Arrowroot: The Forgotten Rhizome July 14 2015
What is it?
- Arrowroot powder is the highly nutritious starch derived from the root/rhizome of several tropical plants – depending on location sourced.
- It is a white, silky powder.
- It is a cosmetic thickening agent.
- American Indians used arrowroot powder mixed with water to make a paste that was then applied to wounds caused by poisonous arrows. Hence the name: arrowroot
- It has moisture absorbing and softening properties.
- Often used in papermaking as a fine white additive.
- Also used in photography: www.aboutbookbinding.com Interested in photography, check out the read on paper making.
Uses on the epidermis?
- Add to lotions as a thickening agent. Arrowroot not only thickens lotions, but adds a softening element to the skin because it helps active ingredients penetrate the upper levels of the skin.
- Use in place of baby powder (talc is a synthetic ingredient and, as of late, has been in the news with mentions of being a carcinogenic).
- Great in cosmetic powder formulations (it’s silky, white and easy to incorporate into colors).
- Great for acne prone skin! Because arrowroot absorbs oils (moisture in general), it works as an ingredient in face powder. It will absorb oil, penetrate the skin and heal blemishes, all at the same time! Not just good for oily skin. It’s beneficial for all skin types.
- DIY deodorant! Mix with coconut oil and a little baking soda (and light fragrance if desired). It assists in eliminating toxins, absorbs moisture and ultimately reduces odor!
- Use as a dusting powder, bronzer, eye shadow....etc
- Dry Shampoo: Massage a small amount of arrowroot powder into your scalp and brush! It will absorb oils in the hair and on the scalp.
- Face Mask: A little lemon juice, a little arrowroot powder and a little plain yogurt. Voila! A face MASK!
- Sugar scrubs, bath teas, bath bombs, etc.
- Sunburn treatment.
Free Shipping through August 15th! July 08 2015
We know it’s summer.
Kids are out of school. May be they’re in camp or maybe you’re planning some family getaways. Maybe it’s time to do some traveling or get that cute haircut you've been wanting. Whatever the case, it’s time to slow down and relax, worry a little less. Everyone wants to be able to take some time off and still stay within their budget. And we want to help you do just that.
Until August 15th, 2015, we are offering free shipping for the continental U.S. on everything we carry. Here’s your chance to stock up and get ready for the fall holidays before we go back to regular shipping fees.
Enjoy your summer. Travel, swim, laugh, dance. Whatever your pleasure. Have fun and drink lots of water… it’s hot out there!
And don't forget the sunscreen!
What ingredients are in YOUR red mica? July 06 2015
We wrote an article today about a certain ingredient that might be in the mica you may have purchased from other mica suppliers. Many red, pink, purple and brown mica contain carmine, which is a red pigment that originates from crushed female insects, specifically Dactylopius coccus.
Mad Oils wants to make sure that when you choose Mad Oils for any product we carry, you know exactly what you’re getting. Mad Oils only carries 100% vegan products. Even fragrance oils contain animal content! (what?!?!) We have been using suppliers that understand the importance of our choice and have certified the products they make for or sell to us is 100% vegan.
Please go read the whole blog post on carmine and cosmetics.
Happy Birthday to Us! May 22 2015
It's hard to believe it's only been one year since we held our breath, pushed the button and went live with Mad Oils. So much has happened since then. We had to move into a space three times the size of where we started. We added two more full-time employees as well as some part-timers. It seems crazy how fast we've grown and continue to grow.
As with any new business, we've made some mistakes and we've done some things right. But most of all, we've learned a lot... about business, about ourselves and about each other. It seems we've grown right along with Mad Oils. We've been fortunate to have had more ups than downs, but we take none of it for granted. We are grateful for this ride and for each other. Syd says you have to laugh every day and we take that sentiment to heart. Around here, a sense of humor is our best friend. And, just to err on the side of safety, we laugh a lot!
So, happy birthday to us! And, as we blow out the candles on our first year, we wish for many more crazy fun years to come. We promise that we will continue to be the best in the business at customer service. We will continue to bring you our high standards and quality products. We will continue to put you first, since we know that without YOU there is no US! Thanks for a great first year!
New Flat Rate Shipping Choice May 01 2015
We offered extremely low priced shipping for close to a year. The shipping tiers were $3, $5, $8 and free shipping at $75. We ate 90% of the shipping costs, overall in the 11 months we've been in business. We couldn't continue offering the same quality goods for the same prices unless we charged more for shipping (closer to actual shipping) or raised our product prices.
We spent a long time discussing how to fix the shipping conundrum.
#1: We could have offered free shipping and raised our prices significantly. But, as many of you know, free shipping IS NOT really free. It is always worked into the price of the goods being sold. Free shipping is appealing to the consumer (I fall into the trap as a consumer even though I know the the truth!) and yet, comparing prices is always on the consumer's mind. We want to be competitive in price as our competitors.
The other choice for shipping was:
#2: We could create a flat rate shipping across the board whether you spent $5 or $100, but that would scare off the buyer who only wants to try a few samples.
On a separate note: Because many of our customers who buy low or medium flashpoint oils do not read the shipping restrictions which state that those oils MUST ship via UPS by law, but often do not choose UPS, having the $9.95 choice enabled us to not get completely killed on shipping... UPS packages start at $9+ and go up from there; A 3 lb package, which is one of the the most common, to California costs $16+!
So, we had to make a choice. We are not out to get anyone, nor are we wanting to squeeze people for their money. We just want to provide excellent goods to remarkable people. The shipping costs have become so extreme, it's almost higher than the costs of goods sold half the time! CRAZY, I tell you!
