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Close up of FOs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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