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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Press, Wholesale. I have a question. on: June 28, 2005 06:56:09 AM
the fabric district in NY is a good place for bulk fabrics.

as far as getting press, write up a press release and send it everywhere you can think of... (local papers, colleges, online review sites.. etc)  not everyone will respond or even acknowledge that they even received your release, but keep plugging away and slowly you'll start getting mentions.

good luck!
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: lip balm flavor from Magestic Mountain Sage on: June 27, 2005 11:31:22 AM
for a batch of 50 balms, I use about 1 and a half teaspoons.
This makes a really sweet balm. (sweet as in the opposite of savory, not like the exclamation "swaa-eeet!")  use a bit less, if you want a milder, less sweet balm.

i never follow the batching suggestions on stevia, in never seems to be enough in my opinion.
(could just be me, I'm a fan of sugary things!)

hope this helps!

13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: lip balm flavor from Magestic Mountain Sage on: June 27, 2005 09:46:18 AM
They are not pre-sweetened.

it's not necessary to use a sweetener in your balms, but if you do...try liquid stevia. It sweetens without altering your flavor.

When adding a sweetener, the sweetener has a tendency to sink to the bottom and not emulsify into your base.
to fix this.....add the sweetener to your base when its on the heat source. don't put the flavor oil in at this point.
remove the pot from the heat source.  stir the mixture until it completely cools and becomes "taffy" like.
(it'll be tough and tiring to stir for this long, but it has to be done.)
when this mixture is almost fully hardened, put it back on the heat source. stir as it re-heats to the liquid state.
now add the flavor oil, stir for a minute or two and remove.

if you don't do this re-heating method, the sweetener will sit at the bottom of your pot (or whatever you have the base in) and it will bead into little "liquid balls".

hope this helps!
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Help! on: June 24, 2005 08:48:33 AM
if you want an online pay system that doesn't run through another site, your best bet would be to call your bank, where you have your business account. (if you don't have a business account, you'll need to get one for an online ordering system that doesn't run through another site. the money needs an account to drop into, and it can't be a personal account)

lots of banks will hook you up with legitimate pay systems with shopping carts and the like. it will cost a monthly fee though, for the processing of customers credit card information.

I would advise against using second party agents from online, often times they lock you into a contract, don't offer very good support and also charge huge per transaction charges.

hope this helps.

15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: extract hunt! on: June 22, 2005 09:07:47 AM
try www.naturesflavors.com.

hope this helps!
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: questions about making lip gloss/balm on: June 22, 2005 08:25:32 AM
well, depending on how long you want the lip balms to last, i would not recommend using sugar or honey. if you must use these ingredients, add some vitamin E oil...it's a natural preservative and will increase the life of the balms.

(plus, honey can make the balms a bit sticky, as opposed to smooth and gliding.)

to color your balms, if you aren't making these for commercial use (selling them)  try using a bit of lipstick in the mixture. add it toward the end of the boiling process and just add a bit at a time until you get a color you want. (a tiny tiny bit of red lipstick makes a nice light pink balm)

also, cinnamon is an essential oil and if you use too much, it has the potential to sting a bit on the lips and it will also make your lips a bit sun-sensitive. so be careful when experementing with the cinnamon.

hope this helps!
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: gasoline on: June 22, 2005 08:19:16 AM
the reason sun-in turns a lot of people's hair orange is because of the process of bleaching hair.

when you bleach hair that is naturally dark, it will have an orange phase. this orange phase is actually your hair not totally bleached. to bleach brown or dark hair to an actual blond, you have to bleach past the orange phase. Sun-in is not a very strong bleaching agent, so it is very difficult to use sun-in to get past the orange phase. (sun-in works best for producing natural looking highlights on already blond-ish hair types.)

but, as a side note.. if you are dying your hair red, bleaching your hair first and stopping at the orange phase is a great idea. (red hair dye fades fastest because red hair dyes contain the smallest pigment molecules, which means it's staying power isn't as good as other color dyes)   as your red hair dye fades, it'll look reddish longer, since your base color is orange.

(same is true for red toned tattoo ink colors.. but that's another story)

try going to a beauty supply store and purchasing bleaching agents to mix yourself. you can buy larger quantities there to cover your long hair and also its much cheaper than in a store. I'm not sure what area you're from, but we have a store called Sally's Beauty Supply that sells big bottles cheap and its very easy to mix. a sales person will help if you're unsure what to purchase.

hope this helps out!
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Royalty free vintage photos? on: June 21, 2005 07:47:29 AM
Personal Photos DO have copyright on them. You cannot use a person's image without their permission.

although it is highly unlikely that you will be sued for using a photo found at a flea market, it is possible.
if some relative of a person in an image you used can prove that they are related to that persona and are in charge of that person's estate, they can issue a cease and desist letter to you.

although it is highly unlikely that you will be sued, i would just be wary of using any photos you find that have people's faces in them. shots that have obscured faces in them are fine, due to the fact that it is much more difficult to prove ownership.
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is it ok to sell M&P soap at craft fairs? on: June 09, 2005 01:15:34 PM
M&P stands for Melt and Pour.
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: THE BEST LIP BALM RECIPE? on: June 09, 2005 06:24:11 AM
What a great thread this is, if I do say so myself!

a few tips for lip balming...

adding a bit of Vitamin E oil, is not only good for the skin, it is also a preservative and will increase the shelf life of your balms.

also, storing your flavor oils in dark amber glass bottles, will make them last longer.... also make sure they're in a cool dark place.
(the amber color will block out most light, but a cool dark place can never hurt.
the bottles should NOT be plastic. the oils will slowly corrode the plastic and the flavor could even be effected by the chemical reaction between the oil and the plastic. If you purchase a flavor oil and it's in a plastic bottle, dump it into an amber glass bottle as soon as you can. you can get em at sks-bottle.com

also, a good place for flavor oils is www.naturesflavors.com  (just be sure to order the "flavor oils" not the "flavor concentrates"

hope this helps
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