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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 photographywww.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.

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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!

Please read our shipping page to see details and policies.


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.

 

 


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.

 


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:

Mad Oils, Inc.
7231 Haverhill Business Parkway 
Building Two, Suite #206
Riviera Beach, Florida 33407

You Asked For It ~ New Fragrances In The House Revealed September 27 2014

Upcoming Fragrances (to be released soon) 

 

Orange Blossom:  delicate and pure.  The flower from the orange tree; big creamy, fleshy petals with hints of citrus.  This is not a heady fragrance, but sweet and gentle.     

Vanilla Milk:  A simple creamy vanilla with a spoonful of sugar.   

Black Raspberry Vanilla:  Juicy berries and vanilla cream.  A popular scent.  You asked for it! 

Mayan GoldAn exotic, woody-musk having top-notes of dried berries, black coconut, lemon, orange and a touch of lime, followed by middle-notes of jasmine, rose, neroli and star anise, and finishing with a warm, earthy patchouli, sandalwood, and powdery Tonka bean and vanilla base-note. 

Peach Coconut Smoothie: Beyond realistic and just so awesome.  A phenomenal fragrance that smells so much like fresh, sweet coconut cream and ripened just-picked peaches. We've had a difficult time finding a real un-plastic smelling coconut.  This is it, but it is mixed with the pleasant sweetness of peaches.  Mmm.  You will love it. 

 

Exclusively Made Only for Mad Oils 

 

Sexy Beast    (just released):  Blend of intoxicating group of flowers: Orange Blossom, Mimosa, Ylang Ylang, Paperwhites, Baby Rose, Jasmine, and bottom notes of Vanilla Orchid. 

Pumpkin Bread (just released):  It's Pumpkin Bread.  No clove and cinnamon spices!  No teeth-aching sweet cream cheese frosting, or mixed with cheese cake & cappuccino swirl with a cherry on top.  It's sweet like that perfect moist pumpkin bread.  Simple, pure and yum. 

Velvet PeppercornCracked Black Pepper.  A perfect men's scent, but also a great blender to increase complexity in just about any fragrance! 

South Beach:  Tropical in every way.  A fruity, floral and super happy scent!  This is a blend of lily petals, ripened sweet cantaloupe, watermelon and a hint of the ocean spray.  Now close your eyes and your drinking that frozen tropical drink and looking at the ocean with the breeze tickling your toes. 

 


Fragrance Oils Tested in Wax August 08 2014

We would like to thank Stephy Weaver for testing Mad Oils Fragrance Oils in candles.  So far, she has given us results for a few of our fragrances:  Home For The Holidays, Snow Witch, Them Apples and Wild Hyacinth.  Here are her results:

 

All results are based on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being highest.  I still love the idea of 1 being a “Meh-d Oil”, 5 being “Just Plain Mad”, and 10 being “It's a MAD MAD MAD MAD Oil!”

In the interest of future brevity, I'll use the following codes in every result:

  • (Scent) Votive S = (Scent) Votive, 100% soy wax, pillar blend is used in all applicable tests for both melts and votives.
  • Votives are burned for their entire 12-15 life.
  • (Scent) Votive PS = (Scent) Votive, Soy wax & votive paraffin wax blend.  The same votive wax is used in all applicable tests for both melts and votives.
  • (Scent) Votive P = (Scent) Votive, 100% paraffin votive wax.
  • (Scent) Melt S.. You get the picture. :)  Melts are melted for either 6 hours, or until scent is no longer perceptible.

 

Percentages used.  Votives are at 6% and melts are at 9%.  More is not recommended, especially in burning candles.  Too much FO can inhibit burn and actually negatively affect throw.  Some waxes for melts can hold 10%, but it's usually a waste.

 

 

Home for the Holidays fragrance oil:

 

Home for the Holidays Votive S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 10

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 9

 

Home for the Holidays Votive PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 10

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 9

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 10

 

Home for the Holidays Votive P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 10

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 9

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 9

 

Home for the Holidays Melt S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 8

 

Home for the Holidays Melt PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 10

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 9

 

Home for the Holidays Melt P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 9

Snow Witch fragrance oil:

 

Snow Witch Votive S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 7

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 7

 

Snow Witch Votive PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 8

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life:8

 

Snow Witch Votive P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 9

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 8

 

Snow Witch Melt S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 7

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 6

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 7

 

Snow Witch Melt PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 8

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 8

 

Snow Witch Melt P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 8

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 8

Them Apples fragrance oil:

 

Them Apples Votive S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 8

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 8

 

Them Apples Votive PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 9

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 9

 

Them Apples Votive P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 9

 

Them Apples Melt S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 8

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 7

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 7

 

Them Apples Melt PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 8

 

Them Apples Melt P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 8

 

Wild Hyacinth Fragrance Oil: 

 

Wild Hyacinth Votive S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 10

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 9

 

Wild Hyacinth Votive PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 10

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 9

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 10

 

Wild Hyacinth Votive P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt pool: 10

Holds original scent notes well throughout burn life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout burn life: 9

 

Wild Hyacinth Melt S:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 7

 

Wild Hyacinth Melt PS:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 10

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 8

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 9

 

Wild Hyacinth Melt P:

Initial strength upon achieving full melt: 9

Holds original scent notes well throughout melt life: 9

Holds initial strength well throughout melt life: 9

 

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A New Addition Coming July 16 2014

We will be introducing some new items and something new next week.  Keep your hat on.

We have so many things to share with you.

So sorry that we have run out of a few of our micas.  We have a shipment of micas arriving at some point next week, probably on Friday.  We got slammed by orders over the weekend.  I think a makeup blog may have heard about us, which is fantastic news, but it slowed our very fast turnaround time.  Our apologies.  We are experiencing some growing pains as we have gone from zero to 60 in no time flat.

 

Thank you all for your encouraging words and support.  It is going to continue being a fantastic year and we will continue to bring high quality products!

 

Stay tuned for next week's goodies.  We've got some great news a'coming your way....

 

xo Jo