cost the item is nearly the same cost as 4 ounces, especially for lotion.  It’s a great size for trying out something that you’re not sure about, but if you’re a bargain shopper like me, I’ll always go with the better deal, so it has seemed somewhat pointless until now.  What an awesome stroke of timing!

I’m also delighted to be getting the Cafe Latte FO.  I found a recipe for a coffee paste that is thought to help fight cellulite and tone your skin.  I figured out some substitutions so that I can create a dry version to sell (otherwise some of these recipes require refrigeration when in liquid form), but have been rolling ideas around in my mind of an ensemble for gift giving.  My aunt had an awesome idea of including a sample of coffee to drink since I think it’ll be adorable to put my coffee products in a coffee mug, but needed something to give the gift a little more umph.  I look forward to posting some pictures of the new products.  Coffee isn’t just for drinking anymore!

Well, I have a feeling this is going to crash, so I’m going to close out for today.  Have a great evening!

Exciting new items

I’m so excited about the new supplies that are being shipped to me! I needed to replace some nearly empty scents since I’ve been trying to stock a bookcase with pre-made products, ready for events and any holiday orders (hopefully! *crossing fingers*). I decided that since I was approved for disability, I’d finally get some stuff (okay, a whole lot lol) that I’ve had in my wish list.

One thing that has been bothering me is that although I try to make sure that there is something beneficial in my products, I really want to use more Essential Oils (EOs), and maximize the natural benefits. One near and dear product goal is to make a lotion or oil that helps relieve muscle aches and pain, especially one that helps with arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Well, I finally get a chance to try. *grin* I found menthol crystals to add to products that naturally helps to relieve symptoms. Most people don’t realize that vapor rubs can be used for aches. The main ingredient in most rubs is menthol. Crafter reviews state that their homemade products that they added the crystals to have a really nice tingling sensation. Some EOs that I ordered that are thought to be anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterials, or antispasmodics are cinnamon leaf and sweet orange. I all ready have peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary, among others, so I have a start. I’ll have to figure out a blend that is harmonious while having the potential to be super beneficial. It sounds like an odd group of scents, though. Lol.

I am bounce-in-my-chair excited about some new FOs *cheesy grin*. As you have read before I am always reading crafter reviews and forums to get tips, cautionary info, and ideas. While reading the reviews for the Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake FO (oh man!), I found a really neat idea. A reviewer recommended adding one of the coconut FOs with it (at specific ratios) and it’ll smell just like an almond joy bar. Wow! What a fantastic idea! So I ordered a plain Coconut FO (others have layered scents and I figure that complex blends won’t make the right scent, so I’m trying plain ol’ basic first). I’m going to have to make a page on my site dedicated just to my dessert scents lol. Anyway, I got chocolate mousse (free customer loyalty gift – rock on!), Cafe Latte, Strawberry Jam, Mistletoe, Lavender, Rainforest (a complex earthy blend which I think will be an awesome base for some new custom scents), Crackling Firewood (to add a complex layer to mens products), Sleep Time (actually an EO of lavender, chamomile, and vanilla if I remember right), Brown Sugar, Black Amber Musk, South Pacific Waters, Over the Hill (couldn’t resist lol), Black Forest Cake (since my attempt failed; this blend is actually quite complex and layered), Indonesian Teakwood (mens and as a layer for complex custom scents), Sand Dune, Gingersnap Cookies (has a 5 star rating and a lot of positive reviews, so I’ll give this one a whirl. If it sucks like plain Gingerbread does, I’ll be so disappointed!), Autumn Breeze, Santa’s Workshop (crafters wrote that they use it all year around in their mens line, so that made me try it), and Spiced Gumdrops. The wholesaler I use was having a fantastic sale, so I went a little crazy lol. Man oh man! I’m so looking forward to that delivery. I’m going to pass out from huffing all the new scents out, since it’ll probably take an hour to check them all out. *grin* What a way to go! As you can see I really want to work on more mens options and want to add some complex layers to what I all ready have. When Ash (my helper) was looking at my molds and saw the sea creatures she said I had to do some beach scents instead of just kid ones. I guess I was a bit off base with making bubblegum and jellybean (er, bunny farts *wink*) sea slug soaps. Buh me, I guess. Lol.

It took about 2 hours to read through the FO options (they seriously must have close to a thousand FOs and EOs), but I’m stoked with what I ordered and got a bunch of ideas for new scent names (see previous post… and don’t forget to let me know if you have some creative name ideas pretty please! *grin*).