It is important that we get feedback from people. We DID get some feedback from someone who wanted a few mica samples but didn't want to pay a high price for shipping to get them. As of tonight, I added a flat rate for our customers in the Continental United States purchasing ONLY mica samples and 1 oz jars of micas for only $6.10. We will use Flat Rate Padded Envelopes to send them to you. Let's see how this works out for you.
As I have always mentioned to you, we are here for you and we want your experience here to be wonderful. If you are having problems with anything or you want to talk to us about something, speak up. We want to hear from you. Thank you Miss Jessica. Because of you, we now have a small mica flat rate shipping choice!!
Thanks, all for your patience as we weather through our shipping issues.
Karyn Gets More At The Conference April 27 2015
Last week was the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild's (HSCG) Annual Conference. Joanna and I went with the intention of meeting some of our customers, perhaps making some new ones and generally promoting our company, Mad Oils. We talked with people, made connections, mission accomplished. Right? Well, half right.
For me the conference went a little deeper. Soap makers are a unique group. We talked with everyone from suppliers to competitors to customers and I noticed one common theme. Community. And while Joanna may be well known in this community, I am not. In fact, I’ve never even made a bar of soap. You see, Mad Oils is my chapter 2. So I came into this close knit community expecting to feel like an outsider looking in and, instead, I felt welcomed with warmth. I can tell you as a psychotherapist (my chapter 1) that’s pretty rare. I saw beginners and seasoned soap makers alike working/learning together in an environment of inclusion. Now that’s pretty cool. The level of camaraderie was remarkable. I felt a connection to these friendly, creative, artistic and talented people immediately. Many of these people have known each other primarily on the internet for years. In fact, I’d be remiss not to mention the fascinating role of social media within this community. There are groups and forums, blogs and websites, all aimed at building this cohesive community. But, here, they could meet face to face and connect in real time. They were open and engaging and eager to talk about their craft. They shared recipes and suppliers, what they liked what they didn’t about each. They were helpful, to each other and to me. And I learned so much more than I had bargained for, not just about soaping, but about people. About community.
One of my favorite parts of the Conference, was that this sense of community extended to the speakers, as well. The speakers, all experts in their fields with reputations that preceded them, were never too hurried to answer questions, never too rushed to stay after and explain something in more depth or sign a book they had written. I was even lucky enough to talk with a few over cocktails at that evening’s soiree. It made me feel like no matter what level I was on, I was important and I was going to get what I needed. That’s pretty incredible in a group of 450 people. There was also a plethora of resources for sale, both at the vendor booths and from the HSCG itself. They really were able to cater to soap makers at every level, which I found impressive.
So while I went there with the intention of networking for my company, I left there feeling part of a new community of not just potential customers, but friends.
Facebook Winners for September & October November 18 2014
We have been super wild and busy bringing you all sorts of new things and getting ready to get into our new space that we missed a couple of months where we didn't choose winners for the photo winners on Mad Oils' Facebook page.
That doesn't mean we don't have prizes and winners! ;)
For September we chose Angelina Stewart with her "Glacier Cut" which we thought was cool looking and original. (below)
For October's photo, we chose Heather Horton McBride with her neat swirl - swirled with 3 Olive Martini, Matte Gold, and Hot Man on a Tin Roof! (below)
Congratulations to all the most excellent customers who posted on Facebook for a chance to win free products from Mad Oils!!
These two lovely women will each receive 1 ounce of each: Marzipan, Snow Witch, Baguette Me Not, and Downy April Fresh.
The next photo challenge may have a theme, starting in January, so keep your ears perky.....
Congratulations to Angelina and Heather!!
New Home For Mad Oils November 17 2014
We are proud to announce that we are moving into our new home in a couple of weeks and we are super excited about it we can't keep it under wraps anymore! Thanks to all of you, we have grown clear out of our small office/work space and we are climbing over eachother. We are thrilled that our customers have pushed us to offer more, to bring it on, and to have no fear. You all are our strength. Thank YOU.
We found the perfect location at almost three times the size! It is an air conditioned warehouse space and we and our employees will not get cranky in the Florida heat. (Do you know how rare an air conditioned warehouse space is around here?? RARE... believe it or not!)
It looks like we will even be able to allow for Local Pick ups! Some of you may be very happy with this new benefit. :)
We have some people working on the place now, fixing it up and getting it ready for us, so we aren't there yet, but early December our new adress will be:
The Dude's Story Needs To Be Told September 11 2014
The story behind our logo: Our Mad Oils logo is based on a Sugar Skull that we showed to our graphic designer, but we wanted more. Something more organic, something that would tell our story and who we are. He listened to us and took our business name, thoughts and design ideas and created two large trees being joined together by a walking bridge, while maintaining the image of a sugar skull.
What we love about this, is that it shows how complex this imagery really is. Everyone sees something different.
Karyn sees her movement from one career to another, where she can stand out on the bridge and look out at her future.
Joanna sees two things: she sees "the Dude", which is what we call him here at the workshop, because he looks like a short-legged crazy grunting funny man that runs around, curling his arms down and grunting. (she knows: weird imagery...) The other thing she sees: The untamed,unharnessed beauty of nature with our small bridge that we built so that we could bring a little bit of that magical nature to you without disturbing the beauty of it.
When Syd looks at our "Dude", she is reminded that you can always see the fun and whimsical side of life, her motto has always been that you should laugh every day of your life, and she sees it as representation that you can do anything, BE anything at whatever age you are. She sees rejuvenation in our Dude, as she begins the 3rd career of her life.
So, the Dude has history... and now you know. So what do you see? The great thing is that it is interpretive! It can have whatever meaning for you, so make it your own.
Thank you, Adrian Clark, of Mad Fox! (now back in Australia). Your talent got the job, your business name sealed the deal for the rest of the work! You rock and we love you!