Scents for Slime

The Queen of Slime My daughter's classmates call her the "Queen of Slime". They marvel at her "Slime Station"  which I call my formal dining room. This high-ranking "Slime Status" is NOT something I encouraged or welcomed to our home. After all, I am still traumatized by the pink slime disaster, when our recently new soft tan carpet became pink and stiff in parts. And, of course, this disaster was resistant to the carpet steamer and therefore destained to be permanent. Supplies for Slime Slime making is not only messy, but it takes supplies. Lots of supplies. My daughter uses every last dime of money she receives  or earns in the "slime section" at Target, Michaels or Joann. Of course, I've been forced to adapt to this … [Read more...]

Oil and Water; Math and Science

Essential Oil The orange peel contains the fragrance of the fruit, the "essential oil". An essential oil is different that a "fixed oil" (nut or vegetable oil) which is not fragrant. Flavor scientists value essential oils and they extract them so they can use them in flavors. These oils are excellent starting materials  for flavoring beverages, but they need to be modified to be useful. They do not "go into" a beverage. We modify the oils to make them "go in" or  make them "miscible". Chemists use miscible to explain the phenomenon of  two liquids with similar polarities (intermolecular interactions) being combined uniformly. In contract, chemists use soluble to explain the phenomenon of a solid (solute) dissolving in a liquid … [Read more...]

Keeping it simple-Fruit Punch Flavor

Simple KISS is an acronym scientists and engineers use;"Keep it simple, stupid". The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple and not made complicated. Basically, simplicity is the key goal in design and unnecessary complexity must be avoided. Complicated Flavor scientists often add too many unneeded components to a flavor. Why? Because they are artists. Just like chefs, a flavor scientist "throw things in", because it seems like it should improve the flavor or because the ingredient is a favorite. Sometimes a flavor scientist developes a new flavor using other lengthy flavors, like making a blackberry flavor by combining a strawberry, blueberry and raspberry flavor. A finished flavor can easily end … [Read more...]

Orange Essential Oil

Beverage Flavors The most popular beverage flavor in the United States is orange. Although consumption of orange juice has declined in recent years, it was reported Americans consumed 715,775 metric tons of orange juice in 2011.(http://www.indexmundi.com/agriculture/?country=us&commodity=orange-juice&graph=domestic-consumption)  That's a lot of juice!  Oranges are primarily grown in Florida, California and Brazil and processed for their juice. Orange Peel So what happens to the peels? Peels are further processed to isolate orange essential oil. Basically, the oil is squeezed out of the peel. Orange oil consists of limonene (~90%), geraniol (~5%), decanal (~3%), octanal (~3%) and myrcene (~2%). Other components included alpha and … [Read more...]

One a Day VitaCraves Gummies, review

Gummy Vitamins I wonder how many parents are guilty of eating their children's gummy bear vitamins? I know I am. At this time, besides the occasional children's gummy vitamin, I take Vitamin D. Doctors in the Northwest recommend extra Vitamin D. In the past, I've taken multivitamins, but they taste bad, are difficult to swallow and sometimes cause me to vomit. While reviewing the nutritional content of my multivitamin(which I almost never take), I realize the VitaCrave gummies from One a Day® are lacking in nutritional content. There is no Iron, Calcium and Magnesium. I find this to be true of all the gummy multivitamins(children's as well). Gummy vitamins add sugar and calories to your diet, but if you can't get the regular … [Read more...]

Zico Coconut Water w/Pineapple & Citrus Flavors review

Fun Evening Last night was Halloween. As always, I was rushing around getting the kids ready for the evening and didn't get a chance to  eat dinner. The kids were excited and crazy, so I decided to "numb my nerves" and fill a coffee mug with an alcoholic beverage while I follow them around the neighborhood.  My evening diet consisted of wine, candy and a few specs of dinner. Tough Morning Needless to say,  I didn't feel great this morning. Therefore, I decided it was a good morning to try the Zico Pure Premium Coconut water I had in my frig.  I understand that coconut water is extremely healthy and can help with hangovers. My Impression My impression of this product is that it must be healthy, because it looks like a medicine … [Read more...]