I also found Vita Burst Beads. I think these will be awesome! They’re the little colored balls in some bath gels or body washes. I always wondered what they were when I had them in stuff I bought. Those little beads are full of skin nourishing vitamins! I was amazed that a tiny little thing can pack in so many nutrients. They dissolve with heat (and here I was always thinking I accidentally washed them off without them doing anything but adding texture!) and pressure (so it is okay to roll them between your fingers or smear them across your skin if you like to play with unusual textures *teasing grin*). I also bought some sliced loofa (or luffa depending on what region you’re in). I read about embedding them in soaps so you exfoliate while lathering up. It’s especially handy for rough heel soaps. Such a cool idea in my opinion.

I also got a honey soap base. Honey is a natural antibacterial and really helps with acne, so it dawned on me that it would be a great base for my acne soaps. The Shea Butter base is awesome, but this will give that extra boost of natural help.

Top it all off I found two black dyes hidden in a different section than I’d ever noticed. No more frustrations with the coal soaps!I

Anyway, I’m running out of space on my app, so have a great night!

Lump of Coal 3


The texture turned out kind of cool I think. Now the molded side looks too nice lol. My worst problem is that I can’t get black again! I tried correcting that second round, but these turned out even more of a navy, despite using the colors on the other side of the color wheel. I think they’ll melt again and become some cool car soaps *grin*

Bunny Farts

I was laying on the couch in my usual state of insomnia in the wee hours a few days ago and I realized that I’m really tired of being boring. lol I’ve really enjoyed thinking about and discussing fun names for my products. Therefore, no more “buttercream lotion”, “lilac body and massage oil”, etc. I want to redo my product names at some point, but most importantly only use fun names for the new products that I’m working on. I think the “sex in the shower” FO is really what tickled my mind and started this, honestly. It caught my eye so well in a list of hundreds of FOs and that impressed me. I want the same for my items.

Anyway, I’ve always taken a few days to roll around the possible titles of my writing in my mind. Usually something just feels right, much like how a name can really suit a pet. I’ve been waiting for that with the latest sugar scrub. Since “Cherry on Top” (the A comes and goes lol) has remained dominant in my mind, that is probably what I’ll name it. I know that I want a fairly decent line in the scent, no matter what I name it.

Regardless, you probably wonder what in the world the name of this post has to do with anything! *grin* I have no idea why, but the name “bunny farts” has been in my mind ever since and I’m thinking it’ll be a fun one especially for Easter! Most likely I’m going to change the “jellybean” line to that. For years I’ve seen the little mechanical bunnies that drop jellybeans through themselves at the turn of the knob. It’s crude humor, but I sure remember it. Apparently my mind decided to bookmark that item and run with it while I was in the odd in between state of awareness. The words “bunny farts” just continually play in my mind and I know from writing that I have to use it.

My modem went down while writing this post on my computer and I have been unable to access to finish until now. In the meantime I have all ready posted a request for name ideas on FB. Hopefully my random request on FB now makes sense. I confess that due to the interesting new ways that my brain has worked since starting my relapse, I tend to have some wildly random comments and questions anyway, so maybe this is just amusing now. *grin*

Anyway, I have been writing a list of ideas, but few continually scroll through my mind as much as bunny farts. Lol. My beautiful helper will be here in about thirteen hours to help label and package the newest finished products and I plan to tap into the immediate creativity of the youthful mind. Plus, I know it’s kid approved all ready *cue mock evil laugh* I look forward to sharing the fun ideas as I take this journey.

On to a little side note – I got the registration forms for the craft sale event in Overbrook a month from now. We went and started looking at better event presentation today (technically yesterday, but for an insomniac the day lasts until I actually fall asleep lol). I will be getting the second table once they’re back in stock (seriously…why in the world were all of the folding tables sold out?! What memo did I miss that said we were all required to get them? I’m not as unique as I like to think!) and I think I’ll be getting a heavy duty rolling tote. It’s that kind made out of what looks like truck bed lining rofl. Has a handle, locks, and will make loading/ unloading a whole lot easier! Heavier, but realistically, I’ll never be lifting it anyway lol. There are still really good people out there that are very kind to lift out things or carry for a petite woman with a cane that looks like I’m trying out my zombie costume (remember the insomnia? It’s not pretty and that’s freaking annoying! I have limited resources here to work with, so I don’t need additional issues!). Worst case scenario is that I’ll be asking a guy to load it in Mom’s blazer since she will be taking me home that day, since Larry will have to be at work before I am packed after the event. I’ll be posting more about what we end up buying since we may see if we can figure something else out.

Okay, I’m going to go pour some coal soaps to add to Ash’s labeling project. Hope you’ve enjoyed my random conversation *grin* I promise to provide more at a later date! Lol I seriously should consider trying to sleep maybe…

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